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Hi I'm Derek

I love to camp, fish, and make Indian food. I work at a hospital. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three kids. They keep both me and my wife on our toes and they are precious to us. I enjoy riding bikes and playing games with my daughter and fishing or playing with action figures (not dolls) with my little boys. When I'm not busy working at the hospital, there is plenty to do at home with family. Like anyone else, weekends help "recharge the batteries" most of the time. I try to find the right balance of work, play, and sleep. Born in California, raised in Utah, and Idaho is my home. I am not an expert at any one thing but I sure enjoy doing a variety of things. Each year I camp with family and friends, fly fish, play basketball, and BBQ on the weekends. I do have a passion for learning new Southeast Asian or Indian food recipes. Spicy chicken curry with coconut milk and basmati rice or roti canai (Indian flatbread) is my absolute favorite. A goal I have is to complete a triathlon. I really admire people that steadily prepare to complete a task that is challenging and requires persistence.

Why I am a Mormon

Earlier in my life I was much more concerned about having a basic belief in God. It seemed like the first step. Like most others I have wondered on several occasion (especially as a teenager and during times of trial) what the purpose of life is. Yes, I grew up in the church but I still had to discover truth for myself. Pondering upon the complexities of the earth, this life, and how people can be so very kind and loving, I came to realize from taking these thoughts and questions to God in prayer that my faith grew stronger and that I believed that God is real and that He is our Father. As I grew up a bit and prepared to serve as a missionary, a basic belief in God was helpful but not enough to convince me to serve a mission. I had felt on several occasions that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true, but committing two years of my life to sharing the gospel in a foreign land added pressure to be certain of what I really believed. As a result, I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I prayed about the scriptures and the prophet Joseph Smith. It's not easy to explain but I knew that I felt that these things were true just as I had felt that God lives and is our Father in Heaven. Knowing that God lives and has a plan for us brings me great peace, hope and joy. I truly believe that this life is temporal and that although we will die and our spirit leaves our body at death, we will be resurrected and live again. I believe that Jesus Christ showed us the way by His example and that He provided the way for us to return to our Father in Heaven. I know that God is merciful and provides a way for each of us to learn of Him in this life and the life hereafter. I know that God speaks to us today through a living prophet and that His true gospel was restored. Daily life is often busy and there are many distractions, but I know that it is possible to gain a testimony of God and that we can come to know His plan for us.

How I live my faith

Trying my best to live the gospel one day at a time has enabled me to evaluate the spiritual and temporal needs of my own family as I prepare to be of service and a resource to others in their time of need. I am grateful for wonderful family and friends in my life and respect each of them so very much regardless of their faith. I believe that each of us have much to learn from each other and that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father that loves us more than we can comprehend. I am grateful that He has provided a marvelous opportunity for us to learn important lessons and principles in this life. Some other ways in which I work hard at living my faith are daily family prayer, personal scripture study, serving in the church, and attending the temple each week. Blessings that have come from seeking to put God first in my life one day at at a time include: attaining peace during times of trial, a stronger relationship with my wife and children, greater happiness, and a clearer perspective of the purpose of life, what matters most, and what I need to do today.