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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a Montanan. I coach cross country. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Montana my entire life, I live in the second largest town in the state. I go to the university here, and am studying political science and Chinese. My parents own a candy store downtown that I work at to help pay for school and my mission. After waiting 8 months after my baptism October 12, 2013, I turned in my mission paper. On the 10th of July, 2014, I received my mission call to the Budapest Hungary mission. In my spare time I also help coach cross country at one of our high schools, attend church classes, and work with the missionaries serving here.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story: By the time I graduated high school, I had many friends in the church. I still only saw myself as being Catholic and never anything else. Towards the end of summer, one of my friends finally invited me to church. Once there, my cousin, who was serving there at the time with her husband, knew I needed to come back. So two weeks later she got me to church once again, this time I met the missionaries who set up a lesson and gave me a Book of Mormon. They told me to read some of it before our lesson that next Thursday. The next morning, while waiting for my morning class to start, I began reading. After a chapter in the Book of Mormon, I found myself frustrated. I was lost, I didn't know what church was true, if any. I didn't even know if there was a God. So I asked in a prayer while reading, "God, I don't know what to do, should I be Mormon, or Catholic, or something else? How can I know? I just want to do what's right." Immediately my prayer was answered. While reading, I felt something powerful, as if the ceiling opened up and a beam of light rained down upon me. Filling me with something that cannot be put into words, because no words can be used to accurately describe it. It just felt like light, heavenly light. After 15 minutes or so of feeling this, I left with a knowledge that the Book of Mormon was scripture, Joseph Smith was a prophet, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is the restored church, and that all I needed to do was listen to the missionaries to find out the rest. I was baptized on month later on October 12, 2013. With a strong desire to serve a mission, which I would have to wait one year before I could serve.

How I live my faith

At church I help set up in the morning before church, because our building doesn't have a chapel with pews, we need to set up chairs every week. I also help the missionaries in their work by going to lessons with them and help teach. In our ward, we also do a lot of activities on campus, such as popping balloons with darts, or having people write down what makes them happy, to promote kindness and expectance among everyone. I also go to every church class, these classes teach principles of the scriptures, such as the Bible or the Book of Mormon, history of the church, how to apply the gospel of Jesus Christ into our lives and listen to speeches given by our modern day prophets and apostles. I also go visit and teach 7 members of the ward, this is to make sure they are doing well, and help serve them by helping out with moving or giving them a ride to church if they need it.

In whom should we have faith?

We must have faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. He suffered for our sins and pains, and through faith in Him, we will all live again. Show more Show less