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Hi I'm Derl.

I'm a Mormon. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has enriched my life in ever so many ways.

About Me

I'm a father of four and a grandfather of 11. As a young man, I attended three different universities and earned associate, bachelor, and master's degrees in chemical engineering. I had a 32 year career in that field in the manufacture of bare and loaded printed circuit boards prior to my retirement 10 years ago. But what was of most worth to me and provided the foundation upon which the rest of my life has been built, was serving 2 years on a church mission in Mexico. Whle waiting for my visa approval, I studied Spanish for three months at Brigham Young University. I saw how that university compared with the previous two I had already attended and was so impressed that I transferred there after my missionary service. Besides receiving a good education, another blessing was meeting the young lady who became my wife. During my missionary service, I saw the Lord's hand in my life and had many experiences that strengthened my faith and demonstrated the Lord's love for me and all of His children. My life was preserved several times and I received a deep conviction of the truthfulness of the work I was doing - teaching of the Savior's atonement and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed Mormon Church) is the Savior's church restored to the earth in these latter days. I enjoy fishing, hunting, gardening, watching college sports, and spending time with my family. Our children and grandchildren have been a great source of joy to my wife and me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the Mormon Church although my father didn't attend regularly much of the time. My mother took us to church each Sunday but frequently my father would take me fishing while my two sisters went to church with Mother. As I stood on the bank of a river fishing one Sunday when I was 12 years old, I received a distinct impression that I should be in church instead. I started declining my father's invitations in favor of attending church and my father started attending as well. My understanding of the principles and teachings of the gospel continued to grow during my teenage years and strenthened my belief that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was indeed the Kingdom of God on the earth. I especially appreciate the family focus the Church provides and the knowledge that families can be together forever through sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples. How comforting it is to know that after this life on earth my relationship with my sweet wife will continue since we were married and "sealed" to each other in God's holy temple for "time and all eternity" and not just married until "death do you part."

How I live my faith

The Church and its teachings have played a major role in our ability as parents to raise good children who are a credit to their parents, their community, and the nation. Our four children are all college graduates. Our two daughters are home makers and stay home with their children. Our sons both earned advanced degrees. One is a structural engineer and the other an optometrist. I strive to be a good husband, father, grandfather, and neighbor, and to follow the teachings of the Savior. I particularly like a scripture found in the Book of Mormon (a companion volume of scripture that is another testament of Jesus Christ along with the Bible) that says, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remisson of their sins." (2Nephi 25:26) The Church does not have a paid ministry in the various congregations (wards) located throughout the world. All of the local staffing is provided by volunteers who are selected or called to those positions by leaders of the Church. Like other members, I have served in many capacities over the years. I have taught Sunday school classes, primary classes for children, served as a family history center director, served as a bishop (leader who presides over a ward), and spent many years helping with the boy scout program which the church supports as an activity program for young men.