Friday, July 11, 2008

Laboring in the Vineyard

As Cody suspected he was sent to the 'ghetto' part of Milwaukee. The branch he is serving in is near a college. The rent is quite high so the their apartment is quite small. He spoke in church two Sundays ago, sending his notes with his weekly letter. On July 6th Cody turned twenty. He received the 'best birthday gift possible' when a investigator committed to baptism.

We decided to throw a birthday party in Cody's honor

The mission has requested that all mail come through the mission home so it can get to the Elder's in a timely manner. Please use the address posted on the left portion of the blog for the rest of his mission.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Arriving to the Mission

Elder Cody McCormick left the MTP (Missionary Training Prison as he calls it) on the 10th of June. He had quite a long day flying from Salt Lake City to Atlanta then on to Milwaukee. He wrote us a letter that same day, and you could tell he was tired from his travels. President and Sister Barrett prepared a home cooked meal for the new missionaries, the first since leaving home.

When he had his interview with Pres. Barrett, Cody told him that he was from South Phoenix, the ghetto. President Barrett wrote that down in his notes and Cody thought I know where I will be going. He was sent to the ghetto part of Milwaukee and he said he is liking it. He should be in that area 6 to 12 weeks.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Off to the MTC

Maren and my sojourn began on the 14th of May when we flew, with Cody, from Ketchikan to Phoenix. As are with most trips to the lower 48 the schedule was fast paced and sleep available only in brief snatches. We completed getting together the clothing and supplies Cody would need for his two year mission.

On Saturday the 17th we attended the temple and Cody received his endowments. It was truly nice to be there with Cassie, Russell and family along with many other members of the South Mountain Ward.

On Sunday the 18th Cody spoke at stake conference allowing us to hear his testimony one more time before departing. After a quick trip to St. Johns to see Maren's dad and Step-mom, Russell and Peggy, we returned to Phoenix in time for Cody to be set apart by President Richard Johnson of the Phoenix Stake.

For Family home evening on Monday we all ventured to In-and-Out Burger so Cody could have one final four-by-four and Animal Fries. The kind of meal that would cause dollar signs to appear in the eyes of any Cardiologist.

Mid-morning on the 20th found us at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to catch a flight to Salt Lake City. Cody's largest suitcase came in four pounds over the maximum weight forcing him to pay extra fees. Ryan, Laz and Cynthia accompanied us as far the security area. With one final hug to some of his closest friends (yes Cynthia received only a hand shake by mission standards) good-byes were mixed with tears as we turned and passed the sign that read 'Passengers only beyond this point'.

We spent the night at April and George's house in Draper just north of Provo. This was our first opportunity to sleep in all week. We woke to a cloudy rainy day and after shaving and showering Cody dawned a suit, which will be his uniform for the next two years and we headed off to the MTC.

The easy way to tell first time parents at the MTC is those who didn't know to cut the threads in the suit pocket before coming. It was nice that a thoughtful sister had a stitch remover available just for that instance. We got several pictures then proceeded to the chapel for the orientation. The talks where encouraging and uplifting. We parted ways with Maren and I going out one door and Cody going out the other.

Maren and I headed back to Salt Lake City then to Seattle, returning to Ketchikan on the 22nd. Our prayers are with Cody as he prepares to enter the mission Field.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's Been a long Road

Since the beginning of last Summer (2007) we have been trying to get Cody off on his mission. He injured his back while working at a tire shop with his Uncle Paul. This along with a snowboarding accident and being dropped in a mosh pit added to his injuries. After seeing several Doctors a MRI was ordered and our worst fears where confirmed. Cody had not one but two bulging disks in his lower back. Pain and anti-inflammatory medication did little to relieve his symptoms. His initial paperwork was delayed as he attempted to improve the evaluation on his medical standing from a 'B' to an 'A'. When Cody and Cynthia came to visit for Christmas he was in so much pain that it required an ER visit the night they arrived. During his visit we arranged for a epidural steroid injection and he began to improve over the next several weeks to months.

Cody started working as a waiter at Applebee's and earned the rest of the money needed for his mission. On March 20th he received his call to the Wisconsin, Milwaukee Mission. It would have been nice to be there with him, but since Maren and I had moved to Alaska in September of last year we where on the phone when he opened it.

Cody had come to visit his brothers before leaving for the MTC, arriving in Ketchikan on the 6th of June. Maren, Cody and I flew back to Phoenix on the 14th to finish getting him ready for the MTC.

That is how it has gone thus far.