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Hi I'm Casey Willard

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in central Texas with my fun and beautiful wife and two children, ages 4 and 2. I have lived in California, Arizona, Utah, Argentina, and now Texas. But I like to count North Carolina and Hawaii also because of summer jobs I took there. I am a statistician by trade, and work in marketing research. I consult large corporate clients on their brand and communications.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the faith, and come from a long line of membership dating back to the earliest days of the Church. But my continued membership in the Church is a personal choice that transcends my pedigree. I believe that most or all members come to a crossroads in their life where their inherited faith is tested. And when we make it through that test, we come out with a stronger conviction. I've had to pass through several such tests (some self-imposed), and feel that my faith is as strong as ever. The teachings of my faith inform my everyday life - how I interact with others, how I view the human experience, and how I think. I echo Joseph Smith's words when he laid out some of the foundational beliefs of the Church: "if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things".

How I live my faith

We start each day with a prayer, which gives us a daily reminder that we're a unit working together. We have family night most Monday nights. The kids mostly look forward to playing games once Dad gets done with his message. But again, the concept of family unity is reinforced. We attend church each Sunday. It's an anchor to start our week. I study the Book of Mormon regularly, but can't say daily - more like a couple times a week on average. Reading the Book of Mormon reminds me of what we're looking forward to, and why we are members. We look forward to being together forever, constantly learning and progressing, meeting our Maker and thanking Him for what we were given. I see our faithful membership as being part of a long-term project. We spend enough hours in our lifetime learning history, mathematics, languages, politics, etc., we need to mix in spiritual development. I need the regular guidance and regular reminders of the importance of my job as a husband and a father.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Casey Willard
I've lived in and visited some of the most destitute parts of Central and South America, and have found at every stop that the members of the LDS church always have a chapel provided for them to worship together - even in places where faithful members could never have raised enough money to obtain a chapel of their own. Paying our tithing allows us to pool our resources together and provide the same spiritual opportunities to all of God's children. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Casey Willard
Visitors are of course always allowed. One thing that I think defines Mormon church services and how local congregations operate is that it's fairly egalitarian. The clergy are chosen from the congregation to serve temporarily. Speakers at our services are also just members from the congregation. And once a month we have what I refer to as "open mike Sunday" to my friends who are not members. The real name is Fast Sunday, and that's the day that any member can come up spontaneously and say what they feel or believe. Comments are usually centered on Jesus Christ. Show more Show less