Funeral Services of
Specialist Cody Otho Moosman
Friday, July 13, 2012
In Loving Memory of
Specialist Cody Otho Moosman
Born: August 4, 1987
Passed Away: July 3, 2012
Gayan Alwara Mandi, Afghanistan
SERVICES HELD: PRESTON NORTH STAKE CENTER
Friday, July 13, 2012 – 11:00 a.m.
Elder Thomas M. Cherrington, 5th Quorum of Seventy, presiding
Bishop Tom Madsen conducting
Jeff Nielson, friend; Timothy C. Moosman, brother; Doyle W Moosman, brother;
Clint K. Moosman, uncle; Darrell Drury, uncle; Tyler Drury, cousin
Dale Critchlow, “grandfather”
Men & Women of the 4th BDE 1st BN1-28th IN “Blacklions”
from the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas
Family Prayer..…………………..…….Doyle W Moosman, brother
Musical Number……………………………………………………..Kim Stone
“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Invocation.…………..…………………..…..David R. Ormond, uncle
Thanks………………………………………….Dennis W Moosman, father
Reading of Military Biography……………………….SFC Bob Hansen
Life Sketch…………..……..Timothy & Doyle Moosman, brothers
Speaker……………………………………………Lola Leon, military friend
Musical Number……………………………….Preston Ninth Ward Choir
“America the Beautiful”
Remarks………..…………….……………….Bishop Tom Madsen
Speaker……………………………………….President Richard Swainston
Speaker…………………………………….Elder Thomas M. Cherrington
Congregational Hymn…………………………………………….Hymn #340
“The Star Spangled Banner”
Benediction……….……..……………..H. Raeburn Ormond, uncle
Dedication of Grave……….……….…Dennis W Moosman, father
Military Rites…………….Idaho Army National Guard Honor Guard
Interment: Preston, Idaho Cemetery
Musical Number – Kim Stone
“Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, as a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
I’m prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart Lord, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Invocation – David R. Ormond, uncle
Our eternal Heavenly Father, as we are gathered here to honor the life of this fallen solider we are grateful for this privilege we have to meet together in this land of liberty. This young man has paid the ultimate price in preserving this freedom and liberty for us.
We pray that thy spirit will attend us this day that our hearts Father will be touched by thy spirit that we will understand the purposes of our lives that we will commit ourselves to living according to the plan of life that thou has revealed through holy prophets that we may understand our relationship with thee and thy son. Again we pray that thy spirit will be with us and we do this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Thanks – Dennis W. Moosman, father
My heart is so full. I pray that the spirit will be with me that I can get through this. I appreciate our men of arms. They have been great to us. The Waldrons have been right there from the beginning right to Dover and back, met a lot of great people there. They treated us well. They showed tears. The USO was there to help us through the airports. That was neat. My heart goes out to all the soldiers and those that are here with us. The Patriot riders, they love their country. It is neat that people have such hearts and love this great nation of ours and serve unconditionally and with selflessness
We’ve got a great community. It isn’t a son we lost, but it’s been their brother. It isn’t just a family that raises a son, it is a community. It is a ward with such good values and morals for our children whether it be on a mission or elsewhere. Cody touched many hearts so we learned. We have three beautiful young women from Fort Riley who came down here for this. One is a girl friend and the other two their husbands are still in Afghanistan. One of them was there shortly after Cody was shot. I can’t imagine what they went through. They have a love for their country and have a love for our son.
One of the scriptures comes to me, without charity we are nothing and we are judged by our hearts and there are many people throughout this world that has good hearts and my prayers go out to our men and women in the army and I’ve grown a great respect for them.
I believe in this Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I believe our Savior atoned for our sins and our Father in Heaven has a body of flesh and blood that Joseph Smith restored this gospel back to this earth. Like I said, my prayers go out to many who have fallen and our brave soldiers. And I do this in the name of thy son Jesus Christ, amen.
Reading of Military Biography – SFC Bob Hansen
Specialist Cody Otho Moosman enlisted in the United States army as an infantryman 11 Bravo on 26th of October of 2010. Specialist Moosman attended basic combat training and advanced individual training in Fort Benning, Georgia with Delta Company 2nd Battalion 54th Infantry and went on to graduate from Army Airborne school in March of 2011. Specialist Moosman was assigned to 2nd Platoon Battle Company 1-28th Infantry of the Blacklions, 4th Brigade 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas on April 26, 2011.
In May 2012 he deployed with the unit to East Patica Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Specialist Moosman’s military schools include basic combat training, advance individual training and the U.S. Army Airborne School. Specialist Moosman’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon and the NATO Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the Expert Rifleman’s Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
To the family I’d just like to say this has not been an inconvenience, it is my honor and a privilege.
Life Sketch – Timothy & Doyle Moosman, brothers
On August 4, 1987 a hero was born to Dennis and Mareen Moosman. His name was Cody Otho Moosman. As a young kid and being the oldest, I remember him always laughing and smiling. Never was a brother so excited to have another brother than I was. Excitement turned to frustration when Cody figured out how to get out of his crib at nights. It started by him trying to climb out. He then figured out that if he got a running start at it he would hit the edge of the crib flip and land on his back onto my bed. He would do this forever, over and over and over again. I wasn’t so patient only being eight. I wanted to go to sleep.
Cody always had a way of figuring things out. One time he decided to make quick sand. But instead of using water like most of us, he decided to use several quarts of motor oil that my dad had in the carport. Weeds don’t grow in the sand pile.
Cody was always determined. He liked to be like dad and use tools. He loved being outside. You couldn’t keep him in the house. If dad was outside working he had to be outside. At times he would get so upset he’d whoop himself on the floor and hold his breath. One time we had to take him in because we couldn’t get him to breath. He held his breath so long he passed out. He was a tough kid, always was.
For his birthday he received some plastic tools. He loved so much to do whatever dad was doing. At the time we were building things and doing projects, my dad. So we got him a plastic saw and a plastic hammer and some other tool kit and stuff, a belt he wore. He took his plastic saw and he found a newly planted tree. He sawed on that tree forever. He didn’t ever cut it down, but he killed it. My dad was able to finish it off from there. Shamely, I was partly to blame on that. I watched him saw on that tree for quite a while. He was having so much fun I couldn’t stop him. I talked to my family later and it sounds like he got more than one tree.
When Cody got a little older he was always determined and always so strong. He wasn’t afraid of anything. He loved to have fun and just do anything anybody was doing. He figured it they could do it he could do it too, I think. He was on the neighbor’s trampoline trying to do back flips and dislocated his elbow. It looked pretty bad, too him in and they set it back in place but there was a little bone that didn’t quite get back where it should have been so they had to go back and put pins in his elbow. It affected Cody a lot. I never felt so sorry for him. Because of the pins and not going back right in surgery they didn’t know if he would get full use of his hand and his muscles and began not to develop right and the arm got really small. They had to take him to a special and they had to shock his arm with to kind of stimulate his muscles and physical therapy.
He later, because of that surgery that became his strongest arm something that we weren’t for sure if he’d get 100% use he went on and he toughed through it. I remember my dad telling me about his PE teacher really pushed him and he was able to get his Presidential Physical Fitness award. When I got back from serving a mission for our church he beat me in an arm wrestle with that arm. He’s a tough kid.
He kind of shared the very beginning. I had a lot of points and memories of my brother. We did a lot together when we were younger. I want to start by bike riding. I kind of took it for granted, but I realized that I did a lot of bike riding with him. I’ve got a lot of experience being able to ride a bike just because I was always trying to follow what he was doing. He really loved being very adventurous. We learned how to bunny hop to bounce on the back tire and to jump curbs. Things I realize now a lot of people don’t know how to do and it is something that came natural to me because I did what my brother Cody did.
He liked to ride his bike to the nearest lakes and go swimming and fishing, pulling his fishing pole and his tackle box along with him. Nothing stopped him from going out and doing these adventures. Even if our family was busy and couldn’t give him a ride he’d go with his friends. We grew up dreaming of camping and all the fun things we could do hunting, fishing, swimming make dams into rivers so we could go swimming even though there wasn’t a lot of water.
He always found a lot of books about snares and trapping and catching animals. So we’d sit there and when we weren’t able to go camping we’d be out trying to make them and learn how to build the different snares. He taught me a lot of those things. He loved the survival skills. His dream was to go out and live in the summer and go live in the mountains for a whole summer.
His mind was always working. He grew up creating and building things. A few of the things we built that he either learned or created himself was like graveling hooks made out of paper clips and my mom’s sewing string and a twist tie. It looked like real graveling hooks. We used them with our Legos. We made Styrofoam boats out of Styrofoam from the meat that my mom would get, like the hamburger; make different things out of those. We even made wood boats. If we saw it my brother would dream about it then he started building it then I’d copy him. I learned a lot from him that way.
We build nets out of the strawberry baskets and from those fruit bags for our Legos and to play in the pool. Legos was a great thing. I always remember watching conference and playing with Legos always watching him build these cool things like a big house or cars and I’d always try and copy him and follow him. We made those graveling hooks for our Lego men so we could pretend and get up into high places using those graveling hooks.
Outside always remember every summer we’d have a twelve inch swimming pool that had the hard sides, but soft bottom and we were always out there swimming in it putting our Legos and all of our toys in it, making boats. That was a lot of our dreams and things were made because of those times having all that fun.
We would play with all our toys and things just never would get sick of it. We were always having fun. We made paddle boats. I remember him showing me how to do that. We’d make them out of wood then put rubber bands on them and then paddle them in the swimming pool.
Hammering, we used to always building things. I remember we were going to go get some rabbits so he wanted to make a box for the rabbits. I remember out there helping trying to hammer things together. I remember we learned how to use a hammer because of my dad and also because I was out there wanting to be following what my brother Cody was doing. We made cages out of the rabbit pens we had. He wanted to catch some birds so we had to make a cage for it. He was always thinking like that.
Across the street we used to have a field. In that field with everything he was learning from studying and being a survival person we made a hut out of grass and trees. I remember that. He was smart. He learned about darts and how to make them so we’d take needles and thread and string and tie them together and we’d make darts and shoot them with straws all around the house. They always kept disappearing I think our parents didn’t really like them. They always told us they were very dangerous. We always had to make new ones because of that.
Grandpa taught him how to make whistles out of tree branches and he taught me how to do it. My dad has never been able to figure out how to get it to whisper, but my brother Cody could. He was good at that stuff. When we went swimming we loved using snorkels. We’d go snorkeling and we’d go find different things.
One funny story we had is we were at the Surf and Swim in Logan and we were in the other pool, not the wave pool and I found a dollar bill floating in the water because we were snorkeling. So he wanted to go find something and later he comes and brings me over, “Come look at this.” So we go snorkeling in the water and we found a turd. Both of us decided we were going to leave this pool. Five minutes later they shut down the pool and had to clean the pool.
He was a very, very hard worker. I remember the first job he had was mowing lawns for our neighbor Angela. After he finished that job I started working there. He always worked at the chicken farm catching chickens. I remember I followed him doing that too. After that then he worked for Dale Critchlow as they earlier spoke of him. He spent a lot of time with him over there, a lot of time doing different things, loved to catch animals, loved to catch the wild cats and tame them. He brought a cat home once and he became our favorite cat named Fat Louie. It was a part Siamese, part wild, but the best cat I’ve ever had.
He learned how to haul hay, feed cows and chickens and horses and move pipe and ride four-wheelers and all those things. He was a very, very hard worker. He worked at Grain Growers. He worked at the Bear River Publishing, worked as a guard. He’s done a lot of things. He’s got a lot of experience in many ways.
One of the jobs he had was breaking horses. When he was training and breaking horses he got his foot caught in the stirrup and also the horse that he was training somehow bucked him off and he hit a fence too. But everything that happened he hit one of his knees and it was pretty bad. My mom had a package that just came in the mail that she was going to send to him. It was some ointment to help him make his knee feel better. But it never slowed him down. I’ve had a knee injury too. He didn’t even notice. He was in the military and went through para trooping and that’s really bad on your knees and it didn’t slow him down at all. He always did everything he wanted too, very adventurous. Still older he still creates things. He made a trailer for his motorcycle so he could take his boat to the lake with his motorcycle. My dad just put it together today it’s in our yard. He was very smart that way. It was pretty amazing. I love him.
Anything with Cody around wasn’t boring. He was an exciting person. He was always looking for an adventure oe something fun to do. He didn’t like holding still very long. He was always hounding, wanting to go fishing or go do something. Everybody was tired and worn out and wanted to rest or it was too hot outside, but Cody didn’t care he wanted to be out doing things. He loved the outdoors. He loved animals.
When Cody got older he was given the opportunity to serve at the Senior Citizen Center serving meals and making food for the community. Cody enjoyed doing this and continued to do it for quite a while. He would come home sometimes and brag about all the pies or things he had made and just the excitement, something simple that you would never picture such a rambunctious outgoing kid being happy, but he found happiness in service and serving others. You could see that glow in him when he did that. That’s who Cody was.
Like Doyle said, he enjoyed working outdoors. He became friends very quickly with Dale Critchlow. Dale had everything Cody loved. He would help Dale feed the cows and stack hay and drive tractors. He helped Dale a lot, but Dale helped him a lot more, I think. Cody had said once that one of the reasons why he was such a good shot was that it was from shooting pigeons and Dale Critchlow’s house and helping him clear out the barn so they didn’t make such a mess of things. I believe that he shot a lot of pigeons and enjoyed doing that and shooting.
At the age of seventeen he received his Eagle Scout. And as Sergeant Hansen already went over in May of 2010 Cody joined the army. At the time he was talking to an army recruiter and also an air force recruiter. I pushed really hard for him to join the air force, no offense against the army, but I thought it was safer. He loved electronics and building things and he had a background with that and I always thought he would have done really well, but that’s not Cody. It is not what he wanted. He said he wanted to be where the action was. He didn’t want to be a guy on the sideline supporting those in his opinion doing all the work.
His whole life he was searching to be a protector, thinking of ways to serve his family, to serve the people he was around. He loved to teach people things. He was excited when he understood something and he was more excited to share what he understood. He loved to be physically active and strong. He took pride in his accomplishments and loved to share those and tried to bless other people’s lives.
When Cody joined the army you saw him find himself. As I think back at his life he was born a soldier. He was born to do what he did, to serve. As he moved through the army and received his training he was always excited to tell you about his experience of jumping out of the plane or the process of learning how. Then as he moved on and started doing more shooting how excited he would get to tell you about the guns that he shot, not just that he had shot them, but how they worked and the understanding of how they operated and the way they were made and built and why. He loved everything about it. It was what interested him and what he wanted to do and I think he was good at it.
I never ever wanted to admit that my younger brother was tougher than me, but he was. He was strong mentally. He was strong physically. I remember going paint balling with him and him coaching me on where to hide and how to handle myself so I didn’t get shot. He was my younger brother and I was like whatever. Right after that I got hit like five times. He was smart. His example to me of being willing to try anything, I was always scared that I would fail or get hurt, but I’d see my younger brother, sometimes you could see he was scared, but that just pushed him even harder to achieve what he set out to do.
I never got a chance to tell him how much that helped me in my life. Cody would do anything. He would try anything and do anything and he would usually succeed at it because he worked at it. When he set his mind to it there was no stopping him. And that example has got me where I’m at today. It’s got me through a lot of hard times. That example will get me through this.
I love Cody and I know he loves us. He wants us to be happy. He was never scared at what he was doing. He knew what could happen, but he was always willing and he believed in himself. I know he is with my brother Ret and I know they are there together and they are strengthening each other. Cody and Ret were best friends. The pictures you see in the video you’ll notice that Cody always has his arm around Ret. There is one picture, we were on a camping trip and Ret got his arms dislocated. Ret’s arm is in a sling and it’s on the video if watch him Cody looks kind of down, just a little sad to see my little brother Ret with his hand on his shoulder like he was comforting him.
Those two loved to be together and strengthen one another. They both went through difficult times, but they both could talk to each other and confide in one another. They were a strength and I know Ret needed my brother Cody. And I know Cody is a strength to him now. Cody always was a soldier his whole life. He was meant to be in the army. He was meant to be in the infantry. He will always be a soldier. I’m honored to be his brother.
We found an article from the internet, but his name was Derek Boeka (Bakee), Faub Tilman, but this is what he said about Cody and we wanted to share this with everyone. “I’m going to start by saying this is one of the most difficult things to write. How can one put in words a man’s true worth? No words can do a man true justice, especially a true friend and a pure patriot like Moosman. Some people knew him just as he was on the outside, but I had the opportunity and a great privilege to get a glimpse deeper inside. Friendship with Moosman was hard earned, but once obtained was priceless. He was loyal through and through. This is the guy that no matter what kind of trouble you were in, if you called he came through.
If anyone ever needed anything no matter how trivial or how much it was an inconvenience to him he stepped up and took care of you. This was a man that would take time to listen to you and be there to talk you through your problems whether it was work or just life in general. I remember when I first met him I couldn’t stand him. He was the same with all other new guys always pushing people to do right things to be even better. At first it drove me nuts, but his purpose because evident as time passed. He wanted us to be our very best and be as prepared for this place as we possibly could be. He knew the measure of each man’s potential and wouldn’t let us settle for less.
At work Moosman was professional all the time. If someone didn’t know how to do something he let them know and he took the time to work with them on it until they had it mastered. He was the guy that always surpassed expectations. If you pushed him to 80% he gave you 100%. If you asked for 100% he gave you even more. That is the type of man he was and we all knew it.
An aspect of Moosman’s life that many people didn’t see was his faith. He was devoted to it with everything he had. He drove to glorify God in every aspect of his life. In a roundabout way he helped me a lot with my faith. He showed the same devotion and sacrifice in his spiritual life as it he did with his job. This is one thing that gives me greater comfort in the hard times. I had many talks with him about life and death and if the worst should happen here never once did he show an ounce of fear and he always replied with great confidence. I know where I’m going. So death doesn’t bother me.
The greatest truth I know this day is that he is up there smiling because right when he got there God tossed him the keys of the camouflage Geometro and .22 rifle and told him, “Go have fun heaven is yours.” The joke is on us because he was the first one to make it home to our true home in paradise.
‘Those who have fallen so that you will not grieve like the rest who have no hope since we believe Jesus died and rose again in the same way God will bring with him those who have fallen through Jesus Christ.’ I Thessalonians 4:13-14.”
Again this was Derek Boeka (Bakee), Faub Tilman.
Cody as I’ve really been realizing has really shaped who I am and who our family was. He was always the one to get our family to get out and do things because he was pestering them, “Let’s go. Let’s do some things,” whether it was fishing, hunting or swimming. I realize that my desire to learn came from him. He never stopped learning. Everything he did was always trying to learn more. He didn’t just learn just to do it to have fun; just it is fun shooting guns. No, he learned everything about that gun, why to use it, when to use it. That’s a great blessing to have in our lives to have that example. We share these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Speaker – Lola Leon, military friend
I think standing here today Cody would agree with me when I say this, that even though Cody paid the ultimate sacrifice and his life ended young he would not want us to cry and spend a day in sorrow. Cody would want us to rejoice in the amazing life that he lived and the many hearts that he touched.
I know Cody believed in serving his country and he believed in every action he did. He was always so kind and caring towards everyone. He was the type of person that would give the shirt off his back if he thought someone else needed it more no matter the circumstance or the situation Cody always wanted to protect everyone around him. He was always caring for and protecting his fellow soldiers, his brothers in arms.
Cody was always professional in every task he was given and completed every duty assigned to him to the best of his ability. He was always the standard bearer for young soldiers. He helped lead them and guide them in the right direction. Cody’s fellow soldiers wanted you all to know that Cody was a good person in general. That he never complained or had a bad thing to say about the army or the mission in hand.
Cody was always hands on at work and if Cody didn’t know how to do something he was never afraid to ask and he would always figure out a solution to get any job done. Cody was very reliable and they knew that no matter what Cody was always the one guy who would always be there whenever someone needed him. Cody was an amazing soldier and everyone felt a little safer knowing he had their backs because I know my husband trusted him with his life.
It reminded me of a story. There were actually two squad leaders that were trying to get Cody to go to their squad. They were actually all trying to bribe him like take him fishing and taking him hunting and trying to invite them over for dinner so he would pick a different squad so they could get him because everyone knew how amazing he was and they all trusted him.
When I think of Cody today I don’t want to spend my day sad and all upset. I want to think of all the positive things Cody has done and how much of a life Cody has actually lived in such a period of time. Even though Cody’s life was abrupt he lived each day as if it was his last. And all the adventures and memories he made should help us all get through our lives until we can one day meet him again.
One memory comes to my head whenever I think of him. He was sitting on my couch and his phone kept ringing and every single time he looked down at the text he would smile. He just had this look on his face. I asked to see if he was talking to a girl and he tried to tell me no. But I saw the pure love and that look of happiness on his face. So I kept bugging, I was like, “You’re talking to a girl aren’t you?” He’s like, “Yes.” He showed me a picture and he goes isn’t she beautiful?” And there was a picture of Shelby on the phone. I’ll never forget that handsome smile on his face when he was just showing me and he was so eager to see my opinion on what I thought of her. But later when I asked him for her number he wouldn’t give it to me because he said he didn’t want me to taint her that she was a nice girl and he didn’t want her turning into one of us army wives.
Cody has touched so many of our Lives with his personality alone. He was so happy and so free-spirited. He loved to laugh and he loved even more when he made others laugh. He couldn’t stand to see anyone he cared about upset. Cody was always about adventure and trying new things. He loved the adrenaline rushes and it didn’t matter if he was in danger or not. He had to try it at least once. That is how I know Cody lived his days the best that he could. He believed in being the best soldier he could, sacrificed his own life for our freedom and was never afraid to do anything to make another person happy. So as we sit here thinking of all those beautiful memories of Cody, remembering Cody will be missed, but he will never be forgotten and he will remain in the hearts and the souls of everyone who knew him and every one of his brothers that he proudly served next to and defended with his own life. We will never forget his Geometro because he had a lot of stories with that.
Musical Number – Preston Ninth Ward Choir
Soloists: Daniel L. Ormond, uncle,
H. Raeburn Ormond, uncle, Alan White
Glenda Sessions, chorister, Tina Fryar, accompanist
“America The Beautiful”
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
We thank God for heroes
Proved in liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
Remarks – Bishop Tom Madsen
Thank you so much for that wonderful song. To the Moosman family I express my love. I think I speak on behalf of the Preston 9th Ward, as well as this community, that we bear your burden with you. We mourn with you. We hurt with you. We smile with you.
Our Father in Heaven has given us a very remarkable blessing in this life and that is the ability to remember and I pray that your days might be filled with good memories. You have so much to be grateful for.
When I received the phone call a week ago at four thirty in the morning if I wouldn’t represent the clergy and go with a notifying officer to notify the family of Cody’s death I experienced the most humbling experience of my life. There was a statement read that I think would be worth repeating here when Captain Sharp said to you, “That the secretary of defense sends his deepest sympathy and thanks you, Mr. & Mrs. Moosman for raising a son willing to serve.” I am so proud of the young men and women who have more faith than fear, more love for this country that they put the fear aside and go forward. I have faith in this country. I love these young men and women who serve.
I am so grateful for my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I first heard of Cody’s passing I had a very distinct impression and I believe it was given as the sun shines from heaven that Cody and Ret are together and they are doing a work that only they can do. They were brothers here and they are brothers there. I love you Brother and Sister Moosman, to the Moosman family we pray for you and just know that conviction of the gospel of Jesus Christ that it is true. That life is eternal that we will live after death. It is nothing but a passing. I share these thoughts with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Speaker – President Richard Swainston
I, too, just want to express my love and appreciation to the Moosman family for this opportunity to be here with you today. I do love you and I appreciate our friendship and the experiences that we’ve had, some good and some not so good. But our friendship has grown very close and thank you so much.
As I had the opportunity to participate with you at the Logan Airport my testimony and my faith grew so much in the goodness of people, not just in our little community, but in this valley and the number of people that lined the roads and put their hats and their hands on their heart and showed respect to the Moosman family and to Cody for the service that he rendered for our country just helps me to know that there are so many good people around us and what a blessing it is to live in this community, in this great state of Idaho, in this beautiful Cache Valley and in this county. We have been blessed tremendously.
The Moosman family is quiet and humble. They don’t want to be out front. I remember going over to visit and them asking me, “Now if there is somebody that needs some help you’ll let us know, right?” that’s the way they are. They don’t think about their problems. They think about other people. So if you wonder how come Cody was such a good young man it’s because he had great parents and great siblings to show him the way.
As was mentioned Cody was an Eagle Scout. The Scout Law states that a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Cody exemplified those. My relationship with Cody mainly was as his bishop. And Cody liked to learn things the hard way sometimes. Often I would see my dad unlatch a gate and walk through it and then latch it again. I thought that doesn’t make much sense just climb over the top of it and jump off the other side. It is much faster. But as I’ve gotten older I unlatch the gate and walk through it and re-latch it because it hurts to jump off the other side sometimes. I think Cody had to learn this eventually that it hurts to jump off the other side sometimes. Cody was a great young man. Cody was a good friend of mine. I loved him and appreciated him.
Cody was brave. Cody entered the military not in a time of peace. Cody knew full well that he was going in dangers way. But he did it willingly and he did it because that’s what he wanted to do. He loved his country and he wanted to serve. I testify that if his parents knew the outcome they would support him in his decision again and again and again because they allowed him to make his own way in this life. They allowed him to choose. I appreciate the things that they have taught me from that.
I want to close with a statement from Elder Holland from our last general conference. He said, “If you have made covenants keep them. If you haven’t made them make them. If you have made them and broken them repent and repair them. It is never too late so long as the Master of the vineyard says there is time. Please listen to the promptings of the spirit telling you right now, this very moment, that you should accept the atoning gift of the Lord Jesus Christ and enjoy the fellowship of His labor. Don’t delay it is getting late.”
I testify that we have a Father in Heaven that that is where we came from that we are all brothers and sisters, spirit sons and daughters of God the Father. I testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer that through His atonement we can be made perfect and whole and be prepared to return and live with our Father. I testify too that this life is short when you compare it to eternity. None of us knows when we’ll leave this life, but all of us know that we will leave this life. I pray that we will do the things necessary, make and keep the covenants that we need to while we are here to be prepared to meet our Father.
I testify of the goodness of people and I hope and I know that it is our challenge to show that goodness all the time, not just at these circumstances, but every day of our life show kindness to others. I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Speaker – Elder Thomas M. Cherrington
Brothers and sisters I am so grateful to be here today. I’ve never met Cody that I know of. But my heart is touched and full and I am grateful for the young man that he is and the wonderful family from which he comes. Governor Otter, distinguished military guests and all of you it means so much that you are here and thank you for that.
Brothers and sisters I’m honored to represent the brethren of the church in expressing our condolences and sorrow and also to represent them in testifying of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My heart has been touched by the tributes that have been given by his wonderful brothers. I noticed that Bishop Madsen and I both started nodding when we heard that he learned how to make whistles out of branches. I hadn’t thought of that for a hundred years. I remember my brother teaching me how to make whistles out of reeds and branches. I express my deep condolences.
I pray that my few words will give the Moosman family hope and faith and comfort for I testify that there is hope and comfort in Jesus Christ. I know that. The Lord has told us in section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants,
“And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;
Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—
The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.
Now, verily I say unto you, that through the redemption which is made for you is brought to pass the resurrection from the dead.
And the spirit and the body are the soul of man.
And the resurrection from the dead is the redemption of the soul.”
Only a part of Cody rests before us today. His spirit continues to live and awaits the day when it will be united in glory to his resurrected body. This is the good news that Jesus brought to the world. Man will live again and I testify that that is true. But I pray that the spirit will also guide me as I seek to speak for just a few moments about where Cody’s spirit currently is.
Alma the younger explained to one of his sons the great importance of this period of time between death and the resurrection. He explained that the spirit continues to exist while it awaits the body’s quickening. He taught, “Now there must needs be a space between the time of death and the time of resurrection.”
I will summarize in my own words what I believe in taught in Alma 40 of the Book of Mormon about this space of time between death and resurrection. Upon death the spirits of all men, we are told, are taken home to that God who gave them life. The law of restoration dictates that the state in which the spirit awaits the resurrection is determined by the kind of life they lived on this earth. This is requisite with the justice of our eternal Father.
However, those who are righteous await the resurrection and judgment in a state of happiness, peace, while those who have spent their lives in wickedness thus await the resurrection in a state of regret and anguish, thus fulfilling the law of justice of our God. In the scriptures these individuals who have spent their lives in wickedness and I’m not speaking of Cody, but in the scriptures they are referred to as prisoners or captives. And the state is often referred to as hell. That is our belief.
However this interval between death and resurrection is not a time of stagnation or idleness for either those who are righteous or those who have been wicked. It is during this important interval in the spirit that man continues to prepare to meet God and to receive his final judgment at the time of resurrection. For the final judgment of man does not occur until the resurrection. Therefore, it appears that the day of this life in which man is to prepare to meet God of which Amulek spoke in the Book of Mormon is not just from birth to death. But rather, it appears to also include this interval, this time between death and resurrection and the final judgment.
For the righteous, this is a time of rejoicing and this is where I believe Cody is with his brother rejoicing and of doing the work of redemption and teaching and correspondingly it is a time of sorrow and repenting for those who remain unprepared to meet their God. The world of spirits, in a sense, is a staging ground where preparations are made for all to stand before God. The righteous will assist the wicked in their preparations. I am convinced however, that there will be a lot of spit and polishing going on for each of us while we are in that spirit world before we are brought to stand before God.
Something very important however is taking place during this time. The scriptures talk about liberty being proclaimed to the captives. Isaiah 61, Luke 4, Doctrine and Covenants 138, all of these talk about a liberation that will take place there in this particular period of time. This is truly the greatest rescue mission of all time. And I trust that Specialist Moosman is a part of that final great rescue mission.
This is the time where the power of eternal covenants will take hold upon those on both sides in the world of spirits, those in the state of paradise and those who are in a state of captivity, whether one had faith in Jesus Christ, received baptism and lived according to the direction so the Holy Ghost in this life has great bearing in the world of spirits. I trust that Cody is with the righteous as a result of choices that he has made in this life, but also as a result of the choices his parents and family have made in this life. The Lord knew to which family he sent Cody Moosman.
To illustrate the power of the gospel covenants in the world of spirits I remind all of the words of the prophet Joseph Smith, “When a seal is put upon the father and mother it secures their posterity so that they cannot be lost, but will be saved by virtue of the covenant of their father and mother.” Elsewhere he said, “I have a declaration to make as to the provisions which God hath made to suit the conditions of man made from before the foundation of the world what has Jesus said? He asks. All sin, all blasphemy and every transgression except one that man may be guilty of may be forgiven and there is a salvation for all men either in this world or in the world to come who have not committed the unpardonable sin there being a provision either in this world or the world of spirits every man who has a friend in the eternal world can save him and so you can see how far you can a be Savior on Mount Zion.
Hence he said, “The salvation of Jesus Christ was wrought out for all men in order to triumph over the devil for if that salvation did not catch a man in one place it would in another for Christ stood up as a Savior.” Lastly the Prophet Joseph, “There is never a time when the spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of his pardoning mercy.”
When Cody is ready to stand before God and maybe he is even now, I solemnly witness that the day will come that his body will be reunited with his eternal spirit. In the words of suffering Job,
“Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!
For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at a latter day upon the earth:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another though my reins be consumed within me.”
I similarly testify with Job and all the prophets of all the ages that we shall see God. I never met Cody in this life, but I thank him for his love. For along with Jesus I affirm a greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends. I trust that through his choices in this life, along with those he will make in the spirit world, coupled with the covenants and the righteousness of loving parents that Cody will stand before the Father clothed in eternal glory and honor. I would like to end my remarks with a poem that I have written in honor of Cody.
A strippling has fallen in a foreign land
Who is raised to love freedom and truth
A noble life taken by an unknown hand
Of one who knew God from his youth.
And we who are freed by young men like him
Oh to him our love and our praise
For out of the war’s dust and horror and den
Come our tomorrows and our peaceful today’s.
To his father and mother and those left at home
Who mourn his lost future and love
May the peace of God’s spirit and grace be shown
From our all knowing Father above.
A strippling has fallen for the land of the free
And rifles and trumpets will sound
But another has fallen for you and for me
And no greater friend can be found.
For all will walk through the valley of death
But our journey we’ll not walk alone
To each will come at that last precious breath
God’s son who for us has atoned.
When a man die shall he live again
Shall his bones receive sinew and strength
Through the power of Christ he’ll begin again
From his rest he will rise though at length.
A strippling has fallen, but death has not won
Oh grave, where is your victory or sting
For Jesus died once for every man’s son
And to each this great liberty brings.
Yet in the flesh will Cody see God
He will yet his loved ones embrace
Yet with his family he will stand on earth’s sod
You will yet see the smile on his face.
A strippling has fallen giving life for his friends
May we glory and honor his great name
Through Christ we must know that one’s life never ends
And from that valley we’ll rise just the same.
I witness of the reality of God’s existence that we are indeed His off springs and children and that through the atonement of His divine Son Jesus Christ that we will all live again and stand before God in our flesh. I testify that the Father and the Son instructed and taught and appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith and that he was indeed a prophet of God and that similarly throughout the ages prophets have stood at the head of His kingdom and stand at the head of His kingdom upon earth this day. God truly does live. I know this. I know this for I have heard His voice. He lives as does His son who is our Redeemer and Savior who loves Cody Moosman. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Congregational Hymn – Hymn #152
“The Star Spangled Banner”
Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thru the night that our flag was still there.
Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen thru the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Benediction – H. Raeburn Ormond, uncle
Our Heavenly Father, we bow our heads on this solemn occasion and offer thanks unto thee for the great blessing it has been to feel of thy spirit which has been with us this day. We are honored to pay our last respects to this fine young man.
We pray thy blessing and spirit will be upon those of his loved ones who survived that they might feel of thy comfort today and in the coming weeks and months that they will truly feel comfort from thee.
May we all take the things we have learned this day and the things that we have felt and ponder them in our hearts and think with deeper respect about the privilege we have of living in this country and the price that is paid for our liberties and freedoms. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Text Courtesy Webb Funeral Home, Preston
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