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Hi I'm Alessandro

I'm Italian, I live in Rome, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the youngest of three boys. I'm married and I have three children so far. I'm the supervisor of a translation office. I work hard but I also spend a lot of time with my wife and children; a day away from them is a wasted day in my opinion. Family to me is everything. It is in the family that I find the greatest happiness and my source of inspiration. My wife and I love to travel, visit new places, meet new people. Our children are quite the globetrotters as well. Although they are very young, they are fluent in both English and Italian.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon simply because I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself thru a living prophet, just like in ancient times. As a former Catholic, I appreciated my former religion and all the great principles I was taught as a youth both in the family and in the Church. But at age 18 two Mormon missionaries knocked on my door and told me that in 1820 God the Father and the Savior Jesus Christ appeared to a young boy, who had been looking for the true church of Jesus Christ. Thru him they restored the very Church Jesus Christ Himself had organized when He was on the earth and that had later crumbled after the death of the apostles. It made sense, but I wasn't sure. I was surprised that they didn't try to convince me at all, but simply asked me to pray and ask God directly. It took me many months of studying and praying, but then one day as I was sitting on a bus, I came to a realization of the truthfulness of what I had been told. At one of the stops, an elderly man entered the bus. He exchanged a few words with the driver, a friend of his, and then started walking toward the back of the bus asking everybody to show him their ticket. This old man was a sweet old man who, now retired, had found a worthy occupation in making sure everybody paid their fare on the bus. I appreciated this man's good will, but then I thought what would have happened in the case he found somebody not bearing a proper ticket. It was clear in my mind that, although very good willed, this man had no authority to give anybody a fine or to escort anybody to the exit. It was then when I realized that although this world is full of good willed people who do much good, not everybody could have been granted the authority to enforce God's laws, just like not everybody can be given the authority to check bus tickets. I believe with all my heart and my understanding that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds that authority from God.

How I live my faith

My religion is part of my everyday life. Our family's life is centered in Jesus Christ and His teachings. We pray together every day, we read the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and we go to church every Sunday. I try to live and practice Christian principles in all my activities. Keeping the commandments is not something I relegate to Sunday worship, but is an every day effort that shapes my thinking and my behavior. I've never been interested in future promises of belated blessings and happiness. My daily effort is fueled by the assurance that keeping the commandments brings happiness here and now, in addition to a sure promise of blessings to be enjoyed in the life to come. Although challenges and trials come my way and easily find me and my family, just like they do anybody else, I know I am not alone in trying to overcome them. When the roof collapses on me, I know I'm not alone under the debris, because God is pushing with me and He will help me find a safe way out. And should this life end today, I can answer with a clear conscience, knowing I've tried my best.