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Hi I'm Zach

I'm a law student who loves playing soccer, ballroom dancing, and being a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a law student with an undergraduate degree in political science. I love to ballroom dance; a passion I gained here at college and led to meeting my beautiful wife. I love other types of dancing and playing the piano. I will play any sport I can get involved in, especially soccer, rugby, and ultimate Frisbee. I spent two years in Northern California sharing my beliefs and loved it.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was little I kept hearing about the challenge of the Book of Mormon. If you read it and ask God if it is true, if it is of God, He will answer you. So as a 10 year old boy I read the whole book and asked God. What followed was my answer. A warmth and a comfort that filled my whole being. I knew that it was of God. That started my journey, but I have often had doubts about different aspects of the Gospel. However, I cannot escape the joy that comes from the truths taught in this church. Truths like knowing that I can be with my family forever, that each person having a specific purpose to life, and that God wants more for me than just to survive this life. These things are the reason I continue to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live it each day. I try to make a new friend each day and see which people need a pick-me-up. I try to smile everywhere I go. I guess just trying to do good everywhere. I try to live my life with a purpose because God helped me see that I have one. My faith taught me that everyone on Earth has a specific reason for being here and I love inspiring others to figure out why God put them here. There is something empowering in having a mission to life, a purpose to bring you joy each day and help make some sense of a pretty senseless world. God gave me this direction and I am still figuring out where exactly I'm going.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Zach
We believe in the Bible because first we believe that God speaks to his children. We also believe that He had those men record those words so that we can remember what He has said and so future generations can take courage from them. I read from it because I've found stories that I can relate with. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Zach
No, they do not endorse a particular party. While many members think that a good Mormon means you are a good Republican, this is not true. There are aspects of both parties that the Gospel teaches us to do. The focus on serving the poor and the needy is an eternal principle. Maybe the way gone about it is not, but the emphasis on it is certain. The need to tend to and care for this beautiful Earth is also a doctrine in this church. Further, we need to treat all people (including immigrants and LGBTs) as children of God instead of outcasts. Finally, avoiding war and violence as much as possible is an eternal truth. These are principles found more so in the Democratic party. There are of course other doctrines of this church that could fall in line with the Republican party such as preserving traditional marriage, ending abortions, etc. So, both parties have platforms that are compatible with Gospel principles. Quotes by the First Presidency can show that they have supported issues on both sides of the political spectrum and do not favor just one. God loves all of His children, not just the Republicans and not just the Democrats. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Zach
First off, I am a man and not yet a father, so I acknowledge that my understanding is very limited. However, I care about this topic. We don't know fully why women don't hold the priesthood, except that God has set it up that way. We do know this. God has appointed that men administer the ordinances of the Gospel to help people return to Him. He has appointed women to bring His children into the world so that they can have the opportunity to become something more than they could in His presence. Together, this process creates a wonderful circle where women are the gatekeepers to coming into this world and men are the gatekeepers to coming into heaven. However, neither can do their work without the other. Also, men are not the Priesthood. They cannot do anything with it except help other people, not themselves. It is a duty, which means a great deal of work to administer the church. In some ways (NOT ALL) it is similar to giving birth to and raising children. Neither group is complaining that they don't have enough to do or that it isn't hard enough. However, in both cases, the people involved in God's work (Priesthood or Motherhood) receive undeniable blessings. And after their time is over, they can see those blessings clearly and may greatly miss certain aspects of that work. In the end, I do not know the answer to this question fully, but I do know God loves His daughters very much and He plans on giving everything He has to them, including all Priesthood blessings. Show more Show less