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Hi I'm Derek

I'm an athlete, I'm a good friend, an avid reader, I'm a Christian, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a Sophomore in college. I am studying Management and I hope to find the time to study Economics, History, and Psychology on the side as well. After I graduate, I would like to either become a strategy consultant or go to graduate school and become a business professor. I'm originally from the beautiful state of Colorado. My family does all kinds of sports and outdoor activites. Hiking in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains that sorround our house is one of our favorites. My not so secret ambitions include becoming a stand-up comedian even though I'm not funny and becoming a member of Augusta National Golf Club even though I don't play golf. I have four younger siblings, two brothers and two sisters. I love them so much. They teach me new things whenever I find time to hang out with them. I feel as though I need to do what is right, so that I can be an example to them. I love to read pretty much everything. Newspapers and non-fiction books are my favorite. I just can't learn enough. I like to exercise and stay in shape. I have done some triathlons and I enjoy getting in the weightroom as well. I believe it is our responsibility to keep our bodies and minds healthy and strong because they are God's gift to us. I just love living life, being with my family, and having the Gospel in my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family. Much like Nephi in the Book of Mormon, I was born of goodly parents. They taught me the gospel from a very early age and they still have not stopped even now that I'm 19. I have never received an instant, all-powerful, sure witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's true church on the earth today. I have pretty much always known it is true. Just because I haven't had a single mind-blowing experience, doesn't mean I haven't received witnesses that it was true. My testimony of it is the sum of thousands of little testimony building experiences that all together make something great. I couldn't imagine being a member of any other church. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my rock, and I am so grateful that I have had it my whole life.

How I live my faith

Currently I am serving as a full time missionary for the church in San Diego, California. I am one of those guys with a white shirt and black tag riding bikes around proclaiming the good news of the gospel to everyone who will listen. One of the marvelous things about the Latter-Day Saints is that we have no paid ministry, therefore, it's our job to run this church of roughly 15 million members with nothing but volunteer work. I look forward to having a calling when I return home from my mission, so that I can always participate in some small way to building the Kingdom of God on earth.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

President Thomas S. Monson said, "First, to young men of the Aaronic Priesthood and to you young men who are becoming elders I repeat what prophets have long taught—that every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service is a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much. Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary. Keep yourselves clean and pure and worthy to represent the Lord. Maintain your health and strength. Study the scriptures. Where such is available, participate in seminary or institute. Familiarize yourself with the missionary handbook Preach My Gospel." Young women, 21 years and older, are able to choose to serve if they desire it. Senior couples are also encouraged to serve. My grandparents served in the Missouri Independence mission a few years ago and had a fantastic time doing so. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are absolutely Christians. I have been asked this question often by my friends in high school. Sometimes people think that because we have the Book of Mormon, or other traits that make us different from other Christian faiths, we are not followers of Christ. Quite the opposite is true. 2 Nephi 25:26 reads, "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." Mormons believe that Christ is our redeemer and that it is only through him that we may reach our full potential. Show more Show less