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Hi I'm Cody Barnes

I am a returned missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I'm the youngest of 7 children ( I know... it's a lot) so growing up in our house was pretty noisy and full of fun. I grew up and have lived in a small town my whole life. We are a loving, and funny family that loves spending time with each other. I played quarterback for my high school football team and have played some in college. In the years of 2012 to 2014 I took a break from college and football to serve a full-time two year mission for our church in Santiago, Chile--the best experience of my life so far! Now, I've since returned and am excited to continue my studies. I feel that I'm a pretty normal person. I love to laugh, talk with people, play sports, be with friends, etc. It makes me happy when I can see other people that are happy or when I can be the cause of someone's happiness and I think that's what our church is all about; bringing happiness to others. Even though at times I fail, I always try to be a good example and to do the best I can in everything that I do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and was reared by my mother and father who are very strong members. However, this is not why I continue to practice my religion as a latter-day saint. I choose to follow, because I know for myself that it is true. There was a point to which I came in my life where I had to find out for myself that what I believed and followed was really true; instead of relying on the faith and testimonies of my parents. It was time to build my own faith, testimony, and conversion. I kept hearing people say that they knew it was true, but I wanted to know for myself. In my teens I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. Analyzing it each time I read, I always felt such surety in it's words and a great love for God and my fellow man. Finally, when I reached the end of the book, I prayed to know if the things which I had read were true and I received an overwhelming feeling that it was indeed. This was not and is not the only assurance though. Each time I go to church and live by the teachings of the prophets, I feel greater joy and I feel my Heavenly Father's love for me and all of his children. Other reasons why I love the Church of Jesus Christ are that it encourages service to our neighbor, great morals, uplifting family activities, and creates a greater love for the people around you. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God that restored the same church that Christ established when He was on this Earth. I know that the modern day prophets are servants of God and that they receive guidance and direction from Him. I know that this church is true and that it leads to eternal joy and happiness. That's why I'm a Mromon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through striving to be a good example each day. I feel that conducting myself in a clean manner through what I do and say will help others to see that there's something different about me; that I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At church and throughout the week I do my best to fulfill my duties and responsibilities as a member and to serve others around me. The teachings in the church tell us that Christ is our greatest and most perfect example. Through following this example we come to know the true nature of God and His Son Jesus Christ. We also come to see the love that He has for each one of us. I feel that each day, I am faced with some kind of challenge, trial, heartache or pain, test, temptation and so on. In these difficult moments I apply the principles that Jesus taught so that I can overcome them. Though I'm not perfect and make mistakes, I know that when I obey the teachings of Christ, I can feel a difference of a greater happiness, joy and love. I love the gospel and all it teaches me. I really feel that it has helped me become a better son, person, friend, and citizen. I doubt that I would be a bad person if I didn't have these teachings in my life, but I know that I wouldn't have experienced the happiness that it brings me. Nor would I find the strength to face the challenges that befall me day to day. That is the beauty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Cody Barnes
We baptize new members even though they may have been baptized in some other church before because we believe that baptism is a sacred ordinance that needs to be done by the proper authority. Through the restoration of the gospel, Joseph Smith received that divine authority from God. It was put back onto the Earth because it was lost after the death of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. We believe that we hold that proper priesthood authority to baptize and make it a valid baptism in the eyes of God. When we are baptized through that proper priesthood authority we are washed of our sins and make a two-way promise with God that is called a covenant. We promise t take Christ's name upon us (or to be an example of Him), keep the commandments, and to always remember what He did for us. As we make this promise, God promises us forgiveness of our sins and to give us the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less