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Hi I'm Cody

I was born in Cambodia. I came to America at the age of six and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Father of two wonderful kids, six and a one year old. I have been married for seven years. My wife and I met while attending college in BYU- Hawaii and got married in the Laie Temple. I am currenty attending graduate school at Iliff school school of Theology. My plan is to obtain two master degrees including social work. I am a proud Father and a proud members of church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because it was like God's way of showing me how to get out of Darkness and come into to light and I will show the way. I am a genocide survivor from Cambodia. My families were ones of the fortunate people to have escape the horrible civil war that took an estimated 1.3 million souls. My mother along with others tried to escape the country to find refuge, all the while, struggling through the arduous jungles filled with deadly mined bombs. I was stricken with a high fever to the point where crying was impossible for a baby boy as young as me. Miraciously, my mom along with other finally found refuge in Thialand and reunited with my Father. At the age of five, we got sponsored by a christian church to come to America. Not very long when my Father suffered mental illness and turn to alcohol and gambling. At 10 years old my family separated. This devastation lead me my sister and my Father to move to Philadelphia, Pa. There while going up, I became soo lost in life as a young boy that many life's question came about.I was left to care for my young sister and my sick Father. There was no escaping, I felt like I was inside prison. I remember walking the night streets of Phildelphia pondering about my life and the purose of all human suffering. I didn't know the answer then and I sure didn't want to wait around to find out. I wanted out of this miserable life. As time went on. At the age of 17, two young missionaries tracked into our home. I was living in a basement at the time. I heard the missionaries talking to a young man who was living upstair and I felt inspired to go upstaired and soon to realized that I was in a gospel discussion with the missionaries. I went to church and became a member a month later. I didnt have to pray, I just knew, that this was right, this is the church that has all the answers to my life's question. I have found the light and have discovered a way to come out of darkness.

How I live my faith

After the a year being a member of the church, I put in my mission paper and was called by the Lord to serve in the Cambodian/ English mission. I was blessed to learn my native language and to share the Lord's message to the my fellowmen. I was able to bring many to the light of truth and knowledge. After my mission, I attended BYU-Hawaii and continue to serve as a Cambodian club President Elder Qurom President and Sunday school teacher. I have had the wonderful opportunty to perform work in the Laie Temple every week. Their, on the island I became filled with the spirit of the Lord. After graduating from college I decided to join the U.S Marine Corps to serve the country. I felt like this country has given me many opportunities to live my dreams and felt that the least I could do was to give back four years of life. Now I am a student trying to pursue two masters degree in Theology and Social Work. Thoughout my whole life everything that went through as a kid, I feel like the Lord was preparing me for a life of service. I know that I will be abe to help kids and many others that are lost and felt hopless. I hope to open a non-profit youth out-reach organization in the future.