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Hi I'm Derrick Weatherford

I was the defensive-tackle on Tennessee's 1967 SEC & National Championship football team. My wife's a spouse abuser. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a retired educator of 38 years. I am the father of 3 children that have the same birthdays 36 months apart. I'm the grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of 1. I enjoy gardening, fishing, and visiting my friends and relatives and doing church work. I enjoy watching sports on TV, especially football and going to my grandchildren's sporting events. My spouse is my fourth grade sweet heart. She makes the sun come up in my life. She gave me 3 beautiful children and has always been a wonderful mother!

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather Thomas Benjamin Weatherford was converted to the Mormon faith. He and his family were of the first converted to the Mormon faith in the Latta, South Carolina area. My father and mother moved the family to Darlington when i was very young and i was able to attend the Darlington Branch in my youth. The fundamentals that I was taught as a youth convinced me that there was one faith that was true and the teachings in the LDS church are unified all over the world the same way Christ established it when he was on the earth. Unfortunately, I was lazy while attending college and wasn't an active church goer. My wife was of another faith and she wanted to know what church our first child was going to be reared in. I told my wife I could not convert to her faith and she told me that she knew nothing of the Mormon faith. I told her that I could resolve that problem. I called my bishop and he sent two young 19 and\or 20 year old missionaries to teach her the fundamentals of the faith. I never coersed her and she readily accepted the gospel. My bishop gave me permission to baptize my wife and when my children became the age of 8 I was able to baptize each of them. Since the LDS church is a family oriented faith my daughters had their children baptized by their husbands and my son was able to baptize his children as well. I love it's emphasis on being self-reliant and industrious. My wife and I were public educators, my oldest daughter is a registered nurse with five lovely children, my son is a doctor of dentistry with four lovely children, and my youngest daughter has a degree in English. Her greatest accomplishment was rearing five lovely children in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today she has a son, age 19, that is serving a 24 month mission for the LDS church and i'm so pleased.

How I live my faith

I have callings in the LDS church in Marion and i also attend and work in the temple every Tuesday. I served as the Marion Branch President for 8 years and I've held several other offices such as Young Men's President and i served as first and second counselor to former Branch Presidents. I presently have the calling of Assistant Branch Mission Leader. When available I assist the missionaries and love offering service to those in the community. I enjoy attending church and learning of Jesus Christ and the teachings of his Apostles (the original and present day). I love the positive impact that holding Family Home Evening and having family prayer has always had on my family.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Derrick Weatherford
The family is the corner stone of the Mormon faith. The greatest work that a man can ever do is within the four walls of his home. The husband is the patriarch and with help from his wife, is responsible for the success and failure of his family. The husband is responsible for providing food and shelter for his family and developing spiritual strength that the children will pass on to their children. If there is not family organization after this life, I don't want to be a part of it. My son served a mission for the church and, both he and my two daughters have taught their children the gospel. My grandson is in the process of teaching my great-grandson the gospel. I am very pleased! Show more Show less