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Hi I'm Cody

I'm a father, husband, scientist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband, father of three beautiful children, and a scientist. I study biomedical science with the hope of developing concepts and ideas to help others improve their health.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of The Book of Mormon. Every time I read this book I feel something very special. It feels true and right. It makes me want to live a better life and help others. It helps me to believe in God and to know how important Jesus Christ is to finding happiness in this life. All of my other beliefs and convictions can be traced back to my coming to know that the Book of Mormon is inspired by God.

How I live my faith

I strive to be a devoted husband and loving father and to find meaningful ways to serve others everyday. I feel that my beliefs have deeply influenced my desire to be decent and kind to everyone I meet. I truly believe that all of us are literally the children of God and that He would have us treat each other with love and kindness.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Cody
A verse of scripture in the Book of Mormon says "...men are that they might have joy." (2 Nephi 2:25). We believe the ultimate purpose or end goal of life and our existence is that we might have joy. But not just any joy, the ultimate joy, the kind of joy that God experiences. Another scripture says that God's work and glory or in other words His purpose for our life is to "bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39). Eternal life can be defined as living with God and with our families for ever. This is the joy that He desires for us; that we be with Him and with our families forever. This is what we believe is the purpose of life, to prepare us for this great gift of eternal life that He wants to give us. Many scriptures in the Book of Mormon state that this life is a time of probation or a time of preparation (see Alma 12:24). God has given us commandments to prepare us to live with Him again. It is impossible for us to return to Him unless we keep His commandments. Nevertheless, He knew that we'd make mistakes and sin, so He provided a Savior to atone for our sins. In this way, we can learn from our mistakes but not be condemned for them if we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and continue to do our best to do what He asks of us.   Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Cody
Grace is defined as the enabling power of God that permits us to return to live in His presence and also gives us power to do and to become more than we could by ourselves. It is given to us because of Jesus Christ and His infinite sacrifice for each of us. "There is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah" (2 Nephi 2:8). Although Christ freely gives His enabling grace and it is not earned by those who receive it, He does expect us to qualify for it. "Reconcile yourselves to the will of God and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved" (2 Nephi 10:24). God designed this life to be a preparatory experience and He expects us to give our best effort to love Him, to love our fellow man, to live His teachings, and to become the best people we possibly can, and after we have given our best effort with faith He will give us His grace. The Book of Mormon ends with these words, which summarize my belief concerning the grace of Christ: "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ..." (Moroni 10:32). Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Cody
We believe that God has given us two wonderful ways to find truth: the scientific method and the witness of the Holy Ghost. I believe in both and have experienced the wonder and joy of finding truth through both methods. However, for many truths, especially spiritual truths, the scientific method is insufficient. One must rely on the witness of God to our Spirits. To come to know if Mormonism is true one must perform a spiritual experiment of sorts. This experiment is compared in the Book of Mormon to planting a seed (see Alma chapt 32). The seed is planted by first believing, or at least desiring to believe that Mormonism is true. Then this seed must be nourished by sincerely doing those things that God has asked us to do. These are things that missionaries often ask those interested in the Church to do. For example, to read the Book of Mormon, to pray to God, to attend worship services, etc. As you do these things with faith the seed in your experiment will sprout, or as it is explained the Book of Mormon: "[the seed] will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves--it must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me" (Alma 32:28). In other words, you will feel the Holy Ghost witnessing of the truth. Show more Show less