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Hi I'm Cassie

I'm a mom of ten. I joined the church over 30 years ago. I lost a son to drug addiction but my family is eternal.

About Me

The first thing anyone ever notices about me is that I have ten kids ... there are only 2 left at home but they are teenagers! The happiest day in my life was when I married my sweetheart in the Washington DC Temple for time and for all eternity. That was 31 years ago and I love him more than ever. The saddest day of my life was when my 19 year old son died of a heroin overdose. The only good part of that is the closeness I gained to my Heavenly Father and the empathy I gained for mankind. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over 33 years ago. Best decision I ever made. I find that although it may be difficult to live in the world as it is and that there are many struggles for all of us, if I live the gospel of Jesus Christ, I find happiness and joy even in the midst of trials. And finally, as I've grown older, I've come to realize there is much good in everything and in everyone, if we only look.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that didn't attend church. My mother would take me only when we visited her mother (which was rarely). Although I have been told that my father was atheist, he did show me the bible and he read me the stories and told me about the pictures. As an Army family we traveled around a bit and I attended church with friends along the way. There were a variety of churches. I never felt right about getting baptized or confirmed even though I was invited to by many. My father died of cancer when he was 52 and his death caused a renewed interest in spiritual matters for me and my oldest brother. We wondered where he was - what had happened to him. We studied the philosophy of reincarnation, discussed and discarded it. I took my mother and we attended a protestant service. I was searching for those answers to life when I met a member of the church who shared the restored gospel with me. All of my questions were answered. I finally knew where my Dad was as well as where I came from and where I'm going after this life. The gospel answered all my questions about life, how to live, death and the hereafter. I read the Book of Mormon and knew it was true scripture when I reached 3 Nephi 17 and read of the Savior. The descriptions of Him and of His great sacrifice and love for me and my family made me just sob with joy. The Word of Wisdom that was given to Joseph Smith about abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and other harmful substances changed what I had been doing for the better. Actually, it probably saved my life since it appears as if drug addiction and alcoholism are genetic to my family. Why am I still an active member of the church after all these years? I've only grown more sure with every passing day that this is the restored church of Jesus Christ. My faith grows and my love for the Father and His Son grow and as the years pass, I remain true and faithful. Because it is true and living the gospel keeps me happy.

How I live my faith

Everything I do is done with my religion in mind. The teachings of Jesus Christ are where I am focused and I want to be comfortable when I am called to live in Heaven again. I try to live with that in mind. When sore trials come, and I know that they do for everyone, I know where to turn. It may sound simple, but getting on my knees and asking for help; reading my scriptures (including the Book of Mormon); and listening to uplifting music gets me through anything. Well, and sometimes if it's a very difficult thing, I also fast - giving up just two meals to show Heavenly Father that I am sincere. During my 30 years of raising a family, I have frequently been uplifted and inspired through these means. Although there's been a lot of joy in my life so far, there have also been many sorrows. I don't want to burden anyone with that but it is a part of the world. Although I raised my children with all of the teachings of Jesus Christ, I still lost one to drug addiction. My son died when he was only 19 years old. He was a boy that was truly loved and wanted and a joy to us even though he was also a trial. I don't know what people do that lose a child if they don't know what I know - that he still lives. He's just in another place right now and when I die we will be reunited. This is made possible by the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Those are my beliefs; that is the way I make it through the world; that is why even in the midst of all the trials of my life, I am very happy. I love my big family; I love my dear husband; and I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, usually 19 year old boys are the only ones "required" to serve and they must be worthy. However, serving a mission is a blessing and I plan to serve a few old age missions, myself! Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The Church does not endorse a particular political party or candidate. Members of the Church are free to choose whomever or whatever they want. Many members of the Church have different political views from each other. I think if there are any similarities in our voting habits, it is because we share the same values and want leaders and laws who uphold those values. We are encouraged by the Church and even our local church leaders to be active in community affairs and in political and government affairs. As a member of the largest women's organization in the world, The Relief Society, us women of the church do much in our communities to try to help and improve. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Joseph Smith was a boy of 14 who was simply trying to figure out which church to join. There were those religious tent revival meetings going on in his community and part of his family joined one church. Joseph listened to all of the confusion and just couldn't figure out what to do. He tried finding out by asking various ministers who all wanted him to join their church and taught different philosophies. He tried asking members of his family, who guided him as best they could. Finally he was reading the Bible searching for what to do because of his great concern for his salvation. Joseph came upon James 1:5 which says to ask God if you "lack wisdom". Joseph decided to do just that. He went into a grove of trees behind the family farmhouse and began to pray. It makes me smile to think of how surprised this young man must have been (and surprise is not even an accurate description), when God, the father and his son, Jesus Christ appeared before him in a light that was "brighter than the noon-day sun". Joseph was told not to join any of the churches because they did not contain the gospel of Jesus Christ which existed while He was on the earth. This first vision was the beginning of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness. Show more Show less