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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a father of 2. I have a beautiful wife. I'm a student and working to be a Physician's Assistant. I love music & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in sunny Arizona and still live here to this day. I am the youngest of six kids;me, one brother and four sisters. I served a Spanish speaking mission in Everett, WA and loved every minute! I graduated with a Bachelor's in Family and Human Development while doing Pre-Med as well. I am currently a student, finishing up prerequisites required to enter PA (Physician's Assistant) School. I currently work in the Pathology Department at a local hospital as a Surgical Pathology Assistant. I've been married to my amazing wife for 5 plus years. We have two awesome children (crazy at times, but awesome nonetheless) and a third on the way. I absolutely love music. I play the violin (and have since 4th grade) and I love to sing. I can play a tune or two on the bagpipes and I have a guitar (I can play maybe a chord or two... still working on this instrument). I also have an electric violin. Music is definitely a way that I can relax and ease my mind from a day of craziness. There's hardly a moment in the day that I'm not singing a tune or humming something or thinking of a song. There is definitely power in good music. Other things I like... I like racquetball. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. My favorite food is Chinese.... Mmmm, I love Chinese food! I love coming home from a long day at work and school and kissing my wife and rolling on the floor with my kids. Ya know, life is short. So I try to live every minute like it's my last.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at age eight. I have had a testimony that God loves me and hears my prayers since a very young age. I remember when I was a young boy in elementary school. I had lost my library book and couldn't find it anywhere. It was due back at school the next day and late fees would be applied if I didn't return it. I searched and searched for that book, but to no avail. I remember learning in Primary that we can pray for help when we need it. So I knelt down and offered a simple, but heartfelt prayer. I said something like, "Heavenly Father, I've lost my book and I've looked everywhere for it. I know you know where it is. Please help me to know, too. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." Then, I got up and continued looking. As I was looking, a clear and distinct thought came to my mind to look on the bookshelf in my sister's room. I went, and right there on that bookshelf was my book. I quickly knelt down and offered a prayer of thanks. Finding that book at that time meant everything to me and my Heavenly Father knew that. I knew then and know now from other similar experiences, that God hears and answers our prayers and he knows and loves each and every one of us individually. I know that our Heavenly Father lives and loves each of us. So much so, that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer for our sins and raise triumphant over the grave so that we also, might live again with them. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same church organized by Christ himself when He was on the earth, restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that the scriptures we have today, both the Bible and Book of Mormon, are true and inspired works of God. And I know that Christ is directing this church now through the living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. All of these things I know because the Holy Spirit has testified to me of their truthfulness, and I cannot deny any of it. It is part of me. It is who I am and I will always love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love going to church! I love the people there and the feeling you have when you're there. An amazing thing about the church, is that the members play an important role in the organization and functionality of the church. No one is paid for their services in the church. Bishops have their own families with jobs and bills to pay. Deacons, at age 12, pass the sacrament and Priests at age 16 bless it. It truly is amazing how the church functions as an organization. In the church, I have had many opportunities to work with the youth. I have taught the 16 and 17 year olds lessons from the scriptures. I have been able to work with the young men in the Scouting Program (Boyscouts of America). As a priesthood holder, I have select families that I have stewardship over to make sure their physical and spiritual needs are being met. Everyone looks after everyone in the church. I strive to help others in any way that I can. I have helped with countless moves, with people moving into and out of the area. I have the opportunity to occasionally teach a group of grown men, most of them older than me. I believe that I am who I am today because of the church. Whether it was the opportunities to serve in the ways mentioned above, or just living the gospel taught by Jesus Christ as best as I can, I am a better person because of the church. I love this church with all of my heart. I love the gospel. I try to share it when opportunities arise because it has made me happy and I want others to experience the joy I have felt by living the gospel and being a member of this church.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

"Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Book of Mormon, which he translated by the gift and power of God, and has been the means of publishing it on two continents; has sent the fulness of the everlasting gospel, which it contained, to the four quarters of the earth; has brought forth the revelations and commandments which compose this book of Doctrine and Covenants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit of the children of men; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founded a great city, and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood." -D&C 135:3 Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I love Joseph Smith dearly and am grateful that he saw what he saw and did what he did. Joseph Smith was a prophet in our day, just as Moses was a prophet in Moses's day. The people didn't worship Moses, but they followed him and worshiped the God he worshiped. Likewise, we do not worship Joseph Smith, but we do follow him and worship the God he worshiped, which is the same God as Moses worshiped. Mormons worship God the Eternal Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less