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Hi I'm Derek Van Clement

I'm 24, a true Seattleite, a book lover, the youngest of six kids, an electrical engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing and dance! The dancing part i'm not so good at, but ill do it anyways. I spent seven years of my life in Musical Theater performing and doing what I love. I am currently attending BYU studying Electrical Engineering, and soon to be a Master's student there as well. I don't think of myself as a typical engineer who is only into math and science. I love to hike, play sports, watch Netflix, read books, run, and hang out with my friends and family. One of the things I enjoy most in life though is eating! I may not look the part, but I can put away more food than any normal human should be able to.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in my faith, but I don't want people to think that just because I was born into a Mormon family that I am just following the traditions of my parents. For a while in the earlier part of my life I was really depending on my parents to know that the Church was true, but the Lord has answered my prayers and has testified to me through the Holy Ghost that these Gospel Principles are true. I don't know where I would be without the Church. I am truly blessed to be part of it. I think the thing that impresses me the most about the church is how family oriented it is. God is the Father of our spirits, so he wants us to have the best family we can have here on earth. The Book of Mormon is the most unique Book on the earth. I am a Mormon because I know the Book of Mormon is true. Everything depends on you knowing if it is true, so go read it and pray about, then ask God if it is true or not. I want to make it known that I know this Church is true and I am going to do everything I can to help others feel the happiness that I feel everyday from living this Gospel.

How I live my faith

Everyone has their own ways of letting their faith show. I try to be the best me that I can be, and try not to judge others because lets be honest, that doesn't help anyone progress in life or their faith. The best way to live my faith is to not be afraid to have questions and to seek them out through prayer to our Heavenly Father and studying the scriptures. Only through prayer and study can one truly come to have faith in what they believe to be true.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Derek Van Clement
I choose to go on a mission because I wanted to share the Gospel with others, but it is commanded from God that we Preach His Gospel to all the world. I know that going on a mission is something that I was meant to do, but it wasn't a requirement. Show more Show less