08 September, 2017

Thirteen Great Missionaries Go Home

There is a time and a season for everything.
Their "season of service" has ended here in Italy,
but hopefully will continue in some other place 
with purpose and energy
as they continue to honor baptism and temple covenants;
continue to take His name upon them and
to remember, remember, remember...

We know your faces, your voices, your hearts, 
and especially...
your testimonies.

 Better yet ... the Lord knows.

Anziani Dohms, Rizzo, Carnahan
Sorelle McCormick, Fife
(President and Sorella Allen)
Smedley, Perkins, Anderson,
Anziani Freckleton, Allred, Young, Brooks, and Juhasz.

"Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience,
brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

Ask, and ye shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
D&C 4:6-7

Ci vediamo!

Match. New Companions, New "Homes"

We welcome our new missionaries!
We are grateful for your safe arrival and know
the people in Italy will be blessed by your desire to serve Jesus Christ
and share what you have with others.
Get ready to roll up your sleeves!

We love you all!

Welcome Anziano Bona
Trainer - Anziano Challis
Serving in - Genova

Welcome Sorella Nelson
Trainer - Sorella Roseno
Serving in Montevarchi

 Welcome Sorella Cafagno
Trainer - Sorella Carley
Serving in Savona

 Welcome Anziano Ross
Trainer - Anziano Marocchi
Serving in Pistoia

Welcome Anziano Haws
Trainer - Anziano Johnson
Serving in La Spezia

Welcome Anziano Eusebi
Trainer - Anziano Montalto
Serving in Cimiano

 Welcome Sorella Pacheco
Trainer - Sorella Arkell
Serving in Como

 Welcome Sorella Santoro
Trainer - Sorella Henson
Serving in Lugano

Welcome Anziano Gomez
Trainer - Anziano Marte
Serving in Lampugnano

Welcome Sorella Epps
Trainer - Sorella Hurst
Serving in Ancona

Welcome Anziano Kjar
Trainer - Anziano Tingey
Serving in Navigli

 Welcome Anziano Welch
Trainer - Anziano Goold
Serving in Trieste

 Welcome Sorella Larson
Trainer - Sorella Ruby
Serving in Pordenone

 Welcome Anziano Lombardi
Trainer - Anziano Crowther
Serving in Gorizia

 Welcome Sorella McConkie
Trainer - Sorella Tullis
Serving in Vicenza

Welcome Anziano Wilks
Trainer - Anziano Peterson
Serving in Trento

 Welcome Sorella Mitchell
Trainer - Sorella Montgomery
Serving in Bologna

 Welcome Sorella Johnson
Trainer - Sorella Vanderkooi
Serving in Bergamo

Welcome Anziano Dunn
Trainer - Anziano Farneman
Serving in Brescia

Welcome Anziano Thomas
Trainer - Anziano Johnson
Serving in Bressanone

It is interesting to be present for the match process.
There is an undercurrent of excitement and anxiousness that cannot be denied.
This is where and when the embarkation of their mission service begins.
This process of choosing trainers is the first priority as
transfers begins because they are important in maintaining a positive
mission culture as they influence our new missionaries.
They are wonderful missionaries!

"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him
with all your heart, might, mind and strength,
that ye may stand blameless before God in the last day."
D&C 4:2

New Missionaries!! September 6 & 7

This was a transfer to remember! 

We are forever grateful for the safe arrival of all 20 new missionaries!
Due to travel disruptions caused by weather and mechanical issues 
our missionaries were reshuffled onto several different planes.
(Big "thank you" to those who arranged their travel!)

Our "arrival day" was split into 5 different trips to the airport,
not counting the arrival of our two Italian Sorelle from the Spain MTC
which we picked up the day prior.
In a departure from our usual format, I would like to take you through our day
in basic order of events...

First - Our Sorelle from Bari, Italy.
Tuesday arrival...

 Sorella Cafagno, President and Sorella Allen, Sorella Santoro
Great Sorelle!  (...AND they speak Italian perfectly!)

New arrivals begin on Wednesday.
First to arrive...

 Sorella Epps.

Next group...
 Anziano Bona
 Anziano Gomez
 Anziano Haws
 Anziano Dunn
 Anziano Eusebi
First three group together.

Next arrival.... "group" number four.
Anziano Wilks.

Our first 9 enjoy a great day sharing the Gospel at Duomo.

Arrival number five.

Sorella Pacheco

Our final, and sixth, group.

Sorella McConkie
Sorella Johnson
Anziano Welch
Sorella Larson
Sorella Nelson
Sorella Mitchell
Anziano Kjar
Anziano Ross and Lombardi
Anziano Thomas

We had a long day of "gathering"
but we are so very grateful they are officially here.
Tomorrow we train and match them with their first companion.

We are ready to "harvest"

Hymn #94
Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All are safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God's own "vineyard", come;
Raise the song of harvest home.

Welcome missionaries!

03 September, 2017

Mission Couples Dolomite Adventure

The Hymn
"Because I Have Been Given Much"
could be the theme song of every missionary couple.
Their testimonies ring strong and vibrant
even though we sometimes find ourselves breathing a little heavily
after a long, steep mountain climb.

Our gathering took us to the Dolomite Mountain Range in Bolzano.
We enjoyed delicious Bavarian meals,
the 12th century Trostburg Castile,
a tour of the Deur Woodcarving Company
and a tram ride up the grand Dolomites themselves.

Front row:  Slle Koch, Slle Griffiths, Slle Allen
Second row:  Slle Salatino, Slle Okimoto
Third row:  Slle Shucker, Slle Hall

President Allen, Anz Griffiths, Anz Salatino, Anz Koch, Anz Hall
Anz, Okimoto, Anz Shumaker

It was a wonderful day!
Weather threatened at every corner but cooperated
thanks to some well-placed prayers.

As our couples serve the wards, branches and missionaries
in their assigned areas, we know they are blessed.
We certainly know this mission is blessed because
they have chosen to serve!

Mosiah 18:27-29
"...and they did walk uprightly before God,
imparting to one another both temporally and spiritually
according to their needs and their wants."

*Special thanks for Anziano and Slle Koch
for arranging this "most excellent adventure".
It was delightful.