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Hi I'm Derek

I love my family! I'm an athlete, and a Canadian! I'm currently serving a mission in Salt Lake City! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from a little town called Magrath, Alberta. I've grown up there my whole life. I have a twin brother and three littler sisters. I have two amazing parents that have raised me in a righteous home. I can't think of a word that can accurately describe how grateful I am for my family and how much I love them. My passion is sports. I love all sports, but my two favorites to play are basketball and baseball. I will be attending BYU Provo after I finish my mission in Salt Lake City, Utah (Spanish Speaking)!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church my whole life and it has been such a blessing to me and to my family. I enjoy being a member in our church because our religion is selfless. We must do as Christ did during his earthly ministry and serve others willingly. I know that sometimes answers to prayers come through people, so we must be answers to the prayers of other people. Through the service projects and organization the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides we have the opportunity to be selfless, and I love this about our church. I also love how much faith is exercised as a result of being a member of this church. We are invited to read our scriptures and pray everyday. We are invited to attend church every week. We are invited to make covenants with our Father in Heaven and as a result to keep His commandments. We know that faith is a principle of action and power, so as we act on what we believe in we see miracles and we feel the strengthened. I love this because it helps me learn and grow everyday. It also helps me to overcome my trials and challenges, which I am extremely grateful for. I also love the joy the gospel brings into our lives. The fact that families are eternal, I can be forgiven for my sins, and I can return to live with God again are huge blessings in my life! I know those things are true. I know that Jesus Christ is essential for us to return to God one day. I love that comfort and peace is provided for me because of my knowledge that Jesus Christ lives! I love him and I'm eternally grateful for His sacrifice to us.

How I live my faith

I know that Jesus Christ lives today. I know that he is our Saviour and Redeemer. Without him all mankind would be lost and would perish. I am so grateful to Him for His Atonement. That is how I live my faith. I testify of the divinity of a living Christ. I try my best to show His love for others by my actions. I know that charity, or the pure love of Christ, is vital to God's plan of happiness. Therefore, I try my best to show that to others through simple acts of service and helping them with their challenges. I know that when we serve our fellow man that we are in the service of our God. I am not perfect but I am trying to become more like the Saviour everyday. I try my best to be a disciple of Jesus Christ at all times and in all places. I know that as I do so, more people will see the joy and happiness that this gospel has brought me. I hope and pray that they will be more willing to accept this life changing message as a result. I love sharing my testimony and sharing the gospel with other people!

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Derek
Death is just the process of your spirit and body separating, it is not the end. Our spirits will go onto the spirit world where we will continue to learn and progress in the gospel. You may be able to see loved ones that have passed on before you in this world. Death is unavoidable and is a necessary step in God's plan for us. Death must occur so we can be resurrected, which is the process or our body and spirit joining back together. Jesus Christ died on the cross for us so we can be resurrected just like he was. Everyone will be resurrected. When we are resurrected our bodies shall be made perfect, which means we will have our body and spirit reunited for all eternity. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Derek
Baptism is essential for us to live with God again. We show our obedience to him by being baptized. The proper way to be baptized is by immersion, just like the Savior was. When Jesus Christ was baptized, he found John the Baptist and asked him to perform this sacred ordinance. The reason Jesus Christ didn't go to some random guy to do it was because John the Baptist held the proper authority from God to perform baptism. Baptism must be performed by someone holding the proper Priesthood authority and we have that authority in our church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, who restored the gospel of Jesus Christ back on the earth. Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John 3:5 that a man must be born of the water and the spirit. This applies to everyone on the earth, therefore we must be baptized to return to live with God. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that we must be baptized at the age of accountability, which is 8 years old. When we are baptized we make sacred covenants (promises) with God. We promise to keep his commandments and he promises us in return that we will have the Holy Ghost with us to guide us no help us overcome our trials and challenges. That promise sounds pretty good to me! I encourage all of you to invite your friends and family to learn more about Jesus Christ and baptism. These covenants we make with God are huge blessings in our lives, and I want everyone to experience those blessings in their lives. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Derek
Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God in this last dispensation. Joseph's parents taught him to pray and read the Bible throughout his childhood, but most importantly they taught him to have faith in God. When Joseph Smith was 14 years old he had a question, which church was true? He read in the Bible that there was one faith, and one baptism, so he was confused about why there were so many different churches on the earth. He continued reading and ran into James 1:5 that says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." He decided to ask God which church he should join. While he was praying in a grove of trees he had an incredible experience. Joseph saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They told him that none of the churches on the earth were true. They also told him that the true gospel and true church would be restored soon. Joseph was a prophet, just like Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, etc., and he had been called of God to restore the true church back onto the earth, which is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less