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Hi I'm Derek Hudson

I`m an Alberta family man who loves the mountains. I`m a Mormon.

About Me

I`m happily married with three married daughters and one son who is serving a mission for our church. I`m also a proud grandfather. Trained as an accountant, I actually love working with people more than numbers. I have been an auditor, a management consultant and a CFO. I`m currently chief operating officer of a great organization which promotes economic development and tourism in my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. In my work, I'm always looking for a better way to do things. I love hiking in the Canadian Rockies with family members, Scouts and youth groups. I have been a Mormon bishop twice, most recently with a fantastic group of young single people in Edmonton, Alberta. I currently serve in a stake presidency, where I help train bishops and other church leaders. I have a particular assignment to work with leaders of youth. I've been fortunate to work with the youth of the church since I was a youth myself, and I have always found it energizing and rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with great examples of gospel living in my home, my extended family and my local congregation. It was easy to be a Mormon in that environment, but I was taught that I needed to find out for myself if the gospel was true. I read the Book of Mormon several times and felt it was true, so I decided to serve a mission. Early in my mission I had a very clear and strong witness that the Book of Mormon was indeed the word of God. That knowledge made me a more confident and diligent missionary and has been my guidepost ever since. I am a Mormon because it helps me be the best person I can be, and because it is the best way to keep my family together - forever.

How I live my faith

The most important way live my faith happens in my own home. I have always tried hard to treat my wife of 30 years with love and respect. We taught our children to work hard and serve others. Daily prayer and scripture study have always been a big part of our family life. I read from the Book of Mormon and study the Bible and other inspiring works. We try to be nice to each other I also strive to serve in the community and in the church. I sit on our city's police commission and have been active in coaching basketball in the past. Church service has always been a big part of my life. I have been able to literally feed the hungry and mourn with those who mourn. I've had many chances to teach and preach, and I've set up and taken down a lot of chairs and made a lot of phone calls. I've also had the tender opportunity as a bishop to counsel with people one on one and see them make miraculous changes as they handed over their burdens to Christ. I served a mission in Seoul Korea, and with the Korean people of Chicago in the 1980s. It was a fantastic experience which changed my life. I learned how to put other's interests ahead of my own, and I learned how to work really, really hard. I came home with a deep love for the Korean people.