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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a devoted husband and father of 3. I'm a CPA and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have 3 little children: 2 girls (ages 5 and 1) and 1 boy (age 3), with twin boys on the way. I love playing with my kids and traveling with my family, even by car! I enjoy camping, hunting, fishing (pretty much anything that has to do with the outdoors) and I am an avid sports fan. I am a certified public accountant and I work for a public pharmaceutical company. I am involved in various volunteer community organizations.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and so I was raised in a Mormon family. Even though I never really doubted this faith that I was raised in, there came a time in my teenage years when I decided that if I was going to continue to believe and live the faith that my parents taught me, then I had better do so because I knew for myself that it was the right thing to do and not rely on just what other people have told me, including my parents. So after a period of intense reading, studying, and pondering the teachings of the Church, including the Book of Mormon, I asked Heavenly Father through prayer if the Book of Mormon was indeed His word and if the men associated with it were truly His prophets. I received a definite answer, not through an audible voice or some other dramatic way, but through a simple warm feeling that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that the people who helped bring it forth are his true prophets. Although the feeling was very subtle, I know that it came from an external source, from God, and was not merely imagined by me. The impact this knowledge has on my life is very profound. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is our Redeemer. I know that the Bible and and the Book of Mormon together testify of Jesus Christ and of our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for us. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God and that the Church today is guided by the direction of the Savior through a prophet. My religion gives me the strength to deal with life's challenges, the deep, peaceful assurance that no matter what happens, everything will be okay as long as I do my best to do the right thing. My religion gives me hope and happiness in this life and in the eternities, the knowledge that no sad thing will be permanent, that I can be with my beloved family forever. I know that others can feel the same things I do.

How I live my faith

I am the Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout troop sponsored by our local church. I meet with the boys twice every week and we go on a campout once a month. I have the responsibility to visit a couple of families in our church at least once a month and we help each other out with whatever we can. I have gained many good friends through doing this. Everyday my wife and I pray with our kids and read out of the scriptures with them. We go to church every Sunday and we try our best to live the teachings of the Savior and to be good examples to our kids. It is a lot of hard work and a big commitment, but the rewards and blessings we get from it make it so worth it.