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Hi I'm Derek

I work as a janitor. I love learning new things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Oregon, Arkansas, Washington, and Utah. I am a young adult, the eldest of four children. I love math, science, and learning in general. Reasoning and problem-solving are my fortes. I enjoy reading, I've recently taken up computer programming, I play a little piano, and I probably play more video games than is strictly healthy. I am not married (yet), and I am not currently in school -- though I hope to eventually get a degree in computer engineering. I'm not really into sports, but I love a good hike. I have worked as a Sandwich Artist at a popular restaurant, and I am now working as a Janitor, in an attempt to save up for college and other expenses.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, and for most of my life I have been inclined to believe in God and in the atonement and so forth. But I never had my own, real testimony of truth until I was an adult. I was seriously struggling with some personal and spiritual problems, and I didn't know what to do. I had been praying for help for a very, very long time but nothing had really changed. I was becoming very discouraged, and I wondered if God was even listening. I decided to go to the temple grounds and pray one more time. I prayed like I had never prayed before. I layed my heart on the alter and begged the Lord for a miracle. By the time I said "amen", I felt meek and broken inside - I knew that I was completely helpless, and that my only hope was in God. I didn't get a miracle. But before I had even reached my car, I received an unexpected text message from a close friend. The message was composed entirely of various lines from a children's song I had learned in church as a child: "I feel my Savior's love, and know that He will bless me. And when I kneel to pray, my heart if filled with peace. He knows I will follow Him, give all my life to Him; I feel my Savior's love, the love He freely gives me." As I read those words, I was filled with an overwhelming love so intimate and infinite that I began crying uncontrollably. I knew beyond a doubt that my Savior loved me in a way I couldn't even comprehend. Among other things, I came to know of the reality of the atonement, and that everything would be okay as long as I did my part. That experience was the beginning of an undeniable testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ and of His church. I testify with all my heart that through sincere and faithful prayer, a person can and does receive answers through the Lord's holy spirit. I am a Mormon because of the answers I have received through prayer. In the name of Christ, I testify that what I have said is true. Amen.

How I live my faith

In my church, I am a Family History Consultant. That means I help church members (and anyone else) learn about their family history and genealogy. Mormons place a strong emphasis on families, and part of the way we connect with our families is to discover who our ancestors were. The connection between ancestor and descendant is very important in our eternal progression, which is why I love helping people with it! Additionally, I sometimes play the piano at church functions.