Hi I'm Derrick
Understanding the purpose of life came when I was 14 years old. Coming from a broken home I often thought how could this ever be a blessing? Well, in the eight years of looking back on my experiences and trials I can say that I am grateful for everything that I have gone through. It was not easy, but the lessons I learned from my parents getting divorced has been a blessing in my life. I say this because I gained my burning testimony of the Savior and The Book of Mormon at this time. I feel I was able to get out of the trial what Heavenly Father intended me to get. I am grateful for the knowledge that I have received of the purpose of life and of the blessing of someday having an eternal family. As a twenty four year old, there are many things throughout my life that I have tried and strived to continue doing. Having and being able to live a happy and healthy lifestyle has allowed me to be active in scouting, serve a mission for the LDS Church in the Land Down Under, participate in sports, enjoy the outdoors and continue receiving an education. I am currently a junior studying psychology with an emphasis in Goals and Goal Setting. As of the past year I have been involved in triathlons and cycling all around my hometown. Riding up a mountain road early in the morning seeing the sunrise and all the beauty around is one of my favorite things to do. Elder Robert C. Oaks said "to achieve any worthwhile goal it requires hard work." Such is the case with life. Keep on keepin' on!
Why I am a Mormon
This question is based on two key points for me that I have been able to develop from the time I was really 14 years old until today and will continue to strengthen is the truth that Jesus is the Christ, He is the one who Atoned for my sins by suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, being lifted up upon the cross to be slain for the sins of the world, but more importantly than all that He Lives!!! The second truth is that Joseph Smith did in fact see "two personages" who were the Father and the Son. It was through the Prophet Joseph that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth for the last time never to be taken away. Along with this testimony came a witness of the Book of Mormon. I have received marvelous witnesses of these three truths and I know that each is true because of the promise fulfilled to me in Moroni 10:5 "and by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things."
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The opportunity to understand a small part of the Mind and Will of our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, is through Prophets who are called of God. Under the direction of the Spirit prophets wrote the ancient record known as the Book of Mormon. It is by “abiding by the precepts” contained in this sacred book that we will draw nearer to God. Living the counsel and direction found in the Book of Mormon, allows for great opportunities’ to develop, maintain and strengthen our relationship with the Father and the Son. All those who read this marvelous work and a wonder will be able to as the Savior has always invited us to do is, “come unto me” (Matthew 11:28). I am grateful that I have had and will always have this invitation of drawing closer to God through the Book of Mormon!
How I live my faith
One of the greatest ways I live my faith is by that of helping others come to an understanding of what I know to be true. Visiting with those who do not regularly come to church is a great blessing for me. Sitting in their home bearing testimony of Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith is a remarkable feeling. Also teaching those who are active in the Church is magnificent because they too just like me are continuing to develop, maintain, and strengthen our relationship with the Savior of the World. This is why I do what I do!