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Hi I'm Derek Morris

I'm the baby of my family, yet have a new baby of my own. I have the best wife, the best parents and the best life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up staring over my dad's shoulder as he drew architecture plans. Somehow I came to study civil engineering and found my career as a nuclear engineer. Life has its surprises. I thank my once-teasing brother for building patience in me. I thank my mom for instilling a constant peace in my heart, and my father for never turning down an opportunity to serve--especially his children. My wife claims I can play any sport, but that doesn't apply when I haven't played them in years. My brother and I grew up on basketball and manipulated our parents into buying thousands of cards that we now cherish. With a wife and young boy, my favorite sport has morphed into packing my kid on my back and holding my wife's hand as we go hiking on any free morning we can find. They will come more often once I finish my master's degree this semester, though! I hold my family dear and couldn't be more thankful for what the Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped us become together: and eternal family... not perfect, but eternal. The daily ups and downs are what makes life interesting and worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

Some of my favorite times come while sitting quietly outside, especially away from the bustle of the city, and look at the trees and sky. I listen to the breeze and birds. Suddenly my lips begin to hum the same song I always hum in these moments, "How Great Thou Art". To know why all I see and hear is before myself, to know why I'm here, is the most comforting knowledge I feel a person could possess. There is no stronger motive to go about each day with a purpose to learn and serve than that of knowing those around me are truly my brothers and sisters and that life continues beyond what many see as a dreary monotony. I'm a Mormon because I've found no better way to have this and many more blessings in my life.

How I live my faith

Often I'll enter conversations where my work colleagues mention a movie, TV show, or song that I haven't seen. Before I ask more about it, my friends do me the kind favor and say, "Oh, it's not something you would see, Derek." I thank them and turn my attention to another task. This happens in about every familiar setting where people know a little of my standards. In my ward, I serve as a teacher to 11 year-old boys during Sunday School. Their energy and comments create a wonderful challenge for me to go beyond a passive lecture. I serve as organist, as a home teacher to several families in our ward, and go to service projects whenever they come. Faith isn't faith unless action is taken, so I try to remember not to be spoonfed or sit back and watch others work up a sweat, but to roll up my sleeves and dig in to whatever I can.