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Hi I'm Cassie

I love learning, teaching and traveling. I believe this life is a truly wonderful life and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college junior (who actually really loves school) majoring in economics and minoring in political science. I am currently interning with the US Consulate General in Turkey while studying abroad at an international school. I have been blessed with opportunities to teach, tutor and mentor in both the US and Turkey. A sense of fulfillment accompanies the ability to share knowledge. I believe that my own personal study, practice and progress only have purpose and meaning once I have shared my experiences with others. I look forward to continuing my studies in international development and one day having a family that will travel all around the world with me. I have a wonderful mom and dad, one older brother, two older sisters, three sibling-in-laws and 8.8 (due next month) nieces and nephews that shape so much of who I am. My parents have never wanted me to be anything but happy. They never put pressure on me to study something I don't love or even study at all--they simply want me to live a good life and be a good person. This has made my journey to discover my passions and what I want to do a wondrous one. I am traveling the world, interning and working at various places and meeting inspirational people along the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church by my parents who sacrificed a lot for us to have the gospel in our lives. But I feel I did not begin my conversion into our church until I began college. While I always attended church with my family, many of my choices did not reflect the gospel. I knew my decisions were not fulfilling. I cannot tell you of one experience that changed me. It was a myriad of people, influences and instances of feeling the spirit. But I made the choice to fully embrace the gospel in my life, and my life has completely changed because of it. I have the ability to endure trials, not on my own, but with the Lord. The correlation between living the gospel and having a wonderful life is so clear to me. The choices I have made are what have brought me this great joy, this peace and this happiness. Life is more fulfilling when living it through the gospel. I have tried both ways--and I know. Making the decision to be a converted member of this church is not always glamorous, people do not always respect it and at times you will question why you must endure the trials you do. But it always leads to my betterment. It always adds more to who I am and helps me constantly change and grow. As the Lord promised, “I never said it will be easy, I only said it will be worth it.” I know this church is true and I am so grateful for the life the Lord has given me. I love my testimony and how it has changed my life.

How I live my faith

Sunday is my favorite day. I can't believe how lost I can get in just six days--when caught up in the whirlwind of the world. Attending church on Sunday teaches me how to be 'in the world and not of the world.' On Sunday, I get to teach Sunday School to the youth in Turkey. I truly believe these five teenagers (ages 13-17) are chosen children of our Heavenly Father. Their faith is so strong and they stand as 'steadfast and immovable' examples to all of the youth in Istanbul. Institute (religion classes that occur during the week) has been one of my favorite parts of my college experience. The adult and student leaders inspire me to be a better person. Making friends with and spending time with members of the church strengthens me. Fellow members around the world help my testimony grow and grow. They testify to me of its truth and are strong examples of its goodness.