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Hi I'm Derek

I am a husband. I love family, basketball, and London. I love a good sunset and a good smile. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah in an absolutely spectacular family. I am the oldest of five siblings. I recently married my best friend, we are figuring life out together and I wouldn't have it any other way. I am going to school, working, trying to remember to exercise and eat right, and making an effort to love where I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it answered my questions. In various times in my life I have had very serious, deep, soul-searching questions. Questions that your average professor in University can't necessarily answer. But through the Gospel, or teachings, of Jesus Christ I have those answers. I understand both intellectually and by faith. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy too. I have seen people from all around the world and seen all different types, or levels, of happiness. Many think happiness comes from stuff, or prestige, or power. In reality these things fade. Being a Mormon and having faith in Jesus Christ has brought me more happiness and pure joy than I can really take in at times. It is never ending, it is never fading. It is always there. He is always there. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is more than just a Sunday, Christmas, and Easter faith. It is something that is such an integral part of me that I wouldn't know what to do without it. Everyday involves prayer, scripture study, and feeling God's love. One of my favorite parts of living my faith involves other people. Jesus Christ taught us to love those around us; to help them, lift them, comfort them, mourn with them, encourage them, and be a light to their lives. Doing so helps them feel God's love for them. This service I can do for my Heavenly Father and my friends and neighbors around me brings the purest joy ever. I love it.