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Hi I'm Casey

I grew up in Maryland. I study Russian Linguistics. I am a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an undergraduate student studying Russian Linguistics, and I am an Army ROTC cadet! I like to keep myself busy, and I do a lot of volunteer work and community service. In my free time, when I have it, I try to exercise as much as I can, and I really like hiking and going on adventures. I grew up in Maryland, and I have an awesome family (non-members, but still awesome!). I work as a swim coach and a lifeguard, and I love working with kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert-- I was baptized in December 2013. I had always known about the Mormon church, just from school and personal religious endeavors, I had some Mormon friends but I never really even thought to ask them about their faith. Until I started dating a member, he gave me a Book of Mormon. I tried to read it, but I just couldn't follow. I never had any religious background-- I understood the concept of God, and I knew who Jesus Christ is but never in-depth. As time went on, we talked more and more about the church. I remember the first time we really talked about it, he told me about the Plan of Salvation; or God's plan of happiness for us. The Plan of Salvation tells us essentially why we are here, and what awaits us if we are obedient. That hooked me. After that, we talked about the church more and more and somehow I decided I wanted to be baptized-- with minimal knowledge of the gospel. I was just so excited about it! I began to take lessons from the missionaries, and set a date for my baptism. As I started to learn more about the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I felt great changes begin to happen in my life and found a renewed sense of purpose. I was baptized in December of 2013, and it has changed my life in ways that I could have never imagined possible.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by demonstrating the principles of the Gospel in all of my actions (well, I try). I keep lots of reminders around to remind me how I can live the gospel better. Some of them say "What can I do today to hasten the work of salvation?" and "What have you done to become more Christ-like today?" I do my best to spread the gospel to those who I am close to, and to help members who are being led astray. I live my faith by always keeping the will of the Lord and my Father in Heaven central to my life and my actions. I always strive to become closer to them and to know them better. This life s the time to prepare to meet God, and it hardly seems like enough time! So I try to make sure I do something every day to prepare myself.

Are Mormons Christians?

Casey
Yes! Mormons are absolutely Christians-- Jesus Christ is at the head of this church. Our beliefs are based primarily on the teachings of Christ, and we strive to remember and obey Him in all we do. Many people think that Mormons worship Joseph Smith, but that simply isn't true. This is the true church of Jesus Christ-- Joseph Smith simply helped restore it to the Earth in the present day. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Casey
We need a Savior so we can make it back to our heavenly home. To dwell with God, we must be free of sin. We, as men, are imperfect and sinful beings. No one, save Jesus Christ, has or ever will live a perfect life. So, we needed someone to suffer for our sins. This was Jesus Christ, and since he suffered for our sins, we do not have to. Since Christ suffered for us, we can be forgiven and perfected in the last days, so long as we repent. Without our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we would not be able to repent and be forgiven for our sins. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Casey
Simply ask. Kneel in prayer, and ask your Father in Heaven if the knowledge you are receiving is true and in accordance with His will. Heavenly Father truly answers prayers if you ask with a sincere heart. Search for feelings of happiness, joy, and peace as you pray. You will receive an answer by the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost feels different for everyone. If you ask with a sincere heart, and real intent, you will receive an answer that this is the true, restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less