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Hi I'm Derek

I grew up in Texas, have a masters degree in public administration and manage cities for a living. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have three boys and three girls and love spending time together as a family playing games, being outdoors, and attending the kids' various school, sporting, music and other activities. After attending Brigham Young University in Utah, we lived in Washington for about 8 years and have lived in Colorado for the past 6. I have the great opportunity as a city manager to provide professional expertise in the administration of local government seeking to make my community a better place to live.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church when I was about 6 months old and so I was raised in a home where I was taught to have a love for the Savior and His gospel. While all that I had learned growing up in the Church made a great deal of sense and provided opportunities for learning, service, and growth, there came a time that I felt that I needed to have a more firm understanding about the truthfullness of the religion that I had been raised in. While I was a teenager, I decided to read the Book of Mormon on my own and then pray to know of its truth. Through prayer and the peaceful feelings of the Holy Ghost I learned of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After graduating from high school and going to college for a year, I served a full-time volunteer mission teaching and serving the people of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies. This wonderful experience not only provided an opportunity for me to share the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but also to more fully understand the blessings that it brings to the lives of our Heavenly Father's children.

How I live my faith

While I feel that the measure of my relationship with the Savior and my membership in the Church is defined by how I live my life as a husband, father, son, brother, friend, neighbor, and employee at my job, I have also had formal opportunities to serve in the Church in various local leadership responsibilities. These opportunities have allowed me to provide service to the youth and adult members of the Church as well as other members of the community. I have been involved in coordinating religious instruction for Sunday meetings, providing mid-week activities for teenagers, assisting with camp-outs and instruction for various Boy Scout activities, planning and carrying out recreational events for adults and families, coordinating welfare and other service projects, and visiting those who are sick or have other concerns to provide for their needs.