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Hi I'm Cody Andrews

I'm a convert. I'm an aspiring musician. I'm a linguist and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I like to play guitar, bass, piano and I like to sing. I love to write music as well. I love the Spanish and Portuguese languages. While, I'm not perfect at it, I'm still moving forward and learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I sat down with the Bishop of the local ward and he asked me what I wanted to know. I told him that I'm not very familiar with this church or any of the doctrine. All I know is that there was this man named Joseph Smith who was called a prophet of God and was called to translate the Book of Mormon. Bishop Piscione filled me in on the history of the church and gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. We set up a meeting with some missionaries, so I could be taught more about the church and the gospel. I met with the missionaries and the Bishop and everything they were teaching me sounded so familiar. The funny part was that it was from the Book of Mormon, a book that had recently come into my possession and I had only read five chapters of First Nephi. I began to wonder about why this sounded so familiar and eventually they taught me about the Pre-Mortal Existence and it all made sense! Elder Ball had asked me after our first meeting to pray about whether or not the words of the Book of Mormon are true and if Joseph Smith was really a prophet of God, so that night I did. I prayed, asking God about the truthfulness of the gospel and Joseph Smith being a prophet. I didn't expect an immediate answer, but I knew God would provide me with the information I so desired. About two weeks later, I was researching some things on the LDS church and I stumbled upon this college assignment given to non-LDS students at BYU by Prof. Hugh Nibley called The Book of Mormon Challenge. Basically, it states to write your own Book of Mormon with accounts of history, travel, politics, war, philosphy (just as The Book of Mormon) with names of hundreds of people that were actual Hebrew and Egyptian names of circa 600 B.C. Never contradict yourself and get it published as true history. To date, no student has completed the assignment because it was a work of God that we have The Book of Mormon and not man.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by choosing to follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the light of the world; a beacon of hope. I make temple attendance a priority as well as studying the scriptures on a daily basis. I serve in the callings I have received to the best of my abilities. I live up to the standards of an ordained elder in His Church. I've been instructed by the Lord to, as quoted in Doctrines and Covenants 20:46-60, "...preach, teach, expound, exhort, and baptize and administer the sacrament..." I have made the decision to serve a mission and have received my call to the Massachusetts Boston Mission, in which I have the wonderful and sacred opportunity to teach others about the Lord.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Cody Andrews
I've come to the conclusion on not only what the Church teaches about Apostasy, but that the Bible was originally in Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew text. It had to be translated into a common language (I believe it was Latin) and then translated into English, so there can be some mistranslations and misinterpretations of the sorts. I remember watching a TV program and they were talking about how it wasn't the Red Sea that Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, but it was the Sea of Reeds. I am not sure on the clarity of that claim, but one thing I am sure of is that The Book of Mormon was translated directly to English by the power and will of God. We need The Book of Mormon, so that God's true Church, through Him, could be restored. It all comes down to the plan of salvation. Heavenly Father wants His sheep to be of one fold and The Bible and The Book of Mormon are those tools for us to be brought back on the right path. One way I was taught is to think of the gospel like a door. A door with one hinge (The Old Testament) will swing around and not function the way it was intended. A door with two hinges (The Old and New Testaments) isn't completely stable, but a door with three hinges (The completed Bible and The Book of Mormon) is pretty unfaltering. We have this book that completes the gospel and complements the Bible and this combination of historic literature assures us that Jesus is the Messiah and that this is the path Heavenly Father wants us to follow. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Cody Andrews
The question of faith was always a difficult one for me until I had reached the rank of Star Scout in Boy Scouts. The troop I was in had this extracurricular activity called "Ceremony Team". The purpose of those in this group was to perform authentic, Native American style cross-over ceremonies from WEBELOS Cub Scouts to the Boy Scouts. Those that earned their Arrow of Light received the patch that night during the ceremony. The patch is an arrow with seven rays of light shining behind it. Each ray stands for a virtue of life, the fifth being Faith. "Faith is the conviction that something unproven by physical evidence is true. One cub scout explained that Faith is like a light switch, before you flip it you know that the light would turn on." Why do we know the light would turn on? When you ask a young child this question, they don't know the scientific reasons as to why the light would turn on. Children put their trust that the switch will turn on the light. I think it is a great example of Faith and in the same concept it can be applied to our relationship with Heavenly Father. When we choose to read our scriptures and pray daily, that can symbolize the light switch. We are turning on that connection between us and Heavenly Father and your faith, through him, grows. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Cody Andrews
When I was investigating the Church, this was covered in the first lesson presented to me. The elder missionary quoted verses out of The Book of Moroni, Chapter 10:4-5. It reads: "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." I pondered on these verses for the next couple of days and eventually decided I needed to do as Moroni said. I had been dying to know whether or not The Book of Mormon was true and had to pray to Heavenly Father, asking Him about the truthfulness of the Gospel! In a different story, I decided to get baptized and confirmed in the Church because of the manifestation of truth through the Holy Ghost. In short, the only true way to know Mormonism is true is to ask Heavenly Father "with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I can testify that you will know in your heart of the truthfulness of the Gospel when you ask Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Cody Andrews
Missionaries will share a message called The Plan of Salvation. In essence, this plan is having faith in the teachings of God and His Son, Jesus Christ through the gospel, repenting of your sins, being baptized in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost by priesthood authority, receiving the gift of The Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. Missionaries will talk about various topics under the aforementioned parts to The Plan of Salvation. These topics include, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Restoration, The Word of Wisdom, The Law of Chastity, and Tithing and Fast Offerings. The best part about their message is that it is Christ-centered! All they will talk about is how great, marvelous, magnificent, loving, caring and forgiving our Savior is. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Cody Andrews
It is important to remember that the Atonement of Jesus Christ was not just His sacrifice on the Cross. There are two additional events, often overlooked, that encompass what is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The first being His suffering and prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Without this act, the Cross would not have mattered. In the Garden, our Savior was prepared, like the lambs of Old Testament time, for His sacrifice on the Cross. He took upon Himself all the sins and burdens of anyone. Thus, an Infinite Atonement, vicariously performed for those that did exist, those who do exist and those who will exist. After His betrayal, He was illegally tried and "found worthy" of death by crucifixion. Now that the Lamb was prepared for the Great Sacrifice, it was time for the sacrifice. Many prophecies were fulfilled in ALL scripture because of this second event of the Atonement; the physical suffering up until death. After Christ's death, He was laid in a tomb, so as to not hang upon the Cross during the Passover and bring condemnation upon the Jews. After three days time, He was resurrected; completing the Atonement that He was sent to do for us. He conquered the grave, so that all of God's children could do so and, one day, return to live with Him in Heaven. Throughout the whole Atonement of Jesus Christ, there is one declaration from Christ that we should remember; no matter how much we think that the world is against us, "...ye know that it hated me before it hated‍ you." Show more Show less