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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a civilian engineer for the Navy, an expecting Father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and moved to Washington after finishing college. My full-time job is as a civilian engineer for a US Naval shipyard. I'm a bit of a weekend warrior. I enjoy building things, working in the yard and on the house. I don't know a lot about working on the house, but I enjoy learning about it and getting my hands dirty. My wife and I are excitedly awaiting the birth of our first child. For now, we have a wonderful dog that makes us smile.

Why I am a Mormon

I love growing in understanding of God's plan for me. I love learning about Jesus Christ and His teachings. I know that God does have a plan and purpose for me and my family in this life. I find that as I attend church, I learn more about the gospel, I am renewed for the week ahead and I feel energized to be the best person I can be. I have found that true happiness in life comes only through obedience to the principles of the gospel and serving others. I am always lifted up by the good associations of people that I meet at church. Above all, it feels like the right place to be. I know that God is pleased with me and my life when I attend church and serve His children.

How I live my faith

I have a passion for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. On Sundays I get to teach a Sunday School class to visitors and new members of the church. I love the discussions that occur as we read from the scriptures together and seek to understand God's will for us all. I work with the full-time missionaries to get to know their friends. I try to support my wife in her church service as well as her interests. During the week I try my best to remember the promises I have made with Heavenly Father and I work to keep those promises.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely. Whenever God has had a message to deliver to the world, He has done it through a prophet. To Moses he revealed the commandments and also directed him to lead the Israelites to a better life. God still loves us, and still speaks to us today to give us direction for our time. He receives revelation for the church as a whole, and we are invited to pray for our own confirmation that what he teaches is true. I know that he teaches what Heavenly Father directs him to share. I know that because I have listened to the prophet's teachings and asked to know for myself. I have received answers to my prayers and know that they were from God. Try it, it works, God's prophet is not a secret, find out what the prophet teaches and ask God if it is true. Show more Show less