The last week of April was full of missionary comings and goings. On April 26th and 27th, we received ten amazing sisters. Two sisters came from the Spain MTC and eight sisters came from the Provo MTC. We are so pleased to have them here safe and sound, ready to begin to teach repentance and baptize converts.
|The first two arrived from the Spain MTC|
|The next five, joined by the first two, arrived the next day|
|The first seven of ten Sorelle at the Linate Airport|
|Then three sisters in a third group arrived later on the second day|
|We had dinner that night at the mission home with the Assistants to the President|
|And with President and Sister Dibb|
|Training with the Assistants the next morning|
|New Sisters at the Mission Offices - April 27, 2016|
|Giving a cheer for the Lord's work in Italy|
|Trainers and Trainees ready to be matched up|
|New missionaries reciting "Il mio scopo" to their trainers|
|Trainers reciting the 4th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants to the sisters they will be training|
|President Dibb giving training to the new missionaries and their trainers|
|Preparing to find in Milan and on the mezzi|
|Waiting for the subway|
|Finding and teaching on the subway|
|Photo at the Duomo in Milan|
|More finding in Milan|
|And the matchups begin!|
|Sister Hoopes teaching about how to obtain permessi|
|Singing the Mission Hymn for the first time|
|A couple of sisters "ready to go!"|
|It is a busy time for Elder Hoopes in the office|
|Getting ready to go to their first cities of service|
The coming of new missionaries means the departing of experienced missionaries. We said farewell to two Anziani and eight Sorelle. We wish them all the best!
|Departing Class of April 2016|
|Giving a cheer for the work of the Lord in Italy|
|Dinner at the Mission Home with the departing missionaries always followed by a spiritual testimony meeting|
|Arrivaderci to our sweet Sorella from the Philippines the next day|
After a few weeks in the field, the new missionaries and their trainers return to Milan for another day of answering questions and training. In between the arrival of the Sorelle and the New Missionary Training, we recieved an Anziano. He was able to attend the training and is pictured below with his companions.
|New Missionary Training at the Cimiano Church|
|Inviting investigators to baptism role play with President Dibb|
|New missionaries and their trainers at the Cimiano Church after New Missionary Training|
We also bid "arrivaderci" to a wonderful senior couple who had served in both Germany and Verona working in records preservation. We enjoyed serving with them and getting to know them in Italy.
|Anziano and Sorella Gipson with Presidente and Sorella Dibb|
Thank you for your support and prayers. We feel blessed to be able to receive and return such outstanding young men and women and senior men and women who give months and years to serve the Lord and teach of Christ full-time.