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Hi I'm Cassidy

I was born and raised in Portland. I love traveling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

If it's sunny, I'm outside. I love warm weather and playing sports and am a die-hard BYU sports fan! I had BYU's fight song memorized before I knew my ABC's. Growing up, I played soccer, basketball, ran for my school's track team, and in my spare time played ultimate frisbee with friends. I love to travel! I have stamps on my passport from many countries including Thailand, Cambodia, China, Italy, and Germany. I love learning about different cultures and plan on traveling throughout my life. I definitely want to hit up all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica! I love writing, reading, running, wrestling with my dog, getting lost on back roads, quoting movies, pretending I know how to play the ukulele, singing at the top of my lungs, and spending time with my crazy family. I also recently received a mission call to serve in the Panama Panama City mission and will be speaking Spanish. I cannot express how excited I am to dedicate 18 months to bring a knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Panamanian people and see the blessings that brings into their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I've seen The Lord's hand in my life. I've seen miracles that defy all logic. This "good news" we share is of change, hope, love, and mercy. None of us is perfect, and we are all going to make mistakes along the way. However, those mistakes do not stop us from progressing through this life because of Christ's atonement. Repentance can and does change lives. I am a Mormon because when I'm scared, frustrated, confused, sad, or when I want to cry, I know that someone knows exactly what I am going through. I know I have a Savior. I know each and every one of us has a Savior. He is our brother, our friend, and our redeemer. I am a Mormon because this is a Church of hope. We've all made mistakes, but I have felt firsthand that grief, embarrassment, sorrow, and anger lifted from my shoulders as I've applied Christ's everlasting sacrifice to my life. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored here upon the earth. I know that God hasn't forgotten His children and that He still speaks to us today. I know the Book of Mormon is His word and that by reading it each and every one of us can grow closer to Him. I know that as we do that we will be happier and comforted. We will have strength to resist temptation. I love this gospel because I know that I will be with my family forever. Death is not permanent. I am a Mormon because I know it doesn't end in the grave. Just like Christ, we will rise again and we will live. I am a Mormon because this gospel brings me more happiness than words can truly describe. It brings me peace. I love my Father in Heaven. He loves us enough to provide a way back to Him so we can be with Him again. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've attended this Church my entire life. Since I was basically a toddler I was giving talks in front of my peers, even though they were two minutes long. As I got older, my knowledge grew and I began sharing my beliefs with my friends and speaking to larger congregations. I have been on multiple planning committees for Youth Conferences and have been a leader at Girls' Camp. At BYU, I attended a Young Single Adults ward and was called to be a Sunday School teacher. I'm not going to lie...I was terrified. I didn't feel qualified. Why was I called to teach peers who knew just as much if not more than me regarding the lesson topics. I can honestly say I had never prayed for help as much as I did in those 8 months. I prayed for the companionship of the Holy Ghost to help guide me as I taught. By the end of the year, I didn't want it to end. i was 18, a freshman in college, and spent every other Saturday evening preparing a lesson for Sunday while my friends went out. I don't regret it. I loved that role in my ward. I loved expanding my friends' knowledge about the gospel and the truths it teaches. My understanding grew and I know now that I was called to be a YSA Sunday School teacher for a reason.