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Hi I'm Derryk

I grew up in Seattle. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Northwestern Arkansas and raised for the most part in Seattle, Washington. As an only child, I got to spend a lot of time doing the things I enjoy: reading books, watching movies, and playing football. After high school, I served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the California Santa Rosa Mission. In that time, I was able to get to know the wonderful people of the northern coast of California. Eleven months after completing my mission, I married my wonderful wife. Shortly after our marriage we moved to Idaho to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho. Where I began pursuing a degree in business and her a degree in social work. A year into our marriage, we got a miniature australian shepherd (or mini aussie) puppy named Luke. We now spend most of our free time playing and/or snuggling with him. We can't imagine life without him! We, now, live on the East Coast in North Carolina. So that my wife can receive her Master's Degree in social work, while I finish my Bachelor's through BYU-I online. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this new part of the country and can't wait to see what life has in store for us next!

Why I am a Mormon

I have not always been a Mormon. When I was sixteen, my mom and I were introduced to the church by the missionaries. The Elders taught us about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and invited us to read from the Book of Mormon. After reading from this book of scripture, akin to the Bible, the missionaries asked us to pray to God and sincerely ask if what they were teaching us was true. Upon doing so, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me, through my thoughts and feelings, that what the missionaries were teaching was true. After that confirmation, I decided that I needed to follow the example of the Savior and be baptized by someone holding the proper authority. It has been almost a decade since I made the decision to be baptized and it is still the greatest decision I have ever made. Every good thing in my life can be traced back to that one choice: my wife, my mission, my values, my education, everything that brings me happiness has come into my life because of my decision to become a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I serve in the men's organization within the church. I spend my time on Sundays, and throughout the week, assisting those in need, teaching and learning about Jesus Christ, and helping others to do the same. Outside of my church service, I spend time with my family and try to share my blessings with others. Most of all I do my best to be kind and fair in my dealings with others, because that is ultimately what the Savior asks of each of us.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

The term 'cult' is something that many christians attribute to any religion that breaks with the doctrines put forth by the Nicene Creed. The reason that 'Mormons' fall under this category to some some comes down to two doctrinal points: our belief in God the Father Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost being three separate individuals, and our belief in continued revelation from God after the ancient apostolic era. While it is true that these two doctrines are not to be found in the Nicene Creed, they are very apparent in the Bible. Thus 'Mormons' are in fact not a 'cult' but in fact followers of Christ's original church and doctrines. Show more Show less