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Hi I'm Chris

I grew up in Italy, I am an ex-Airborne soldier, a father of four, a husband, an inventor, a builder and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small, quite town in Northern Italy, and later on I moved to the high plains of Colorado. I have been married for 12 years to my amazing wife, and together we’re raising our four beautiful kids. I am a civil engineer with a passion for building stuff since I was 3 years old. I love to develop and invent new construction techniques that I like to implement in my own construction projects. I truly enjoy life. I love to laugh, spend time with my wife and kids, camping, hiking, traveling and challenge myself in new and daring adventures, like preparing to run a marathon with my sweet wife. And, as part of my Italian culture, I enjoy cooking, entertaining and spending good quality time with the people I respect and love, like good friends and family. I feel that you have to carve this time out of your life because you aren’t really living without it.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I attended my parent’s church (Roman Catholic) as any other Italian boy would do. They'd depict God as an abstract figure and they wouldn’t allow you to pray to him directly or read from the Bible. When I turned 16 I started reading the New Testament and realized that the early Christian church was very different. My questions to my local priest went unanswered. I felt that there had to be more to religion and God than what my church was preaching so I started looking for answers on a personal quest to seek the truth. But the sudden draft in a Special Unit of an Assault Airborne battalion put my quest on hold for a while. My deployment in the land of Africa humbled me as a young man and military leader, as we faced a country torn with famine, pestilence and persecution. To make things worse my platoon was targeted by Somali rebels and attacked with RPG’s. The toll of the gun battle left six of my bravest men dead on the ground and left me severely wounded. I was devastated. I started questioning why God had let this and many other tragedies and injustices happen? What happened to my friends? Will I ever see them again? At that point I knew I was ready to resume my quest for God and the truth about this life. After the discharge from the army I met a mormon, and he and I became good friends over that summer. As I was learning the Gospel with him and a set of the church missionaries I found the answers to all of my questions. I discovered that God has indeed a plan for His children, and that life doesn't end when we die. The ill feelings I had toward God were slowly replaced with feelings of renewed hope and understanding. I have found these truths to be true, and that one day we will be reunited with those that we've lost. The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has provided the answer to the most pressing questions I had and filled my life with purpose, courage, hope and the peace I so desperately needed.

How I live my faith

In my Church I’ve learned that no matter how much success I achieve in my professional field, the most important responsibility in this world is the work I do within the walls of my own home. The richest and long lasting blessings come from the precious relationships I establish within my own family. I believe that family is sacred and that the number one way to live my faith is for me to become a good husband and a good father. However, life is so full of opportunities to serve. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught us that the greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because we feel that we can only do so little. We should always do what we can. I truly enjoy volunteering at one of the federal prisons in my city. These people have been shun away from society and have nobody that comes to visit them. The inmates I visit are so polite and appreciative for the time I spend with them. I feel better when I can brighten someone’s day. Serving and living my faith allows me to become more like the person that God had intended me to become.