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Hi I'm Kodey

I am a Manchester United FC supporter. I love the outdoors. I am serving a mission in Sacramento, CA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

"Life is a game, soccer is serious." That is first and foremost how I live my life. Ha ha. What can I say? I love the beautiful game. I come from a family of 6, all soccer fans for the most part. There was quite the fued between us for a while as we had a Liverpool supporter, a Chelsea FC supporter, a Celtic supporter, and a couple of Manchester United supporters. Game day was always pretty intense; but we have fun with it as a family and that is what is important. As for me, I will support United. Glory, Glory for Man. Utd. Aside from soccer, I love the outdoors--particularly in the mountains. Hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, biking, snowboarding, etc. has all been part of the lifetime agenda. I also like to kick back and relax once in a while and play some video games, hang out with friends, sometimes just sitting around having a nice conversation. I have found that I have been blessed to seldom get bored. I would consider myself a pretty patient person. For instance, I have the patience to play videogames with my brothers endlessly, to read a good book, and to let loose the creative side and engage in an art project--such as simply sketching, charcoal, scratch boards, linoleum cuts, and the like. I hope to land a career in the sports medicine field, after finishing college of course. Perhaps physical therapy or athletic training, or even an orthopedic surgeon; who knows?! Im just finding joy in the journey. For now I am a missionary serving in Sacramento, CA.

Why I am a Mormon

Many years ago, there was a major tragedy in our family. We had recently settled into our new home when the accident happened. A close relative, only 2 years old at the time, was life-flighted to the nearest hospital after having been shot in the abdomen by a pistol. I would like to reiterate the fact that it was an accident, it was a total mishap that has such a small percentage of actually happening that its hard to believe that it did; but nonetheless it had happened. There was no telling whether this relative would live. To be honest I don't remember much of the entire situation; but I do remember the impact it had on everyone involved. I remember seeing the looks of mortal dispair and the scramble of the emergency team as they worked with the urgency to save a life. Above all the stressful, painful, and worrying memories however, I remember the hope that so graciously embraced us all. Later, I was told what actually happened and to my astonishment still to this day was one miracle of it all. That is when the gun went off, the 2 year old child was standing on a stool, obviously unprepaired for the sudden impact, and yet the testimonies of those who witnessed was that he did not fall from the stool. To my knowledge, guns are made to kill. Now if they are strong enough to do that, there is no doubt that it would have, no should have, killed this 2 year old boy. At the VERY least, the impact should have knocked him from the stool. Whats interesting is that, first, he wasn't knocked from the awkward stool, and, perhaps more impressively he is still alive and well today, 15 years later. Now you try to tell me that there is no God, that His Son, Jesus Christ, doesn't send His angels to help little 2 year old children not to fall at such dire times. I believe He does, no I don't believe, I know. I know because I have knelt down and asked God Himself if He is real...and He told me He is, if this church was true...and He told me that it is. And thats enough for me.

How I live my faith

There is only one true way to "live your faith" and that is to follow the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He showed us how to live faithfully. Its certainly not easy and I wish I could say I was perfect at it. I don't need to tell you I am not, no one is. But thats the beauty of His gospel, we don't have to be. Jesus Christ offers us His grace to pick up our slack where we are lacking. As long as we are doing our best to be a true disciple. How do we do that? The answers come in a form we like to call "primary answers." They are called such because we teach them to our youngest members. That is why one of our Prophets, President Gordon B. Hinckley, said that the symbol of our faith is the lives of the members. We can become a true disciple of Jesus Christ by learning of His perfect example. The scriptures teach of Him, the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. Both are powerful witnesses of His divinity and the truthfulness of His reality. We can become true disciples by applying what we learn. Once we learn about Jesus Christ, we have to impliment it. For example, when Christ was crucified He prayed to God and asked Him to forgive all of us. Christ was forgiving. Shouldn't we then be forgiving as well? In all respects its not too difficult to do. Its just not something that can be done over night for most of us. Thats been the challenge for me, to stay consistent. But Jesus even prepared us for that when He said, "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." And that there is what keeps me going. Along with one of my personal favorite Bible scriptures, St. John 16:33 where Christ teaches of finding peace in our lives even in the hard times. Thats why faith in the Gospel is dead without works, its a life style, its a process. To become "perfect as [our] Father in Heaven is perfect" takes time, commitment, a contrite spirit, and a broken heart. Thats my testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.