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Hi I'm Ottavio

I emigrated from Sicily to Rome, I love history, books and food. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the LDS Church and I'm currently serving as a missionary in the England London South Mission. I've been a member for a couple of years and being baptized has been the best decision in my life! Before my mission I studied law and political science and I'll happily come back to that when my 2 years are done. I'm the eldest of two brothers and -- I guess -- the best firstborn my parents have ever had!

Why I am a Mormon

I got to know the Church through a free English course taught by the missionaries. At first, I didn't care about the religious aspect. I was born and raised as a Catholic, but when I lost my faith in that church I fell away from religion in general. I thought that God didn't exist - or that he didn't care much about us. Nor did I care about him. At the end of the English lessons, the missionaries took 5 minutes to speak about the Church's basic beliefs. I liked to listen to those little "lessons" because what those young men talked about seemed so weird to me that I wanted to know as much as I could. I wanted to know how weird that could get. I intervened at every spiritual thought and the elders, who noticed my interest, asked me if I wanted to know more about the Church. I've always been so curious, so how could I decline that invitation? The lesson was about the Restoration. I had gotten into the chapel talking to myself like this: "I'll listen to what they'll say, but surely I'm not gonna believe a word". Then the lesson started. Joseph Smith, prophets, the Book of Mormon... That was weird but it rang so... familiar. The missionaries invited me to read 3Nephi 11 and pray to know if that was true. After the lesson, I was like "I'll read, I'll pray and I'll get rid of the doubt". The first time I read the Book of Mormon I felt a feeling of peace but at first I didn't relate it to the book. After reading, I felt a need to pray. So I prayed, earnestly promising the Lord that I would change my life according to what he would reveal me - if he would ever reveal something. I can't describe how I felt after closing the prayer. I felt an assurance that this Church is true. I felt like I had always known it but I needed only to pray to remember. The Holy Ghost testified to me (just like it can testify to each one of you) of the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm serving a full-time a mission for the Church in the England London South Mission! As a missionary I have the opportunity to share the gospel with everyone I meet. There are tons of people out there who need the gospel and it's an honor to serve the Lord by helping these people to come closer to Him.

What is the priesthood?

Ottavio
Every worthy male member of the LDS Church has the right to receive the Priesthood. When one receives the priesthood, he has to live as to be worthy of this power. When he's worthy, he can perform any ordinance of salvation prescribed by the gospel. The priesthood is divided into two "sections": the Aaronic priesthood and the Melchisedeck priesthood. Holders of the first one are authorized to perform the exterior ordinances of the gospel (such as blessing and passing the sacrament, teaching and baptizing). Holders of the Melchisedeck priesthood are authorized to confer the Holy Ghost to newly baptized members, give blessings of health and comfort and they can aspire to become missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ. It's a lay priesthood, meaning that its holders are not paid by the Church and freely volunteer their time to Church activities. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Ottavio
There was a time when black people couldn't get the priesthood. At the time I was yet to be born and so I don't know the exact reason of that restriction. What I do know is that in 1978 God spoke through His living Prophet (whose name was Spencer W. Kimball) to end this practice. It fills me with faith to know that that God does speak to men through prophets today. It's so amazing to see that He is in control and not men - who are inherently fallible. You may still be wondering why black people were excluded from the priesthood. I wonder that too. I think President Kimball had this same question. Not to mention Peter, the first leader of the Church after Christ's departure: He found himself serving as the president of a church that excluded the Gentiles from its membership and then God revealed him that the time had come for the gospel to be preached to all men - both Jews and Gentiles (you may want to read Acts 10 for the full account). Revelations existed at that time and, thankfully, they do exist today too, because the true Church of Jesus Christ was restored in its fulness. Today, every male, worthy member of the Church is eligible to receive the Priesthood and to be the hands of the Lord in furthering His work on earth. Show more Show less