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Hi I'm Derek Montgomery

I believe that there's purpose in everything! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family is everything to me. Mine encourage me, help me learn, and give me joy in living. Nothing in life matters very much without people close to you to share it with. I love problem-solving. As a statistics student, I'm love learning about new analysis techniques that can help us solve challenges. I think diversity and culture is a gift from God. I have a bit of a fetish right now for the Asian Indian culture, and am planning my first trip to visit India as a volunteer tourist. I love looking for purpose in life. I believe that someday, we'll understand completely why we have the challenges, blessings, and encounters we do in life. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, it can all be for our good.

Why I am a Mormon

First, the standards and values taught in the church have kept me secure. Though I've made my share of mistakes, the gospel has given me a way to overcome them and become stronger through Jesus Christ. The truths I hold on to mean everything to me. Second, the church has given my family the support and strength we've needed to endure difficult challenges and make it through closer to each other. Whether through a meal dropped off, a reassuring visit, or a needed phone call, I feel love and belonging in this church. And it gives my family a set of shared values to unite us. Third, the church has allowed me to center my life on God's plan for me. Through the covenants, or promises, I've made to God, I've felt his influence and help so strongly in my life. Finally, on many occasions, Heavenly Father has told me through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. Through it and the Bible, I know this church to be His restored church--the place He want me (and all of His children) to be.

How I live my faith

Service. I try to be someone others can call on for help when they need it. Whether it's gardening, painting, or visiting the lonely, I always seem to come away with more love than I've given. Family. I take the time to keep up individually with my parents and siblings. Even though we all have busy lives, family comes first to us. The church has given us traditions of family scripture study, prayer, and church attendance to unite us. And I see my actions now as preparing me for my future family. Worship. Whether in confusion, sadness, or joy, I turn to my Heavenly Father. When I doubt, He reassures me in my prayers. When I mourn, He comforts me in my scripture study. When I rejoice, He reminds me of His presence in my church attendance.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Derek Montgomery
The Lord works in an organized way that was instituted by revelation. After the prophet's death, the remaining 14 apostles form a quorum that leads the Church. They soon ordain the most experienced of them to be the President of the Church and the Lord's prophet. In this way, the Lord ensures that there is always a man on the earth to whom He can reveal His direction for the world. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Derek Montgomery
I grew up stargazing. I can remember exiting the darkness of my house on many summer evenings to embrace a night sky alight with stars. There was always such a rich beauty about seeing the stars and feeling small and significant at the same time. That is like the change I've felt since discovering the Church. Like the stars, the blessings usually aren't blinding. I usually have to actively look for them to really appreciate them. But it's hard to overstate how much it means to have such a constant source of light and beauty in my life. Show more Show less