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Hi I'm Casey

I'm a college student with six siblings, a passion for writing, drawing and reading,going on adventures and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

For the past couple of years, I’ve been going to a community college for my Associates in English. However, I am switching over to get my Graphic and Web Design degree so I can work in the publishing industry—where then I will have the opportunity to publish my books that I’m working on right now. So, while getting my head filled with facts that are both useful and pointless, I help babysit for my oldest sister with her growing family of four children. Other than that, and failing at attaining a job in this terrible economy, I volunteer and help out. Such as! I am a member of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), meaning that if something were to happen, I would probably get there to help save people before the professionals get there. So! I have my CPR/First Aid card in my wallet at all times! As, as a person of some twenty-and-some years of age, I like to try new things! I got to go snowboarding for my birthday for the first time this past year, I’ve been doing some more hiking and Parkour--have to be fit to jump those benches!!! (Not saying there are ‘zombies’ or anything, but I will be able to escape just in case! Lol) and while getting myself into shape, I love listening to my favorite bands, Within Temptation and Nightwish. Of course I mix it up with some good, clean pop music and country (Garth Brooks!!!) And tonight, I am going stargazing with a couple of my friends in my 4x4 out in the middle of nowhere desert! Should be fun and exciting!!!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the church and had been inactive members of the church for many, many years. I was 12 when I was baptized and luckily I had amazing Young Women Leaders who would take me to church and activities. I was the only member who was active and then, we moved and I came in and out of activity. I had those good moments and then I had those bad moments. However, this past fall I did some deep thinking and I had to make a decision. If I was going to be Mormon, then I should be Mormon. None of this, “I’m Mormon” and then not follow what we believe in—because, in all honesty, it was stupid and the reason why I never told anyone what church I belonged to. With my decision made, I became active, I read the Book of Mormon, I prayed to see if this really was the church or if I had the wool pulled over my eyes, asking questions and participating. And now, not even a year later, I’ll be serving a mission in Utah. I know this church is true because I asked. I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I know Christ gave himself to the world so that I, and everyone, can return to Heavenly Father. I’m a Mormon because I decided to be and I’m the happiest person ever. I gave up a potential fiancé for the greatest happiness I’ve ever felt and the blessings are pouring out on me. I’m so grateful. There is no way I can deny this church, Christ, the Holy Ghost, or Heavenly Father without being a terrible liar. This is just the truth.

How I live my faith

After about 12 years of being a member and going in and out of activity, I had decided in fall, 2012, that if I was going to be Mormon, then I should BE a Mormon in all things. I had made several changes within that Fall that lead to me now becoming a Missionary for the beautiful church of Christ, and even though some of my decisions were hard to make, I am so grateful that I did because I have never been happier in my life. I can go to the Temple, I have better friends than ever, friends who are loving, supportive and bright minded! Nothing can describe how happy I am. I'm the first missionary in my family to be serving on the Lords errand. I know that this will be one of the greatest blessings in my life. Being able to teach what I know and love to others is wonderful. A year of growing closer to Heavenly Father, a year of reading the Book of Mormon, a year of good change that I had never expected myself to have. Following the commandments is important. It's the guidelines to KEEP US SAFE. They are the rope surrounding a dark, slimy and steep pit of depression, loneliness and despair. We have to world to explore and doing what I need to, I can draw closer to Heavenly Father without the temptation of wanting to break His commandments. So I wake up and pray, read my scriptures, ponder what I read and then try to apply them to my life and I see the changes around me as well. The happy ripple effect on my love ones.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, it is not required, however many in the church, young men and women, do because to be a missionary means to go out and serve the community, to share the gospel to any and everyone. To put on hold their education and career to tell strangers that they know that this church is true, why it is true and how they can help them. They pay for everything they need and serve the church without getting a dime. If a person dedicates two years of their lives for something, isn’t it worth listening to? Show more Show less