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Hi I'm Derek

I love music, I'm a Star Wars nerd, laughter is the best medicine, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Long Beach California. I'm 22 years old and I spent 2 years as a full-time service missionary in Missouri and Illinois. Golf is probably my favorite thing EVER. I love to ski and snowboard in the winter, and swim in the summer. But I enjoy just about everything and anything that can be done OUTSIDE. Also, drumming = awesome, and of course, I like to party! I come from a big family and I love them to death! I love quoting movies, and I love music, and I believe that life should be fun and full of laughter and that Christ can get us through any hard times we go through.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for a few different reasons. One, is because I was brought up in this church. My parents set a great example for me growing up. But there came a time in my life when I needed to know for myself if the way I was living my life was right. I looked back on all the choices I had made in my life, some bad and some good, but I found that most of them were good, and they were according to what I was taught in church. And I could see how much trouble and heartache I avoided by making correct decisions. Now I am a missionary and I can see from the outside how the gospel of Jesus Christ changes peoples lives and brings them happiness. That is the other reason, I am happy. And that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Before my mission, I taught a Sunday school class comprised of 12-13 year olds. I spent 2 years full time giving service and helping people to learn how they can grow closer to their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. And now I serve in my local congregation by teaching 16-17 year old youth in Sunday School. I also try to do my best on a daily basis to simply be a friend to those I meet and make their day a little bit brighter, I fail at that a lot, but I am not perfect, I try!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

NOPE! However, the men of the church are really encouraged to do so. We believe in agency or the freedom to choose, so every member of our church can choose for themselves to go or not. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

We have had the Bible, and we have many truths from it, but many things were lost through many translations, so, we need a Restoration to bring the FULLNESS of the gospel back to the earth. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

MEET WITH THE MISSIONARIES!!!! They will help you!!!! Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

 We are normal people!!!! and we are members of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it's that simple! Show more Show less