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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a philosopher. I'm a nerd. I memorized pi to 50 digits and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 25 year old male who grew up in the great state of Washington. I love to play soccer and I am learning how to play the piano. I've gotten my degree in philosophy and I love to have in depth discussions about all facets of life. I plan on going to Law School.  

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I always looked to find the comfort and peace of mind that the truth would bring me. I studied Philosophy for 4 years at a state university and left with a degree but without a lot of certainty of what the truth still was. I kept searching and looking. I grew up atheist and I had denounced the idea of God and religion in general. I couldn't find peace or solace in science either. With these two options gone I resorted to trying to find the truth through reason. After all my studies and worldly learning I couldn't find anything that would spark my interest. After years of searching I found a very unlikely and at the time unwanted answer. One day two missionaries of the Mormon church walked up to me and asked "Did you know that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ?" I was baffled. I told them that I did not know that. We set up an appointment for the following day and I was excited to argue with them and attempt to prove them wrong. Well after talking with them for about 45 minutes one of the missionaries told me: "I know the Book of Mormon is true." I had no words to refute him. I actually believed that he did know the Book of Mormon was true. Well, I still wasn't ready to believe and these two missionaries stopped visiting me. Months later I started to attend the church through a friend. I was amazed at the atmosphere of comfort I felt in the church. I had been anti-church my entire life and vehemently opposed the idea of organized religion. Well, after a few weeks I decided to meet with the missionaries again but this time with the intent to learn. So, when they came by I told them my preoccupation. I knew that I would have to ask if the Book of Mormon was true and as it states, "having faith in Christ" well I didn't believe in Christ. So they explained that I should ask just hoping for an answer. Well a few days later I decided to pray. I'm not sure why, but I did. After I prayed for the first time in my life, I laid in bed and I felt the most amazing warmth and love surround me. I could feel different. If that wasn't enough, the Holy Ghost spoke to me and told me five distinct things: 1. God is my Heavenly Father 2. Jesus Christ is my Savior 3. The Book of Mormon is true 4. Joseph Smith was a prophet 5. What the missionaries taught me is the truth I was so overwhelmed I began to cry. I decided then to follow the answer that I had received. A few weeks later I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know this is God's true church and that only through baptism and confirmation can we become clean from sin.

How I live my faith

I currently live my faith by striving every day to be a better person and to try and treat all others with love and respect.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

We teach that baptism is essential in order to receive forgiveness of our sins. We also believe that it is the only way in which we can start to return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less