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Hi I'm Derrick

I work for a tech company; I spend as much time with my family as I can. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I bounced around between several majors in college; it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. By the time I figured out I was a tech nerd, I didn't want to stay in college for another 3 years, so instead of a CS degree, I stuck with Linguistics. But I've been a computer guys ever since, and I've been remarkably fortunate to work from home since 2000. Working from home lets me spend a lot of time with my family- we have 6 kids at home right now. I enjoy playing piano, although I'm not really very good at it, and I also like to read books with or watch TV with our children. In 2005, our third son died when he was just 2 weeks old. An event like that really helps you realize what's important in your life, and what isn't. I make sure to tell my family I love them each day, and when I go to bed at night, I want to feel like I did something worthwhile that day- even if it's just sitting and holding one of our kids for a while.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church when I was very young, so I pretty much grew up as a Mormon, although I did go through a period in my "rebellious" teenage years where I wasn't really interested in going to Church. But deep down, I've never doubted that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid the price so that everyone would have the possibility of returning into our Father's presence. I've also never doubted that He restored the fullness of His gospel in our days, as well as an organization that provides all the teachings that we need to follow His path. I've learned that when we go through hard times, we can lean on His arm, and He will see us through. We may not always understand why we have to go through certain things, but with an eternal perspective, we can trust in His will.

How I live my faith

At Church, I work with the teenage boys- from the time they turn 12 until they graduate high school. Like many churches, we have weekday activities (usually on Tuesday or Wednesday night), so I make sure those are planned and run properly. We try to let the boys themselves run their own program, with us providing as much or as little guidance as they need. The Church is very involved in Boy Scouts, so I'm registered as a committee member for our scout troop and as an adviser for our Venture scout crew, and I'll go on overnight campouts or other activities with the scouts. I also take turns teaching lessons to the youth during church meetings on Sundays, and I coordinate the efforts of the other adults who work with the teenage boys. At least once a month, I go visit a few families that I've been assigned to "home teach". It's just a way for the church to make sure that every family is getting a little personal contact, and if they have any needs that the Church could help out with. For example, we often send 5 or 10 men over to help someone who's moving in or moving out. We live near a Mormon temple, which is a more special building that the regular meetinghouses where we have Sunday services. I often go spend time in the temple, and I also sometimes go help out with taking care of the temple grounds (planting flowers, watering the grass, etc.). Our family reads the scriptures every day- not just the Book of Mormon, but the Bible, too. We start and end the day as a family by reading and praying together. It's not always easy to get the kids rounded up and behaving well, but it helps us remember to "put first things first". We also get together once a week for a family night, where we'll have a little lesson, play some games, or sometimes go somewhere together.