What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Marcello

I grew up in a traditional Italian family. I love the outdoors and play golf. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the San Jose, California with my parents and younger brother. My father was born in San Francisco, CA to immigrant Italian parents. While serving in the Air Force in Italy, my father met my mother, were married and moved back to the United States . As a young family, it was expected that we would attend monthly family dinners at my grandparent's house. There we would enjoy great Italian meals and fun times with cousins, aunts, and uncles. In the late 1970's my parents decided to open an Italian deli called the "Italia Delicatessen" where I worked throughout my high schools and early college years. During high school, I played football and basketball. I was also a member of the United States Shooting (Development) Team from 1983 - 1986. I was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in August 1987. I met my future wife in 1987 and married her in 1989 in the Salt Lake City Temple. After serving two years in the Army and graduating, finally, from college, I began my career in the food manufacturing industry. My wife and I adopted two children. Our daughter is now in high school and our son just started junior high. I enjoy going to all my kids' activities. I love going on family vacations, especially when they include a little golfing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by my future wife. After meeting her in San Francisco at a seminar, I was determined to learn all I could about the LDS church without her knowledge. As I went through the process, I wanted to make sure that if I was going to change from my Catholic faith to the LDS faith, I had to do it for myself and not for someone else. I began by going to the library and checking out a book about the Prophet Joseph Smith. As I read this simple children's book about him, I felt that his story was true: that he was visited by our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. Once that seed was planted, I made a phone call to the San Jose Mission office. I asked if I could learn more about the LDS church. The mission home sent two missionaries later that week. After meeting with the missionaries, they presented me with the Book of Mormon and challenged me to read it. I read through many passages in the Book of Mormon and had many questions. I was ready to challenge the missionaries with my questions and when they came back to my home, they were prepared. I was baptized about six weeks after my first meeting with the missionaries. I am Mormon because I have a testimony of a Heavenly Father who loves me. I am Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ is my brother and is my Savior and Redeemer. I am Mormon because I know we have modern day prophets who lead and guide us in these very challenging times. I am Mormon because I have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I am Mormon because I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

I love to be involved both at church and in my community. I am an active participant in my children's schools and school district. I am also involved with the young men of the church by serving as an instructor, planner, and advisor for the youth and leaders of our youth. I am involved with the Boy Scouts of Amerca and have been for almost 20 years. I have had the opportunity to work with many young men who have attained their Eagle Scout award or other ecclesiastical recognition.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Eternal Father and His son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith is an important part of our faith because we believe that he was chosen by Heavenly Father to restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. Joseph Smith is the first prophet of these latter-days and as members of the LDS faith we recognize that fact. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

When I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I had to make many sacrifices. Growing up in an Italian family, wine was part of my life. As a member of the LDS church, I made the commitment not to drink alcohol. It was tough at first because good food and wine went hand in hand but I quickly realized that I was blessed in many ways by making that sacrifice. Once I developed my "good habits" things fell into place. Over the years, my obedience to the laws and commandemnts of the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me in my career, as a husband and father, and as a member of the Church of jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less