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Hi I'm Derek

I’m a lucky husband and father of 6 awesome kids, I have a cool lazy eye, I'm blessed to be a teacher, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

Hi! My name is Derek. My beautiful wife and I have been married for over 18 years and we have 6 kids ranging from age 15 down to five (2 beautiful daughters and 4 crazy awesome sons). I served a mission for the Church from 1991-1993 in the Dakotas. I have taught seminary and institute with the Church Educational System since 1996. I'm a PowerPoint geek, I love hanging out with my family and going on dates with my wife. I'm on a quest for the perfect pizza, and I'm addicted to my wife's homemade cookies. I love to be with people and help others laugh and enjoy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings me so much purpose, hope, and direction to my life. I have basically been “born and raised” in the church, so I’ve never really known anything different. From the time I was young, the church has always been a big part of my life. However, every person needs to learn for themselves if the religion that they have been raised with is true. For me, it has been a gradual process. I can’t really pinpoint “the event” or date in which my testimony came to me. I've discovered over the years that I couldn't rely just on the strength and testimony of others, but that I needed to know for myself that the Church is true and not just endure on "borrowed light". I believe my testimony has come through the consistent day to day living of those principles I have been raised with. I count myself extremely blessed as I have seen the hand of God in my life every step of the way and I am proud and happy to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith can be summed up in my personal motto, which is five short sentences… “The Church is True! Life is Good! God is in Charge! Satan Hates You! The Savior Loves You!” That has come from years of observing the way that my faith works in my life. I have learned for myself that the Church is true. I teach the principles of the gospel to teenagers for a living, and I do my best every day to live and teach those same principles in my own life and the lives of my family members. I was reminded years ago by a teenage student of mine that happiness in this life is my choice and that life is good, even when certain events in this life may not seem to be good or fair. Having a bad day doesn’t mean that life is bad. I can choose to have a good day. I live my life knowing that God, my Heavenly Father is very aware of me and my family and often works with me as if I was his only child. He guides and directs me in ways that remind me that He is in charge, and if that is the case – then why should I put energy into worry and uncertainty? I want to live my faith in such a way that when I wake up every morning, Satan says “Oh no! He’s up again!” He is bent on my destruction and I am aware of that; however I have a firm knowledge that Savior lives and loves me and as I live my life with the basics of prayer, pondering and studying the scriptures, and doing my best to serve faithfully in the church and in my family responsibilities – the adversary will not triumph and the victory will go to Jesus Christ - a victory he has already won, I just need to do my part! I have faith in him and his plan for me and my family!

What is faith?

One of the best definitions of faith that I have ever seen is that Faith is three things. 1) Faith is the assurance of things hoped for which are true. 2) Faith is the evidence of things not seen. 3) Faith is the principle of action in all intelligent beings. Faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ means simultaneously facing the future, looking to the past, and initiating action in the present. http://lds.org/broadcast/misc/CES_2006_Eve_BednarDA_%20SeekLearningByFaith_00920_000.pdf Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Raising a family is the hardest thing I do, but also the most rewarding thing I do. The best way to share my feelings about why raising a family is so important is to share parts of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and their children. Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan....Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. The family is the fundamental unit of society. http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,161-1-11-1,00.html Show more Show less