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Hi I'm Degan

I grew up in Southern California. I am getting a PhD in Computer Information Systems. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 3 soccer kids and married. I train year around for triathlons even though I'm not as fast as I'd like to be. I am in PhD program for Computer Information Systems and in my 5th year. Prior to this I worked as a software developer for many years and wanted to give back to society by becoming a professor. Being in school is hard after having worked for many years, especially with a large family, but good things are ahead for us.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many kids, my parents were divorced when I was a boy. They loved us very much but their challenges made life difficult for them and for us. I remember distinctly as a young man spending time at a neighbor's house and feeling something hard to describe, but good. Whenever I was in their home, I felt peace and comfort and love. I thought I would give anything to have that kind of feeling in my own home. It turns out they were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I spent a year attending church, meeting people, and reading the scriptures to see if it was right for me. One thing they encourage people to do is determine for ourselves whether or not God lives and if the things we learn there at church are true. I put this to the test after a year and prayed for my own witness. Upon praying, I received an immediate and affirmative answer that what I had been learning about was true. I knew that God lived and I mattered enough for God to answer my prayer. I feel so grateful for the life I have had since that time. If I could go back and start over again, I would make the same decisions.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church provides many opportunities for service to both local church members and people in the community. In a recent year I did a lot with the youth at church. We cleaned up poor neighborhoods, fed the homeless at shelters, and did other fun things like going to youth dances and building skateboards. More recently, I served with many other adults to take care of needs in our community. Some activities we have participated in include helping people find work, providing housing for people in need, visiting the elderly and sick, and helping people move. These kinds of activities take away some of my sports and hobby time, but I feel really good inside knowing that I'm making a difference in the world.