24 June, 2015

Mission-wide Conference with Elder David A. Bednar

April 27, 2015, was a day of personal revelation for each of the missionaries in the Italy Milan Mission.  We truly thank Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, Elder Jose A. Teixeira and his wife, Sister Maria Teixeira,  and Elder Stephen B. Allen and Sister Allen who taught, listened to and blessed the lives of the missionaries in the Italy Milan Mission.  We were so grateful to receive guidance to be better able to use personal revelation and physical tools in becoming the Lord's true missionaries in  the Italy Milan Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

An iPad is a tool, just like a pen.
We felt as if Elder Bednar was talking to each of us personally.
Elder Bednar invited the missionaries to acknowledge the revelation we received through the question and answer format of his instruction.
All of the missionaries fit perfectly in the Cimiano Chapel.

Sister Bednar instructed and shared her insights throughout the conference.

President Teixeira, the Europe Area President, taught us about focusing on our missionary purpose.

Elder Bednar team-taught with Elder Stephen B. Allen, Managing Director of the Missionary Department.

President and Sister Dibb had the opportunity to share their testimonies.
At lunch time the missionaries received training materials.
We pray to become effective and successful missionaries in the Digital Age.

The missionaries prepared themselves to be led by the Holy Ghost.  As they had prepared themselves spiritually, each missionary could learn from Heavenly Father what He wanted them to know and do. They received inspiration from inspired questions and instruction by a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and an Area Authority who is also the Managing Director of the Missionary Department, their wives and the other missionaries in our mission. 

We now have more desire to act with faith upon these feelings as we receive His guidance to serve more efficiently, more in tune with the Doctrine of Christ, and more faithfully and joyfully.  We are truly blessed by a loving Heavenly Father and have the privilege of sharing His love, guidance and Plan of Salvation with all people through faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost (confirmation) and enduring to the end.

Much preparation was needed to make sure that the missionaries would be receptive to these teachings.  We specially thank the Office Anziani, Assistants to the President and Anziano & Sorella Pederson for their hours of preparation and organization.  We also thank each missionary as they continue to strive to act upon his or her divine guidance and become the best missionary he or she can become.

The main  "physical and organizational preparation" team
The couples of the Italy Milan Mission were excellent help in preparing lunches for over 250 missionaries, translators and physical facilities specialists.

Every missionary from the Italy Milan Mission attended the conference.  Pictured below are the missionaries gathering and preparing themselves spiritually to be taught by personal revelation for their missionary service and their personal lives as they listened to Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A panoramic photo of the missionaries in the Italy Milan Mission, April 27, 2015. (You can zoom in to find your missionary.)

The day before the mission conference,  Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Jose A. Teixeira, Elder Stephen B. Allen and their wives attended Sacrament Meeting in a combined gathering of the Como 1 and Como 2 Wards.

Elder David A. Bedanar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, are visiting with one of the earliest members of the Como area.
On the return trip to Milano, we stopped to take a photo at Lake Como.
We give many thanks to our Church leaders, Church members, parents, family members, friends and others who make it possible for us to serve here in the Italy Milan Mission.  We pray that we might bless and help others as you have blessed and helped us to serve our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ in Italy and through the remainder of our lives here on the Earth.  We appreciate your prayers for the Italy Milan Mission and its missionaries.  We also appreciate member missionary work both here in Italy and throughout the world.

Much love to you from the Italy Milan Mission!   

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