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Hi I'm Derek Edward

I'm a college student and aspiring novelist from Utah. I love my family and my Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I suppose I consider myself a mother's boy, and a father's boy. My family is perhaps the most important thing to me in the world. I'm the second-oldest in a family of seven children. Right now I am studying public relations in school. I'm also an avid writer. I love music and must admit a craze for artists that aren't so mainstream now: Manhattan Transfer, the Carpenters, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, my parents, grandparents, great-grandparents etc. were all members. I think I am a sixth-generation member if we follow the right family tree. However, that is NOT the reason I am a member the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents have always nourished me down the gospel path and I haven't ever seriously doubted their testimony. Nevertheless, there comes a point when a parent's testimony can no longer sustain that of a child's. I got to an age where I realized that I had to find out for myself if this was true. So what did I do? Quite simply, I did what all investigators should do if they want to find out if the things that a missionary teaches them are true: I personally read the Book of Mormon, then I knelt down at the side of my bed and prayed. I've done this countless times but each time I do, I feel the Spirit come even stronger, touching my heart and filling me with joy and peace. We can do earthly things and experience earthly pleasures, but the "fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23, http://scriptures.lds.org/en/search?search=Galatians+5%3A22-23&do=Search). In other words, the Spirit fills you with feelings and emotions that the world can mimic but not recreate. On many occasions, I've been filled with this love and this joy. I invite all to take the challenge found in Moroni 10: 3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (http://scriptures.lds.org/en/moro/10/3-5#3) I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Many think that we worship some strange Mormon god, but that is completely untrue. I invite you to come to know your Savior in a more intimate way through your study of the Bible and the Book of Mormon together. I must tell you once more how much I love my Master, Jesus Christ. Without Him, I am nothing. Without Him, humanity would be lost. I also love you, wherever you are: whether you be an investigator just coming to know us, a long-time member, or someone that just came across this page by accident. We are beloved children of God. Of this I testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a ward pianist. Each Sunday I try to arrive 15-30 minutes early so that I can play prelude music to set the tone and invite the Holy Ghost into our services. I try to actively participate in the classes that are held so that I can understand more. Every month I visit 2-3 households in an activity that is known as "home teaching." A Church leader divys up the men into companionships and gives them a list of people to go visit. Each month we check in on these people, chat, make sure that their needs are being met, offer our help or service, and share a brief spiritual thought. Every morning on my way to work on the bus, I read a chapter from the scriptures. I know that I'm not perfect, but by searching the scriptures I find myself drawing closer and closer to God.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Derek Edward
This is a question that arises in the lives of many if not most or even all. We believe that we are here to prove that we will be obedient in keeping the commandments of God. We have a family dog who has developed the tendency of digging through the trash, looking for something to eat. Unfortunately, she doesn't clean up after herself. We've tried to train her out of this habit, but we've only succeeded in training her not to dig through the trash while one of us is present. The moment we leave the house, she starts scavenging through the garbage again. I believe that we are in a similar situation. If God were visibly present with us every moment of the day, who of us would do evil? The test isn't if we will be good only if He's there right in front of us, but what choose to do of our own accord whether we are being watched or not. While living, we must faithfully put our trust in God and keep his commandments. As we do this, we will be blessed with joy---even while we are experiencing challenges in life. Show more Show less