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Hi I'm Derek Skousen

Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I am a college student about to serve a mission in Spain. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently preparing to serve a mission in Malaga, Spain. Prior to receiving my mission call, I attended Brigham Young University and will continue my education there when I have completed my mission. I plan on majoring in Biology and hope to become an Orthodontist when I finish my schooling. In high school, I played basketball and volleyball and still love to play both for fun! I also really enjoy snowboarding and going to the lake. I love to spend time with my family and friends. With my friends, I LOVE to play FIFA on the Xbox, although it often gets very competitive and results in arguing! Still, it's fun and we always get over the little fights. I have grown up with a group of fifteen kids that have always been my best friends. We do everything together and are super close. Besides one that is not a member, all of us either have mission calls or are already serving missions all around the world. It has been a great blessing to have such good friends that are also awesome examples. As for my family, I don't know where I would be without them. They are always there for me and have been the greatest support for me in whatever I may be doing. They have become more than just family to me and I will always consider them my friends. They are all such awesome examples and I will always be so grateful to have grown up in a family that lives the gospel!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was born into the church. I was always taught that I should read my scriptures, say my prayers, and attend church every Sunday. I grew up in a home where the Spirit resided and I recognized that more and more the older that I got. It was the best blessing that I could ever ask for. Still, that is not to say that I wasn't converted to this church. When I was a sophomore in high school, my dad fell away from the church. He decided that it wasn't something that he believed in anymore and stopped attending all church meetings. My parents were divorced and my dad moved out of the home. This was a very difficult time for me and a time that I knew I needed the Savior in my life. I knew that I couldn't rely on the testimony of my parents and family, but that I needed one for my own. Amidst this difficult time, I felt the love from my Savior more than I ever had. I took it upon myself to no longer go through the motions, but really put my heart into it. I began to read my scriptures and to pray with sincerity. I sought the Lord's guidance in many of my problems and found my answers through the scriptures and from the feelings that I received from the Holy Ghost. I read the Book of Mormon and took Moroni's promise to pray to know if this gospel is true. I received my answer and can now truly say that I know with all of my heart that this church is true. The gospel has brought me more happiness in this life than anything else ever could. It gives me peace in my trials and comfort when I need it most. I'm a mormon because I want to have this happiness with me always.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by the small decisions that I make daily. All choices, from reading my scriptures, to keeping the sabbath day holy, to attending all of my church meetings affect me and the example that I set for those around me. I do my best to improve myself every day so that I can be the kind of person that the Savior wants me to be. I do all that I can to make sure that my actions reflect that beliefs that I have in the church. I know that the people around me will see my example and I strive to always set a good one so that I will be a worthy representative of the Savior and His church. Another way that I live my faith is by the decision that I have made to dedicate two years of my life to serve a mission. I hope to be an effective missionary and an instrument in the Lord's hands to bring people to the true gospel. I know that this gospel has brought me so much joy in my life, and I hope to share that happiness with the people in Spain. A third way that I live my faith is by the callings that I have held in the church. While I was attending BYU, I was called to serve as the gospel doctrine teacher in my ward. It was a great opportunity to teach others and to share with them my feelings and testimony that I have about the gospel. It was my responsibility as the teacher to bring the Spirit into the classroom. I did all that I could to live worthy of having the companionship of the Holy Ghost so that it could teach all the members of my class what they all individually needed to know.