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Hi I'm Derek

I grew up in Phoenix Arizona. I played football in college and have worked in law enforcement for 20 years. I am a mormon.

About Me

I am a native to the State of Arizona. I have been married to my college sweetheart for nearly 24 years. We have two children, a boy and a girl. I have been in law enforcement for 20 years. I am currently a Chief of Police for a Native American police department in Arizona. I enjoy fishing in Alaska and almost everything outdoors. I am currently enrolled in the US Naval Post Graduate School studying Homeland Security in my second post graduate degree. My daughter in a senior in highschool and competes at a high level in volleyball as a setter. My son is a sophomore in highschool and plays footballand runs track. My wife is also a native of Arizona and works part time as a office manager and full-time mother. I love my country and the freedoms I enjoy. I am thankful for the courageous men and women who have fought for my freedoms and continue to fight for my freedoms.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon for a very simple reason. I was born into the church and raised by two wonderful parents. As I began to get older and my reasoning began to become more my own as opposed to my parents', I realized I would need to decide for myself if what I had learned over the last 18 years was, in fact, true. A simple decision to follow a simple directive was how I learned for myself if this church was true. More importantly, if this church was for me and for my life in the distant future. The Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:3-5 challenges us to study, ponder, and pray. I did so. One night I decided that if I was to continue believing for myself and attempt to serve a mission as a 19 year old youngman, I would put this challenge to the test. I had been taught that by fasting, or depriving the body of sustenance for a 24 hour period invites a more solemn atmosphere and allows one's spirit to become alittle more dominant over one's physical appetites. In so doing, I was careful of what music and television I listened to and watched so that my spirit could be softened and able to be penetrated by a greater phenomenon. I eventually secluded myself to my room. I had some doubt as to whether this challenge could even be possible. I remember thinking of how many children walk and have walked on the earth and how insignificant I must be in the sight of God. At this point, I kneeled down and began to speak to my Heavenly Father. I spoke to Him as if I was speaking to my own earthly father. I asked Him if he was there? I asked Him if my fasting really meant anything? Several hours went by. My knees had become sore from kneeling on the ceramic tile. Many hours went by. Up to this point in my life this prayer had been the longest and most sincere. I began feeling a great happiness and appreciation for my parents and my siblings. I eventually asked Him if Joseph Smith was His servant. My answer was simply "yes". The challenged worked.

How I live my faith

I love life. I love people. I enjoy serving others and find joy when I do. I have served in the Boy Scouting program for over 20 years. I serve in the church and teach children who are 7 years old. I also serve in the community as a board member of a small irrigation/water district. I find that I am happier when I serve others. The gospel of Jesus Christ is real and it is a blessing to this world. People are much better when they utilize His teachings and live by His word.