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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a truth seeker, from Buffalo NY. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a dad of 4, former IT engineer, current project manager in the Medical Device field. Interests are keeping the house from falling down, the US from falling apart, and knowing about the events prophesied for this point in the earth's timeline.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my teens, I sensed there was more going on behind the curtain. I wanted a look. I wanted to know where I was - really. There was more to life than met the eye I was convinced, but no answers, just the nagging sense of some great secret. During my 1st year of college, I had noticed this little mini-chapel - admitted just one person. One day I stopped in. I remember asking God - if you will show me what the truth really is - I'll do it. Not long after that, I bumped into these suited men from Idaho/Utah in the foyer of my school cafeteria. A display was set up showing Christ was once in ancient America. They had a book to give me. A blue sky and a gold angel on the cover. Something felt solid about all this. Took the lessons from the missionaries, things sounded good, not sure I wanted to sign on to anything. School year was ending, the elders asked for one last meeting before I left. I was asked there a simple question: if Christ was willing to be baptized, shouldn’t you be willing to follow his example? If I had the chance to react logically, I would have said, I was baptized once when Catholic - but I never got that chance - it took a minute, but all I could respond was - Yes. "Then will you be baptized?" I was baptized a week later. I had lots to change, but I did. I served a mission for the church in Chicago the next year, got married in the Washington temple 2 years after. I have verified the truth of this religion many times since, that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is lived in response to what truths I have verified. Since joining this church at age 18, and learning more, I have accepted invitations to serve in various areas where I'm needed. Many opportunities are offered to help others, but most help to grow me. Typical church life is teaching classes, visiting the temple, and visiting members to check on their well being. It's an involving religion, as one might expect if Christ is at it's center.

What is faith?

When the church of Jesus Christ was re-instated on the earth, a lot was brought back that was once known but had been lost over the ages. Prophets and apostles are again authorized to receive direction from the Lord, and provide clarification on all relevant issues for the world. One such clarification concerned the meaning of Faith. As revealed to Joseph Smith, a prophet with as much right to receive revelation from the Lord as Isaiah, or any other, we learn that faith is the motivation behind any and all action. It's that simple. When we hear the word faith, the first impulse is to relate it just to belief. But faith is active, and may be exercised in things related to God, or any other domain. For things of God, faith is the motivation that precedes the act of prayer or responding to a request to help someone. Contrast this active faith with mere belief that God exists or that one could/should pray. Now Christ's words concerning faith have a bit more meaning. His example of faith as grain of mustard seed relates to the internal motivation of a seed to germinate similar to the motivation we need to accomplish things related to God. "Have faith" implies more given this definition. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Yes, we believe Christ is the Son of God. I do as well. With His church having been re-instated after a long absence, we have the benefit of learning more about Christ than was previously known, giving more context and meaning to His mission on our behalf. To help settle any question on this issue, consider the following quotes from the Book of Mormon (scripture written by Israelite prophets led here to the west in 600 BC): "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophesies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Book of Mormon, p.100, 2 Nephi 25:26. And another: "For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the Lord Omnipotent who reineth, who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay...And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning...And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name..." Book of Mormon, p.152, Mosiah 3:5-9. This was written about 124 BC. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believes in Christ as the Son of God, Creator, Redeemer, and Judge. The interested reader should read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, for more proof. Show more Show less