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Hi I'm Derek

I was raised in a small farming town. I spent twenty years in the military. I'm an IT professional. And yes, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the South end of California's Central Valley. I married at 20 and immediately joined the U.S. Air Force. Over the course of the next twenty years our family moved to a new Air Force base about every three years, and grew with the addition of three remarkable children. We lived all over the US, we lived in England, and even spent a few years in the Philippines. It was a very broadening experience. I eventually retired from the Air Force and am now enjoying the "empty nest" years with my wife of 30 years.

Why I am a Mormon

The most pragmatic point of view could say that if the church is absolutely true, then living the Gospel assures you a place in Heaven. If, by some stretch of the imagination, the church is patently false, then at the very least I have lived a good life,... not harming others, helping where I can, and lifting the spirits of myself and those around me. But inside my own mind, I know,.. not just think, or hope, or suppose,... but know this is where I belong. I know that this is much more than just living a good and kind life. One of my favorite adages is: We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience I think that pretty much sums it up.

How I live my faith

Within my ward I am the second counselor in the Bishopric. The Bishopric is actually made up of five people: The Bishop, the 1st Counselor, the 2nd Counselor, the Executive Secretary and the Ward Clerk. The Bishop and his counselors help to guide and direct the ward through prayer and inspiration. While the Bishop is ultimately responsible for the ward, he is just one man so can't be everywhere he may be needed. His couselors help shoulder part of his responsibilities by working with the different groups within the ward,... Sunday school, the youth programs, etc. My primary role is to help with the youth programs, which I absolutely love. The young men and young women in the ward are remarkable in the way they chose to live their life, especially considering what they are subject to on a near daily basis. We do all we can to support them, but the youth of our ward are really at their best when they are providing service to others. Whether the need is from a ward member or someone who isn't a member, the youth band together to take care of the need and, oddly enough, they really enjoy working together. They talk and laugh and even sing. Pretty soon it's not work at all. It still gets done and they are still tired afterwards, but the time they spent together is like an extended family. Those are the times when you can really see how each person is affected and improved by their membership in the church, and by the ideas, morals and convictions they hold.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! It is a divinely inspired collection of books written by prophets and holy men of the ages. It is the foundation on which Christianity itself is based, to include the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It's through that same process we now have a companion to the Bible, which is The Book of Mormon. It too is a collection of books which continue to testify of the divinity of Christ. Show more Show less