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Hi I'm Cody

I'm an Alabama grad, preparing for medical school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I live in the South, I'm a big college football fan. I really love just watching just about any sport out there. I am preparing to attend medical school by typing obituaries for my local paper -- not the usual path! Besides sports, I enjoy talking about politics and current events and following the weather. I am happily married, and we are expecting our first child. You'll often find me looking at my Twitter timeline or the latest scores on my phone.

Why I am a Mormon

There's a verse in the New Testament where Jesus says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I've tried the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, and I've seen the good fruits that come from it. I've read the Book of Mormon, which speaks of Jesus and what he did for me, and I've prayed and asked God if it is holy scripture. God has answered my prayers again and again, and I can see his hand in my life. I was able to serve as a missionary in Sweden and was able to watch as people heard the truths of God for the first time. I felt the Holy Spirit every time I told people about the wonderful visit of God and Jesus to the young Joseph Smith in the year 1820. Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I would be lost. With the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I know exactly where I am and what God wants for me. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I enjoy helping others and being involved. I currently work with our local missionaries and help them in their work in bringing souls unto Jesus, and I enjoy going with them to see some of the people they are teaching. I also try to be involved in my community. Since I graduated with a degree in political science, I always do my best to get people to vote. I have also participated in several trips to help after natural disasters.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Cody
We believe that families are important, and that the ability to bring life into the world is a great gift from God and is not to be treated lightly or tampered with. This is why marriage and families are so important to us. Because of that, Mormons believe that abortion is not approved of God and should not be done, except in rare cases such as when the life of the mother would be endangered if the child is carried to term or if the pregnancy was a result of rape. In these cases, we are taught to go to our church leaders for counsel and, more importantly, to go to God in prayer to receive guidance. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Cody
As in any church or social group, there is a bit of a culture with its customs and practices. Mormons are no different, though one might be surprised how usual we are. When we attend church, we are there to worship our God. We try to look our best for Him to show him our desire to live up to what he asks us to do. This means wearing our "Sunday Best" - you'll usually see guys in shirts and ties, and women in dresses or skirts. But we also understand that it's important to come, no matter how you may look - no one is turned away because of how they are dressed. Holidays are a big deal. Of course, as Christians we have a special focus on Christmas, where we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and the events around Easter, where we remember what he suffered for us and how he opened the door for all to be resurrected. Being a family-centered church, our holidays are family-centered. For example, Thanksgiving is important in my family because it's one of the few times we can all come together. We also make a big deal about our birthdays, and my wife might come after me if I forgot our anniversary! Show more Show less