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Hi I'm Derrill

I teach economics and food policy in Africa. I'm an organist, a father, and a hat collector. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a passionate and excited teacher. I love what I study and strive to make it meaningful to my students' lives. I have written a textbook on food policy. I have a wonderful happy boy who loves music like I do and an infant who smiles to see me. My Lovely and Gracious wife and I recently moved to Nigeria for at least the next three years. My hobbies are an eclectic mix -- I have won awards for acting and bowling -- I was a church organist at 16 -- I have won medals for American and Latin style ballroom dancing -- I write parodies and am working on a fantasy novel -- I lift weights -- I read voraciously and play video and board games -- I wander through beaches and woods and hills.

Why I am a Mormon

 I have tested the promises in the scriptures many times and found them to be true. I have prayed to the Father, and He sent His Holy Spirit to testify to my heart about the mission of our Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel He restored through the prophet Joseph Smith gives me great peace now and wonderful hope that my family can be together eternally no matter what may happen to us here.

How I live my faith

Every night, our family gets together for Family Fun Time where we read a few verses of scripture, pray, and have fun - playing games, watching a movie, or reading a book. It draws us closer together and was one my cherished memories growing up. This was an extension from our church's recommendation to get together on Monday nights for such a night. I read the Bible and Book of Mormon daily and kneel in prayer several times each day. On my music playlist are many religious songs that provide an opportunity for me to break from my work or other tasks and remember God. Though it isn't easy for me, I try to reach out to people I don't yet know - not to gain a convert, but a friend. This is a church where each member serves, without compensation, and does whatever they can, whenever asked. I have been an assistant to our last congregation's bishop for 4-5 years and was recently asked to lead our little group in Yola. My wife and I have served in the temple together. I have served as organist, choir director, or music director for more than 16 years.