On September 19, 1850, exactly 11 months after Lorenzo Snow left home to serve in Italy, he told his companions that they should “commence their public business.” They ascended a mountain, where Elder Snow dedicated the land for the preaching of the restored gospel. (Maybe they called him to Italy because his name is Lorenzo?)
At this time, there are two missions in Italy. Three missions, Milano, Rome and Catania were combined into two missions in July 2011. The change was made to better align resources and adjust to the ever changing needs of the Church.
Currently, the Italy Milano Mission covers all of Northern Italy and spreads south into Tuscany. The regions of Piedmount, Valle, D’Aosta, Lombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Veenezia Giulia, Liguria, Emilia-Romagana, and Tuscany are all served by the Milan mission. The southern regions of the country, including Sicily are served by the Rome mission. (Regions are large administrative districts much like our states.)
In July of 2015, thirty-six missionaries departed for home from the Milan Mission. Seventeen missionaries were received into the mission, which left the mission substantially reduced in numbers. (After the MTC, I will be leaving for the Milan in the middle of November.)
Mission President – July 2013 to July 1016
Bruce LaVar Dibb, 62, and Colleen Poole Dibb are presently serving in as President and mission mother. They are the parents of and seven children. They originate from the Bountiful 50th Ward, Bountiful Utah Heights Stake. Brother Dibb was a counselor in a stake presidency and a former high councilor, bishop, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Italian and Italy South missions. He is a partner and attorney, Jensen, Duffin & Dibb, LLP. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to George and Marjorie Dreier Dibb.
Sister Dibb served as a temple ordinance worker, Church service missionary and a ward Relief Society board member. She is a former stake Primary president, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Primary presidency and Cub Scout den leader. Born in Preston, Idaho, to Morris Hasley and Rhonda Nelson Poole.
Milan Italy Mission Facts
*The Milan Italy mission is one of 406 missions currently operating through the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints.
*The Milano mission is located in a small town 6 miles south east of the city of Milan in the city of Opera, in the Lombardia region.
*Today, there are nearly 25,000 Latter-day Saints in Italy.
*The Milan mission maintains over 200 missionaries. There are about 220 missionaries serving in the mission currently.
*Missionaries do a great deal of walking, riding bikes and taking public transport such as train and buses. (I will purchase a bike as soon as I get to Milan.)
*Grooming and dress are the standard missionary attire of suits, white shirts and ties. (However, the grooming guides are not as strict as they use to be and I can wear my light colored gray suit and my fantastic ties that I received at my “Pies and Ties” celebration. Click here to check ’em out!
*Milan is 5,465 miles from Salt Lake City.
*Italy is 8 hours ahead of American Fork (Mt. Standard Time)
The mission contact information is for mission affairs, or in case of an emergency. (If you want to contact me, simply click here for my current connection. )
Via A. Gramsci, 13
20090 Opera (MI) ITALY
Fax. +39 02.57601980