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Hi I'm Derrick

I'm from Texas. I like singing, writing, and drawing. I love enjoying life! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently a missionary in the New York Utica Mission. I love listening to, writing, and playing all types of music.

Why I am a Mormon

Asking a life long Mormon "why are you a Mormon" is a very interesting question. I am a Mormon because I was born into the church, and because I know what the Lord wants me to be. Of course, being born into the church means I never really did "convert", but I did have a conversion process of my own. Just like a lot of young teenagers, I had a rough patch in my life. I didn't really enjoy being a Mormon and I didn't want to follow the rules. I just wanted to do my own thing. Well, I have learned that true happiness can only come from following God's commandments and by being like Christ. So I decided to choose happiness over misery, and that was the greatest decision I have ever made.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best missionary that I can be. I'm just going around and teaching people about Jesus Christ! Back at home, I tried to be a good example to my member and non member friends. I would try to go out with the missionaries multiple times a week in order to help grow my testimony in this Gospel. Growing up in Texas, there are a lot less Mormons than in other places so being a good example and trying to be a member missionary was very important to me. Sometimes it was very hard to stand up for what I believed in and what I knew was right, but those times have really helped prepare me for serving the Lord now.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mormons don't have paid clergy for a few reasons. One of those reasons being that we don't feel like our motivation to serve in the church should come from money or any type of pay. I personally am motivated to serve in callings because I know that it will bring me happiness and because I hope to bless the lives of others. Show more Show less