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Hi I'm Cody

I grew up in Roy, Utah. My favorite Pokemon is Squirtle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Roy, Utah and I am currently a missionary for The Church serving in the Oklahoma Tulsa Mission. Before I chose to devote two years to the Lord my hobbies included playing Pokemon (lots of Pokemon), playing guitar, hanging out with my friends, and being sarcastic. I also did two semesters of college before I came out and I still have no idea what to do with my life (post-mission that is). However, I know the Lord will tell me what to do as far as that goes if I continue to serve him faithfully!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church, but every member still has to truly become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at some point in their life. I know that The Lord has truly restored His gospel to the earth through Joseph Smith and that he continues to lead and guide us through both personal answers to prayers and through His chosen Prophets and Apostles today. By living the principles taught by these inspired men, I have noticed happiness, peace, and joy in my life and I would never want to give that up. Because of the restoration of the gospel, I know that I will be able to be with my family beyond this life and live in the presence of my loving Father in Heaven for eternity. I know the truthfulness of the above claims because I have received a spiritual witness from the Holy Ghost of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration of the Gospel in these last days.

How I live my faith

I am currently a full-time missionary for the Church and I have the wonderful opportunity to serve my Lord by teaching others how to come unto him. I know the joy and love that study and application of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought into my life and I would feel selfish if I didn't take the time to share it with as many of God's children as I can!

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Cody
Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is a compilation of writings of inspired men of God called prophets. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of the people of the ancient Americas and contains the dealings of God with these people and, as does all scripture, points toward the Savior Jesus Christ. It contains the fullness of Christ's Gospel and illustrates His love for all of God's children. What we now have as The Book of Mormon is the result of a compilation of many records of the ancient Americans onto gold plates done by a prophet and historian named Mormon (thus giving the book its title). These plates were brought forth in these last days to be translated by the prophet Joseph Smith and are convincing evidence "that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth" (introduction to the Book of Mormon). Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cody
No we do not. We worship our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ. We do, however, revere Joseph Smith as a called servant of God and are grateful to him as the instrument through which God reestablished his kingdom on the earth today. Show more Show less

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

Cody
The sole purpose of the full-time missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to help people learn about and grow closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. Missionaries discuss the basic doctrines of the church. They serve as guides on someone's path to come closer to the Lord. This path includes developing our faith in Christ and repenting of mistakes we have made in order to work toward making a covenant or a promise with God, through the restored authority of the Priesthood, to follow His commandments. In turn, we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, the constant companionship of the Spirit as we strive to keep the covenants we make. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Cody
The necessity of a Restoration is the result of the fact that there was a widespread Apostasy, or falling away from the truth. When Christ lived on the earth, he performed The Atonement, which enables us to live again both physically and spiritually, and taught His Gospel which is the means by which we receive that Atonement into our respective lives. Christ knew that the consummation of this sacrifice would require His departure from this earth. However, he did not leave us without a means to keep his doctrine pure. Ephesians chapter 4 verses 11 through 14 tells us that "he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ... That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" However, this "foundation of the apostles and prophets" (Ephesians 2:20) was killed one by one. Without these men of authority to preach and maintain the doctrine, men started to interpret scripture in their own way and lost the full truth of the Gospel. However, as He has done in the past, God has reached out in love and restored the fullness of the Gospel of Christ, and the authority to correctly administer it, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Cody
No we do not. God has, at some points in time, commanded certain man to practice polygamy (i.e. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and Solomon) but monogamy is always the norm and polygamy the exception even during these times. It is true that certain early Saints were called to practice plural marriage, however this was always closely monitored and had to be authorized through church leaders. Through President Wilford Woodruff in the year 1890, God commanded this practice to end and is no longer practiced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less