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Hi I'm Cassiopeia

I'm a writer, student, sister, and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to write. Mostly fantasy or science fiction but recently I've gotten into steampunk and modern romance (the not bad kind). I recently graduated with my master's in fine arts and hope to, eventually, become an undergraduate creative writing professor. At present I have a few other options but I plan on keeping them open for as long as possible. I like to travel and one of my ultimate goals is to visit every temple in the world. I've currently made my first international dent when I visited Seoul, South Korea in 2010. Aside from writing I've recently picked up oil painting. I have absolutely no talent, but as with the wise servants in the New Testament parable, I'm taking what talents I have and I'm expanding them to include others. Will I ever be any good? Well, I'll never be Michelangelo, but I think I'll improve. It's all about staying positive ^-^

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it's where I feel I belong. One of the greatest things about this church is that, no matter where you go, it's always home. I remember once, I was working in California seven days a week. I was alone, I was tired, I was depressed and even a little scared. My fifth week there, I ran into the missionaries at Best Buy and they told me that a chapel was near by. That Sunday I went to church for the first time in over a month and I'd never felt so at peace. It was a Spanish ward, so I couldn't understand a word they said, but it didn't matter because I already knew what they were saying. Jesus Christ lives. He loves me. He knows me. He cares how I feel and what happens to me. That's why those missionaries were there when I needed them, because He's always there when I need Him.

How I live my faith

One of my professors once said, "...if you truely, honestly believe something with your whole heart, there's no way to hide it. It shows in everything that you do." So while holding callings and bearing my testamony are all things that I do, the greatest way I live my faith, is by believing. Because if I believe, people will notice.

What is being a Mormon like?

Cassiopeia
Being a Mormon is just like being anyone else. We eat, sleep, go to work, vote, date, marry, etc. There are, of course, things that we don't do such as drink or smoke, see explicit films or pictures, but I think that helps us become better people. By avoiding temptations we're able to live happier, fuller lives while still enjoying those things that God put us on Earth to enjoy. We were placed on this Earth to be happy and, for me, that's what being a Mormon is like-being happy. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Cassiopeia
The biggest difference between attending church and attending the temple is that anyone, member or not, can come to an LDS chapel. This often causes confusion and resentment as people think that we believe that God only favors Mormons and that we don't want them tainting His house and that, even inside of the church, a Temple Recommend is a sort of 'membership card' that only certain people can obtain. That's not true. Everyone is invited to attend the temple but, as in the ancient times, certain markers must be met in order to attend the temple. In the time of Solomon's temple, the main square was open to everyone, Jews and non-Jews alike, but only Jews were allowed into the Women's court and only men allowed past that. Priests could enter the inner parts of the temple but only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies and, even then, only on very sacred dates after having gone through several cleansing rituals. As with Solomon's temple, we use our temples today to make sacred covenants with the Lord and to bind our families together through the eternities. Once we accomplish our own work we are encouraged to perform proxy work for our deceased ancestors. Show more Show less