“Are you a truth messenger or are you a TRUE messenger?”

Hello Family!!!

I have had another busy week! It was truly an awesome week. Today is my 16th month mark. Can you believe that?? Wow. I cannot believe I only have 2 months left!
I have been worried about Ri a lot this week. Please know that she is in my prayers and tell her that I love her! I know you all have been extremely busy with helping her get through this. You are all in my prayers! Also, mom, it is your birthday this week! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Be looking for a card from me in the mail 🙂 I love you so much! You are super mom.
So we have been doing insane amounts of service this week for whatever reason. we have split and stacked wood, stripped ivy from trees at a state park, helped a man build a river, and much much more. It has been good for us! I feel like we were in pants allll week. It was weird haha!
The best news of this week though was that our investigator that was on date got baptized!!!!!!!!!! It was one of my favorite baptisms of my mission. He is so special. As we were finishing up the lessons with him this week he asked us “Does it make you happy to know you are changing lives? Because you have changed mine.” We were so touched. As I thought about it, we are not the ones changing lives. We are merely instruments and WE are the lucky ones. We get to see peoples lives change which in turn, changes our own lives.
That is all I have for this week! This morning when I woke up I was pondering on my 16th mark and wondering what it is that I have learned during this time. To sum it up I would say that the most important thing I have learned is that the worth of EVERY soul is great in the eyes of God. The worth of my companions, my investigators, the members, the less actives, myself, and my mission. I am grateful I have been given time to see these things.
I love you all so much! I hope you have a great week.
Love , Sister Cassell
Our latest Baptism!!! :)

Sis Cassell’s latest Baptism!!! 🙂


Sister Cassell and another DOG!!!

Sister Cassell and another DOG!!!



Hello Family!!!!

This week was awesome! We had a full house at church again! Sunday’s are the most exciting days as a missionary because you get to see if the people you have been teaching come to church! We are extremely blessed to be here in the Silverdale 6th ward. The members here are incredibly aware of the new faces at church and do their best to make everyone feel welcome. All 7 missionaries agree that this is one good ward! I know I have mentioned the Barney’s before (our ward mission leader and his wife) but they have really been so helpful to the missionaries. They treat each of us like we are their own kids. It is so nice to have a home away from home. If there is anything we ever need, they take care of it. They are basically full time missionaries! They are only one example of the good people in this ward. Anyways, we had our investigator come to church again this week! It was fast and testimony meeting and the member that has been helping us teach him got up and bore his testimony of how grateful he was to have been able to sit in on the lessons because it has re-strengthened his testimony. It was so sweet. His whole family has become very close with him. It just goes to show that these really are not our investigators at all. They are the members investigators! And he gets baptized this Saturday! He is probably more excited than anyone I have ever taught! He is so ready. He is just grasping on to every ounce of the gospel and loving it. I cannot wait to see him five years from now.
We had a couple other people at church today, one of them we met one of my first weeks here in Silverdale and we haven’t been able to see him since. We got in touch with him this week and were able to teach him the Restoration. He is in his 50’s, very smart, kind, and has a sweet family. As we taught him about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon his eyes just lit up! He was thrilled! He said he believes it is true and that he would be at church on Sunday. Sure enough, dressed in his best, in he walks! It was so exciting! He even works with a guy in our ward! It was perfect. He is on date to be baptized on the 21st.
I cannot tell you how much joy this past week has brought me. My heart just swells with emotion to see these people grow and fellowship with the members of the ward. The best part of it all though is that I get to experience these blessings with my sweet companions. I love them SO much. Companions are definitely my favorite part of my mission because they are right there with you at all times experiencing the good and the bad with you. You learn to love them and see them as Christ does.
On a more upbeat note….my companions and I have started this intense work out routine. Because Sister K and I are going home in 11 weeks we decided to get our butts into gear and start doing P90X. Haha! A member in our ward is like a pro work-out woman and she gave us all the stuff we would need, a pull up bar, weights, the dvds, etc. We started last Monday and have been doing it every single morning and night. Lets just say that I don’t think I have ever been so sore. I don’t want to focus on “getting in shape” more than the work so it is more funny than anything. It is definitely hilarious to see the 3 of us attempting to do these workouts everyday. On the plus side though, it has helped us immesly with the work. We have more energy, we feel better, and we are NEVER grumpy! It is a miracle! Haha. Sister K always sends Murdoch and I rolling on the floor during each workout because she is absolutely hilarious trying to do each move. What is even funnier is somehow the whole ward knows about it and they all check in on us! Haha!
Love you guys sooo much. Thank you for all your blessings and prayers! Also, a little shout out to Rilee…I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Hang in there sweetie pie. I am praying for you!
Sister Cassell
Ana's Baptism

Ana’s Baptism

Sleepover at the Barney's!!!

Sleepover at the Barney’s!!!

The Trio

The Trio

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Most Important Thing to Me

Hello Family!!!!

Another week has gone by way too fast. I am very shocked that another transfer has flown by as well! We got our transfer calls and all three of us are staying!!! We will finish training Murdoch this transfer. I am really happy that we are staying another one. With only one transfer left after this one, either me or sister K will be leaving to a new area for our last transfer. The Assistants don’t think Pres will let us both die here! (that means end our mission!) 😦 We are way sad about that but we will see what happens. 
I am so happy to hear that everything with Rilee’s surgery went well. Not going to lie, it scared me quite a bit! My companions and I fasted for her! I love you Rilee! 
The work is moving on….I don’t remember if I mentioned this last email but two of our investigators are not in our area so that has been a struggle 😦 We were not able to see one of them this week but we did see the other one. He is so solid. It never gets old teaching someone the truth and seeing the Holy Ghost testify to them that it is true. It is AMAZING. I wish I could do this for the rest of my life. He is SO excited for his baptism. Whether we keep teaching him or not and whether he goes to our ward or not, I don’t care. As long as he keeps progressing towards baptism, I am happy:)
Another one of our investigators is doing a little better this week. We worked out his true concerns about baptism and are slowly getting through them. I love his sincerity.
I am going to end now because there is not too much more to say but I just want to tell you guys again how happy I am that I am here. Every day here on my mission is so special to me. I wish all the time that I could have a camera recording my life so that you guys could experience this with me! Words cannot describe it. I used to like “church” stuff before my mission but now it has become so much more real to me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing to me.
I love you guys so so much! I can’t wait to see you in just 12 short weeks.
Sister Cassell

Parkland Revisited

Hello my beautiful family and friends!

Another week has gone by again. It has been a super awesome week! We have had quite a few miracles! I also got to go to dinner with Sister Linda Graves. Sister Graves is Grandma Dean’s good friend from St. George. That was such a fun treat for me! She also took us to a Thai restaurant so that Sister K could get a little treat because she misses the food there! She got to speak her language to the workers and everything. It was so fun! We did another exchange this week and I got to go with one of my good friends Sister Phillips. Also, to top of the week, my investigator from Parkland got baptized this weekend!  I taught her the entire time I was in Parkland and she finally got baptized:) I got to go back with my companions and it was so special. Some of my favorite members. It was a special day! I am so proud of her. I love her so much! 
Okay so now back to the miracles of the week:
1. During knocking this week we found 2 new people to teach. The first one we met, just moved here with his wife and he was interested in us coming back to teach him more. He is a doctor in the Navy and is super smart.  We came back with a member and had an awesome Restoration lesson! It never gets old sharing that message! On Sunday, he came to church!!!!! He ended up getting along with the members in the ward so well! We have tons of young guys his age in the Navy. He fit right in! We are so excited to keep teaching him.
2. The second guy we met this week is also in the Navy. After coming back from deployment, he found that his wife had left him 😦 He is only 22! He is going through a lot right now and needs to find God. We taught him a members home this week and the spirit was SO strong. He committed to being baptized on the 13th. The members were PERFECT fellowship. They are a young couple around his age. They even went and picked him up for church on Sunday. He loved church and said he has been studying the Book of Mormon and believes it is true. He is amazing!
This week was just so good. It was a happy week!
Love you all so much!
Sister Cassell

The Character of Christ

Wow this week has FLOWN by!

We were very busy again this week with all sorts of things! We had Zone Conference, a ward picnic, exchanges, multiple service activities, and a funeral. I felt like every second of every day we were constantly on the move with something big to take care of.
 I am sad to say that the work is struggling a bit in this area. Our ward is amazing but investigators and potential investigators are lacking. We have spent hours this week trying to find new people! Both of our investigators are struggling keeping commitments and can’t seem to get a grasp on the word of wisdom! I am very positive about all of this because I know that it is the end of summer and many people are busy cramming in last minute day trips and vacations. We know that once September comes it will be much easier to get return appointments. Until then, we are busy doing 3-4 hours of finding a day. At the end of the week we finally hit up an apartment complex full of new people to teach! We met some amazing people so I am excited to see what the next few weeks bring with them. It is so interesting to go from an area like Parkland to here. It is very different but I have complete faith that the Lord has prepared a lot of people here! I can feel it! Some great things are about to happen! We have 7 missionaries in this ward now and we have a lot of work to do. I am so grateful for such a loving, supportive ward. 
This past week we had a tragedy in our community. A little 6 year old girl was killed. She was a member in the ward next to ours (our district leader’s ward). The funeral was Saturday and we pretty much spent all morning and afternoon serving there. It was definitely the biggest funeral I have ever seen. The entire community came, friends, family, the police, reps from the church, etc. It was quite the sad story. The little girl’s 3 sisters spoke and it was absolutely heartbreaking. I was trying to be happy and focus my thoughts on serving those that were there but I could not help but mourn with them. I learned a lot from this experience. I learned to NEVER go a single day without telling those around you that you love them. It is never worth it to be angry at someone. I also learned from the father’s testimony about forgiveness. He was SUCH an example. He had already forgiven the man who killed his daughter. The Bishop spoke and said something really profound about all of this. He said, “Anger is like drinking poison expecting it to hurt someone else.” There were so many non-members there and I couldn’t help but feel for them not knowing our Father’s plan for us. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation because we don’t need to be sad for those that leave us. 
Because of this and other events that happened this week I spent a long time studying the Character of Christ by Elder Bednar. Out of all the talks I have ever read, this is my favorite! He talks about how without the character of Christ, there would have been no atonement. Christ was completely and perfectly selfless. “The greatest indicator of character is the capacity to recognize and appropriately respond to others facing challenges.” “Character is revealed in the power to discern the suffering of other people when we ourselves are suffering.” One of my favorite examples of Christ’s character was when he was fasting for 40 days and was being tempted by Satan. Angels appeared to comfort Him and He sent them to John who was in prison because he felt he could use them more. 
Christ’s loving character allowed him to give us the Atonement. The Atonement allows us to heal, to change, to love. I am so grateful for the infinite mercy of my Savior. I have had a lot of selfishness to repent of this week. I have a lot of thoughts of “how could they do that to me” or “why are they acting that way to me.” I know that my character is not as Christ’s yet and that is okay. I know that I cannot change alone but if I let go of my pride and submit my burdens to Him, then He can help me. I challenge all of us to try every day to be more Christlike! 
On a lighter note, I am having SO much fun with my companions! We need to be better at going to sleep on time because every single night is like a sleepover! Sister K is SO funny and we are always in a constant state of laughter. Sister Murdoch is doing soooo good. She is absolutely amazing. She is growing so fast. I am so proud of her! Last night we all stayed up making funny videos and telling stories. I think I got an ab work out from these two!
I love you guys so so much! Thank you for all that you do! And Grandma Dean thank you for the sweet package!
Sister Cassell

“If you’ve got anything else left, you ran it wrong”

Hello my beautiful family!!!

Wow this week has floooown by. I am so sorry about not emailing anyone back hardly ever but it has just been so busy lately. Hopefully I will have time soon to write everyone back! Thank you for all the love and support. I have the best family and friends in the world. 
This week we were super busy with exchanges. We had to go on more than normal. It took a lot of our time and focus so there is not too much to update on other than that. Long story short but we now have one of the new missionaries in our companionship! Her name is Sister Murdoch. She is awesome! What is with me and always being in trios?! 
Our investigator and his fiance’, were able to come with us this week to a members house for a lesson about temples and eternal marriage! It was awesome. We have to push his baptismal date back to next weekend though so his step son can come.  Our other investigator is doing well too. He is a very busy man though so it is rough to meet with him! The ward still continues to amaze me. Have a told you guys how much I love this ward?? We have an awesome ward mission leader, ward missionaries, and ward council who care so much about missionary work. They also take such good care of us!
I want to share with you some of what I have learned this week. I was studying talks from Elder Holland about Urgency and Mediocrity. It changed my life! Elder Holland is amazing! Here is some one liners that stood out to me from his talks. 
1. “If you’ve got anything else left, you ran it wrong.” —He relates this to missionary work. He says that we should need an ambulance to come get us from the airport when we are done with our missions. I was called to repentance right there! I can definitely step it up. I know missionaries that I have served with who were those kind of missionaries that gave it all they have. I want to make sure that I can go home confident that I have “nothing else left”. I think it can also apply to all of us in our everyday life. This life is a time for men to prepare to meet God, are we giving it all we have? Or can we do more?
2. “In this work, with the salvation of the human family hanging in the balance, how comfortable are you with mediocrity?”  —The word “mediocre” is one that I never want to be associated with. It goes perfectly with the statement above. We are in the Lord’s army and we can do better.
3.”Ask and you shall recieve, knock and it shall be opened unto you is mentioned 120 from Genisis to the Pearl of Great Price. Do we actually believe it is true?” “It is time to stop quoting it and start living it.” —I believe this with all my heart! When Christ appeared to the boy Joseph Smith he told them regarding other church’s that “They draw near to me with their lips but their hearts are far from me, they have a form of godliness but they deny the power thereof.” 
I love you guys! I am loving my mission and am so happy that I have 3 1/2 more months left! 
Sister Cassell

There is no growth in the comfort zone!

Hello family!

We had another awesome week this week! We went on exchanges, had an amazing district meeting, got to go to missionary leadership council, and had a wonderful fast Sunday. I learned a lot this week from my leaders here in the mission and from the Spirit. 
In our district meeting this week we talked about our mission motto:
Faith is the Power
Love is the Motive
Obedience is the Price
Spirit is the Key
Restoration is the Message
Members are the Means
Christ is the Reason
Baptism is the Way
Joy is the Reward
Being out for 14 months I can honestly say that I have such a strong testimony of each of these things. We recite this motto at every meeting but it is not very often we get to break it down and think about it. The experiences I have had on my mission have proved that these things are very true. As a missionary and as a member of the church, it is my job to act on these things every single day. My district leader ended the meeting with a question that really hit me hard. He said, “Do you fear men more than God?” That question pierced my heart a little bit. I was called to repentance! This area is packed full with anti-mormons and is very different than where I have been serving. I cannot be afraid to open my mouth and declare what I know is true.
In missionary leadership council we learned that we need to be better at opening our mouths! Elder Ballard said that we should talk to 10 people each day outside of our normal finding efforts. That means every single person we lay eyes on! Once again I though, “Do I fear man more than God?” I know that we cannot fail when we are on the Lord’s errand trying our very best. You never know who God has placed in your path. I have learned that God expects us to open our mouths. That was a promise we made at baptism. It is so easy to get complacent with our efforts as servants of Christ but I know that “there is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.” If we are not growing, we are defeating God’s purpose. Because of what I have learned this week, K and I have been trying to have an added measure of diligence and faith with us. We know that our message is true and that we have a work to do. It is our every day choices in life that allow us to either grow, stay complacent, or even fall back. A quote comes to mind from a beloved Albus Dumbledore: “It is our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our own abilities.”
We also focused on bringing members to lessons this week! This ward is AWESOME! Our ward is mostly military (we have the Banger Base in our area) but they still do such an awesome job at helping out. One couple we are teaching were able to meet with the Bishop this week to talk about getting married and getting baptized. Looks like we will be planning a wedding! 🙂 They were both at church this Sunday.
One of our investigators is doing really well, he has such a strong desire to know. We taught him twice this week, each time with different members. It was really cool to see how he listens to the members a lot better than he listens to us! Members are the means! He came to church too! He is hoping to get baptized on the 16th! We have also been stopping in members homes a lot this week and sharing with them the message of the Restoration. It is interesting because they have all heard this story a million times but the spirit that comes with it never gets old. I have had some of the most spiritual experiences this week sharing that message with the members. It is the most important event since the Resurrection! I love sharing it!
In closing, a take away that I had from this week is God can make a whole lot more out of my life than I can. I have faith in Him. In the song Lead Kindly Light it says “I do not ask to see the distant scene, one step enough for me.” I know that what I am doing right now is what God wants me to be doing. I know that the church I serve is true. Not only part of it but all of it. I know that people can change, I am evidence of that. I don’t know what the future will hold but I am not scared of it anymore. I trust in my Savior and in my Father in Heaven. 
I love you all SO MUCH!!!! There is soooo much more I wish I could tell you about this area but words do not do it justice! 
Have a wonderful week 🙂
Sister Cassell

Time and the Promised Land

Hello Friends and Family!

Oh my goodness this week was AMAZING. I have learned so much this week. I really have NO time to email today! We only have 1 hour and our time goes super fast. So please forgive me if I don’t have time to respond to all of your wonderful emails today! Next week for sure!
Ah I don’t even know where to start. I am probably going to leave out a lot because I am rushed but I will give it a go!
1. Silverdale 6th ward is the promised land. On the night I arrived here, we went straight to our ward mission leaders house for a meeting. His name is Brother Barney. Him and his wife are absolutely AMAZING. Words cannot even describe. They take their calling very seriously and do SO much for us missionaries. We have 6 missionaries in this ward! I cannot believe it! Whenever we have appointments with investigators we just have to send a text to one of the ward missionaries and she immediately finds us a member to come with us. I have been truly amazed and inspired at the dedication of the members in this ward. They know that they are called to work in the Lord’s vineyards. I have learned that in order to fully accept the Lord’s great Atonement, we need to show Him that we love him. We do that by being an active member always fulfilling and magnifying our callings, whatever they may be. I studied a talk by Brad Wilcox that talks all about this. It is called Learning not Earning Heaven or something like that… You should all read it!
2. Sister K is amazing!!! I have wanted to serve with her my who mission! She is absolutely the cutest thing in the entire world. She is from Thailand and her English is amazing! She is such a little fire-cracker and has grown so much since the beginning of our missions. She goes home at the same time as me. It has been really fun for me to get to learn all about Thailand and eat a lot of Asian food! She is always saying the funniest things and making me laugh so hard! I honestly am entertained at ever moment. She is so funny! I have learned a very important lesson this week and that is that my companions have been my greatest treasures on my mission. I have learned so much about Christlike attributes from each one of them. They have taught me how to love! As you know, 3 of my FAVORITE companions went home this week 😦 Sister Esplin, Sister Davis, and Sister Packard. They all taught me so much and I cannot explain how grateful I am to have served with them each for 2 transfers. They all gave beautiful final testimonies. Sister Davis’ touched me a lot. She mentioned this scripture that had summed up her mission. It is : Ezekiel 36: 26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh.” That is very true for Davis but also for myself. I feel as if the Lord is changing my heart. I don’t have desires anymore to be prideful, unkind, jealous, unteachable, etc. I still have a loooong way to go. 
3. Silverdale is the most beautiful place on the whole earth! Pack up friends and family, we are moving to Silverdale Washington. There are Pine tree’s everywhere. You can’t see anything but pine. It is cool because we have tons of water in our area too! Ocean water! Little ports from the Sound filter in through our area and it is beautiful. Words cannot describe! Some of these members live in houses straight out of movies!  We are working with 2 main people right now.  They are progressing and both on date! We are very excited to keep teaching them. The work is definitely slower up here in comparison to Parkland but it is beautiful.
There is much more to say but I am out of time! Speaking of time…..I have been studying that a lot lately. To reply to my wonderful father’s email today I will say that I have learned that the greatest gift that I have been given next to the Atonement is time. This life is a time to prepare to meet God. My mission is very sacred because I get to improve and serve full time. That is very special to me! There is a scripture in D&C that says “Behold his mission is given unto him, and it shall not be given again.” This hit me SO hard. It makes me so sad to know that I only have 4 months left 😦 I better get to work! I love you all soooo much! Thank you thank you thank you for all you do for me.
Sister Cassell

Silverdale Here I Come!

Hello family!

Another week has flown by! Transfer calls came. After 6 months I am finally leaving good old Parkland. I have really come to love Parkland. It is sacred ground to me! I had no idea how hard it would be for me to leave this place! If I could sum up what I have learned here in this area it would be this. “I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and that means I love you.” I have learned to give people chances and to love them as Christ would. I LOVE my family here. They have become my family and I will always remember the experiences I had here. They have strengthened my testimony! 
I am transferring up north, out of Tacoma, to Silverdale 6th ward! Silverdale is a BEAUTIFUL place. I have wanted to go there my whole mission. Lots of previous missionaries that have served in that ward all say they love it and that it is one of the greatest wards! I am very excited! My companion is Sister K!  She was in the MTC with me and we served around each other in the Tacoma East zone. I LOVE her. Together we are going to be the new sister training leaders…don’t really know about that…but sure! I will post my new address below. 
So this week was extremely emotional in both ways. Remember our convert, the 84 yr. old man we baptized? He passed away Saturday. His daughter called us on Wednesday and told us he would pass away within the next couple days so we got to go say goodbye to him. It was really sad. He had gone downhill a lot since we had last seen him. He was really sweet though. He told us that he had wished he had met us sooner and that he loved us. As we were trying to leave to let him sleep, he would not let go of our hands. I know that he is reunited with his loving Heavenly Father and his wife. He is happy and healthy now 🙂 I love that man! 
On a happier note, One of our investigators and his son got baptized this weekend!!! It was a beautiful baptism and they both were radiating with light. It was a great way to end the transfer. I will miss all the wonderful recent converts in this ward!
I LOVE you all very much. Thank you for all the love and support you have given me! I miss you so much 😦 I am grateful for the 4 months that I have left though! 
With Love,
Sister Cassell
New Address:
1201 Tahoe Ln. Apt. 204
Silverdale Wa 98383

“God will make us good because he loves us.”

I had an incredible week this week! I am grateful for spiritual experiences. They make us happy and let us know that God is there!

Background Information: The ward I am currently serving in has had a bad history with homeless people. There are TONS of homeless people in this area. An elder serving here a couple years ago ended up baptizing a ton of them without teaching them, interviewing them, or anything. The Bishop, understandably, has had a hard time trusting missionaries/investigators since. We have earned his trust though!

So a couple weeks back, Sister Bishop and I were walking around and we ran into a homeless man. He was very different than any other homeless we had met. He was humble, meek, pure, and a good man. We have been praying for him and occasionally teaching him. We have received a lot of spiritual promptings to help him. We taught him the Plan of Salvation a couple weeks ago and he cried throughout the whole thing. We driving around on Saturday and we saw him! We immediately pulled over to talk to him. We hadn’t seen him in a while so we spent some time catching up with him. He has a rough life! It breaks my heart. We asked him if we could share a message with him. We taught him all about the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. He was uncontrollably crying, way more so than when we taught him before. The spirit was soo strong.
I wanted to share this with you guys because it taught me a lot of things.
1. It taught me that God doesn’t give up on his kids. I could honestly feel the love that Heavenly Father had for him.
2. It confirmed to me that the message of the Restoration was very true as well as the Book of Mormon. There is no way we could all feel that way if it wasn’t! I am grateful for little reminders like that.
We invited him to church for the next day but when we went and checked on him in the morning, he has gotten bit by a brown recluse spider a while back and had not done anything about it. The poison had created a crater in his leg and he had to go the the hospital! We hope he is okay 😦

We had interviews with the new Mission President and his wife this week! I LOVE the Blatters. They are very loving and just perfect for the mission. It is kind of weird having new ones because sometimes they don’t know what they are doing! President Weaver always knew what to do 🙂 They will get the hang of it though! They are great!

Our investigator and his boys are doing great! At our weekly bible study class this week Joe fell in love with a recent convert from the other ward! Haha! She is AMAZING and has been helping us a lot with the discussions. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got married! They are perfect for each other 🙂 He is still on date to get baptized with his son this Saturday! Yay!

Our other investigator is struggling with a lot right now. We are still working with him and hoping he continues to progress!

I love you all and hope you have a good week! No that I am doing good and that I LOVE my mission! Tomorrow is my 14th month mark! crazy!


Sister Cassell