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Hi I'm Derek

I grew up in California. I go to school in Utah. I am married to my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest in my family and I grew up in California. I grew up watching super hero cartoons, playing video games, and getting into trouble with my older brother. I am married to my best friend and am currently going to college in Utah. I love my wife, and I am so grateful to have her by my side. I love exercising and being outdoors. I am competitive, but I try not to lose focus of the point of it all. I have a secret past of Hip-Hop and Break-dancing. Always trying to be and do my best.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in this church because my parents are both members. That was good enough for me for most of my childhood. However, when I was in High School, I started to find out certain things for myself. These are the reasons I choose to live my faith. I remember sitting in church one day while singing the hymn, "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief." Halfway through the song I was overcome by a warm feeling and a sense of comfort and security. It was at that point that I came to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He lives. One morning I was driving home from an early morning Seminary class. I do not remember what the lesson of that day was. However, as I drove home I felt a confirmation in my heart that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet. It was at that moment that I came to know for myself that this Church is the Church of Jesus Christ. Since then, I have had many experiences that have confirmed these truths to me. I am a member of this church because so much good has come into my life as I live my faith. I am a member of this church because I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of it.

How I live my faith

In my daily life, I strive to always think of, and emulate the Savior. I strive to do as He would and be like He is. I try to help others when I can and bring about good in this world. In short, I try to follow His example and become like He is.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

We believe that God is our Heavenly Father. He is the father of our spirits and we are all His children. As such, we are all created after His image, meaning that God has a body that looks like ours. His body is immortal and perfect. Heavenly Father knows us perfectly. He cares about our successes and failures; He cares about and triumphs and our growth. Everything He does is for our ultimate benefit. Sometime, however, we cannot fully understand that. Everything He does is to help make us better, succeed, and return to him. God loves us completely and perfectly. We believe that God loves us so much He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior and example. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are incredible! They are some of the strongest and most influential people I have ever met. I am so grateful for the great examples of righteous women I have in my life. Equal does not mean same. Are men and women equal? Yes, no doubt about it (Acts 10:34). Are men and women the same? No, not even close. And that is the beauty of Heavenly Father's plan. He loves all his children equally and infinitely. That is why He has commanded that man and women marry and form families together. With both halves of the circle uniting under a common cause, a man and woman complete each other and are capable of raising whole, complete, well-rounded children. Are my wife and I equal? Yes, and I always treat her as such (Actually, I always try to treat her better). Are my wife and I different? Yes, very much so. Is it hard? Sometimes it is very hard, but we are devoted to one another and committed to making this work. With her I have experienced joy and happiness I never knew possible. Through Heavenly Father's plan, I have learned and grown so much more being with my wife than I ever could have otherwise. Ultimately, neither man nor woman can make it alone (1 Corinthians 11:11). Show more Show less