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Hi I'm Derek

I grew up in California and Idaho, yeah a strange combination I know. I am studying to be a social studies teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a university student studying social studies to become a teacher. I love to read, especially sci-fi and fantasy books. I have recently gotten into dancing and really enjoy capoeira, a Brazilian dance/martial art. I spent some time in Brazil so I love anything that allows me to speak Portuguese.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it is the best path that I have found. My parents are both mormon and most of my family are too. I am not mormon because of them but they were great examples that peaked my interest. Of all the places that I have lived and all the places that I have visited, I have yet to meet a more happy and fulfilled people than the mormons. It is not that they don't suffer or have hard times, but it is that they are able to understand why those things happen. I love the knowledge of why we are here, where we came from, and where we are going. Without those things it would be a very depressing world. I know that these things are taught by this church and I know that what they teach is true. I have prayed and studied these things and they just click together. We lived with God the Father before this life. We are His spirit sons and daughters. We were sent here to this earth to learn and progress. God sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to allow us to live with Him again. After this life, we will be able, if we have lived by His commandments, to live with our families in the presence of God forever. This is the knowledge that has helped me in hard times and continues to give me strength no matter what happens.

How I live my faith

I am currently part of an all student church and it is really exciting. I am in charge of the missionary work but there are very few people that aren't Mormon. My job then is to help everyone have opportunities such as an mormon.org account that gets them out there and helps them find missionary experiences.