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Hi I'm Derek

I am from Colorado. I love computers and having fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a fun-loving person. I graduated high school last year and am currently a missionary for the church in Portland, Oregon. I am planning on going to BYU after my mission in the Computer Science program. I love to be around good friends just having fun. I like going rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and yes, computers. I am also a skier. In high school, my friends all knew me as "DMoney". I played trombone in the marching band all four years and was section leader my junior and senior year. Band was my favorite part of school. I also did the IB program, got the full IB diploma and a 32 on my ACT, and was a long jumper on the track team. One of my favorite things is making people happy. Whether by a fun joke or a hug, I love helping cheer people up and making the world just a little bit brighter. My favorite experiences in life are of being around good friends and laughing and having fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the church and its teachings to be true. I have given a lot of thought to this church throughout my life, and the more I learn, the more I realize that our teachings make sense. Most importantly, I have received a spiritual impression for myself that it is true. I have gone to the source of all truth and knowledge, that is God himself, in prayer, and I got an answer to my prayer. I felt a calm, peaceful, uplifting feeling, and I knew then that the Book of Mormon is indeed God's word. Especially right before I decided to go on a mission, I did a lot of prayer and a lot of pondering. The thought came to me that either the church is true or it is not, and I must choose one or the other, and if it is true then I know the decision I need to make. Again, I went to God, and I spent a lot of time studying the scriptures. And again, I got the feeling that this is God's true church, and it is led by a prophet of God. I am a Mormon because I know the doctrine and practices of the church to be correct. I am a Mormon because I have felt such a good influence in my life from the church. I am a Mormon because I would never rather be anything else.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the church my whole life. I have always spent a lot of time and energy in the church, and I have always greatly enjoyed it. As a youth, I was actively involved in the youth leadership and helped plan out the activities that we did. People have told me that in the past few years I have been someone that the younger kids looked up to as an example. Lots of people know that I am a Mormon. In a high school with maybe 5 or 6 Mormons total, I quickly became the "resident Mormon" of my circle of friends and people would come up to me and ask questions about my beliefs. I stood out from most other kids in high school in that I did not swear, drink coffee, or do any other not-so-good things that a lot of people consider "ok". I have always loved following my beliefs, and I now get to share that with others through my missionary service. My faith has always brought me such happiness and peace, and I would never trade that for anything the world has to offer.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries talk about the main focus of our church, which is Jesus Christ and what He did and continues to do for us. They teach about where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. They teach about God's great plan for people to have the chance to return to him. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

I don't consider it a "requirement" to serve a mission. In the Book of Mormon, one of the prophets has a dream in which he sees a tree with pure, precious, delicious fruit. As soon as he tastes this fruit, his immediate desire is to share it with everyone he knows (see 1 Nephi 8:12) because he knows how precious and desirable it will be to them and how much happiness they will have. Similarly, many Mormons feel a strong desire to share the gospel that they love and cherish with others by being a missionary, because they know all of the blessings that the gospel brings people. Missions are entirely voluntary, and the missionaries aren't paid for their service. I have personally decided to go on a mission because I want others to be happy. Show more Show less