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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a missionary in Houston, Texas, I love Seinfeld and rock music, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the great state of Utah. So, of course, I'm a big Utah Jazz fan. Michael Jordan ruined my childhood...twice. I love listening to music and playing the guitar. Some of my favorite artists include: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Incubus, and The Clash (among others). I'm currently a missionary in the Texas Houston Mission and will finish in December 2011. I was blessed to have the opportunity to teach the Hispanic people in Texas and have the chance to learn the Spanish language.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a solid Mormon family with roots back to the pioneers. It's something that I've been taught since I was a little kid. We believe everyone has agency, or the right to choose for oneself. Even though I was born into the church, I still wasn't converted. I guess the better question would be, "Why am I still a Mormon?" I've made some bad decisions in the past that made me unhappy, but I knew that when I was living the principles of the Gospel that I felt complete, clean, and happy inside. I took some religious classes provided by the church (called "seminary") throughout high school and this helped me understand the gospel better. I remember one time we were asked to have a question in mind for the upcoming General Conference, where the leaders of the church speak to us. My question was whether or not we had 12 Apostles on the earth today. I prayed to know specifically if one of the 12 Apostles was called of God or not and then watched conference that weekend. To my surprise, that apostle spoke on something that, I felt, was meant specifically for me. I felt inside that he was an inspired and chosen servant of God and knew my prayer had been answered. I've prayed about the Book of Mormon a few times and have gotten the reassuring answer each time that I already know it's true. I guess you could say I've decided to stay a Mormon because I know our Heavenly Father has answered my prayers and told me it's true.

How I live my faith

Currently I'm living and exercising my faith by serving a full-time mission to the people of the Houston, Texas area. I know that I was called here to Texas for a reason, and I know that my call came from an authorized servant of the Lord. I try to live my faith by learning about and following the example of Jesus Christ. I love my fellow Texans and have the blessing of working with the Hispanic community here. I love speaking Spanish and being a part of the Hispanic community here in Texas. As missionaries we invite people to learn about Jesus Christ and follow his example, teach people the principles of the Restored Gospel, and act as stand-ins for Christ by giving service and helping people. I'm not perfect, but I know we are "perfected in [Christ]" (Moroni 10:32) as we follow his teachings. After my mission I plan on living the Gospel too and help others learn about the blessings Jesus Christ and His Church have to offer.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Families are important to us because they are a way for us to have support for our spiritual and temporal growth. I can't imagine how much more difficult life on earth would be if we didn't have someone to turn to in times of need. We learn and grow from each other and our lives are enriched because of the values that the Gospel of Jesus Christ teach us. Because God loves us, he wants us to take care of our families. To do that, he's called a prophet on the earth today and has given us knowledge of his plan through the scriptures and modern revelation. Show more Show less