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Hi I'm Derek W Geslison

I loves sports, especially basketball. I go to BYU but have taken a break from education to serve a mission in Sapporo, Japan!

About Me

I have lived in Spanish Fork, Utah all my life but have been all around the country. I love sports including basketball, football, lacrosse, golf, baseball/softball, and much more. I love many types of food and am especially fond of foreign foods. My favorite type of food is Japanese food (which makes me even more excited about serving my mission in Japan!). I went to college for 2 semesters just studying generals but I intend to go into the Mechanical Engineering program when I get back from my mission. Additionally, I want to get into the Architectural Design program for my minor. I love music! I like all types of music (except country). I like to tell jokes and make people laugh and smile. I have hundreds of interests including computers, mechanical things, electronics, construction, woodworking, cars, designing, driving, cooking and even cleaning. My list is almost endless! God has blessed me with so many talents and I do my best to make those talents grow and to show them to others.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church like many people in Utah. However, we are not born converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was taught about people in the Book of Mormon and about the prophets growing up but I never had anything to base off of why I knew all those things were true. In the summer of 2009, my brother and I went on a Church History Tour. This tour took us all around the eastern United States. While in New York, we had the chance to go to many places where Joseph Smith lived as well as places historical things in the church happened, but more importantly and more specifically, we went to the Sacred Grove. This is where Joseph Smith prayed to God in search of the true church. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith then, and their presence can still be felt in that sacred area. It was after being there, praying, reading scriptures, and feeling a holy presence there that I knew Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet and everything he ever did and said are all completely true. My knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon came more recently. I've always known the Book of Mormon was true but while at MTC, my Japanese teacher challenged me to try Moroni's challenge in Moroni 10:3-5. I asked God if He could make it known to me if the Book of Mormon was true. I then had this strong feeling come over me and I had no stupor of thought. I knew it was true, as well as everything in the church. God answers prayers.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am serving a mission for the church. I'm serving in Sapporo, Japan. Prior to my mission, I was in seminary where we got the challenge to read the scriptures everyday. I took that challenge 4 years ago and continue to do it today. Because of this, I always find solace in the scriptures. I have also started to apply it more to my life and gained a great testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Along with reading each night, I enjoy praying. I was always taught to pray every night but when I decided to be more earnest and sincere in my prayers, I began to feel God's love as He listened to me. I also began to realize all my prayers being answered and in what way they were answered. Because of these two things, my faith in God and Jesus Christ have been greatly strengthened and my desire to learn more about Them and be more like Them has increased significantly. I love the church and all things in it. I live my faith by following what God, Jesus Christ, our Prophet, and leaders command, and I find joy in doing these things. I live my faith by serving, reading and learning about God, Jesus Christ, past prophets, etc., by praying, and more.