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Hi I'm Cody

I'm a Father, a Husband, a Cyclist. I help launch some of the World's Most Exciting Medical Devices. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a ski racing town, and as a young man had the opportunity to choose whether or not I would pursue a sport that would require me to compete on the Sabbath. Making the decision to put the Lord first in my life has made all the difference; in my family, in my worship, in my career, as I have put the Lord first he has guided my steps and illuminated my path.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this faith. Significant trials and opposition to my beliefs cropped up in my early life. Many of my peers didn't understand why I chose to live the way I did; it was a reflection of my belief. I continue to adhere to the tenets of my faith because it provides me concrete answers: I know God. I know the nature of my relationship with him. I know his character, his attributes, his desires and plan for my life. I am a Mormon because the answers are here. I am a Mormon because I believe there are prophets on the earth, that the conduit to Heaven is open. I have seen their counsel come to fruition in my life and the lives of those with whom I serve and worship. I have seen power and authority exercised in the priesthood. I have seen the miracle of the atonement work to change stony hearts to soft hearts, filthy hands to clean hands. Christ said that if we wish to know of the doctrine, whether it be of God or Man, we must live it. I have lived it. I have seen the Lord's promises borne out time and time again. I testify that this is Christ's gospel on the Earth. I testify that this is where his authority is found.

How I live my faith

Gordon B. Hinckley stated, "There is no faith without obedience." I believe that my faith is best demonstrated by the things I strive to do consistently: study the scriptures and the words of the prophets, serve in formal and informal settings and strive to live my live in harmony with Christ's teachings and his standards. I have had opportunity to work with young men in scouting and ecclesiastical settings and to lead a large congregation. These experiences have taught me more about my own inadequacies. These experiences have helped me to develop empathy, understanding and character. It is through service that we truly grow.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples and churches have a different functions and significance for us, just as they did in Moses' day. In the Temple we are taught more fully about our Father's plan for us and Christ's role in that plan. In the temple we make additional covenants that guide our life and the blessings we receive. Marriage is one of those covenants. It is an ordinance in which we partake, administered by those who hold the proper authority. There are additional ordinances performed in the temple, aimed at offering a chance of salvation to the living and those who have passed on. As the temple is a place of learning, and a place of covenants, we must meet certain criteria before we can be allowed to enter in. The blessings of the temple are based upon our choices and our obedience. Before we can be allowed to receive those blessings we must live the standards set forth. These include standards of belief, faith, action and integrity. Most importantly we believe the Temples to be God's literal home on earth, a place where the Savior has to rest his head. We believe them to be holy and sacred, clean and pure. We prepare ourselves to be clean and pure, that we might more fully feel, and be worthy or, the Spirit of the Lord that resides in the temple. Show more Show less