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Hi I'm Derek

I'm an actor, I enjoy thinking of and writing fiction, I love playing video games more than I should admit, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always suck at describing myself 'cause I never know what to say, but I guess basics are easy enough. I'm originally from Washington State, but we moved to Arizona when I was 11, and I love it there. In high school I did football and other sports until I was a sophomore, but I got tired of it and decided to do theatre instead. Weird, huh? I completely fell in love with theatre, though, and that's where I became an actor. I still love playing sports, but practices suck :) The reason it says I'm a gamer on the basic profile info sentence thingy is 'cause I would be a total video game addict if I had any less self control. I love playing video games and I'll do it for hours, but it's always more fun when it's with my friends. Hanging out with my friends even if we're not playing video games takes the cake, though. Spending time with my friends - whether we're climbing a freaking mountain, exploring caves, making stupid youtube videos, or simply hanging out doing "nothing" - is basically my favorite thing to do ever. My favorite thing to do while I was at my freshman year of BYU was hang out my friends, and (as cliche and cheesy as it is) make new ones. 'Twas super sweetastic. I won't be resuming my studies there until Fall 2014 (and who knows what I'll be studying?), but I guess I'll explain more about that in one of the following boxes :) I'm basically a 19-year-old kid who still needs to figure out what he's gonna do with the rest of his life, but he's having fun doing it ;)

Why I am a Mormon

Well, the best answer I can give is quite possibly the most vague. I'm a Mormon because, knowing what I know to be true, why would I not be a Mormon? Anyone of our church can spout words at people and try their best to convince people of the truth of them, but the way anyone comes to know of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is through prayer. I have prayed about the truth of this church's teachings time and time again, and I can confidently say that I know this church is true. I know the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored by the prophet Joseph Smith at the beginning of this dispensation; I know that God has a plan for each of us with our best interest in mind; I know that through Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End, we can fulfill that Plan of Happiness that God has for us; I know that by learning more about God and the truth of what He wants for us, and by keeping His commandments, we will be blessed, whether in this life or the next; I know that our church runs by modern revelation through a living prophet; I know it's true.

How I live my faith

Well, ever since May 2012, and until May 2014, the biggest way I'm living my faith is by serving a full-time mission for the church. We basically give up two years of our lives to go throughout the world and help people come closer to Christ whether that's through physical service or teaching them the basic beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We refer people to this website a lot because the best way to help people learn about our church is through the testimonies of the members. We're not the best teachers by any means, but what I'll be doing for the rest of these two years is serving others and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people I live around. I am currently in the Wisconsin Milwaukee mission, but once my visa processes and I'm cleared to go, I'll be finishing out my mission in Cordoba, Argentina. I'm pretty excited about that, but I love the service I get to render while out here in Wisconsin for the time being :)

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Derek
A testimony is the knowledge that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. It is not gained through cold, hard facts. One gains a testimony of the Church and the Gospel by praying about it and receiving a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost that it is true. So if you really wanna know, go for it. Learn what you can about the Church, and ask God if it's true or not. He'll tell you. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Derek
Church services are three hours long. Not necessarily in this order, but one hour is dedicated to the partaking of the sacrament and listening to assigned speakers as an entire congregation, the second hour is when we split up into age groups and have Sunday school where we learn more about the teachings of the Gospel, and during the third hour we split up into age groups again, but we also split up men and women and we learn about the teachings of the gospel accordingly. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Derek
Absolutely. The Book of Mormon is not meant to replace the Bible by any means. Just like the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, The Book of Mormon is simply another testament of Jesus Christ. These two books work together to teach us the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Derek
Absolutely. We wholeheartedly believe that families can be sealed on Earth by the power of the priesthood, and that once that happens, yes, we will be together forever. Families are a central part of Christ's church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Derek
Eternal Life is not the same as immortality. Everyone is going to live forever, which is immortality. However, not everyone is going to live with God or like God, which is what eternal life is. The whole point of God's Plan of Salvation, also known as the Plan of Happiness, is so we can become like Him and live as He lives in perfect happiness forever. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Derek
Mormons believe that the same church that Jesus Christ organized when He was on the Earth has been restored to the Earth in these latter days. Christ gave His 12 apostles the priesthood authority to receive direct revelation from God to lead and direct the Church even after He was killed. But once all of the apostles died, the authority to continue leading the church by divine revelation was gone because the priesthood had never been conferred upon others of the church. So even while the scriptures and the teachings of Christ remained, there was no more direct revelation to anyone to lead the Church. Even though there were many great and noble men and women between the time of the death of the apostles and the Restoration, the priesthood had not been given to anyone to lead the Church as God would have it led until Joseph Smith came on the scene. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Derek
Being a Mormon is like being a normal person, but we adhere to the commandments that God has given us in order to be happy and successful. We go through difficulties and trying times just like anyone else, but we know that when we are being faithful in our covenants to God and His will, He will bless us with either comfort or peace or relief or whatever we need to overcome our trials. He won't take our problems away, because only through opposition can we grow, but He will never give us something that we can't overcome through faith in Him. It's not easy, but it's possible, and it's worth it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Derek
Nope. I honestly don't know all of the reasons why, but that practice was only introduced in the early days of the Church. It was then reverted back to the practice of only having one wife. Like I said, I don't know all the reason why. I haven't really looked into it, but I think that one of the reason why we were commanded to do that in the past was to test our faith. Faith is the first principle of the Gospel, and anyone who would otherwise be interested in the church if not for its past with polygamy will have to exercise a great deal of faith these days, right? So that's at least my opinion on why it was ever introduced in the first place, but no, we do not practice polygamy anymore. That's weird. Show more Show less