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Hi I'm Derek Regehr

I grew up in Utah. I'm serving a mission from June 2014 to June 2016! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music! I played trumpet in the middle school jazz band and symphony, and sung in all sorts of school and community choirs in high school. I even had the opportunity to sing with BYU Men's Chorus in 2013-14! I've played the piano for 10 years, and love you jam with my friends. I also love languages! I studied Spanish in middle and high school, and university, and now am lucky enough to serve a mission in Spain! I love trying to figure out French, and German with my sister's help, or trying to communicate with Portuguese-speakers. Most of all, I love being with people--talking to them, hanging out with them, being friends with them, or helping them however I can! I love to travel, but with a big family the farthest we've been is Florida, although California, Canada (family), and Bear Lake are regular options. I'm studying at BYU, and will eventually decide what I want to major in!

Why I am a Mormon

I was the 7th of 8 children born into my rather typical Mormon Utah family. As a young kid, my family didn't seem that different from everyone else, but increasingly through middle and high school, I started to notice that other people were choosing to do different things than I had been taught all my life. Other kids chose to stay out late at night, try drugs and alcohol, and have too much fun with girls or guys. For a while I sometimes thought, "It's too bad I'm Mormon and can't do all those things," or "They're lucky they don't have all these commandments to follow. Although I was never really into trying out drugs and alcohol, because I thought they were unhealthy anyways, a lot of my friends would encourage me to swear "just once" or to not care about kissing or anything, and just go out and have fun. It's not like I had never kissed a girl either, but I had always been taught to love and care about other people and their feelings, and to avoid steadily dating any one person in high school, or before my mission, so as to not get into trouble and do something I would regret. I saw a lot of kids having fun and doing these things, including some of my close friends, and also other Mormons. Although they seemed to be having fun, most of them have gotten into trouble with the law, or have hit a low point and needed to turn somewhere, like back to the gospel I tried to live all along. I've always been glad that I kept as many of the commandments as much as I could, and for the confidence and peace of mind it's brought me. Even though it's been hard sometimes, I wouldn't trade my relationship with my Heavenly Father for any of those temporarily fun things. By trying to live the gospel and doing what I should, like praying daily and studying the scriptures, I've been happy no matter the circumstances, and have had strong hope for the future, and am confident that I'll have a good job and happy family. I know if you do what you should too you can be happy just as I am!

How I live my faith

Because I love to play the piano, I have been asked to help with the music in church a lot, to accompany the hymns for the congregation and the men in Priesthood Meeting. I even took an organ class at BYU and have accompanied on organ instead of piano sometimes! I also helped in my Young Single Adult ward at BYU with the Sunday school, both as a teacher to my peers, and as a counselor to help train the teachers and find ways to improve the Sunday School program.