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Hi I'm Cody

I'm a Mormon (joined when I was 19). My wife and I have 5 kids. I am also a software engineer/project manager.

About Me

I grew up in Maryland. I have been blessed with two great parents including a dad who had several tours of duty during the WWII, Korea and Vietnam as a fighter pilot and a very intelligent mom. I also have had an aunt and uncle who were also very influential in my life. I have always kept busy in life. Before I was married, I was blessed to learn HVAC repair, firefighting, emergency medical response (EMT), aviation (private pilot), engineering (ME) and, some of the Mandarin Chinese language. In recent years, I have also taken up the hobby of photography. While very busy, I love my work as a Software Engineer/Project Manager at Intel. It provides me the blessing of working automated systems/tools and interact with great people. Most importantly, I love being the father of a wonderful family which includes my near perfect wife and great 5 children! Finally, thanks to being a member of the LDS church I also have the opportunity of interacting with the kindest people I have ever known.

Why I am a Mormon

Because of things like Cecil B. Demille's "The Ten Commandments", the good people that taught me at Grace Brethren Christian school and the good example of members in my family, I recognized as a child there is a God and that He is very loving. While young, I used to visit my Aunt Sylvia during many of my summers growing up. In time, I was impressed with how she reached out to others and how I felt joy in my heart as I attended her church on Sundays. When I was about 19 years old, I requested to be taught by the missionaries of her church. In the bible we read "...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Bible - Galatian 5:22-23). I felt these feelings while the missionaries taught. I prayed about their message and believed what they taught true. I accepted their invitation to be baptized and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I did not do much after being baptized and, in time, drifted away but in a few years came back. After about a year of being back, I felt called to serve a two year mission for Him to share my testimony which I did at the age of 24 to the good people in Taiwan. The prophet Joseph Smith was called to restore the church of the Lord. I have learned that critics of Joseph are, to their misfortune, very narrow-minded. If only they knew the man I have come to know during my prayerful study of this great prophet. I know there is a God. I also believe that while many religions are good and many teach correct truths and their respective patrons draw close to the Lord and He looks over them, there is only one church He has established (see Ephesians 4:5) and all will in this life or after death know this and have the opportunity to perform the accept those ordinances/commitments including baptism required to return to His presence. Above all I know He loves us.

How I live my faith

So far as I know, ministers never received any personal compensation for administering the affairs of the Lords church from what we read in the records left in bible. That is no exception to the way He works today. Each member is called to work in some capacity in His church. This includes teachers, leaders, missionaries, etc. Currently, I serve as a counselor to the leader of the men of our local church members. It's been my pleasure to both teach these great men in church and to visit them in their home. This is the way things were done many years ago when the Lords church was present in prior dispensations. Performing service in His church, I frequently feel the presence of the Lord. I also feel that as I try to help the Lord, I and my family, in return, are greatly blessed in many ways including having strong family bonds with both our immediate and extended family, great friends and great temporal and spiritual blessings.