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Hi I'm Derek

and I'm on a mission.

About Me

I'm a full-time student in Washington State. Friends and family are my life, If you don't see me cycling crazy distances on the weekend or blaring rock out of my Jeep while going around town chances are you'll find me with them. I love the little and big things in life, although it is the little ones that make up the big ones. I love cycling, the power of music and technology. Amidst the craziness which is called this life the most important thing to me is my faith and testimony of Jesus Christ. With it I'm everything, without it I wouldn't be where I am today. I know that God is real, that He is our loving Heavenly Father. Whether it's through clam seas or through rough storms, He's always been there in my life guiding me every step of the way.

Why I am a Mormon

 That's a good question and one that doesn't include a short answer, nor deserves one. To first answer, I was born in an LDS family and grew up as a Latter-Day Saint, however, like the many faithful members in our church, I too needed to come to a personal knowledge if this was true church of Christ here upon the earth. The search for me started a little bit after my graduation from High-school. I always had believed the church was true, at least felt it was. The biggest test for me was to recieve the answer that it was true from God. In my first semester of college, I began to attend the local LDS Institute of Religion. There I met many students with a wide variety of backgrounds from all around the United States. One of the biggest things that I noticed with all these students and something that really impressed me, that was even though they were away from home, family and other major influences in their lives, they had decided to keep true to their faith and attend church and to live the life of a Latter-day Saint. As the semester continued I had the opportunity to meet two wonderful individuals who were meeting with the missionaries, investigating the church. These two eventually became very good friends and had left a huge impression on me. The circumstances for these two young ladies were somewhat similar in how they were searching for the truth, to come closer to Christ and to find peace in this world and in the world to come. I noticed that over time, the sacrifices they had made to follow Christ more closely and to be baptized in His name really stirred a big thought in my mind. If these ladies are making such a sacrifice, to come to know the truth and have found it, what sacrifice do I need to do to receive the same answer? I began to study, at that point, more diligently The Book of Mormon and the Bible, I began to pray more frequently and honestly, I attended church with more purpose of heart and did my best to follow God's commandments. With time, I slowly came to the knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior, Lord and Redeemer. I came to the knowledge of the veracity of the Book of Mormon being another testament of Jesus Christ. I found comfort and truth from the Bible, and slowly yet surely, precious truths distilled upon me as dew from heaven to assure me that God's true church had been restored through a modern Prophet named Joseph Smith and that the fullness of truth is available to man once more, just as it was in the past. All the knowledge I came to was confirmed to me over time and also while on my knees through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know this independently of any other person. I know that if we all want to come to the truth we can do so as we put our trust in God, our faith in His Son Jesus Christ and live His commandments. As we make that sacrifice to serve and to come unto Christ we will feel His peace and His assurance in our lives and we will find the answers to our deepest question. Is my testimony I bear.  

How I live my faith

I do my best to emulate the life lived by the Savior. I find that serving others is also one of the best ways I can show how I live my faith. In a world where it seems like a never ending rat race and a world where it's every man for himself it's evermore important to look towards the Savior for His example. Christ had said in Matt 6:26 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? I find that as I lose myself in the service of my Savior and that of my fellowmen I find myself walking in my faith, striving to develop love, patience, hope, knowledge, obedience, virtue, giving of myself and my time and efforts to others. An important thing I find in the journey in this life is the constant need for repentance. None of us are perfect for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I'm grateful for repentance, for the opportunity I have to constantly align my will with God's and to find the peace and security it can provide, knowing I am doing what God wants me to do.