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Hi I'm Derek

I am a physical therapist and college professor in Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a physical therapist who was trained through the US Army-Baylor Universtiy Physical Therapy program. I served at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and Fort Meade, Maryland. After the military I lived and worked in Washington State. I now live and work in Idaho at a university in the physical therapy department. I enjoy all sports. I also enjoy music and theater. I have been involved with local theater musical productions. I have been in The Wizard of OZ, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, I directed and acted in The Music Man and Guys and Dolls. My favorite musical to be involved in was Forever Plaid in which I played Frankie over 16 shows. It was one of the my favorite experiences in performing. I have also sung in an all male A Capella group.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and have attended the Mormon church my whole life. To some this may seem like brainwashing and that I have blindly followed my parents. This is not the case. One aspect of the church that I appreciate most is that each individual person, no matter their background should, and is encouraged to find out for themselves if the church is true and right. Even though I believed in what I was taught for so many years, I still had to have the conviction. So, I acted in the way we should find out if something is right. I pondered much and studied. I then decided to ask God in prayer if the things that I had been taught were true and correct. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) the answer to my query did not come immediately and did not blow me away with some amazing manifestation. Instead it was a gradual calming feeling, unmistakable in origin and meaning that touched my heart to let me know personally that the church is indeed true and that God and His Son Jesus Christ are behind the church and the work of it. In my stubbornness, I need to be reminded at times of this truth. It has been wonderful to have moments throughout my life that reaffirmed the message of the the truth of the gospel. The affirmations have been consistent. The church is true. The principles taught are true. It is a gospel of love, a gospel of compassion, a gospel of truth, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was happy and found joy in sharing this message to the people of Seoul, South Korea as a missionary called by God to serve in that land. The message taught was and is true. The method for other to learn also inspired. We did not command others to repent. We simply wanted to share the message to others and encouraged them to ponder the message, to study it, and just like I had done as a youth, pray to God to find out if the message and the church was not true. By doing this several in Korea found it to be true, just as I had.

How I live my faith

Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints permeates my whole life. As I wake in the morning and read my scriptures, I am uplifted. I am humbled as I say my prayers to my Heavenly Father. I try to be like Him and like our perfect example in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a great blessing to have the church in my life, to guide me in decisions, and in life. I don't think I would have the consistency, constancy, or same happiness without the church. I am very greatful for it, and know it can bless the life of anyone who will just listen and find out for themselves.