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Hi I'm Cody

I'm married, I'm in school, I'm running a small business, I'm happy, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was married last summer to the love of my life, and am attending university working on a business degree. My greatest joy comes from my family! I don't know what I would do without any of them, immediate and extended! I am one of four children, and look forward to having a family of my own. I love almost any physical activity such as soccer, basketball, running, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and even wrestling! I enjoy my families four horses and being outside in the country with my hat and boots riding them. I love learning about history, as well as learning from such programs as Discovery and BBC. Another passion of mine I have had my entire life is music, and whether I am playing music on my guitar or simply listening to my favourite music, I feel it has an inspiring and motivating effect on me!

Why I am a Mormon

To put it simply, I am a Mormon because of the joy I have received from gaining a knowledge of the truth and purpose of life, which the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches. Although I grew up in the Church and had great examples from my family members, both immediate and extended as well as close friends, I chose at one point to walk a different path other than the one paved by the Church. Having gone away from the Church for many years, I have now experienced both life styles. Even though I didn't have the intention of being able to contrast both lifestyles, I did so. I was able to see that the people living the teachings of the Church fully had a different kind of happiness, one that seemed more full and real, and to me was very apparent and noticeable. After seeing that joy in them, I desired the same fulfillment, and subsequently put the teaching's of the Church to the test. I came to know the truthfulness of the Church, and that the message of the Restoration of the Gospeal was a reality. My life has completely changed, and I am grateful for it!

How I live my faith

To live my faith to the fullest, I first believe it is important to know the teachings of Jesus Christ we are to live, and so I love to read and study my scriptures as often as possible. Not only do they teach us the principles needed for the promised blessings, but they have great examples of those in history who have put them to practise. I feel that in order to use the scriptures to live my faith though, they need to go from words in my head, to a feeling and motivation in my heart. The scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, have been one of the primary reasons I have gained faith in Jesus Christ and started to live the teachings of Christ fully. Because of this I have served a mission, leaving home for two years to teach others about Jesus Christ and how His Church has come back to earth in its full and pure form today. Other ways that I live my faith include prayer, attending church meetings weekly, attending an institute of religion class each week, and doing my best to share the gospel with others.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Cody
Having served a mission myself, I am able to tell you what the missionaries will share! Typically on their first visit they share the Message of the Restoration. They will explain how the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been brought back to earth in its pure and full form through a Prophet named Joseph Smith. Through subsequent lessons, they will teach you about the Plan of Salvation, or The Plan of Happiness. This plan was one created by God, and was taught to us before our life on earth. It was a plan that enabled us, through obedience to Gods commandments and faith in His Son Jesus Christ, to become as He is, and gain eternal life in His presence and with those we love. Then, the first principles of the gospel will be taught. These are faith, repentance, baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and remaining faithful throughout your life. The missionaries will also share other commandments important for you to follow in order for you to return to live with God, such as prayer, scripture study, and attending church meetings. The missionaries will teach you where you came from, why you are here on earth, and where you go after death! Boiled down, the message shared is that Jesus Christ suffered, died, and was resurrected, so that we might repent and be resurrected, and together we can be with our families forever because of it. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Cody
Joseph Smith was a instrument in Gods hands to bring the truth of life back to earth. This truth was lost shortly after the death of the Apostles in Christs time, and therefore needed to be restored, or brought back, to its original form. Without it, we could not make the covenants essential to recieve eternal life. This is why God chose Joseph Smith to be a prophet, or a mouthpiece for Him, so we can know our purpose, our potential, and our role in this life. Joseph Smith prayed to know what church to join. At that time many churches were professing to know the truth, but Joseph didn't know who to trust. He came across a passage of scripture in the New Testament, James ch. 1 verses 5-6, which reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." Joseph did as James directed, and prayed. He kneeled down in a grove of trees near his home. God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. They told him that none of the churches were Christs' true church. Joseph was chosen by God to be the one whom He worked through to bring the true teachings and authority of Jesus Christ back to earth. Through Joseph, The Book of Mormon was also translated to be a witness and a testimony of Jesus Christ. The words of Christ as spoken by the prophets on the American continent within the Book of Mormon stand as a witness that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. Show more Show less