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Hi I'm Derek

I am the oldest child with 3 younger siblings. I love the great outdoors, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There are two things that I really enjoy doing with my life. Making music, and flight. While I was still in high school, I joined the band and the jazz band playing the trumpet. I practiced a lot and worked hard, and my senior year, I became the trumpet section leader. Also, I learned how to play the piano, and I find myself playing hymns for hours at a time. Currently, I am attending a college in Utah. I am part of a club there, the Experimental Rocket Club. Before I went to college, I knew I loved rockets and airplanes, but I didn't realize until after I joined this club how great it really is. That is something that I hope I can do for the rest of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

This church makes you happy. It is as simple as that. I have never felt happiness like when I am choosing the right and doing the things that I need to be doing. I was raised in this church by my parents, so as a child, I never really questioned the things they taught me. As I grew older, I decided that my parent's faith was not enough for me, and I needed to know for myself. I knelt down and prayed to my Heavenly Father and I asked him if the things I had been learning my entire life was true. Needless to say, I got the confirmation quickly, and there is no way I could ever deny it. And knowing this for myself fills my soul with genuine happiness, because I know without a doubt, that I can be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

There are many ways I can stay involved in the LDS church. One of the best ways that I can stay involved throughout the week is by signing up for religious classes at college. These classes help me to remember Christ constantly, and not just on Sundays. Also, I get the opportunity to teach a class during our Sunday meetings. This is a huge blessing in my life because I find that I learn much more by teaching a lesson than from listening to somebody else teaching it. Plus, there is nothing like reading your scriptures and preparing a lesson that will help you feel the spirit in your life. Another thing I have done to live my faith is to follow the council of our prophet by deciding to serve a mission. I have been called to serve in Mexico City, and I am very exited to go and help others feel the same happiness that I feel on a daily basis.