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Hi I'm Cassie

I'm a military wife, and a military daughter. I grew up all over the world. I sing, I dance, I love the stage. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a musical theater nut who loves to perform. I teach singing lessons sometimes, because I'm passionate about music. My husband is a C-130 pilot for the United States Air Force, so we get to move a lot. I love going new places and meeting new people. I hope we get to travel the world someday. Our only child (so far) is a beautiful little girl, who is almost 5 years old. She wants to be a big sister more than anything, but we've been struggling with infertility for the past 4 years. It's been incredibly difficult. I've had to rely on my Savior to get me through a lot of painful times, but I'm learning to trust in His will.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, but that doesn't mean that faith always came easy. I still had to develop my own testimony. As I grew up, there were many instances where I could have strayed from the gospel. Instead, I decided to live as I'd been taught. With each righteous decision, I felt myself become closer to the Savior. I read the Book of Mormon several times in my youth, and could feel the Spirit testify of its validity. When I was in high school, I decided to try Moroni's challenge (even though I already had a testimony) and ask if the book was true. As I prayed, I felt the Spirit wash over me with a sense of peace and joy. I knew, and still know, that this church is absolutely Christ's true church. The Book of Mormon is a real testament, about a real people, who really did witness the resurrected Savior. The gospel is beautiful. The most incredible part of it is the promise that families are eternal. I love my husband and daughter more than anything in this world. Knowing that we are sealed together for eternity is the greatest blessing of my life. It makes it a little easier to send my husband off to war, knowing that even if he's killed, we WILL be together again. It puts our troubles in perspective. This life is but a small moment, and when it's over, there will be no more pain and no more separations. What could be more beautiful than that? But most importantly, it's through my trials that my testimony has grown. Whenever life gets hard, whenever challenges arise, I turn to the Lord for comfort and guidance. As I've learned to put myself in His hands, and trust His will, I've grown closer to Him. My faith and my joy has increased. I feel that, little by little, I'm becoming the woman God wants me to be. The gospel is the most important thing in my life. Every blessing I have comes from being a member of God's church. He has given me everything, and I am forever grateful, and forever in His debt.

How I live my faith

Usually, wherever we're living, I am assigned to work with music. I've often been called on to play the piano or lead singing in church. Frequently, I've also been assigned to work with the young children. I had never been in any sort of leadership position, until we moved to the ward we currently live in. Now I'm in the presidency over the women of our ward. It's a little intimidating, being so much younger than most of the other ladies, and being in a leadership position, but it has been incredibly rewarding. I'm learning how to better serve those around me. I'm learning to be more compassionate. I'm learning to see others the way the Savior sees them, with complete love. Every job I've been given in church has been a blessing, and has helped me to grow spiritually. This current calling, however, has required more. As a result, I feel that I'm growing more. I'm grateful that the Lord has given me this opportunity, and I look forward to serving in many callings in the church throughout my lifetime. I'm happy to give my abilities and talents over to the Lord's church, so He can use me to further His work. He gave me my talents in the first place, so it's only right that I should use those talents for the benefit of His church.

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

Cassie
Our main meeting is called Sacrament Meeting, and it lasts about an hour and 10 minutes. We sing hymns of praise, and take the sacrament just like the Savior demonstrated in the New Testament. We usually have three or four speakers during the meeting, speaking about various topics. These speakers are taken from the congregation itself. We don't have one pastor or leader who speaks every week. We all get a chance to speak at one point or another. It's another way that we can share our testimonies with each other. After Sacrament Meeting, we split up for lessons on gospel principles. Visitors are welcome at all of our meetings, of course, although many choose to attend the Sacrament Meeting only. This second hour is called Sunday School, and we split up according to age groups. We have a third hour where we split up further, dividing among men and women. It's a wonderful opportunity for learning, because in my experience, men and women have very different ways of learning. It gives us a chance to share and learn with the people we have the most in common with. Visitors are always welcome in any of the meetings. We love to have visitors! In fact, we encourage one another to invite nonmembers to come to church and learn what we're all about. If you're curious at all, don't hesitate to come! We would be thrilled to have you. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Cassie
We believe that the family unit is central to God's plan. That's why marriage and family is so important to us. When we get married, it's not just "'til death do you part." We get married "for time and all eternity." That means that, when we die, we're still husband and wife. It also means that whatever children are born to us are also part of our family forever. We believe that we will continue on throughout eternity, still together as a family. What a wonderful blessing! Families aren't destroyed in death, they can continue on forever! Show more Show less