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Hi I'm Cassy

I grew up in Oregon. I'm a photographer, musician, writer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Oregon, but between being born in Rexburg, Idaho and graduating high school in Oregon, I've attended over 10 different schools and have moved about 15 times. I've had the opportunity to meet all sorts of different people from all walks of life. I've experienced moving from the metropolitan downtown Portland to the rural farms of Idaho and Montana. However, the cities, ocean and diverse culture of Oregon will always hold my heart. Throughout the years, I've developed a love of music, photography and writing. Someday, I want to use these talents to make the world a better place to live. I love expressing myself through these mediums, and I love it even more if it helps other people understand or want to better know who they are. When I was just a baby, my parents got divorced and I was eventually adopted by my step-dad at the age of 16. I love my step-dad very much, but I wanted to know more about the family that I came from. I later met my biological father for the first time in 15 years and 3 of my siblings for the first time ever. Between my two families, I have 6 wonderful and amazing siblings that I love more than anything in the world. My family is not perfect, but I love them so much, and I don't know what I would do without them.

Why I am a Mormon

Have you ever had questions that you just couldn't answer? Have you ever felt like there was more to life but you just couldn't figure out what? All of us can say yes to these questions at some point in our lives, but not all of us can say that we've found the answers we were looking for. I will tell you that I have found the answers to those questions and I have found it through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been given great knowledge about who I am, where I lived before I came to earth and exactly what will happen after I die. So many people have said to me, "I can't pray to God, my life is too messed up," or "I could never go to church, I'm a horrible person." It makes me so incredibly sad when I hear people say those things, because praying to God and going to church are exactly what they need! I have made so many mistakes in my life, but I know that, no matter how many times I mess up, I can always go to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and He can help me change and repent. He suffered for our sins so that we could have the chance to repent and be baptized and live the commandments so that we could return to our Heavenly Father and gain Eternal Life. This can only be done through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that these things are true because I have prayed to know if they were true, and the Holy Ghost touched my heart and uplifted my soul and testified to me that this is the true church of God. If you want to know too, ask, and He will tell you.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not just a title, it's a way of life. Every day, at meals, before bed, in the morning, and in many other instances, I pray to my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. I read the scriptures (Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon) every day so that I can better understand the teachings of Christ and the prophets of old. Every Sunday I go to church, where I take the sacrament, listen to other members give talks (short sermons - sometimes I am asked to give a talk, every member is given a chance to do this), sing hymns, pray, and meet with groups of people that are in my age group to learn and study the gospel. In our church, we are not paid for the services we provide. Missionaries, bishops (preachers/pastors), teachers, organists, scout leaders, youth leaders: NO ONE is paid. It's all volunteer work. We call this a "calling." The Lord "calls" people to do His work. I have been "called" as a teacher for kids in the 11 year old age group. Every week I prepare a lesson from the official teacher's manual, and I teach these kids every Sunday for 1 hour after our sacrament service. Every day I have to make choices that will lead me closer to Christ. I'm not perfect and it's not easier to live my religion because I was born into it, but I know that I'm not alone in this and that Heavenly Father is there to help me.