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Hi I'm Derick

I'm a member of a broken (repaired) family, I'm a return missionary, and I'm a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

I enjoy acting, film, running, swimming, skiing, speaking in Spanish and serving in my ward and community. My parents separated before I was born, and divorced shortly after. My dad remarried a faithful Latter-Day Saint a year later, and my mom, after being a single mother for about 18-19 years just remarried a faithful member as well. Because my mom didn't practice Mormonism as I grew up, dad would drive an hour either Saturday night, or Sunday morning to take my three older siblings and I to church. Sunday night, or Monday mornings he would drop us off at mom's house for school. Because of my family situation I currently have a total of 19 brothers and sister. Yes, 19. And I have more than 40 nieces and nephews. I had the opportunity of serving a mission in Lima, Peru when I was 19 years old, where I lived and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ for two years at my own expense. It was the best two years for my life. Right now I'm studying in a local university for a major in Psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Theater.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses families. My family, for most of my life, has been contentious, complicated, and very very large... There have always been a lot of hurt feelings, and disrespect. It seemed like a huge mess for many years. As soon as the majority of my family began following the teachings of the church, and striving to follow the commandments of our Father in Heaven, everything changed. Now my family is still large, and relatively complicated, but it's also happy. There is love, forgiveness, peace, unity and understanding. The more we strive to apply the teachings of the church in our lives, and the more faithful we are, the more peace we find. I saw this same pattern again and again with many other families when I served my mission. My mom was re-baptized when I was about 16 years old... and I consider the transformation that came in her life one of the most precious blessings and miracles the Lord has provided me with. All my life she helped me question my beliefs. This questioning caused me to search for answers, which has helped me gain a greater understanding of the truthfulness of this gospel and the power of Christ's sacrifice. A simple prayer to God, coupled with faith and true intent, as to whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true WILL supply a simple and pure answer through the Holy Ghost. I have done it many times, and every time, the answer has been yes.

How I live my faith

The best way to help others know what you believe, is to show them through your actions. Faith, without works is dead. I'm not perfect, but I do my best. I am open and welcoming to questions or conversations about my faith. Though I don't always agree with others about what they believe, and though they may not always agree with what I believe, there is always a feeling of mutual respect. In my opinion, one of the greatest attributes of a Latter-day Saint, is being able to respect other's views, while upholding your own. I am the membership clerk in my ward, which means I deal with the membership records in several different aspects. I am also a home teacher, and I have three or four individuals that I visit, care for, and aid in any way that they need.