28 May, 2016

April Additions and Subtractions

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.

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