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Hi I'm Derek Hayden

I grew up on a farm in Idaho. I am a medical student, husband, father, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of three young children. I am currently a student doctor, studying and training hard to become a DO. I love playing basketball, working on my parents' farm, and inspirational movies and books. I went to elementary school in a 2-room school house, have moved 14 times in the last 11 years, and I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

A more accurate question for me is "Why am I still a Mormon?" Growing up, university/higher education, personal suffering, and the observation of the suffering of others can erode our confidence or faith in God. When these times arrive I remember things like these which help me keep faith: 1 - The Book of Mormon. I was 16 years old and wondering if it was really true or not. After reading and praying, and asking God if it was true I received a deep witness that it was good and that it did come from God. Daily study of the teachings it contains keep my priorities straight, help me live a high-quality life, and help me feel peaceful even when surrounded by a world in constant turmoil. 2 - Modern day miracles. I've seen crops grow with no rain. I've seen sick people be healed through faith, prayer, and priesthood blessings. My path to medical school was nothing short of miraculous. When I remember the times I've already seen God's hand in my life it becomes so much the easier to stay by God's side. There is a line from a song we sing that says "Be still my soul, thy God doth undertake to guide the future as He has the past." Past evidence gives me strength, patience, and confidence to face current and future uncertainty. 3 - Belief in Immortality and Eternal Families. I strongly believe that Jesus Christ literally resurrected and lived again. I believe that just as He did one day so will we. This means all our families have the chance to live together again, forever. Husbands with wives. Parents with children. This comforts me in times of loss and tragedy; it buoys me up when witnessing life's many injustices. While not at all a comprehensive list, these provide a snapshot of the many many reasons why I am still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I like to volunteer for service activities with many opportunities related to church, school, and community. I feel good when I get out and visit neighbors and church members making new friends and checking up on how people are doing. "Living my faith" to me means trying hard to do the many many little things day in and day out that turn us into true Christians, follower's of Christ of whom He can be proud. Tutor a friend at school, hold doors for others, share kind words to both family members and strangers. Give a lift, give a hand, take out the trash. Opportunities to do BIG things like world trips or food drives are less frequent, but "the little things" are constantly around us.