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Hi I'm Derral Parkin

I grew up in a family of 8 children at the foot of the Wasatch mountains in Bountiful, Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always enjoyed working with people and that led me to my profession as a Librarian-- recently at the University of Houston for 36 years. I taught and assisted college students and faculty in their research endeavors and during that time gained even more so a love for people. I am married and a father of five wonderful children, who are all now grown and have children of their own-- for a total of 18.5 grandchildren. Our family activities most often involve outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, along with basketball and some frisbie football. Recently, my wife and I have retired and have accepted a church mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are so happy to be able to serve the people in San Diego for these next two years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to have gained a personal conviction of God's existence early in life. I think this came as I explored nature and saw how this miracle of life could not have just spontaneously begun, or even evolved over time. There have had to have a creator. I believe we are God's children and do have a purpose on earth. I believe God does love me personally and wants me to grow and do good things during this life, including helping others, keeping his commandments, and accepting his beloved son Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. By doing these things I believe I will be able to see and embrace my Father in Heaven again one day. The teachings I found within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt so right and natural. I found teachings that explained where I came from before earth, why I am here on earth, and where will I go following death. I found soothing teachings that explain how I can be with my family and loved once again after this life. I was comforted to learn that young children are innocent and sinless in God's eyes and do not require baptism and will infact will be greeted in God's arms should they die. I do have a testimony of the sacred Atonement of Jesus Christ and believe that by being baptized and living his commandments and serving others-- I will have an opportunity to live with him again some day.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have help plan community youth activities, served in leadership positions of the local Boy Scouts of America Association and been involved in reaching out to the less fortunate. I also enjoy contributing time in local service projects -- including cleaning debris following Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita, and painting and repairing homes for the elderly and needy within the community. Following our retirement, my wife and I volunteered to teach a computer skills adult education class for the community of Alvin, Texas-- and the personal rewards were tremendous. We become very close to the students and learned to love them and have remained very close to all of them since.