Friday, November 18, 2016


Perhaps it is because it is November and the season of Thanksgiving, but today as I post these pictures I feel so grateful for the wonderful people who have touched our lives here in Italy. This week has been full of emotions of joy as we greeted new missionaries and sadness mixed with gratitude as we sent so many wonderful missionaries home.Here are a few of the events of this week for which we are grateful.

Words will never be enough to express our gratitude and love for this Elder who trained us when we arrived in Italy!

With the departure of one elder, we received another wonderful assistant!

This week, many wonderful missionaries headed home. We are so grateful for their faithful service.

In the early 1970's, a young missionary found the Villa. He took a picture in front of the Villa. This week, we recreated that photo with the same missionary. We are so grateful for this wonderful couple that has served our mission so faithfully for so long. We will miss you!

With the departure of so many wonderful missionaries, we were happy to receive 19 new missionaries.

This was taken just before they went out on the metro to contact for the first time.

This week, we were grateful for a new friend at church.

We also spent a wonderful afternoon with a sister President baptized years ago.