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Hi I'm Cassie McBride

I'm a ballerina, math teacher, and a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in Math Education. With math, I've originally questioned my major choice, but have since grown to be one of the biggest math advocates you've ever seen. Math is beautiful and important and in much of how we see our world. Last year, I taught 8th grade math and 8th grade Algebra at a middle school here in Salem. Even though it was difficult being a first year teacher, I loved getting to know my students and watching them grow. It amazed me how a young person could have so many troubles, and be headed to dark places in life, and then make a huge turnaround and start making wonderful decisions and helping themselves and others. I've been doing ballet for years and love any kind of dance. The joy of movement and music is something that speaks to everyone, I think. When I'm happy, I have to throw in a few pirouettes in here and there. When I'm sad, I need only to turn on some music that calls for me to dance to it to become happy. I also love to sing, and although it is generally around the house, the occasional pedestrian on the street will hear me belt out a few notes. I love to read fiction and to learn new things. Oh, how I love to learn new things! It's so intriguing to think that you can really do anything if only you just learn how. I have three older brothers who I love. As well as, at last count, two nephews and two nieces. I love my family and the knowledge that I get to be with them forever!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormon , but, as with everything, I had to find my own personal knowledge of the gospel. When I was 11, I had a crush on a boy from church and would go to his house often. One time, he and I were talking and I said that sometimes I felt like I believed in God and Jesus Christ, but other times I doubted. He told me that it wasn't that way for him; he knew all the time. I wanted that. So I prayed. I wanted to be sure just like he was, and like so many people I knew were. Obtaining a testimony, to truly believe, was a goal I wanted to reach. Then I went to Girls' Camp, a week long camp where girls ages 12-17 go to learn outdoor skills and to learn more about principles of the gospel. At a testimony meeting there, I got up and felt such power burning within me that I thought, "I know! I have a testimony of this church!" That was not the end, though. I would go to church on Sundays and feel good, but then forget about everything throughout the rest of the week. I had not truly become changed. When I was 17, I made a conscious decision that I was going to be a better follower of Christ. I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time. It is so true! Every time I read it, I feel peace. I went to college and met some amazing friends and roommates who have changed the way I think about the way I live the gospel. The gospel is what brings me peace. I rely upon Christ and pray unto him. His sustaining grace and the atonement help me to become better. I know true happiness comes from following Him and I hope to someday become as He is. I know that this church is true because I have tested it for myself. I feel such joy from following Christ and it has become so that this is no longer something I believe: this is something I know--this is who I am. And I am probably one of the few who can say that I am genuinely happy with who I am.

How I live my faith

I attend church each week for three to six hours (I visit two congregations on occasion.). I visit teach at least once a month with another woman from my church, and we visit two other women.Our job as visiting teachers is to prepare a short spiritual message, get to know and become friends with those we visit, and help them with any needs that they may have. Because our congregation is all single students, we hold Home Evenings, which would normally be held with our families, but we hold them as a group of young people. Whether with a family or a group of young single adults, we have a spiritual thought and some sort of activity. I've held callings in the church as well. I recently served as the committee chair for the Family Home Evenings held in my ward and also as a Ward Missionary. In both of these callings I met with other committee members or ward missionaries to plan what activities would be best to unite the members in our ward as well as to invite others who are interested so they can have fun, but also eventually come to church and experience those blessings. I love every calling I have, and the more I serve, the more I realize that this is the Lord's work. I would plan lessons to teach math, and they'd go good or bad depending on my preparation, but when I prepare to do the Lord's work, it always turns out well, because it is His work. Preparation always helps, of course. Above all, I live my faith through personal study of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and through praying to my Heavenly Father. I recently received a mission call to serve as a missionary in San Antonio Texas, teaching in the Spanish Language. As a missionary, I will invite others to come unto Christ by developing faith in Him, repenting, being baptized, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I will teach them about our beliefs, support them, serve them, and encourage them in their efforts to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. I'm so excited to be a missionary!

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Cassie McBride
The twelve apostles were not just for the time of Christ, but for our time as well. The apostles are special witnesses of Christ; they are prophets, seers and revelators. They, along with the prophet, help preach repentance and the way of Christ unto the world. The organization of Christ's church is the same, because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever--and in a world so in need of guidance, why should we not have the guidance that those in Christ's day had? Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Cassie McBride
The missionaries fund their own missions by saving up for themselves. Occasionally they receive donations from other Church members, but they are largely in charge for the financing of their mission. I have saved funds from my salary to go on my mission. If I were not able to do this because of financial difficulty, then and only then would I look for financial assistance from the Church. Show more Show less