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Hi I'm Cassandra Manes

I'm an adventurer, creator, but most importantly, I'm uniquely me. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a college student in California, attending California State University, Sacramento. I grew up in Utah, the Wasatch Mountains are my home away from home. I love to be outdoors exploring, in the kitchen baking or tucked in a corner reading. I love anything that keeps me outside and learning to do new things. My nickname "Ducky" is short for duct tape, because I'll try to fix just about anything and can fix most things. I find adventure in trying new food, seeing new places and finding new ways to create and make the world a better place however I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in this church, but needed to decide if this is what I really wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life. I decided to take on a challenge to experiment and see if this Church was true. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time cover to cover. I changed anything that had been remiss in my life previously. I moved out of the home I grew up in and threw myself into being the best I could possibly be. The blessings in my life since then have been amazing! I know that this church is truly Christ's church restored again to the earth. Through living the teachings of Jesus Christ we can experience true happiness. I know that by following the doctrine that Christ has laid out for us is the only way. By putting our faith in Jesus Christ, then repenting and striving to keep the promises we made when we were baptized, we are able to be clean and continually change to become more like our Savior. I know that The Book of Mormon is the word of God; that it contains the entirety of Christ's doctrine. I know that as I read it, I receive the peace, comfort and answers that I am searching for.

How I live my faith

In my Young Single Adult branch in Sacramento, I have been the Family Home Evening Specialist. Every Monday my branch gets together to have a lesson, some sort of activity and to get to know each other better. I am in charge of making sure everything runs smoothly and supporting those teaching or doing the activity or conducting the meeting. I have also served as a teacher, where I was able to guide the discussions of the women in my branch. However, I know that the most important work that we can do is to strengthen the faith of those around us. That happens through our daily interactions with family, friends and strangers. Ultimately, I try to live my life in a way that shows that I am a representative of Jesus Christ in all that I do.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Cassandra Manes
Full-time missionary service is completely optional. We are able to choose if we would like to devote the 18 months or 2 years. However, missionary service is such a blessing. So much can be learned during this time period and so many lives can be touched for good. If we choose not to serve a full-time mission, then there are still opportunities every day to do the work of missionaries. We can always be sharing our belief in God, in His Son, Jesus Christ and inviting others to learn more about His gospel. This is the missionary work we can all be engaged in, at all times. Show more Show less