March brought ten new missionaries to Milan in the form of two missionaries from Southern Italy who were Visa waiting to go to the United States to serve their missions and eight missionaries from the Provo MTC. One of those missionaries Visa waited in the United States before coming to Italy. We were so glad and grateful when they all arrived safely and were able to begin their missionary service.
|These two brothers arrived from Rome on the train to start their missionary service in Northern Italy|
|March 8, 2016 - President Dibb meeting the new missionaries|
|President Dibb, new misionaries, Assistants to the President, Office Anziani|
|Lunch at the Mission Home|
|A couple of hours of training|
|A fine group of missionaries before they are off to their cities|
As usual, when new missionaries come in, missionaries commencing the rest of their lives return home. These departing missionaries certainly added to the Italy Milan Mission. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
|Departing Missionaries - March 10, 2016|
On the way to drop off one missionary at the airport, President and Sister Dibb attended a baptism of a mother and son at Cimiano Church. The mother was baptized by the Bishop of the Cimiano Ward and her son was baptized by his friend, the Bishop's son. With the Anziani teaching the son and the Sorelle teaching the mother, it was truly a ward effort to bring these two great souls to baptism.
|April 11, 2016|
|Anziano and President walking through Malpensa Airport|
|Last visit with this wonderful Elder from the island of Sardegna|
Then, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, eight (five Sorelle and three Anziani) new missionaries arrived from the Provo MTC. We are excited for the growth and service which these missionaries will see in their lives in the next eighteen months to two years. Welcome to the Italy Milan Mission!
|Office Anziani waiting for the plane to arrive|
|And here they come!|
|Class of March 2016|
|Giving a cheer for the Italy Milan Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|Beginning words from President Dibb|
|Other side of the table|
|Preparation of finding materials|
|Ready to begin "Teaching Repentance and Baptizing Converts"|
|Entering the subway system|
|Talking to people|
|and making new friends already!|
|Coming up out of the subway|
|and into the daylight of Milan.|
|One pause for a picture of the entire group in front of the Duomo|
|And then straight of to find people who would like to hear our message.|
|Nine referrals were received that day!|
|After a good night's rest? the new missionaries were ready for more training|
|New missionaries and the trainers before the match-up|
|President Dibb leading us in singing a hymn|
|New missionaries reciting "Il Nostro Scopo" (Our Purpose)|
|Trainers reciting 4th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants|
|And the match-ups begin!|
|Training regarding permessi from Sorella Hoopes|
|Unveiling their own pictures on the transfer board|
|Singing the mission hymn|
|Singing the mission hymn.|
|Followed by a prayer|
|and sack lunches to take them on their way.|
On April 7, 2016, the new missionaries and their trainers returned to Milano for "New Missionary Training." This is a day-long training to see how things are going, to share testimony and experiences, and to learn about planning and presentation, finances, companionship study and some words of the Prophets.
|New Missionaries - April 7, 2016|
|New Missionaries and their first companions - April 7, 2016|
Well, a new group is off and running and a former group is opening a new chapter in their lives. We thank missionaries in the Italy Milan Mission and around the world in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for their faithful service to Christ.