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Hi I'm Cody Gronning

I live in Las Vegas Nevada, I am a College Student, I am a people person, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern Idaho in a small town called Grace. I have one younger sister and two awesome parents. As I kid I loved being inside and just doing things on my own. As I've grown I've learned to love people and become a much more social person. I now enjoy things like hiking fishing and camping. During High School I was on our school's debate team and competed nationally in Customer Service and Promotional Bulletin Board Design in the SkillsUSA program. I now love talking to people and I love life. Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has blessed my life and the lives of my family members in ways too great and sacred to try and explain. This faith is why I am who I am today. My name is Cody and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of prayer. Sincere, honest, heartfelt prayer. That has given me the knowledge that The Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. My faith and testimony of this marvelous Gospel, established long ago, has only been strengthened as I have studied out the words of The book of Mormon in my heart and mind. As I have lived my faith I have been blessed to find both Physical and Spiritual evidence that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Lord's kingdom, on Earth, restored once again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in small simple ways. Things like doing service for those in need or being a friendly person to everyone I meet. Gordon B. Hinckley, one of the recent Prophets in the Church, once said in an answer to why we have no crosses or typical Christian symbols on our church buildings: "The symbol of our faith is manifest in the lives of our Members". I live my faith simply by doing all I can to be a good person. This includes following the commandments God has given us, which are for our benefit, and staying faithful to the guidance given by church leaders.

What is the priesthood?

Cody Gronning
The Priesthood is the Authority to act in God's name. It is a gift that was held anciently by prophets in the Old Testament and by the 12 Apostles in the New Testament. "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." (Matthew 10:1). This very same Power and Authority that was given to them has been restored to the Earth in our times. The authority is and always has been passed down by the "Laying on of Hands" or in other words when someone who holds the Priesthood puts their hands on the head of the person being given the Priesthood and gives a blessing (sort of like a prayer), giving that person that same Authority through the Authority given to them. "And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses." (Deuteronomy 34:9). This Priesthood Authority was given to Joseph Smith Jr. by three of Christ's original Apostles: Peter, James, and John. The Priesthood has continued in an unbroken chain since then and can be held by any worthy male over the age of 12 in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Cody Gronning
We do not worship Joseph Smith nor any other mortal man. We worship only God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We as Mormons only talk about Joseph Smith so much because of his key role in bringing about the Restoration of the Gospel. He was the first of the prophets called in modern times and there have been many prophets called since that we do not worship either. The purpose of a prophet today just as it was in the Old Testament is simply to lead God's children (all of us) and to reveal to us the truths that God would have us know. Just like Moses or Abraham, Joseph Smith was called of God to be a prophet and to point the people towards God. "And gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him, the only living and true God, and that he should be the only being whom they should worship." (A verse from a Revelation given to Joseph Smith from God recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 20:19). Show more Show less