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Hi I'm Derrick

I'm a father of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of two two-year old children. I am a mechanical engineer. To relax I enjoy spending time with my family, playing guitar, hiking or biking, or working in my wood shop. I have been a Boy Scout leader for over a decade, even though I personally never advanced past Cub Scouts as a child.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in rural Nebraska, where I had minimal exposure to the Mormon church. During my second year at college I met some friends in my dorm who were Mormons, one of whom gave me a Book of Mormon to read. That summer I met with the missionaries who taught me about the church, and by the end of the summer I was baptized into the church. Of all the reasons I joined, two stand out. One is that I learned that there are still prophets on the earth. Growing up in another religion I had been taught that prophets were no longer necessary because the Bible contained everything we needed to know. While this is true in a general sense, there are so many different ways to interpret the Bible who can tell which is correct? It is a great comfort to know Heavenly Father has placed an intermediary, a Prophet, with us to help us find our way. The second major reason I became interested in joining the church was the idea of a lay ministry. There are no paid clergy, which means we all have to work together to make the church work. It also means that I need to keep my personal and spiritual life in order so that I'm ready to fulfill any church assignment I am given.

How I live my faith

My current calling is as a leader for the eleven year old patrol in our ward's Boy Scout troop. This involves a patrol meeting one evening a week, along with some outside activities such as campouts, jamborees, hikes, etc. I also have an assignment as a home teacher. At least once a month I try to visit the three families I have been assigned. I talk with them to see if they need help with anything, and to make sure they know they can rely on me in case they need anything. I also prepare a short, gospel-themed lesson to share. I also have an important calling to be a father and spiritual leader for my home. I try to find ways to teach my young children about good behavior and introduce them to gospel topics such as Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, prayer, the scriptures, and so on.