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Hi I'm Elder Sartorelli

I'm a dog loving, fun loving, mess making, sword fighting New Zealander missionary, serving in Portugal.

About Me

Let's see... well, I was called to serve in the Portugal Lisbon mission, from December 2012 to December 2014. I really love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I know that the fullness of His gospel is only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know the joy, the peace, the love and the purpose that it can bring if we allow ourselves to seek after and live the gospel, and because of that, ever since I was brought to this knowledge I've wanted to share it with others. So here I am, doing what the Lord has called me to do. I've been a member of the church since late January 2011, which is really not that long ago. I can't imagine where I'd be now without the gospel to guide me in life, but I know I wouldn't be half so happy as I am now. I've lived in the Wellington area of New Zealand for my whole life so I haven't really had much chance to see the world yet. Being on a mission is a great opportunity not only to do what I love and serve the Lord, but also to see some more of His beautiful creations. I love climbing (trees, rocks, people... whatever), video games, Disney (I can't wait to go to one of the parks), sword fighting and although it may sound cliche, helping others. Nothing gives me greater joy than seeing the smile on the face of someone I am serving.

Why I am a Mormon

Unfortunately I can't fit my whole conversion story in here because of space constraints; here's what I can fit. When I was a child my family went to a Baptist church. For whatever reason my parents stopped taking us there when I was about 5 years old. From then until 2010 (~15 years later) I had my own ideas about who God was but I didn't think too hard about it or try to learn more. As far as I was concerned I'd find out when I died and that was that. I had the pleasure of meeting a (less active) member of the LDS Church in 2009 and we became good friends. It was this friend who first taught me about the church. While visiting one week, my friend's brother took me to church. The principles taught there (along with what my friend had taught me) made such sense logically that I simply had to learn more. I am the kind of person that loves logic, so anything that makes sense on an intellectual level I tend to trust more than what my heart tells me is true. I asked to borrow a Book of Mormon to study and that very day was presented with my own copy to keep. As I read through the book over the next few months I had several questions, but on the whole everything I read made sense. Further, I could feel the holy ghost confirming the truth of what I read. My questions could not go unanswered however and at the suggestion of my friend I found the missionaries on mormon.org ('Meet with Missionaries' under the 'Visit Us' tab at the top). A couple of days later I received a call from Elders Tinker and Richardson. They worked hard with me over several months, teaching me the doctrine of Christ. I am running out of space, but they taught me many important truths and asked me to pray to find out for myself if what they were telling me was true, not just to take their words for it. I did this, and I received a convincing witness that confirmed to me without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches naught but truth and is exactly where I ought to be.

How I live my faith

For the most part I do what every member of the church does (or should do); I do my best to follow the commandments we have been given by our Father in heaven (AKA God) and to help others wherever and whenever I can. Naturally I sometimes fall short of this, but thankfully that's what we were given repentance for. The important thing is to not be discouraged. I am serving a full-time mission, which Is really exciting. Every day I get to go out and serve the Lord (and people in the community) by sharing His good news; that He lives, and that His gospel has been restored through a prophet to the fulness of truth! I think the main thing in living my faith is just trying to keep strong and help others to do the same. Don't be discouraged no matter what anyone says and above all, have fun!

What do Mormons believe about family?

Elder Sartorelli
Family is one of the most (if not the single most) important unit in the whole world. One of the main reasons for this, is that it is through family interaction that a child will learn most of his/her social skills and habits, will learn what is right and what is wrong, etc. It is through our families, primarily, that we gain the foundation for who we will be for the rest of our lives. Another reason families are so important on Earth is because they can be a great source of joy, comfort, peace, love, support, etc. And that's not something that has to end on Earth, either. Latter Day Saints (Mormons) believe that if we are willing to follow Christ and do what He and our Father in Heaven require of us, we can be together as a family for all eternity. By being righteous and partaking of sacred ordinances in God's holy temples, we can be 'sealed' together with our families, so that we can enjoy the comfort and love they provide to us for all eternity. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Elder Sartorelli
At various times, certain prophets (for example Abraham) were given the commandment and divine authority to practice plural marriage. Abraham was promised that he would have many children, and that his seed (or his descendants) would be numbered "as the stars of the heaven" (Genesis 22:17). This is something that simply would not be accomplished through a single wife, and so in order for this promise to be carried out it was necessary for him to have multiple wives. Similarly, when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was still in its infancy, the prophet Joseph Smith was given the commandment and divine authority to practice plural marriage; this was necessary for two reasons. Firstly it had been prophesied that all things would be restored. This included the law of plural marriage. Secondly if the Latter-Day Saints were to continue to thrive and grow amidst the persecutions lead against them, it would be necessary to have many children; especially when populating the rocky mountains. In 1890, Wilford Woodruff (the prophet at the time) received revelation that the law of plural marriage was no longer appropriate, and the practice was discontinued. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Elder Sartorelli
Imagine you are driving a car on a motorway and you are speeding. You hear the bells of the ice cream truck behind you, and he is indicating for you to pull over. You do so, and he hands you a speeding ticket. Because the ice cream man does not hold the appropriate authority necessary for the speeding ticket to be valid, you do not have to pay the fine. However, if a police officer had pulled you over and given you a speeding ticket, you would have to pay the fine because the police officer holds that authority. It is very much the same with baptism. Throughout history, God has given to prophets the power and authority (called the "priesthood") to act in his name. John the Baptist was one such prophet, and it was because he held that authority that Jesus Christ came to him to be baptised. Jesus Christ gave the priesthood to his Apostles. After he ascended to heaven, the Apostles were killed and the priesthood was lost from the earth. However, in 1829 the prophet Joseph Smith was given the priesthood - the same authority that was given anciently. Because of this, only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holds that authority. This means only baptisms performed by priesthood holders of this church are valid (just as only a speeding ticket issued by a police officer is valid). Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Elder Sartorelli
The short answer: Jesus Christ and his Atonement. The long answer: Missionaries want what is best for you. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints they possess knowledge unique among Christians pertaining to the nature of God and His plan for us. As missionaries they are authorised by the priesthood (God's power and authority on the earth) to proclaim the gospel in all the earth. They can explain in detail where, what and who we were prior to birth; why we are here on this earth and where we will go after we die. They will also help you to understand how we can live with our Heavenly Father and our families for all eternity and thereby receive true joy. Show more Show less