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Hi I'm John Cassinat

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Wyoming, and now work as an attorney in Elk Grove, California. I'm married and have seven children.

About Me

I grew up working on a sheep and cattle ranch in Wyoming. I learned the value of hard work at an early age. I wrestled in high school, but claim no name to fame from a rather average high shcool wrestling career. I served a mission in the Netherlands Amsterdam mission, and my ability to speak the dutch language is fast fading. I graduated from college with a bachelor of science degree in industrial management in 1984, and then graduated from law school in 1987. I began serving my country in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 as a Judge Advocate. While in the Marine Corps I, attended night school and graduated from my second law school in 1991 with a master of legal letters in taxation. I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1991 as a captain. I began the private practice of law in 1991, and have owned my own law firm since 1995. On the home front, I proposed to my wife on our second date and we've been happily married since 1984. We are the proud parents of seven wonderful children.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family made up of both members and non-members of the Mormon Church. My father was not a member and still is not a member to this day. My mother, on the other hand, was always a member. When her six children were still young, she neatly dressed them and sometimes dragged them to church with her. I will be forever grateful that she did so. I am a Mormon because my mother loved me enough to dress me and drag me to church until I could see for myself the value of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because the time came in my life when I needed no more dressing and no more dragging. I came to know for myself that God has called and does speak to prophets in these latter-days. I know that Jesus Christ stands at the head of the Church today, and I choose to be part of His Church. I have studied the Bible extensively and have satisfied myself intellectually from it's teachings that the Mormon Church is the true and living Church of Jesus Christ upon the earth. But beyond my intellectual or scholarly conversion to the Mormon Church, I have also felt the convincing power of the Holy Ghost. I stand as a witness that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ can be found in the Mormon Church. This is one of the many values my mother instilled in me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith according to the teachings of the Apostle James, who said: "Faith without works is dead." I have always tried to put my faith into action by serving others. For example, I served a full-time mission for two years in Holland as a young man. I taught early morning seminary to high school students for seven years, and served as a Bishop for seven years. I now preside as the Stake President and serve 13 very diverse units of the Church, including congregations of Tongan, Marshallese, Spanish, Hmong and English speakers. Sunday is the busiest day of my work week, as I travel to minister and administer to people from all over the world right in my own back yard.