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Hi I'm Derrick

I love my wife and kids. I appreciate sports, music and the outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Chicago and grew up in northern Colorado. I am the oldest of six kids. My parents sacrificed quite a bit so we could learn and experience life. My mom taught me to love reading and creating; my dad taught us sports and music and dragged all of us most everywhere across the US. I studied Spanish history and language at BYU and served a two year teaching and service mission in Argentina. I met my wonderful Mary and we were married here in Denver almost 10 years ago. My wife and I worked our way through dental school while starting our family and now are loving life and working our tails off. We have four natural kids and also adopted our beautiful niece. I love sports, hiking, nature, reading, dating my wife, and playing with our kids. I try to hard to please everyone and sometimes get my feelings hurt when I can't. I am concerned about the way families and morals are falling apart. I wonder if I am unselfish enough or good enough to pull off a successful family in the world we live in.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I feel that the church and its teaching are true, that God wants me here, right now, trying my best to work hard and make my family great. I have seen and felt and asked for guidance and though answers and blessing come in God's time, I feel peace and certainty that I am growing into what My father in heaven wants me to be, more like him. There are truths, half truths, confusion and downright lies all around us. I am learning to trust the compass inside and impressions from the Holy Spirit and have seen blessings, peace, hope and even miracles in my life. I have read the Bible and Book of Mormon and felt quiet reassurances that they are the words of God. Mormonism encourages excellence and service. In the gospel I find answers to life's questions and concrete things I can do to follow the savior such as being baptized as he was. Also, following Jesus Christ by being a Mormon makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon means trying to follow Christ. This is a lifestyle for our family. We try to pray as a family several times a day and study the words of the scriptures. Several times a week I sneak time in for myself and read the scriptures while I exercise and everyone else is asleep. Monday night is for family fun and time to teach our children about Jesus Christ. We sit down to eat together as much as possible. Sunday is a sacred day where we try to minimize tv, shopping and other everyday distractions. We spend time with close family and visit other church members in our neighborhood. I pitch in at church by playing the piano for children's Sunday school, and mentoring potential Eagle Scouts. At work I try to be fairly priced and do a quality job for my patients. We have taken the Peer one addiction center under our wing and do tens of thousands of dollars in free dental care for recovering addicts every year. These are probably the most rewarding cases. In a non confrontational way we invite friends and neighbors to share in religious activities because they bring us joy.