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Hi I'm Cody

I grew up in Wyoming where I lived and worked on a cattle ranch. I'm a Mormon

About Me

In high school I loved speech and debate. We "discussed" topics ranging from how the Muslim Brotherhood's electoral victory would effect Egypt to whether or not the use of US drone strikes in foreign countries was justifiable. Four years of wrapping my mind around topics like these has taught me that no topic has a right answer and that you should never take any issue and just face value. I loved to argue, but most of all I loved to educate people on these topics and allow them to draw their own conclusions. My favorite part was when I could sit down with others and hear their opinions on whatever we were talking about. It was great fun to listen to people who had come to their own educated conclusion that was different then mine and see how they had gotten there. I was also very active in the local Future Farmers of America chapter which taught me skills like welding and husbandry. But probably the best opportunity that was given to me through the FFA was the chance to raise my own animals to show and sell. I've raised sheep (which I don't recommend), pigs, and cattle all for sale at the county fair. While raising animals was the most frustrating thing I've ever had to do (I've had my share or steers who needed nose rings) at the end of the day I was glad (or glad that it was over) that my patience had tested. Finally, living in Wyoming gave me ample opportunity to live and work in the outdoors and my favorite memories are fishing in high mountain lakes with my dad.

Why I am a Mormon

Born and raised in the church, I've always been a bit of a doubting Thomas. A lot of church policies (past and present) don't make any logical sense and I was ready to blow them off. For the first 17 years of my life the real reason why I went to church was to make my parents happy. But when I got my patriarchal blessing things began to change. I noticed that I was actually looking forward to church, I was paying attention in the lessons, and I discovered that I was actually happier if I followed the commandments. That last part really surprised me, I'm happier when I don't have a cup of coffee in the morning? Weird as it was, the answer was yes. So I started to learn more about the gospel; I read the scriptures, read all the talks and dissertations that I could get my hands on, and participated in the lessons. Even from when I was young, I knew that there was a god and that he loved me more than anything, but the scriptures gave shape and clarity to that testimony and made me realize a few things. I know that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of us as individuals. That's why he sent Jesus Christ to atone for our sins, and that's why he promises us everything if we follow his commandments. That love is one cornerstone of my testimony of this church, the other is that me and my family can be together. I love my family more than anything else and even though we fight (quite a bit) there is no where else that I would rather be. It's a great blessing to know that I am sealed to my family forever and it proves to me that Heavenly Father is preparing us for greater happiness in the future. But besides these very spiritual testimonies of this church, the more I read the scriptures the more evidence I have found that this church is true. There are plenty of scriptures in the Bible referring to the great apostasy and the truth of the Book of Mormon. If you are a christian the fulness of the gospel is in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Me and my family are active in the church; attend every Sunday and do our best to fulfill our callings. My parents are called to be the teachers of the 11-12 year old class, a calling which I love to help them with. Teaching kids is just a little bit harder than herding cats but it's a rewarding job. I was also called as the first counselor to the Bishop in the priest group. I was responsible for conducting the meetings and with making sure that everyone in the group was taken care of. I even had the opportunity to teach the lessons sometimes in which invariably I learned more than my peers. I also went to a fair amount of Wednesday activities, enough to actually get my eagle scout badge right before my 18th birthday.