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Hi I'm Derek

I have a strong desire to do what's right. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am I die-hard San Diego Padres baseball fan but love watching any team any time. I also enjoy watching many other sports including basketball, football, golf, and more. I am a college student. I love being with my family and interacting with them. Love is the core of our family values.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many Mormons, I was raised in the church my whole life but that doesn't mean I haven't become a convert. I was baptized at 8 years old and from there desired to do what is right. When I was 14 years old, I attended a youth conference titled EFY (especially for youth). Throughout that week, I broke out of my shell and became involved in the group. I began to notice the whisperings of the Holy Ghost more profoundly and knew that what I was doing was right. I had another very powerful experience in a similar setting at the age of 15. These experiences then continued to come more frequently over the next few years until they happened nearly every day during my time as a missionary in Kansas. I know that families can be together forever. One of the currently 143 operating temples is the place that that can come to pass. President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet to whom God speaks today. We can hear from him in April and October each and every year. I love this church. I know that my eternal destiny will be with Him and with my future spouse and children if I am faithful for the rest of my life and fortunately I can turn back to those events in my life previously mentioned to help me through the difficult times. May we all come closer to our Father in Heaven is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I am a firm believer that religion is more than a once a week thing. I served a mission for two years in the wonderful land of Kansas and loved being around people who worshiped the same way I do. I love reading the scriptures and getting involved in that daily. After all, we all need our nourishment - mind and body. Calling upon God every day has also helped me stay true to the faith even when I feel that he doesn't hear me; for that is when I feel the closest with God. I wish to be an example throughout each and every day of the life of Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and Redeemer and I try to be like him every moment of every day.