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Hi I'm Zachary

I'm a Mormon, a missionary called to serve in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia.

About Me

I was born into an all member family. I lived in the same small town of 2000+ people for my entire life. During that time I was very into sports such as baseball, track, cross-country, and soccer. I love doing anything outdoors, cliff jumping being my favorite activity of all. I went to college for two years and received my Associate's Degree before deciding to leave on a mission. I worked as a roofer for close to a year and spent much of my time travelling out of state alone to work on jobs. That was kind of rough, but it offered me an opportunity to explore new places and meet new people. I think that people get stressed out over nothing, or to say it differently, there is never any reason to be stressed. People should look for what makes them happy and do that.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many others, I was born into a member family. My parents were both members of the church and my brothers and sisters were also all members. I grew up going to church every Sunday, not really understanding why I was going. "Because it's good, because we need to, because it's what we do, etc." It took me a while to find out for myself. When I was going, I always felt like it was where I needed to be. That helped me have less than a few doubts. I never thought it wasn't true, I just wanted a strong confirmation. That confirmation did not come all at once. It came through acting, through continuously doing what we all need to do to gain a testimony: going to church, reading from the words of prophets, praying, and trying to live the most like Christ as we can. Through doing this I was able to know that what I was doing was right. I felt peace and comfort with the doctrine of this gospel, I felt joy whenever I helped others, I felt the Holy Ghost when I was in church listening to others testify of Christ. I am a Mormon because I put it to the test and I learned that it was true. It makes me happy and that is what God wants for us. He wants us to be happy in this life and the best place to find happiness is in the Gospel of His son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I had a leadership position as a youth in our church. I was in charge of the young men my age and would help lead meetings and activities. This entailed planning and following through with appointments we all made. I think that how someone "lives their faith" says everything. I could easily say that I believe in it all, but without actually acting on it those are just empty words. So I always made it a goal to avoid empty words and acting on everything I said. Often times my friends would ask me to do something that would go against a belief and it was always the hardest to say no to them. But, from the start I let them know that I wouldn't do anything against what I believed and in turn they started to respect what I believed. I tried to stand as an example of being charitable and patient with others, tried to avoid putting others down just to be "funny." Currently I am serving as a missionary of the church in Mongolia Ulaanbaatar. It is a big sacrifice, giving up two years of my life, but I know that it will give me the best opportunity to "live my faith": to share what has made me so happy in my life and to help others receive that same joy. I will spend two years with the people of Mongolia sharing about the Plan our Father in Heaven has prepared for us. All of us are His children, and I want to share that with others.