16 February, 2018

New Missionary Training - Feb 2018

The difference five weeks makes...

Still tired - but not sleep deprived
Smiling - but for more reasons
Questions - that are based on needs
New Companion - is now a new friend
All about me - now all about "the work"

Suitcases are unpacked and they officially live
in questa bella Italia.

We gathered them in and they were so very 
delighted to see each other.
This is a close group.

We feel like they have been part of our mission family
for much longer.

Happy Valentines Day!

We had a wonderful day
but now it's back to doing what we came to do -
"Preach repentance and baptize converts"

Ci vediamo!

09 February, 2018

Zone Conferences - February 2018

It has been a wonderful two weeks of Zone Conferences
with our missionaries.
They are dedicated and hard working
and family members can be proud of what they are accomplishing.
I will also give you a synopsis of
what was presented in the conferences. 
We are gearing up to accomplish
It will be hard
we can do hard things.
We are a mission of faith a mission of miracles
We are a mission of obedience and hard work.
 Milano Est Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Dixon and Laudert

Milano Ovest Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Korak and Wagstaff

Torino Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Crowther and Marte

Genova Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Johnson and Johnson

Verona zone
One Leaders - Anziani Levitt and Challis

Venezia Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Aglaure and Kewene-Hite

Bologna Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Austin and Marocchi

Toscana Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Wilson and McEwen

Rimini Zone
Zone Leaders - Anziani Tumblin and Peterson

ZC Agenda with Notes:

 President Allen
I ask you to lift your personal level of performance.
No playing cards in the church.
Be attentive to the White Handbook guidelines on music,
proper missionary titles, language and
comportment with fellow missionaries.
Check companions technical devices weekly.
Keep cell phones in our pockets/purses during meetings.

Zone Leaders
We must diligently and joyfully find.
Use Milano321 to help missionaries and members set goals.
We must assume 100% responsibility in finding.
Goal - one new investigator per week.

Sister Trainer Leaders
The importance of companionship study.
Companions who study together each day are more unified and prepared
to be tools in the Lord's hands
and enjoy the blessing of the presence of the Holy Ghost.

Safety and Preparedness
Be ready with emergency funds, food and prudent behavior
in the event of a natural or man made disaster.

Sorella Allen
"There must needs be opposition in ALL things"
We must prepare to be opposed in our work
and meet the challenge like the heroes we are.
Have the courage to meet opposition wherever it comes from.
(and not BE the opposition.)
Repent and - like Enos - be forgiven
of our sins.

President Allen
Statistics of how our mission compares with the Europe Area average.
We are very low in finding, high in other areas.
Our push/commission is to find.
To the older missionaries:
please work hard to the end.  Leave a culture of obedience and hard work.
To the younger missionaries:
Look to the older missionaries. Follow their example.
Be Christ centered and focus driven.
Be "red sword" and "red balloon" missionaries.
(Focus - work hard - stretch)

~Additional pictures~

Now -
Let's go and be amazing!

28 January, 2018

Comings and Goings

We welcome a new senior couple
Anziano and Soella Nelson
from Utah.

They are serving in Bergamo
and are specifically working with
the young single adults.

We are grateful to have you here.

We send home
Sorella Richards
who has suffered with a swollen knee
for many months now.
Church Medical felt it was prudent
to bring her home for treatment.

We also recognize
Anziano Farr
who had medical needs that needed attention as well.

I do not have a picture of him because of
unplanned travel issues
but we were grateful to serve with both of these missionaries
and are very sorry to send them home
before their previously scheduled time.

Take care.  Get well.  You are missed.

25 January, 2018

Some of you may have heard that there was a train accident today outside of Milan.  Fortunately, none of our missionaries were on the train and they are all safe.  Thank you for all your prayers!

17 January, 2018

New District Leaders

We welcome three new District Leaders.
This is an assignment - like all we do in the
Church of Jesus Christ -
that gives us opportunity to serve others.
The service a missionary gives to a fellow missionary
is to be their best.
A District Leader learns to know his district well
and creates a weekly meeting that will
inspire and encourage each individual.
They also have the responsibility to interview 
baptism candidates.  

Anziani Melchin, Goold, and Calton

They will fill their responsibilities well.

15 January, 2018

Mission Leadership Council - Consiglio - January '18

The Milano Missione is so very blessed with great missionaries.
When called to serve in a leadership position on a mission
one need not be set apart - 
the setting apart to be a missionary for 
the Lord Jesus Christ
is enough.
We rely on this leadership to
keep this mission forward moving and vital.
Every person is needed and expected to pull their load
as best they can.... and they do.
It is a mission miracle.

The shoes on the floor in front of us
are worn out with holes completely through the heels 
and jumbo stitches on the toes.
They were worn by a dedicated missionary.
We have come here to wear out OUR souls
in service to our Lord.
May we merit the blessings
of Him who sent us.


14 January, 2018

New Assistant

All missionaries have the opportunity
to work from dawn to dusk.
Missionary days are full of labors that are worthwhile
and, hopefully, fruitful.

In the first half of our service in the Milan Mission
we have enjoyed working with eight missionaries 
in this assignment.  They serve for six months
and the time whizzes by so very quickly.
Each AP brings great talents, love for the work, and testimonies.
Their individual talents are able to shine
and we enjoy their unique personalities.

They truly have "come to serve Him".
 President Allen with Anziani Brown, Keller and Dalton

 Thank you Anziano Keller.  
You served so very well.

 The transfer board is a fitting backdrop. Much time and prayer
is spent giving "due diligence" to the work of inspiration. 
This is important "assistance".

And then there were two...
Anziani Dalton and Brown.
The work is carried ably forward.
Avanti! Sempre avanti!