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Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Thursday, 17 July 2008

Question

What is your current position at the Church and what are your responsibilities?

Answer

I am a Group Development Manager over the Ecclesiastical portfolios. I have responsibility over the software development in the General Authority, Temple and Church History, Missionary, Public Affairs, Member/Leader, and Education portfolios. I work closely with the lead program managers and the portfolio leadership teams to create and implement standards, increase efficiencies, improve relationships between groups, build strong development teams, and create and implement technical and organization strategies that will help the information technology in the Church move forward.

Question

What is one of the exciting projects that you are currently working on?

Answer

There are many IT projects that are moving ahead in the Ecclesiastical portfolios. One of the most visible ones that many will be familiar with is the new temple recommend bar code application. It is exciting to see a project from start to completion and see that it is being used for such an important work.

Question

What is your educational background and/or work experience?

Answer

I did my undergraduate work at Weber State University. I graduated in the Information Systems and Technology program with an emphasis on programming. I've worked at The Associates, Iomega, Engenuity Technologies, and Intermountain Healthcare.

Question

What or who has been an inspiration to you in your work?

Answer

I like to glean quality attributes from many people. I believe everybody has strong attributes that you can learn from. I think the trick is to find them and then use them. I think that has been one of the most valuable things I've learned as a manager. We are all smart in some aspect of our lives. But, if I was to pick one person, it would be my Savior. It has become even clearer to me since working for the Church that in every aspect of our lives, including our work, we can follow our Savior's example to be better people.

Question

What is your favorite part of working at the Church?

Answer 

There are four things:

  • I feel the work I do here really makes a difference in the lives of others.
  • I really enjoy the people I work with. They are great people.
  • We have challenging IT problems to solve at the Church, which makes it fun.
  • I love the technologies we are using.

Question

What is one spiritual experience that you have had while working for the Church?

Answer

I still remember praying and going to the temple, trying to decide if the Church was where I was supposed to be working. It was a move in a different direction for me in my career. The Spirit confirmed that accepting the offer to work for the Church was the right decision. On my last day of work with my previous employer, some of my coworkers took me to lunch at an oriental restaurant. After our meal, we all grabbed our fortune cookies. One of my coworkers told me that my answer concerning whether or not I should change jobs was in my fortune cookie. I cracked open the cookie and my fortune read, "You could be very successful working in the medical field." Needless to say, I followed what the Spirit directed, not the fortune in the cookie. Things have played out in ways I never before imagined in my career. I look back now and see it was the right decision for me to make. 

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