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Hi I'm Derek

I've lived in Europe and in the U.S. I'm an accountant who loves music and running. I'm a husband and father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think this world is an amazing place and I do my my best to try to take it all in. Some of my interests include running, playing the violin, and reading, especially the classics. I also love the Boy Scouts of America and have enjoyed many adventures with some pretty amazing young men, including my two sons. I especially love being with my family. I have a wonderful wife and seven terrific children. Even though we don't often have a lot of peace and quiet in our home, we love being together. We're an active family. We love to camp and to be outdoors, and most of the children are in to some kind of sport. We also love music. There's usually someone in the house whistling a tune, singing a song, or playing an instrument. It can get a little loud sometimes, especially as the children compete for attention, but most of the time it's a joyful noise. I should admit that we're not perfect, but we definitely love each other. We believe in the motto that says, "The family that prays together stays together."

Why I am a Mormon

I've known since I was a little child that God lives and loves me. I'm grateful for loving parents who taught me that I could pray to my Heavenly Father and that He would answer my prayers. I am amazed at the span and depth of God's love for His children. I'm a Mormon because I know that living the precepts of my faith will bring me and my family lasting happiness. Being a Mormon provides an eternal focus for me. The world is a busy place with a lot of distractions. But by focusing on the teachings of Jesus Christ, I know that I can find my way home to God, and that I can bring my family with me. Being a Mormon is really about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. I believe that Christ expects something of us. I know that He lived and died for me and for every other person. If I were to dedicate my whole soul and everything I have, and every ounce of energy that I possess, I wouldn't even come close to repaying the debt. All He asks of me is to do my very best to keep His commandments and to love those around me. I'm so grateful for His grace and mercy. In the end, I know it will be worth my every effort to stay true to Him, no matter how difficult things might become.

How I live my faith

My life is full of opportunities, in my work and community, at church, and in my home, to live my faith. I believe that true religion is more than just a Sunday affair. For example, I work at a hospital during the week, and I'm proud to be part of an organization that helps so many people with their physical challenges. In the church, I have the privilege to teach and to visit members of our congregations and to help them spiritually. I probably miss a lot of chances to help others and I'm sure God is frustrated with me at times. I know he's patient, though, and I constantly feel His urging to be better. I'm grateful for the principle of repentance, which means that if I make a mistake, I can rely on Jesus Christ and the cleansing power of His atonement to cleanse me and allow me to try again. I also strive to live my faith in my home. I try to pray and study the scriptures every day. I also try to read the scriptures with my family regularly and to kneel in prayer with them. I pray that our consistent efforts in these small things will allow God's spirit to be a more and more significant part of our lives. I also pray that by doing these small things in my family, my children will develop patterns of living that will allow God to always be an important part of their lives.