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Hi I'm Cory

I grew up in Oklahoma and Texas. I'm an attorney in Houston, Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of four beautiful children. I spend my weeks in the office and in court, but live for weekends spent with my wife and kids. I worked full time while in college in the construction field in framing, finish carpentry and eventually remodeling homes. This has left me with a deep sense of satisfaction in hands on work. My weekends are often filled with the family working on fixing or remodeling parts of friends, neighbors or our home. I grew up in the countryside of Oklahoma as the second of six kids, the oldest boy. I lived in remote areas and went several years without running water or electricity. It was hard to go to school and face the others given my meager circumstances. But, my home life lifted me up, gave me refuge, and strengthened me. I was blessed with optimistic and caring parents who allowed me to roam the countryside with my brother in tow. My parents taught me to love my Heavenly Father. They would travel to neighboring cities for church for Sunday services, and on Wednesdays for youth functions as the nearest city to us often did not have an LDS chapel. The expense on our family for the trips was not small. I saw them serve faithfully in their callings. I served a full time two year mission in the state of Bahia, Brazil, where I learned to speak Brazilian Portuguese fluently. The people there were loving and accepting, even if they didn't always agree. I have not been able to return to Brazil since the end of my mission in 1999. I miss them.

Why I am a Mormon

I pray and read the holy scriptures (which includes the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) with my wife and children and discussing what we find in the evenings. With four children from 12 years to 18 months in age, this is not an easy task and requires the constant effort of both me and my wife. But, we can feel the easing of tension and conflict in the home as we pay heed to the scriptures. When our efforts slacken, the sweet spirit brought into our home is quickly beaten back by the other influences felt by each parent and child. Creating the same refuge that I felt at home as a child cannot be accomplished on my own. I recognize through my efforts to have a loving home, that it was not only my parents, but the Spirit of the Lord, which allowed me to find refuge at home and to be strengthened by my time there. I know that it is only with the assistance of my Heavenly Father that I might be able to create a home for my children that they deserve. I know that my Heavenly Father has a church on Earth and that church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know this because his spirit has confirmed it to me. The confirmation continues and is reinforced the more I follow His guidance that I receive through His church and His Prophet. As I trust in Him and His prophet and take actions to show that trust, I feel His influence in my home grow stronger. As I feel His influence grow stronger, my faith in Him grows.

How I live my faith

I serve my local LDS church by assisting the teachers of several local congregations to become better teachers of the gospel. I help them understand how to teach the gospel as it was taught by Jesus, using questions, short stories, personalization of the message, and through a deep understanding of those you are teaching. It also involves a process of getting the teacher, and then the students, to apply the principles to their daily lives and return and report on what effect it had. I also substitute teach adult, youth or children classes any chance I am given. If I go to long without teaching, I begin to feel like a rusted ax left in the field. I also serve by assisting with any projects that arise, such as assisting local members move, assisting at a local homeless shelter, participating in Sunday meetings, and visiting members to see how they are doing.