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Hi I'm derek

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi my name is Derek, i just recently returned home from a full time mission in California. right now i am looking for work and will be headed of to school in a few months but i just do the things i love which is pretty much anything outdoors. i love to be in the mountains and in nature. i love my family and thank God for them, without them i wouldn't be here today. i just love to be happy and find joy in life. this life is too short to always be sad or depressed, which is another thing about the commandments of God, with them we can be free and happy. i understand that we all go through hard and challenging trials but the gospel is a message of peace and happiness and with that we can always find light in the darkness. I try and make everyday the best day of my life and if i mess up then i have a new day to make it better. I love to help others succeed and find joy in life, and really that is where i find my joy is by helping others and letting them feel the Love that Christ has for them.

Why I am a Mormon

when i was young my grandparents always took my brother and I to church with them, i didn't really know much but we went and eventually the time came when i turned 8 to be baptized. i was but was never really active in church being that i had one parent who wasn't a member and one who was an inactive member, and Sunday's were family day, although i am grateful for my parents and the closeness that we had. i went off and on but i think it was at about 14 that i decided that i wanted to start attending more frequently so my brother and I started, and i thank my ward for i know that the reason i kept going was because the continues to love us. it is really weird because as i became active in the church i started getting into things that i shouldn't have and i continued this way for a long time. all of my life i said i wanted to serve a mission and the day finally came when that was possible but i wasn't living in a way in which i was able to go. then one day i was talking with a really good friend and she helped me to realized that i was making a huge mistake and that i needed to change my life around, with her help and the help of a counselor as well as my family I started through the repentance process. It was hard and tiring and i felt as though i would never see the light again, but it did and i found myself worthy and able to be able to serve the Lord as a full time missionary. My mission has taught me so much about me and about my Savior, Jesus Christ. looking back on my life I know that God was with me every step of the way, he never left my side. Because of my experiences i have had in life i know how it feels to be in despair but i also know how it feels to be released from that, it is possible! i know that "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass" it really is by those little things we do in life that make all the difference, never give up, Satan doesn't, it is always going to be a battle but it is worth it, God will always win.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being as Christlike as i can, and the greatest way i can do this is by serving others. I am not perfect, none of us are but i try to look for opportunities where i can help those around me, my brothers and sisters. before i left to serve a full time mission i was teacher of the 11-12 age kids at church as well as the 6-7 aged kids and it was my favorite thing to do. i love the children and there great faith that they have. i try to make my life one where i can glorify God, to really let my light shine for the world to see. i have been given so much in my life, i am so blessed and i want everyone to have and feel that happiness that i have. i try and study the scriptures everyday especially the Book of Mormon, i know that it is the word of God and like the Bible we can come closer to our Savior through it. i am here to help my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ with anything that they need.