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Hi I'm Cassandra

I'm a writer, an attorney, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an attorney, I live in Denver, Colorado, and I love to hike, read, write, talk to people, and spend time with my husband. 

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon, and I've studied and learned so much more from history and philosophy that complements my faith and makes me more and more sure that this is Christ's full and complete church. The Holy Ghost really does reveal truth, and has to me. And the church provides so many ways to learn how to forget yourself, reach out to others, and find real meaning in life. 

How I live my faith

I am the pianist for our women's meeting on Sundays, and I also volunteer at the Denver temple and at a genealogy research facility. I'm not perfect, but I try to keep the commandments, become better with the Savior's help, and reach out to others who need friendship. 

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

I have a little brother on a mission right now, in New Caledonia. The pictures he sends back are so beautiful! He worked and saved to pay part of the cost of his mission, and my parents are blessed to be able to pay the rest. For some other missionaries, local congregation members will donate funds, and general tithing funds make up the rest. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is the belief that something may be or is true, the desire to find out for sure, and action to achieve that desire. The action has to involve what the Savior has commanded us--if we keep the commandments, we will know of the doctrine. If one wants to know the truth of the scriptures, one should study, think, and pray about them. If one wants to know if the church is really lead by Christ through a prophet and other inspired leaders, one should attend church, study the scriptures about the church, and pray. Those actions will invite the Holy Ghost to inspire us with knowledge of the truth, and will confirm our faith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

We don't believe that the scriptures teach a sharp division of all of God's children into Heaven and Hell. God loves us, and will save as many of His children as He can. Hell is a temporary period of time right after death, where those who chose evil are taught and helped to progress. Everyone except for a very few who blasphemed against the Holy Ghost will then be assigned to one of three kingdoms of glory. Even those who were cruel and evil on earth will inherit a kingdom of lesser glory, not eternal torment. Those who were good and honorable, but did not accept the gospel and exercise faith in Christ, will receive a kingdom of greater glory. Those who accepted the gospel and covenanted with Christ to obey Him and progress through His grace will receive the kingdom of highest glory and live with God forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I love the Bible. It's such a fascinating book, and I feel close to God as I read about the lives of the prophets and other people who carried out God's purposes. The Bible is also the basis for a lot of the revelation received by our latter-day prophets--many of the revelations received by LDS prophets start out with an explanation of how he was reading the Bible and had a question about what it taught. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

The first principle of the gospel is faith in Jesus Christ Article of Faith 4. This means having hope in the miracle of the atonement, that we can be freed from our sins and weaknesses, and then doing our best to keep Christ's commandments and become like Him. When we do so, He can strengthen our faith by confirming to us, through the Holy Ghost, that He is real and loves us. The ordinances of the LDS church establish a covenant between the individual and God. When made and kept in faith, our covenants help us receive Christ's power to forgive and improve us. Show more Show less