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Hi I'm Derek MacDonald

I grew up all over Canada. I'm a teacher and now I'm a dentist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two children. A daughter who is 13 going on 18 and a son who is 9 going on 6. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my soulmate. I enjoy spending time with my family doing things like golfing, watching movies, warm vacations (it's cold near Edmonton), boating and fishing, tennis, and many others. I spent a lot of time figuring out what I wanted to do for a living. I started as a teacher and although I loved teaching, I did not enjoy the politics that can be present. I switched careers after a few years of teaching and went back to school (for dentistry) for 6 years with my very young family. I could not have done this without the support of my lovely wife. I really enjoy watching my children succeed when they work hard for a goal.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager I didn't really believe in God. I had an experience when I was 19 however that changed that. I was working on a difficult piece for my music school audition. I got frustrated at one point and threw my trumpet on the couch and sat down smoldering. I then felt a wave of warmth wash over me calming my mind and heart. I recognized this as God inviting me to come to Him. I then played that piece of music perfectly.More importantly I knew there was a God and that He needed to be in my life. I spent the next several years going back to my church at the time but I never found that feeling again. I started looking at other churches but found that these were more or less the same as my original church. I had questions I wanted answers for like - If we need to accept Jesus and be baptized to be saved, what about people who die without ever having heard of Him? I never found an answer in years of searching. Several years later while in University, I met a girl who really stood out from every other person I have ever met. She looked like she knew something that I didn't and whatever she knew made her happy. I asked her on a date and came to understand that she was a Mormon. I had never heard of the Church. I asked her so many questions over the course of around a month of dating that she invited me to meet with missionaries. I asked the missionaries about my question that had plagued me and they explained the plan of salvation. This all sat very well with me. They invited me to pray about the truth of the Book of Mormon and come to church two days later. I accepted the challenges. I went to church (loved it), and prayed with real intent to know if these things that I had learned were true. After church, I was driving somewhere and pondering what I had learned when I got my answer. That spirit I had felt many years earlier poured over me again, more powerfully than before. I knew it was true and I entered the waters of baptism the following Sunday.

How I live my faith

Although I don't teach in schools anymore I have had many opportunities teaching in church. I served a mission in the Netherlands where I taught the gospel to those wonderful people. I have also had many opportunities to teach youth and I have loved it. I grew very close to those youth I taught and even though it is years later, I'm still close to them. The gospel is part of who I am. It affects every part of every day. It helps me to be the best that I can be. I wouldn't be who I am today if I didn't have the church in my life because through His church my Heavenly Father teaches me how I can be the most happy in this life and how I can prepare to inherit eternal happiness in my life to come when I die. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I would surely be lost without them.