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Hi I'm Cory

I grew up in Utah and love growing things (business, fruits and vegetables, faith)! I love my wife and kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father - my wife and I have been married for 27 years and we have 3 children, 2 girls and a boy. I love hanging out with my family, joking around and enjoying their company. Only our youngest son is still at home, so we don't all get together as often as we would like. My advice is make the most of your family time, because before you know it your kids are grown up and gone. Reminds me of that Harry Chapin song "Cats in the Cradle"... I have a bachelor's degree in political science (to this day I'm a political and current events junkie) and an MBA in marketing. I like to figure out what makes people choose one product or service over another, and I really get a kick out of breaking business processes down into their constituent parts and figuring out how to make them better. I like to read about big ideas (history, biographies, science, religion, philosophy) and people who made a difference with their lives. I believe that's what we are all here to do - change the world one day and one choice at a time. I love to garden and see things grow, but the best part is enjoying a freshly picked fruit or vegetable out of your garden. Nothing better in the world! I also love all kinds of music from different genres and eras. I like to listen for the rhythms and harmonies within the music, because when the right note is played or combined with the right beat, it strikes a chord deep inside my soul and I feel connected to something greater.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS Church by faithful parents but I reached a point in my teenage years when I wanted to know for myself what is was I really believed in and why I should continue in my faith. One pivotal experience in my life was my first year in college when I took a world philosophy class and had to really think about and study my beliefs. I learned that philosophical debates were often constructed out of diametrically opposed views, but I came to recognize that the truth was usually somewhere in between. As I pondered this and studied the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I realized that in the end truth draws us all together into the middle of a great circle of purposeful unity and love. It was a turning point for me - I realized that throughout my life, the truth would be found where I felt at one with God and with others. That feeling of connection, united with others by a power greater than myself, is what keeps me going every day. It starts within me as I pray and study the words of the Lord. It extends to my immediate family, the ties that bind us together in love. It radiates out to all my brothers and sisters in our human family, and from thence outward to embrace every living thing in this universe. I know we are sons and daughters of an all powerful God who loves us with a complete and total love that overcomes all evil, all pain, all suffering, and bring us together in the common cause of making our world a better place to live. Learning and living the principles of the gospel of the Savior on a daily basis has brought peace, happiness and contentment to me and my family, and I want everyone around me to experience the same joy I feel. I know it can only come into your life when you live in accordance with principles of truth.

How I live my faith

I really like helping people and that is why I participate actively in giving service to my community and to my church congregation. Every Sunday I get the chance to teach the 16 year old young men and women about the principles of our faith, and it a great experience to connect with them as we discuss the teachings of Jesus Christ. Every month my son and I have the opportunity to visit families from our congregation. We share a short uplifting message with them and enjoy watching over them and caring for their needs. It is our way of staying connected with our community of faith and being there for them in whatever circumstances, challenges or struggles they may find themselves. It is a good thing to worry about someone else's problems rather than your own - it seems like your problems are not so big in comparison if you can help someone else. When we lived in Florida in 2004, I also had the wonderful experience of being part of the "Mormon Helping Hands" doing hurricane cleanup. You may recall that year as the one where Florida was hit by four different major storms, and we helped clean up after three of them. As we went from house to house doing what we could, cleaning up debris, cutting up and hauling tree branches and debris to the curb and providing encouragement to those affected, I felt lucky to be a part of it all. We worked long hours but went home satisfied because we knew that we were serving others, and that made all the difference.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Just this past weekend I was preparing a lesson for my class for the 16 year old youth in my congregation and was reading in Ephesians where Paul explains that grace is a gift from God. I was reminded once again that whenever we feel weak, we can pray for His strength to keep going on, and he will pour out his grace upon us! I have felt His hand in my life when I have asked for his grace, for the strength beyond my own to endure when I feel like giving up. Show more Show less