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Hi I'm Derek

I love flying and fixing airplanes, astronomy, and scouting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 20 years old and have put off 'personal affairs' to serve God as his missionary. I've gone to a year of College. i majored in Computer Science but ultimately want to be a Helicopter Pilot. I have my eagle scout award and love the outdoors in general. camping, hiking, biking, star gazing, everything. i hope to one day have family, career, and live comfortably. i was in band in both high school and college. i played the tuba mostly but can play the trombone or euphonium if needed. i did marching band as well. i love music and i can't wait to be back in the band.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of this church because i know it is true. I start with the phrase "I think therefore i am." if i exist then the feeling i have felt are real. This includes guilt, sadness, loneliness, happiness, joy, Peace, anxiety, ect. I can't just make up those feeling. and i can't reproduce them when ever i want. I'm sure i can speak for everyone when I say that nobody likes those negative feelings and we search for those positive ones. I have found just that in my faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement. I've felt those feeling of the Holy Ghost (Gal 5:22-23) and i can not deny they exist. it makes sense to me logically as i have grown up in the church and have studied the doctrines of it and other faiths. All the pieces of the puzzle are there. if i have any question about life and its purposes, it is answered by the gospel. i know who i am and what i am doing because of God's love that he has for all of his children. I know that we are all important to him and can find his Peace because if he cares enough to make himself known to me, then he cares enough to make himself known to you. And when i doubt what I believe I can always go back to "I think, therefore I am."

How I live my faith

i love all the people i come in contact with. i get to talk to a lot of people of a lot of different faiths and beliefs. and i know God loves each and every one of them. i have felt that Love that he has for him as i have been serving them. It is difficult at times but it is worth every moment of it. I go to church every week and am currently teaching the eight year olds about the old testament. Me and my wife attend the temple once a month where we find peace from the troubles of life. I love the life of my Savior Jesus Christ and am currently reading out of the new testament daily as well as the Book of Mormon.