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Hi I'm Cody

I'm a student, rock climber, guitarist, graphic designer... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For starters, I LOVE music. Music is my passion and my medicine to my soul. I listen to lots of music, particularly rock and roll and blues. I LOVE to play the guitar; I've been playing for about 3 years now and it is what I do to escape from the world. Nothing sure beats playing a song from one of your favorite bands! I LOVE to sing, more so in choir. I am currently singing in a church institute choir and I love it! I LOVE family. I love my family in particular. I LOVE my friends. I enjoy being a friendly person, although I can be shy at times. I LOVE japanese food. I could cook it and eat it all the rest of my life! I LOVE to rock climb and the thrill I get from it. I LOVE the outdoors. Being raised in Alaska, I've grown to appreciate the green beauty of the earth and the peace and tranquility it gives. I go to the outdoors to find peace and escape from the world and reflect on my life, love life, and even live it outside. Nothing can compare to a great outdoor backpacking adventure. I am currently going to school in Utah and am pursuing a major in Graphic Design. Gotta love Photoshop!

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't join the church at a certain age; I was born in the church. Being born inside the church is a HUGE blessing for me. I know that I have a handicap in believing in Christ because that's what I was taught and raised to do. I don't do things as a Mormon because I'm told to, I do Mormon things because I know for myself that the Mormon church is God's true church. At a certain point in my high school years, I came to a knowledge and confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed God's one true church. It was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and is led by a living (yeah, that's right, LIVING) prophet like Moses or Abraham. I didn't have an angel reveal it to me or anything dramatic like that, I knew it in my heart of hearts, because of the peace and joy I felt. So great was the happiness I felt that I will never tangent from my directed course back to my Father's presence. There is never a day that I wish I could do something else other than obey God's commandments. I never drink, smoke, steal, lie, sleep around, act immoral, etc. nor ever want to. Doing those things doesn't bring happiness; it brings unhappiness. I know for myself that God wants us to be happy. So, if God wants us to be happy, then His commandments that He has given us are for our happiness! It's that simple! And because I know that, I entrust my life to Him, because He knows me inside and out, and desires for me to be happy. This is my testimony: I know that God lives. I know that Jesus lives too, and that He loves me enough to die for me. I know with all the conviction of my heart that this church is the one true church that God has always had in times of old. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's true church, and I know that. I know that if ANYONE adheres to God's commands, that they will be blessed and receive happiness in their life. I know that there IS life after death, and that families can be together forever.

How I live my faith

As far as church callings, I am a Sunday School teacher in the Single's Ward that I attend for church. I love to teach, especially the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to explain the goodness of His word, and how we can apply His teachings in our lives to be better people and to be good examples to those around us. I am also a choir director for the ward. Like I said, I really enjoy music. I love to direct a choir in singing praises to our Lord and Savior. It's a bit hard to manage and direct a choir, but it is fulfilling. I served a full-time LDS church mission in Japan Sendai for 2 years. I love my mission and everything about it. I miss it so much. My heart is still in Japan. I strive to be like Jesus. I say strive, because it is hard. At times it's hard to do or say the right thing, but in the end it is worth every feeling you get from it. I'm not perfect, nor ever will be on this earth, but I will rise every time I fall.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Cody
Yes, a husband and wife CAN be married eternally, and families will be sealed together forever. What greater joy can anything else bring besides this truth?! How important the family is (especially for me)! Man, Let me tell yah, hearing the "'til death do you part" thing at weddings makes me really sad. Something so happy and wonderful as marriage can NOT be temporary. To me it is a mock to say that something so beautiful in and of itself ends when you die. We Mormons believe very passionately that families are an eternal unit, not just something temporary to appear and vanish as a cloud of smoke. It is so consoling to the soul to know that when I am married to my sweetheart, she will ALWAYS be my sweetheart. Even if one of us dies before the other, I will always lean on the eternal truth that we will meet again, and remain married for all eternity. Isn't that awesome?! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Cody
Imagine a glove. That glove is your body. Your hand is your spirit. When you were born, your spirit entered your body and you became a living person, just like a glove with a hand! When you die, your spirit leaves your body to go to the spirit world to dwell. You will remain in the spirit world until you are resurrected into your same body, but perfected and immortalized, never to be sick, aged, wounded, or die ever again! We Mormons believe that death is not the end of life. Because of Jesus Christ, we will die, and be resurrected into a perfect immortal body to live again. Death is a path that we all must take at some time to become immortalized. Death seems scary, but only to those who don't understand it. Mormons don't fear death because we know that it is NOT the end, and that we will be able to live again in a perfect immortal body. Show more Show less