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Milan Italy Mission – Finally – Week 6

Hello Friends and Family…Since Braden left the MTC for Italy, and we likely won’t hear from him until his next P-Day, this week’s message is brought to you from Dad:)
Dallas-to-London-AirportThe highlight for us this week was talking with Braden, of course, and then being able to track his flights from Salt Lake to Milan. For those that have never tracked a flight before, it was really cool. I’m sure there are several online trackers but the one we used was called FlightAware. The website is www.flightaware.com  We just put in the airline carrier and the flight number. You can actually see the plane move. Super easy. Next time you have a loved one traveling, check it out.
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We did receive a brief email communication from Anziano Wright who is the mission secretary. He infomed us that Braden had arrived safely and that he had received his first companion and assignment. He will be serving with Anziano Pack in a city called Mantova (Also called Mantua) which is southeast from Milan about 80 miles (As the crow flies).  It is about 115 miles by bus and train and will take about 2 hours.

mantua-ItalyLooks like a pretty cool city set right next to a river and some small lakes. Mantova is a city in the Lombardy region and is the capital of the province of the same name. In 2016, Mantua will be the Italian Capital of Culture, as chosen by the Italian Government. They made the selection just a few weeks ago on October 27th, 2015. Mantua is often bypassed by some tourists but Italians know it as La Bella Addormentata (The Sleeping Beauty).

mantua-italySince Google is my best friend these days, I learned that Mantova is the place that Romeo was banished to for slaying Tybalt in Act III of Shakespear’s play, Romeo and Juliet.  The setting for that was in Verona which is just a stone’s throw away to the north. Just a little insight for you theater buffs.

At this point, I’m sure that Braden doesn’t realize what a sweet spot he is in. The city is full of palaces and cathedrals. We of course, can’t wait to hear from him and get some pictures. We will encourage him to engross himself in the culture, and that will start by having some of the cuisine that is famous in that city; namely pumpkin ravioli and donkey stew. They say it’s awesome.

We had a nice visit with Braden as he was able to call us from the SLC airport. He sounded great and was really excited about getting to the mission field. He spoke some Italian to us so that was fun to hear.

Settebello-Pizzeria-slcWe also learned a few new things about his companions and his district. Elder Brooks’ father (from Bountiful) served his mission in Rome and he now owns an Italian Restaurant in Salt Lake City called Settebello. It’s near West Temple and 300 South. Some of you may recognize that. They serve what is certified to be authentic wood fired pizza from Naples. Check it out sometime.

Also, two Elders from his district were not able to make the trip to Italy with the rest of the group because of medical procedures. They will both stay in the MTC a while longer (4 weeks) and will leave to Italy with the next group.  10 weeks total. Now that’s painful!!!

Thanks for all of the support, prayers and love.  We really appreciate it so much.
As Braden would say…Ciao Ciao for now!!!
Wade (Dad)

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. There was an Anziano Brooks serving with me in Rome while I was there back a hundred years or so ago. It would be interesting to find out if it’s the same Brooks. I took the family to Settebello a few months ago and we had some awesome pizza! Mamma mia, che buona! Any time the Griffiths family wants to meet the Larsen’s there for pizza, I’m all for it. Oh, and the adjoining gelateria next door makes it even better!

    Wow, remembering how it felt to arrive in Italy and be assigned to my first area, I can certainly relate to what Braden’s going through. What a dream come true!

  2. I can’t read without a few tears! I can’t imagine the adventure that is ahead for him and all the things he is taking in right now. He’s always on my mind and I pray that he is SO happy. I love him!

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