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Hi I'm Derek

I was born and raised in Provo Utah. I love cinematography, snowboarding, and fried rice, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy the outdoors. I love going shooting and rock climbing and just being around family and friends. I also like skateboarding and other sports. I plan on going to school after I finish sharing the Gospel for a few years!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. I was raised in the Mormon church but I was not always active. For a few years I stopped going to church and decided it wasn't for me. I even attended other churches to see what was out there. During that time of my life I made a lot of wrong decisions. I put myself in a lot of situations that were not good and eventually decided that I didn't want to go to church at all anymore. I didn't go to church for a long time and finally, I decided that I would try going back to church and would try reading the Book of Mormon. I had read it before, but had never really taken it seriously. As I read and attended church I noticed the difference it made in my life. I noticed that I was happy again and that I felt like I had a purpose and a direction to my life. Through the Book of Mormon I have come to know, now more than ever, that my Savior loves me. My relationship with Jesus Christ has truly grown because of the teachings of that book. I know it is true because it brings me closer to Him.

How I live my faith

I am currently a missionary for the church which is really important to me. I feel like life needs to be happy and enjoyable, and I feel like that joy can be found by reading the Book of Mormon. After experiencing that joy for myself, sharing it kind of felt like a personal requirement. I want everyone to experience the happiness that comes from the Book of Mormon and its teachings. As a missionary, I have the opportunity to share this message full time.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fullness of the everlasting Gospel. We believe that there were prophets just like Moses or Noah, that God called on the American continents. These prophets testified of Jesus Christ and recorded their revelation. An ancient prophet named Mormon, abridged these ancient records and then passed them down to his son Moroni. Moroni was commanded to store these records to keep them safe. In September of 1823, Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith as a glorified perfected being and directed him to the place where these records were stored. Through the gift and power of God, Joseph Smith was able to translate these records and brought forward this second witness of Jesus Christ. "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) Show more Show less