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Hi I'm Cody

I live in Utah. I am married with three little girls. I have been a member of the church my whole life.

About Me

After returning from an LDS mission serving in the Manaus, Brazil Mission I started dating Holly my future wife and going to school. Holly and I were married in June of 2001 and I graduated from school in 2004. Since that time we have had 3 little girls. I have pretty much been at the same employment since graduating from school.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the church as well as my grand parents and so naturally I was born into a family which believed in the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I grew up going to church, learning the principals of the gospel, etc... However, as with everyone else I had to eventually come to an understanding and a decesion as to my true feelings for the church and the teachings. No one could force this upon me after a certain point in my life. As I started making decisions in my life, both good and bad decisions, I started realizing what the gospel and being a mormon truly meant to me. I could feel the spirit of the Lord in my life when I was striving to obey the Lord's teachings and I could feel the emptyness of the spirit when I made wrong decisions. These experiences in my life started to solidify who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live. Now, I am not ignorant to the fact that many religions believe in this same process. We will all (regardless of religious belief) feel the spirit of the Lord when we do as we should, helping others, communicating with our Father in Heaven through prayer, studying His scriptures, etc... But the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints goes deeper than that to me. As I had to make important decisions in my life regarding my own testimony I came to know, through the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true scripture, that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God, and that all the teachings within the church can bring me happiness in this life and in the life to come. I need the church in my life. I am not strong enought to make it without the gospel of Jesus Christ as a beacon showing me the way to go. I am embarrassed to admit that I still have such wordly weaknesses and struggles but the gospel is always my way home. I want my children to feel that warming love which the gospel provides, I want them to learn of this early in their lives so they can avoid the pain which comes from transgression, I want them to know their Savior. This is impossible without having the truth, without the Book of Mormon the fullness of the gospel is misunderstood by the world, without the proper authority of the priesthood men are unable to fully act in the name of the Lord, these and many other aspects of the gospel are so dear to me; however, it really comes down to who I truly want to be and how I can help my girls before they too must fully find out on their own if what Holly and I have taught them is true. That is why I am a Mormon. It is the source of happiness in my life.

How I live my faith

For the last 5 years or so I have had the opportunity to work with the young men in the church. My wife works with the young children in the church. So between the two responsibilities we have we stay pretty busy. Although I love this responsibility and find it very rewarding my greatest responsibilty is in our home. Trying to be the example and provider in our home, to my wife and children, is everything to me. The gospel of Jesus Christ is everything for me and although I have so many short comings I try to teach my children the importance of knowing our Heavenly Father and understanding His teachings.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Cody
Well the simple answer to this question is "no". As an example I spent two years in the Amazon Region of Brazil as a missionary. I served in the Manaus, Brazil mission from 1998 - 2000. During this time the majority of the people I met, served, and interacted with were not members of my faith; in fact, many times they hadn't even heard of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Savior taught that we should serve all men and never did He put a stipulation on this commandment to limit only those of your faith. It is through this service, many times, where people are exposed to the principals of the Mormon Church and want to learn more. Show more Show less