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Hi I'm Zach Dodds

I grew up around Dallas, Texas. I plan to serve a mission in the near future. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised in Texas my whole life. I love to fish, hunt, camp, or do anything in the great outdoors. I am currently attending Brigham Young University as I plan to go into the field of accounting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very strong Mormon family with strong morals and standards according to the gospel. I was always fully immersed in the gospel growing up so being baptized on my 8th birthday just seemed like the thing do. I've always been a Mormon in other people's eyes because I have always been that different kid that wouldn't do all the bad things other kids were doing growing up. Everyone knew me as the Mormon kid, and so did I, but I realize now I wasn't truly a Mormon until I was truly converted to the gospel and gained a testimony for myself. In the beginning I never doubted that what my family taught me, or what I learned in Sunday School, was true but I simply believed in the gospel because of everyone else's testimonies. I didn't truly become a Mormon until I read the Book of Mormon on my own and prayed by myself to my loving Heavenly Father asking to know if it was true. My spiritual conversion process was not quick by any means, it wasn't just a simple click one day and I was converted. My spiritual conversion was a gradual process that happened over the eighteen years I have been alive, and is still occurring in my every day life. Even now as I am preparing to serve a mission, and teach other people the gospel in some other part of the world, here in a couple months I find myself constantly gaining a stronger and stronger testimony of this gospel. Why am I Mormon? I am a Mormon because I know this gospel to be true and am continually converting, and building my testimony every day. Why do I want you to be a Mormon too? I want you to be able to partake in all the tremendous amount of blessings I have received from this gospel that I have come to find out is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as I participate in my calling in my young single adult ward. I was called to be a Family History Committee Member and love to serve in my calling to best of my ability. Basically what I do for my calling is learn all about indexing and family history work, so I can teach others in my ward how to do this so we can perform ordinances in the temple that are essential to others spiritual progression who didn't receive a chance to accept the gospel before they passed on. I know how important this work is and enjoy showing my faith by participating in my calling to the best of my ability. I also live my faith by actually live my life according to to the gospel standards and principles. I do this so I can be a good example to others on what a Mormon is like, and how blessed my life is by being a Mormon.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Zach Dodds
A lot Mormons choose to serve a mission because is highly encouraged and the Savior taught, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations." (Matthew 28:19) Serving a mission is completely optional and not required in order to be a Mormon. Missionaries normally begin to serve a mission when they are from 18 to 19 years old, but many retired seniors, men, women, and married couples also serve missions. Missionaries normally serve for a period of 18 months to 2 years and are not paid for their service. Missionaries come from around the world, and serve where the church needs them and calls them to. While serving full-time, missionaries are official representatives of the Church and help convert others to the gospel. The men in the church are often times strongly encouraged to serve a mission, but the choice is entirely up to them and they aren't looked down upon if they don't think a mission is for them. The women in the church are also able to serve missions as well, but they are more encouraged to focus on looking for a worthy man to be married in the temple and sealed together for time and all eternity. I personally made the decision to serve a mission, because I want to be able to share the gospel with as many people as I can so they can partake of the same blessings I enjoy from being a member of the church. Show more Show less