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Hi I'm Derek

I'm nineteen and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am nineteen years old, and I am preparing to go to the Japan Kobe Mission. I opened my letter this past month and I was overwhelmed with joy, because I truly knew that this is where the Lord wants me to be. I have wanted to go on a mission since I was a little boy, but it is not the only thing I have done in my life. I played soccer as a child, as well as lacrosse. I went to public schools where I grew and learned. I have made many friends, who were not just my age, but of all ages. I feel like my mom and dad have raised me well, and like everyone else, there are some things I have done wrong, but through Christ I can repent and change to be better. I know that by doing this I am able to be a happier and better person. Currently, I am on a Mission. I am learning Japanese right now at the Missionary Training Center. Also, I have time to study the scriptures, the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and I am learning how to become a better missionary. So far, there have been some hard times, but I am able to receive help through prayer. I love that I am able to pray to God, and he blesses me with comfort and with His love.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, or a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. Some people will probably doubt this, saying that I am too young to know anything, but I can truly say it is. I know so because of the warmth it brings me when I say it, of the happiness it brings. The Holy Ghost testifies of truth in all things, and I have seen the Lord work many miracles in my life, both simple and strong. I know that Jesus is the Christ, that he suffered for all of our sins, of all my sins, and that he suffered through all of the pains that we ever have felt, and that he has gone through everything that we must go through in this life. By taking his name upon myself, and enduring to the end, I know that I can return to him, and to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in many different ways. I am a teacher for the ten to eleven year old children in my ward, where I am able to help them learn about Christ. What I like about teaching is that I learn from the children and from the lessons, because as we go through each lesson, someone may say something in some way I didn't think about before, and it will lead us to asking and searching for more questions than we would have thought about before. Along with being a teacher, I am preparing for a mission, where I will spend two years of my life in service of the Lord. I received my call, and I will be going to the Japan Kobe Mission. I am not being forced to go, and I will not be paid to go either, I just want to go. I did not get to choose where I would be going, and honestly I didn't care, because I knew that if I were to go for the right reason, to serve the Lord, then he would send me where he needs me. I am going to Japan to do the Lord's work, which is to give everyone the chance to hear his message, and to accept Christ as their Savior just as I have. This is what I can do for the Lord, so I am doing it.