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Hi I'm Bodie

I'm a computer programmer and hobby farmer from Kansas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I did most of my growing up in California, where I met my wife. After we had our first child, we decided to leave California for someplace more affordable. That brought us to Kansas where our other seven children were born. Now that we live in the midwest, we have tried our hand at farming. We keep bees, chickens, turkeys, hogs, cows, and we grow lots of different types of fruit. We also have a garden, which we are getting better at growing with each year of practice. Since our farming is more of a hobby than a business, I have a regular 8 to 5 job that pays the bills. I work as a computer programmer. My wife was a nurse and X-ray tech until we moved to Kansas. Now she is a full-time mom.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both raised in other faiths and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before I was born. So I was raised in the church, but that's not why I'm a member. As a teenager, I became interested in what motivates the faith of other people. I visited some different churches with friends and relatives to see what they teach. Of all the churches I've visited, none was able to answer as many of my questions as the Mormon church. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I learned about the things that would bring me happiness and how to avoid the things that would not. I learned why I am here and where I should be trying to go. And most importantly, I learned how to get there. I learned that Christ was talking about ME when he said he came to save all men. I learned that, through His atonement, I can be cleansed of my sins. Everything good in my life can be traced back to my decision to follow the teachings of Christ. No other church on earth has the fullness of those teachings. That's why I'm a Momon.

How I live my faith

Now that I am a father, the church is more important to me than ever. It provides me with a guide for raising my children to follow the teachings of Christ. I am serving as a volunteer in the church's men's organization. Through that calling, I have had the chance to help many families moving in or out of new homes, assist families struggling with their finances, and look after the sick. But the real laboratory for living my faith is at home. The truths of the Gospel of Christ have shown me how to teach my kids and how to be a better husband.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Bodie
My family is important to me because they are the part of my life that brings me the most happiness. I have contemplated from time-to-time what life would be like with my current income and no kids. I have decided that I would have a lot more money and more possessions, but much less happiness. Since my family is my greatest joy, learning that there is a way for us to be together forever was life-changing. I have talked with many of my friends and none of them really has an answer for why they are married "till death do you part". Of all the names we have for our God, the one he uses to refer to himself most often is Father. Everything in this life is based on a pattern established by our Father himself, including families. Knowing that, it just makes sense and feels right that families would not simply be dissolved upon our death. After all the sacrifice and work that is involved in starting, raising, and keeping together a family, it is a great comfort to know that we can continue on as a family in the presence of our God. Show more Show less