Zach Hair, Zack Nash and Hunter Stanger are new missionaries serving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cleveland.
The Cleveland ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has three new young missionaries serving in the community.
The trio — all from Utah — are Hunter Stanger, Zack Nash and Zach Hair.
Stanger, who is from West Point, has been on his mission journey eight months. After he completes his assignments, Stanger plans to attend college to pursue a career in the medical field.
He noted during his journey so far, he has learned he needs to rely on the Father to do things. “I feel like I have learned to trust Him more and depend more on Him,” he said.
“In the South, everybody is very religious. Most people are willing to talk and are open minded,” he said.
He hopes to gain a “greater relationship with the Father in heaven and make a difference in someone’s life.”
One of his favorite Bible verses is John 16: 33 — “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Nash, who is from Layton, has been serving in East Tennessee for six months. He was in Farragut and then Greeneville before coming to Cleveland.
He also hopes to attend college to pursue a nursing career.
“I am learning who I am,” he said of his mission assignments. “Coming out of high school and living with parents and siblings, I had to find out who I was. I am learning to express myself a little more.”
He said, “I want to continue to develop my relationship with the Heavenly Father and be able to help other people come closer to him as well.”
The hardest part of his mission journey is getting “use living on your own, getting to know new people and adjusting.”
A verse that inspires him as he goes on his journey is from the Book of Mormon — Mosiah 4:9. It says: “Believe in aGod; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.”
Pleasant Grove resident Hair is a recent graduate of high school. He was involved in athletics while in school — mainly basketball and cross country. He also did football, softball and ultra frisbee.
He plans to return home to attend college, where he wants to pursue a medical career.
“I have a learn a lot about myself on the mission,” Hair said. “The biggest thing is to trust in God and his plan for me.”
He realizes the mission field “benefits outweigh the difficulties. I miss being away from my family.” However, he feels he has grown stronger in his faith.
His favorite verse is from the Book of Mormon, Alma 48:17, which says “Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.”
The local Latter-day Saints church is at 4200 Pryor Road. The Sunday services include worship from 9 to 10 a.m., and Sunday school from 10 to 11 a.m.
Individuals wishing to talk with one of the missionaries, may call 423-994-1734. They may also be contacted via Facebook at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cleveland, Tenn., ward.
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