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Hi I'm Derek

I'm a high school student and can't wait to be a missionary

About Me

I am a senior in high school and graduate in June 2015. I'm excited to graduate and start a new adventure on my mission in Frankfurt Germany. In the past, I've loved to play sports and be outside. Golf is my favorite sport by far. I played on the high school varsity team all four years of my high school career and played in the last three state championships. I also play tennis. However, I am definitely better at golf then I am at tennis. On top of sports, aviation has become my new hobby. I got my pilots license last year and never get tired of slipping the bonds of earth. It's a very expensive hobby, but I work hard to earn money to keep me in the air. For the past six months I've worked for my neighbor manufacturing cables for companies throughout the country. I have made anything from PC cables to partial assembling hydraulic cables for airplanes. Previous to this job I worked as a Yogurt Specialist at a frozen yogurt shop. I loved interacting with the people there and getting to know customers. I also like travel with my family. Every year for Spring Break we go to Palm Desert, CA and play golf and hang out at the pool. In the summer we go out to my grandparents condo at Lake Tahoe and water ski and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all my life. My parents have been good examples to me about how to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been able to learn from them and gain my own testimony of the church. However, my testimony did not come easy. It's not something that they just passed down to me one day. I had to search out on my own to find out if this church was really true. Through diligence and faith, and many tough spiritual trials I never gave up. Because of that I was able find out for myself the truthfulness of this gospel. Even though I have a testimony of Jesus Christ and His Atonement and that it truly works, my faith is still tested everyday by temptations of Satan. Sometimes I still slip up and find myself in sin, but through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I have been able to become clean again and find joy and happiness once again. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God and that he restored this gospel to its fullest in these last days. The Book of Mormon is the true word of God and through it I can find truth and hope that I can return and live again with my Heavenly Father. Thomas S. Monson is a true and living prophet today. He has the power of God to guide and direct His church. I know through faith and prayer we can all come to know the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ for ourselves. If we do this, the Lord will bless us and we will be happy in this life and in the life to come. I know this to be true.

How I live my faith

In my ward I have had many opportunities to serve. I have had various callings from being in quorum presidencies to being the pianist in priesthood meetings. I have also had the great opportunity to serve as a home teacher with my dad. My dad and I have been able to visit with amazing friends and neighbors and have had great experiences serving and getting to know them better. Also, as I said earlier, I look forward to serving the Lord for two years in the Germany Frankfurt Mission.