Hi I'm Cody
I’m a full-time college student who likes to have fun and hang out with my friends. I served a mission in Houston, Texas a few years ago. Since that time, I’ve continued my education. I’m currently a full-time student studying Computer Information Technology (CIT). Before my mission, I’d always loved to mess around with computers. I especially liked troubleshooting and fixing them. I guess that’s probably why I chose my major! I enjoy taking pictures and working on my car. I’m really not that great at either, but I find it fun nonetheless! I love listening to and making music. I’m what you might call an audiophile. I like listening to music on vinyl whenever possible. As far as making music, I’ve performed on stage with Alex Boyé and many other talented musicians. I’m far from perfect, but I love the gospel and I try my best to live it every day!
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I come from a long line of pioneer heritage. However, that's not why I'm a Mormon. Each person has to choose their own path. When I was younger, I didn't really question my religion. However, as I got older, the questioning began. I wondered why our church was different from others. I had friends who would tell me that my church was false, and that we weren't Christians. I saw Mormons portrayed in the media as "weird" or "strange." Why was this the case? I never left the church, but these questions lingered for several years. Even now, I sometimes question why some things are the way they are. However, it's been my experience that every question has an answer, even if we don't understand it yet. I continued to exercise my faith, and gradually, answers started coming. I still don't know everything, and I'm sure that's not going to change anytime soon. Nevertheless, I know that I'm following the Savior. I'm still a Mormon because I've felt the spirit testify to me that this church is true. I've also felt peace, knowing that the answers I seek will come.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
There's no one specific reason that answers that question... but I will give you my answer. I decided to serve a mission because I love my savior, Jesus Christ, and I love His gospel. I have received many blessings in my life from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, things such as peace in my family, knowledge of the scriptures, and happiness. I wanted to share this with as many people as I can, so that they could have peace in their lives, happiness, and the knowledge that God knows them and loves them too!
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
When we start making wrong choices, it becomes easier to make more wrong choices. LIkewise, when we start making right choices, over time, it becomes easier to make MORE right choices! Living in harmony with God's will is the only way to find true happiness. We can find things that bring us temporary pleasure, but this kind of happiness doesn't last. The only kind of happiness that lasts is the happiness that comes from following the Savior's example. Being 100 obeidient to God is, in the end, easier than being only 97 obedient. When we are striving to grow closer to Him, He makes it easier for us. That doesn't mean we won't have challenges or temptations, but it does mean that we will receive His help.
What is hope and what do you hope for?
Hope is a sincere faith or desire for something. When we have hope, we have a strong desire for something to happen. Faith and hope are almost inseperably connected. If we have hope, then we have faith that something will happen. When we truly have hope and faith, we are willing to work towards what we hope for. There are many things I hope for. For example, I hope for world peace, I hope for a good job, I hope that my family can be happy... However, I know that those things can only happen if I do my part. I can hope for a good job, but if I don't go to college and search for that job, I'll never get it. I can hope for a happy family, but if I don't strive to make that happen, it won't happen.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I can think of one specific example, where the Holy Ghost gave me a prompting, but I ignored it. It actually happened to me as a missionary. We were leaving our house, and got into the car. I was searching for the place we needed to go on the GPS. The GPS thought we were heading the other way on the street, so it told me to go out a different way. I could have easily gone that way, but I figured it would take more time, and it was easier to go out the normal way. Before we pulled out, I felt like we should listen to the GPS and go the different route. I ignored the feeling, and started leaving the normal way. We got to the first intersection, less than 1/4 mile away from our house. The man driving on the cross street didn't stop at his stop sign. I slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting him, but it was too late. We ended up broadsiding his car, causing plenty of damage to both vehicles. In fact, our car ended up being totaled. Thankfully, there were no severe injuries... just a sore ankle and a little bit of whiplash. But the lesson I learned has had a strong impact on my way of thinking. Even though the accident wasn't my fault, I've thought about this experience several times since it happened. If I had listened to the prompting I received from the Holy Ghost, the accident would have been avoided. I've learned a lesson from this experience... when the Holy Ghost tells you to do something, DO IT! Many times, we don't understand why we're receiving a prompting, but from the accident, I learned that it's better to just follow and obey, rather than rely on our own wisdom. The Holy Ghost is God's messenger. If we will listen to and obey his promptings, we can learn the truth of all things, and be guided in our daily actions. He will lead us back to our Heavenly Father.
How I live my faith
Some people believe that "living their faith" means completely dedicating all of their time to nothing but their religion. While this is good and respectable, I'm not that kind of person. I strive to live my faith by following the example of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and living by His teachings. I try to treat others with kindness and respect. I donate to charitable causes as my resources allow. I volunteer and serve as often as I can. In as many ways as I can, I try to be an example to others. That being said, I'm not yet the person I want to be. I make mistakes daily, and sometimes I fall short of the expectations I have set for myself. When that happens, I try to fix any problems I might have caused and I try again. For me, living my faith isn't the same thing as being perfect. Rather, it's following Jesus Christ and simply trying to be better today than I was the day before.