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Hi I'm Derek

My wife and I recently adopted our daughter from an orphanage in China. Now we have four amazing kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy spending time in the outdoors: hiking, biking, skiing, playing at the park with my younger kids. I've traveled to and lived in many places but was drawn back to live by the majestic rocky mountains. I seem to spend a lot of time doing my kids' hobbies: cross country, soccer, swimming, scouts, wii games. Our oldest had a hole in his diaphragm at birth (diaphragmatic hernia). Our second child had speech therapy for many years. Our third was eight weeks premature with a lot of complications. Our recently adopted daughter from China has cleft lip and palate. Even with all the challenges, I love being a dad.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that all people are my brothers and sisters. We are all spiritual children of God. I've experienced meeting and being friends with many many diverse people. My deepest feeling is that God loves all His children and each has an important purpose in life. I've found these truths and God's eternal purpose for us in the restored gospel taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My faith is in Jesus Christ. This Church is His Church.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ is my perfect example, my savior, my redeemer. By His grace I live and show my faith by giving back as much as I can. When I was a teenager, I had a lot of peer pressure and challenges. However, also as a teenager, I had the chance to provide meaningful service by monthly visiting a family where the mom had cancer, another family that went through two divorces, and helping at worship services. My conversion to the gospel started through a high school religious studies class, seminary. I had the chance to teach this class to high school kids at 6am for two school years... yes, that's five days a week at 6am before school started! It was absolutely inspiring! (and sometimes tiring) Now I'm leading (or more accurately advising) the teenage young men's program in our congregation where over twenty attend. Really, the young men lead their age group and do a great job of it. We have weekly activities, monthly bigger activities, and a Sunday class. I've had the opportunity to be on the local red cross chapter board of directors where we focused on keeping the effectiveness of the chapter under challenging economic and fund raising times. My wife and I went to China to pick up our daughter. We love the Chinese people and culture. It's a privilege to have a daughter from China in our family. Our daughter was at a magnet special needs orphanage that was run by a Christian charity. She was malnourished and under weight when she was found and then was transferred there. I believe that the orphanage workers and supporters were sent by God and saved my daughters' life. Now, she's doing great and it feels like she was always meant to be part of our family.