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Hi I'm Derron

I grew up in Arizona. I now fly all over the world as an airline pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Because I travel so much for business, I appreciate staying close to home when I'm not working. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors specifically camping and fishing. I have been married for 15+ wonderful years to my best friend. Together we've been blessed with 4 beautiful children who, fortunately, enjoy doing the same activities outdoors as me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. It gives me perspective as I am faced with the challenges associated with being a father in this fast-changing world. It also gives clarity to me about my purpose on this earth, especially as I travel and see so many cultures that are vastly different from my own. Whether I am in India, Hong Kong, Paris, or at home in the USA, I can feel confident knowing that I am a child of a Heavenly Father who loves and watches over not just me, but all of his children in all corners of the earth. The more I travel, the more I see that people are the same in their basic desires--to be happy and share that happiness with those they love the most their families.

How I live my faith

 I am an elders quorum president in my ward. In such a calling I have a responsibility to watch over about half the men in our congregation and their families. By watching over, I mean doing what I can to serve them temporally or spiritually. I serve them temporally by helping them to be able to provide themselves and their families with the basics of life putting food on the table, having stable employment, preparing for the inevitable unforeseen economic challenges that life throws at all of us from time to time. I serve them spiritually by helping them to grow their families' testimonies of our Savior Jesus Christ. In turn this helps these men to become better fathers, husbands, and servants of the Lord.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Derron
 Mormons don't have paid clergy for a couple of reasons. We believe that personal spiritual growth comes from serving others. Serving in the Church, whether it be giving a talk in a Sunday meeting, teaching a lesson, visiting the sick, or providing temporal help where needed, are opportunities for as as lay-members to enhance our own spiritual capacity, and become closer to the Lord. I truly believe the most meaningful service you can provide to your fellow man is that which is done "pro-bono" or has no expectation of payment in return. The second reason is that resources that people donate to the Church can now be utilized in more effective ways to serve others. Show more Show less