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Hi I'm Roma Sidorov

I grew up in Russia. I'm an entrepreneur. I'm a husband. And I'm a mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Kazan. I'm an only child so I loved having my parents attention. I was generally a good kid but I had my moments! I grew up in the Soviet Union. I remember going to grocery stores as a boy and there was just nothing on the shelves. It was a hard time for everyone. We survived because my mother gardened and stored food. I learned from my parents, especially from my mother, the spirit of entrepreneurialism- she started her own business selling newspapers and different items from a kiosk on the street corners, and now she owns several kiosks and employs other people as well. When I was at college in Kazan a friend introduced me to the mormon missionaries. I was baptized six months later. I served a mission in St. Petersburg despite opposition from friends and others saying "No, it's not for you, you'll never go. You're not cut out to be a missionary." And after my mission I decided to immigrate to America and again people said "Gimme' a break, you're not going to America. Forget about that." And I went. Whenever someone tells me I can't do something it drives me all the more to prove that YES, I can. I had some hard times when I first arrived in the US. All my money was gone after just one month. I had to really struggle for about two years finding money, places to live, all so that I could legally keep my visa and stay here. But things turned around eventually. Then just over one year ago I met my wife. Now we live in our own condo and are so happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a happy guy by nature. I used to get in trouble in school in Russia. Teachers would tell me that I wasn't serious enough; that I needed to smile less and be more SERIOUS. But I said no way, I'm gonna be myself. I love my faith because it teaches and encourages people to be happy and find joy in living. I love the scripture in the Book of Mormon, (book of 2 Nephi, chapter 2, verse 25) that says that "Adam fell that men might be. And men are that they might have joy."

How I live my faith

I was raised in a faithful household. I was baptized into the Russian Othodox church when I was nine. My mother always told me, "Go to church. Live a good life. But know that the Russian Orthodox church is not right." Her grandmother taught her that it was not right that in this church they worship icons and idols. And worshiping "things" is not what the Bible teaches. When I met the missionaries their teaching aligned with what my mother had taught me and what I had previously believed. I liked that they could answer my questions and wanted me to ask hard questions and learn for myself. It my old church this was not the case. I'm a pretty frank guy. I live happy and I take it easy. But my faith is very important to me. Because I have kept the commandments of God I have been blessed to come to America. I have the promise of a better life because I obey and live my life according to what God wants me to do.