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Hi I'm Oreste Lombardi

I'm a Mormon. I have spent much of my life with native Americans. I am authoring CDs on Indian & Bahamian genealogy

About Me

Retired Bahamian and Southern Paiute genealogist. Former chemist and science teacher. Returned Missionary: N. Calif, New Zealand-Australia, Guam, Micronesia Still active in chemistry and related fields

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather, John Stillman Woodbury, took me, when 13, on a trip to St. George, Utah, to visit a dear sister who was peddling books in May of 1944. This time she was peddling "Voice from the Dust", a cut down version of the Book of Mormon written for young people. My grandfather bought the book only out of the kindness of his heart, for he had no earthly use for it. The dust cover caught my attention for it purported to be an account of the former inhabitants of this land and the source from whence they sprang. This was because of my associations with the local Southern Paiute Indians. Chapter one in this book was the Book of Ether. About 7 July, I was reading Chapter 1 in my bedroom. It seemed like a good yarn. Then I got to the part about the stones that God touched so they glowed in the dark to light their submersible boats, With that I put the book down never to read it again with this thought, "This is too much for me to believe." At that instant, I heard a voice distinctly and very clearly in plain English. It came out of nowhere and sounded the words in my head with a convincing power beyond anything I before or since experienced. The exact words are “THIS BOOK IS TRUE!” I picked up the book and continued reading. It told me about Jesus Christ and His doctrine of salvation and remission of sin. Because I knew that the book was true I knew that the man who translated it into English was Jesus Christ's prophet who was called to restore the doctrines of Jesus Christ as originally given. Acting on the plain English witness of the Holy Spirit I applied for baptism.

How I live my faith

Since I joined the church I resolved to be faithfull in my church attendance and it was so. I and my wife read the scripture together every night. We live it, but not perfectly. However we press on as best we can. In prayer I thank my Lord daily for the power of the atonement that makes it possible for me to stand before God as if all the horrible things that I have ever done never, never happened. Accordingly faith and repentance motivates mr to become love motivated and humble. I want to preach humility for the love of God to everyone. I seek to be as fully developed as my Father in Heaven.Tthis is an eternal goal, not a mortal goal. I . The goal is reachable, but I am subject to the same human failings as everyone else. In that we are equals. Thanks to Jesus Christ I will eventually be on top of human weakness in eternity. The goal is reachable and in site thanks to the light of faith Christ has given me. I love serving Him and I find his yoke is easy. I am thankful for the Godly power He has given me to bless.