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Hi I'm Martin Sasso

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. I'm a college student and I'm going to be serving a mission in Spain.

About Me

I enjoy watching and playing sports. I especially love all Pittsburgh sports teams: the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. My mother was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was five years old, and my twin sister and I were baptized at age eight. We are both currently college students across the country from each other. I have had the opportunity to go on humanitarian mission trips to Honduras twice, and also to the city of Pittsburgh twice. I love the people in both places, and I love seeing how grateful people in humble circumstances are for simple acts of kindness. I have learned so much more there than I ever could in class. I am about to serve as a missionary in the Spain Madrid mission.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a five year old and the missionaries first contacted us, I could feel the Holy Ghost present as they taught. Although I didn't understand their message completely as a young child, I knew that there was something special about them. Over time, my mother, sister and I, who were the only Mormons in our family, were converted to the church in the sense that we were baptized, but I don't think that I was truly converted until much later. In August of 2009 my mother committed suicide. It wasn't until this point that I had questioned anything seriously. I would like to say that I handled it well, and relied on my faith to get me through dealing with this loss, but I was stubborn and it took me a while. I never rejected my faith completely, or denied the truthfulness of the Gospel, but I did turn away in my own subtle ways. It wasn't until a year or so after this experience that I tried relying on the Gospel. Eventually I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time and prayed for the first time to know for myself if all of this was true. I didn't get the answer I was expecting. It was that I had known that this church was true the entire time. That feeling of the Holy Ghost- the one that had been there as those faithful missionaries were teaching- had been testifying to me the entire time that this church is true. I began to have a better understanding of my purpose here, of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and most importantly of the blessings of the Atonement. Jesus Christ suffered and died for me. He was resurrected for me and for everyone. As I understood better the magnitude of what Christ has done for us, I was able to feel that same joy that had left after my mother died. I know that families are forever. I guess to answer the question of why I am a Mormon, it is because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that it is through the Savior that we can achieve happiness, and this is His church.

How I live my faith

I have been able to serve in a couple of church callings recently. I was an "FHE dad" during my freshman year of college, which meant that I was able to help plan fun and spiritual activities for one of the family home evening groups that met weekly throughout the school year. It truly felt like having a family away from home, and I was so grateful for the people I was able to become friends with and for the opportunities to take a break and feel the spirit in an otherwise hectic and difficult year. Before that I was a youth in the church and my favorite way to serve was through scouting. I earned my Eagle Scout award just before I left for college and my project taught me different ways I could help in the community. I ended up doing a project at a local dog park, but just researching different eagle project ideas showed me new ways I had never thought of to serve people. I try my best to think of ways I can help and pray for opportunities to come often.