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Hi I'm Cassia

I love music, learning, and caring for my little ones. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Mom to four little ones, though I don’t think I’ll be able to call the oldest “little” for much longer. :) Being a mom has not been easy and I am still learning patience and how best to teach and encourage my children (without getting too frustrated myself), but motherhood has been a wonderful adventure and has made me a stronger and better person. I love that. I love spending time with my husband and am really good at talking his ears off. :) I enjoy playing the piano and playing board and puzzle games with family and friends. I love to learn about how the body works and studied microbiology in college. I am amazed by how complex our bodies are and humbled to realize that there is still so very much we don’t yet know. I also enjoy bookkeeping and simple database design – I created a budget database to track our spending and finances and have fun tinkering with it from time to time. I am quite active in my local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter. I enjoy the chance to reach out and support other women in their own adventures toward and through motherhood, and the chance to learn from them as well. I’ve also had a chance to use my research skills from college to learn and share information with these other women and have found a lot of fulfillment in doing so.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I have a testimony of the Book of Mormon as another testament of Jesus Christ. I have felt the guidance of my Heavenly Father as I read it, just as I do when I read the Bible. I have had answers to my prayers come to my mind from the words of the scriptures, I have had guidance given, and comfort. Through these experiences, I have come to better know and trust my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ. And I am very grateful for those experiences. I have also found great comfort and enlightenment in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as I have learned through the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have confidence and strength knowing who I am, understanding the purpose of this life, both the joys and the struggles, and feeling the love and care of God in the lives of all of His children. I have recently heard from many friends who do not feel the same confidence and understanding that I do, who struggle to understand how the pains and challenges of this life can fit in with the idea that we have a loving Father in Heaven. I am grateful to know that He *is* a loving Father, that our sorrows and pains are not signs that He doesn’t care but rather signs that He does care enough to give us chances to learn and grow, and to give us the opportunity to act for ourselves. And I am grateful to know that, whatever we experience, He is there to give us comfort until we return to Him and can be more fully healed by His love. This understanding has helped me through many of my own struggles – through illnesses of my loved ones, through challenging pregnancies, and recently through basically a year of unemployment for my husband. Through all of these I have been able to turn to my Heavenly Father for peace, no matter what may happen, and be blessed with the chance to see His hand in my life and appreciate the way in which He has shaped me into a better person through them.

How I live my faith

To me, the heart of my faith is prayer and service. Prayer brings me closer to my Father and helps me align my life to be more in harmony with His plan for me. Service also brings me closer to Him by allowing me to help others of His children. I guess together the two connect with the two great commandments – loving God and loving those around us. I love to serve. Without service, it is easy to become too focused on myself, my own struggles and problems. When I serve I’m able to see beyond myself, to lift someone else up, and to see how struggles – both mine and theirs – become so much easier to bear when we carry them together. My membership in this church has provided me many opportunities to serve, and grow. When serving as a church pianist and organist I saw with gratitude my own abilities increased (so I didn’t make as many mistakes). :) When my husband was in college I helped organize assistance for those who were moving in or out – and in a college area that was a lot! This blessed me to see how far even a little bit of help could go in lifting other people, and how much can be accomplished when many are willing to give even that little bit. I have also served as a nursery teacher for 2- and 3-yr-old children, which gave me an increase in my ability to love the little ones and taught me how to better teach my own children. And I very much live my faith in my family life. I am grateful for the chance to be a mother and hope to guide the children I am blessed with as our Father would have me do. I try to teach them to learn to love each other, to serve, and to recognize and grow their own connections with our Father in Heaven. I am not a perfect mother by any means. It is easy to get distracted and busy with everyday things – school, errands, dishes - that I forget to focus on the truly important matters. But I’m working on it, and grateful for every day that I get to try again, to learn a little more, and to do a little more good.