Hi I'm Cassandra Dawn Bushman
I'm a convert. I'm a widow. I'm a Mormon.
My experiences, both before my conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and since, have shaped who I am. My husband is serving his mission on the other side of the veil, while I prepare for the day we will be reunited. We were not able to have children, which has meant my life has taken on different roles and responsibilities. I play the piano, write music and fictional stories and my latest passion has been creating movies. Slideshow movies as well as live action. I'm still very much a work in progress.
When I was 14 years old, I felt that there needed to be more to life than what I was seeing and experiencing at that time. I went looking for God. I checked out other religions, but when I began investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I knew I had found the answers I had been looking for. It is the Gospel of Christ in it's entirety, designed with teachings and ordinances to save men and women and bring them back to our Father in Heaven. Being a member of the Church is not easy, but it is eternally worth it. I have become a better wife, a better sister, a better daughter and someday it will also help me to be a better mother.
It's taken me being widowed over ten years for me to understand my role in the Lord's Kingdom on Earth, and I'm still learning as that role continually changes. Being a childless widow in a Church of families is not easy. I spent a lot of years wondering where do I fit in? The answer was in Ephesians 6. In that chapter, Paul writes about putting on the whole armor of God. In becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we take upon ourselves the name of Christ. We are Christians. His Coat of Arms is sealed upon our "breastplate of righteousness". What this scripture doesn't tell you is that while, as Christians, we wear His Coat of Arms upon our breastplates, our armor is not going to be identical to anyone else's. Each of us individually must work with the Lord to create and fortify our armor, through ordinances, continued righteous living, studying the Gospel, strengthening our testimonies on an individual basis, and through experiences. These, combined, means our armor will be unique to only each one of us and cannot be used or worn by anyone else. I live my faith by conducting myself in such a way that will strengthen my individual armor and make me a woman of God that He would be proud of.