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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up in New York City. I am a husband and father. I love to cook and eat Italian food. I am an engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in New York City. I attended school in New York and graduated with an engineering degree. I also met my wife in New York City. She introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have been married for over 21 years. We have three children and now live in Washington State where I work for Boeing as an engineer. I love being around airplanes and being part of a team of people that design and build these incredible flying machines. My grandparents came to America from Italy. I am a second generation Italian-American and am proud of my heritage. I enjoy cooking and eating Italian food. My grandfather taught my parents how to make home-made ravioli from a recipe he created when he lived in Italy. This recipe has been handed down through the generations and now I am teaching my children how to make their great grandpa's raviolis. This has been our family tradition now for four generations and hopefully for many more to come. Making ravioli has helped me and my children come to know more about our ancestors and the rich heritage they have handed down to us. I enjoy traveling and meeting people of different cultures and faiths. I have traveled to different parts of the world while on family vacations and also on business trips. I am the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on my side of the family. I enjoy sports, especially baseball. My favorite baseball team is the New York Mets. LETS GO METS!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a girl I was dating while I was living in New York City. I knew there was something different about her and I wanted to know more about what made her different from other girls I had known. She suggested I talk with the missionaries from her church. I reluctantly agreed. When I met the missionaries however I instantly took a liking to them and felt they genuinely liked me. When they taught me about the gospel of Jesus Christ, particularly about the eternal nature of the family in God's plan for his children, I felt that the things they were teaching me were true. However it took me a while to decide to be baptized. It was a hard decision because no one else in my family was Mormon and the Mormon faith was different from the traditions of my family who are of the Catholic faith. I eventually decided to be baptized because after I had sincerely prayed about it, I felt it was right for me. I have been a member of the Church now for over 22 years and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to learn about the gospel and gain a testimony of Jesus Christ. When I first started to learn about the Church, I did so because I wanted to learn more about the beliefs of someone who I cared about. However, shortly after meeting and being taught by the missionaries, I knew that I needed to receive an answer for myself about the truthfulness of the things they were teaching me. Through faith and prayer and the many experiences I have had, I feel that I did then and still do now continue to receive answers about who I am, why I'm here and where I am going. I know more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I feel they know me and I know they love me. I know that Jesus Christ has taken upon himself my sins and that through his suffering and death he has enabled me to return to his presence if I am wiling to repent and keep the commandments. I am a Mormon because I know these things are true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a loving and supportive husband and father to my family and by being a good friend to others. I try to teach my family about the importance of living a Christ-centered life. Although I often make mistakes, I hope that in some way I will be successful in patterning my life after the life of Jesus Christ and his teachings. I hope that my personal example will influence my family to live good lives and be good people. I am also a church leader. I have responsibility for the spiritual and temporal welfare of those people who live within a geographic area called a "ward". I have special responsibilities to help those who are poor and needy. I also have important responsibilities to the youth within our ward. It is my duty to love, serve and be with them, to teach them truth and to encourage them also to live good lives that are patterned after the Savior's. Living my faith has helped me to be a better husband, father, son, brother, friend and employee. I try to view people as our Father in Heaven views each of us and when I do, I feel a Christ-like love for others. This love inspires me to share with other people what has brought me the greatest happiness. I enjoy talking with people about my beliefs and what is the source of true happiness in my life - my family and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

In the Old Testament it is recorded that Cain, when asked about the whereabouts of his brother Abel, responded "am I my brother’s keeper?" As Latter-day Saints we answer this question with a resounding yes! yes we are our brother’s keeper. We recognize this because we are all spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father and being our brother's keeper means that it is our sacred duty to love, serve and care for one another whether or not we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a Mormon bishop I have been given a special charge to seek out and assist the poor and the needy. This responsibility does not only apply to the members of my congregation but to every soul who lives within the geographic boundaries for which I have ecclesiastical jurisdiction. I take this responsibility very seriously and have had occasions when I have been blessed to provide assistance to those who are not of our faith. The purpose of church assistance is to help those in need to become self-reliant. The resources available to bishops to extend help to those in need come from the consecrated offerings of the members of our congregations. Their service and sacrifice of time, talents, energy and money help to provide for those who are temporarily not able to provide for themselves. These sacred offerings are then administered in the Lord's way, meaning under his direction and to the benefit and blessing of his children, both giver and receiver. Show more Show less