Conversion story of a Catholic U of U football player

by | Apr. 13, 2010

Saints & Sports

He was raised in a Connecticut Catholic home more than 2,200 miles from Utah.

So how did Chris Sciarretta end up walking on the University of Utah football team and converting to the Mormon church?

"That's a good question," he said with a laugh.

When the story is pieced together, the key elements include loyal friends, a Mormon girlfriend and her friendly family, a concerned mother and a dream to play college football.

But even if Sciarretta never plays a down in Rice-Eccles Stadium, coming to Utah has already changed his life.

"If I hadn't come to the U., I don't know if I would have joined the church and gained a testimony. Being out here made it happen for me," the scout team linebacker said. "It's pretty amazing."

Sciarretta describes his upbringing like this: "I come from a big Italian family. They're loud, they drink, they yell. So looking back of course I never heard about the church because my family didn't quite fit the bill to be Mormon."

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