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Hi I'm Cassànndrè

Christian. human. pre-med major. photographer. educator. dancer. reader. flutist. migraineur. volunteer. Mormon.

About Me

I believe in miracles. I believe that we all have a happily-ever-after waiting for us, we just have to get there. I believe that I have the choice to be happy. When I choose to be happy, I see beauty everywhere. I don't know what I want to do with the rest of my life, but it will involve having a family and helping people. I cry really easily. I don't like seafood. Or spinach. I'm shy, but I hear that I hide it well. I love to dance and I'm a different person when I play my flute. My little photography business is slowly expanding. I am an undergraduate biology major- at least for now. I believe that we need to have goals and make plans but ultimately trust God to guide our lives because nothing ever goes according to our plans. I'm grateful that He is in control. I'm Cassànndrè, and I'm a Mormon :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, born to parents who were raised as Latter-Day Saints. Even though this is the case, I am not a Mormon just because it's a family thing or the only thing I know- I chose to continue to make the values, principles, and ordinances of Christ's gospel an integral part of my life. I make this choice every day because it makes me happy and gives me a sense of purpose and direction. My life would have no direction without Christ and His Plan of Salvation. The direction the gospel of Jesus Christ gives me is what keeps me going when life is hard, keeps me loving when people are unkind, keeps me working hard when life is easy, and motivates me to do and be more than I expect of myself. The values and principles taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are what make me a good, successful person. I am a Mormon because I know that this Church has the full gospel of Jesus Christ. I know what I learn from the prophets of old and today is true and comes from the mind & heart of God.

How I live my faith

For a couple of years I wasn't able to work or go to school because of severe migraines. I read the story of a woman whom doctors couldn't heal and with faith sought just to touch the hem of Christ's garment (Luke 8:43-48). That story touched me and I wondered how I could do that. One day I was sitting in a religion class and the teacher said something (I don't even remember what!) and I decided that the closest I could get to touching the hem of Christ's garment was to touch the temple, because that is the Lord's house. I began to visit the temple every week. I know that my Heavenly Father inspired the institute teacher to share what he did at that time just for me. Less than six months after I had begun my regular temple visitation, I experienced a series of true miracles and found myself registering to go to school out of state- with confidence that my health would not deter me from academic success like it had so many times before. I still struggle with migraines and other health problems, but it has been over two years since I began visiting the temple regularly and for the most part have kept up the weekly routine. It is a practice that keeps my health improving. Setting aside special time to go worship and serve at the temple is like setting aside time to go visit with my Heavenly Father in a very personal, one-on-one way (I think of Matthew 6:6). When I go to the temple and listen, he answers my prayers and guides my life. My migraines are still present and still give me more trouble than I would like, but I have found that the influence of the Holy Spirit is physically healing. Every time I have made the effort to feel the Spirit more in my life, I see an improvement in my health. I am happier, experience less pain, am more able to deal with the pain I do experience, and find myself led to doctors and treatments which help me. I know this is directly related to my obedience in daily life and my commitment to come frequently to the temple.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No. However, people from cultures or countries which are hostile to the LDS Church may be discouraged from being baptized for their own safety. This is an exception and not the rule. The signs at our church buildings read "Visitors Welcome" and we mean it! Please, come visit us! And if you want to be baptized, we are so excited for you and look forward to the beautiful life ahead of you! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Attending church means pretty much the same thing as it does for people of other religions. We attend church regularly. We have Sunday worship services every week, youth groups during the week, women's meetings (the Relief Society organization) once a month or so, as well as other social or educational meetings. Attending the temple is, to me, a more focused worship experience. We go to the Lord's house, think about Him, ponder scriptures, receive special blessings through the ordinances there, and do service for those who have already died. The temple is a place of quiet reflection, humble service, and focused worship. We go to worship in the temple dressed in our best- but still simple- clothing. We must be obeying God's commandments regularly to go or else we are not considered worthy to enter. Being worthy to enter means being prepared to respect the sanctity of that house and the work the goes on there. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Because we believe in life after death and we also believe that God is no respecter of persons. Or in other words- we believe that our spirits continue to exist after our bodies die and we believe that God is just and merciful to all of His children and never "plays favorites". Baptism and faithful membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are essential to not only being truly cleansed from sin, but also to receive the rest of the blessings that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father have to offer. Now, if some people died without a chance to hear this message, and so never got baptized and missed out on all of these blessings-- would that make God a fair, a just, and merciful God? No. But because He is a just and loving God, he has provided a way for people to accept and receive the ordinance of baptism even after they have died. The he has provided we refer to as doing baptisms or ordinances for the dead. It means we stand in the place that they would have stood if they had a body and commit to thing things they would have committed to. They have the choicce to accept or decline this service. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

I think about it like a school district with individual schools. The district covers a certain large geographic area and serves people in that area. This is like a stake. Within that district are schools, each covering a smaller geographic area. These are like wards. Branches are like small schools-- they have less people. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Find out for yourself. First, look at the name of the church: The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. Go to the mormon.org homepage. What background do you see? One of the available backgrounds is an image of Christ. Take a tour hosted by the missionaries of one of our Church Buildings. Notice the artwork on the walls. Read the cover of the Book of Mormon. "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Read the Book of Mormon. Ask yourself, how long can I read in between mentions of Jesus Christ?" [answer, not very long. I believe He is mentioned in one way or another on every. single. page. :) Study more of our teachings. You will find teachings of Christ everywhere! He is our cornerstone! Show more Show less