March 21, 2016

Italy North Mission

Here are free resources about the Italy North Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Italy LDS Missions.

Italy North Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Italy North Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Italy North Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Italy North Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Italy North Mission

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Italy North RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Italy North Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..

LDS-Friendly Videos about Italy

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Italy. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Italy, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Italy North Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Italy North Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

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Italy North Mission Groups

Here are Italy North Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Italy North Mission ( INM ), 1971-1974 Group (75 members)

Italy North Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Italy North Mission!

Shirt designs include Italy North Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Italy North missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Italy Mission gifts

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Italy North Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Italy North LDS Mission.

  1. 1971-1974, Dan C. Jorgensen

Italy LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 26,248
  • Missions: 2
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 103
  • Family History Centers: 68

Helpful Articles about Italy

Italy North Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Italy North RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 1971-1972 (Janice)
  • 1971-1973 (Bart)
  • 1972-1974 (Scott)
  • 1971-1973 (Keith)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Genova, Monza, Milano, Revenna (Bart)
  • Verona, Bologna, Pordenone, Milano, Novara (Keith)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Lasagne (Janice)
  • Tortolinni con panna, Lasagna alla Bolognese. Did I say Tortolinni con panna? (Bart)
  • Pizza (Quattro stagioni), lasgna al ragù , spaghetti alla bolognese, Insalatona, Insalata Caprese. (Scott)
  • Pizza Canneloni Lazagna Biscotti della Nona cookies (Keith)

What was a funny experience?

  • We never seemed to have enough copies of the Book of Mormon. Everyone wanted one. Once we received a copy from the YW in my ward. Since it had a testimony written in English, we found a young woman who spoke English and gave it to her. She later ran up to us in a park and asked if there was a sequel! We were going to a conference on the train with some members one day, and there was one passenger in our car who was not in our group. I asked him if he had 350 lira. He said no and asked why. When I told him I wanted to sell him a book, he got up and fetched his briefcase and got money to buy the book. The members preached the entire Gospel the rest of the way…very nice experience. The mission was so new that we had no missionaries in the man’s city, but I hope that he eventually found the Church. (Janice)
  • I was an Indian dancer in the Boy Scouts before my mission. My zone leader found out about it and thought it we could use that so I had my mom send my costume and hoops. Several times at different places we would put on the costumes (there was enough my comp could also wear one) and he would beat on a pot and I would do the hoop dance. We would get huge crowds. Then at the end we would talk about the Book of Mormon and the story of the Indians. Once I even danced in the area inside the parabolic curve at the Monza speedway – to a crowd of several hundred. (Bart)
  • I got to lay in the supposed coffin of Juliette from the Shakespeare play. (Keith)

What was a crazy experience?

  • There was a scary man in Torino. The elders called him “The Shaker”. He would shake hands with the missionaries and nearly break their fingers. The elders would surround us sisters to protect us if they saw him in town. Late one night, we found ourselves alone on the bus with….The Shaker! It was the last scheduled run for the bus. We were scared, but nothing happened to us and we arrived home safely. (Janice)
  • We found ourselves in the middle of an anti-war rally. One side was yelling “NIXON” then the other side would yell “BOIA” (executioner). Then suddenly someone noticed us and yelled, “Hey – there are two Americans”. Suddenly things started to look ugly when out of the crowd came a young man who stood in front of the mob with his back to us and yelled, “NO, These guys are good guys, they aren’t Catholic”, then he turned to us and told us to get out of there. While the crowd yelled at the kid we quickly left. He was a member of a family where we had just had a family home evening a few nights earlier. We never saw him or his family again – but he did save us. (Bart)
  • Being saved miraculously from being in a severe bike accident. (Scott)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Attending baptisms was always a profound experience. We had few baptisms, but I know that every one of them was the result of a miracle. The Lord invites everyone to come to him. I felt joy even when the work was difficult. (Janice)
  • Teaching and baptizing Anna Bizzaro. (Bart)
  • My personal testimony… too many to list. (Scott)
  • Biking over to a contact’s house to give moral support to her quitting smoking so she could join the church. (Keith)

What are some interesting facts about the Italy North Mission?

  • It was so long ago! We were a new mission. I was called to the Rome mission, but the mission was divided soon after my arrival. It was wonderful to have so many new missionaries come at that time. We lacked experience, but the Lord blessed us. (Janice)
  • The Church was very new. Only a few branches across the mission. I was in two cities where there was no branch so we had small dependent branches. We would go to the place we had for the church and if anyone showed up we would have Sunday School and if nobody showed up, we had Priesthood Meeting. One of the places we used was a small prayer room for youth used by the Catholics. (Bart)
  • About 1,000 members of the church when I arrived in Italy… about 3,000 members of the church when I left in 1974. Today, Italy has a very different demographic than when I served. The country is now greatly blended with immigrant populations that have made for a much greater variety of nationalities. (Scott)
  • 40 years later, I still speak fluent Italian. I look forward to returning with my wife for our mission together! (Keith)

What was the weather like?

  • I had to adjust to the humidity, but I like the weather in Italy. I was cold in the winter. (Janice)
  • Foggy in the winter. Hot in the summer. Not too hot and not too cold. My biggest complaint would be the rain. (Bart)
  • Warm/humid in summer, cold/humid in winter. (Scott)
  • It was too hot to wear our suit jackets, but it was mission policy, so we did a lot of sweating. It was snowing, and we rode our bikes out to our tracting area. People took pity on us and invited us in. (Keith)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Italy is so beautiful! The people were very friendly. We were often invited to dinner, and served delicious food. The members were so diligent and helpful. (Janice)
  • Everything. I still am in contact with some of them. (Bart)
  • Good people with warm personalities, beautiful country, interesting history, great art, great food. (Scott)
  • The people were wonderful! I still keep in touch over Facebook with several who joined the church while I was there. They come to the U.S. sometimes to visit! (Keith)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • I always think light-weight wool or cotton. I was cold in the winter. (Janice)
  • As per mission instructions… you can buy anything and everything there. (Scott)
  • Bring an overcoat. If you like umbrellas, bring one. If you prefer at hat to an umbrella, bring one. I bought a few pairs of shoes on the open market. It was a lot of fun shopping there. (Keith)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • My mission experience was very challenging for me, but I have always been so grateful to have had it. The spirit of missionary work is like no other feeling I’ve ever had. I have some wonderful Italian friends whom I’ve met in the last several years. I have enjoyed being a study buddy with senior missionary couples who are learning Italian, and I have enjoyed being taught by the young elders and sisters at the MTC. Lately, I have learned to do Italian indexing. (Janice)
  • My mission continues to bless me. I don’t think a day has gone by in the last 40 years that I didn’t think about something in my mission. The mission strengthened my testimony. (Bart)
  • Solid testimony, love of Italy and Italian things, learned to serve. (Scott)
  • Learned to use my priesthood to give blessings. (Keith)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned to live on my own, how to get around on public transportation, how to meet people and work with people, how to teach the Gospel, how to trust and follow church leaders. (Janice)
  • I learned Italian which even though I don’t use very often, it helps with Spanish. (Bart)
  • Language skills are very important even if you serve in an area or capacity where English is spoken. The Italians like to speak English with you but you will be honored and esteemed for making the effort to speak their language (at whatever level you learn it). You will have more access to help more people the better your Italian speaking skills are. (Scott)
  • Able to talk to anyone. Able to identify with the issues others were having. (Keith)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I had never been away from home, so I was challenged by the task of finding an apartment and just living on my own. I didn’t know much about church policies, so once we had a baptism and there were no witnesses there. (Janice)
  • The Italians counted on us missionaries to know all of the gospel answers to questions. We were like their Mormon Encyclopedia. It put a lot of pressure on us to make sure we knew what we were teaching them was right. The ability to comprehend and speak the foreign language diminished after 10pm at night. Shaking a lot of hands passed a lot of illness around. Learn to bump fists instead of sharing germs. Heating water in our apartments was too expensive to allow for showers every day. We were held to once a week. Nasty! (Keith)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Italy North?

  • Be spiritually, physically, and emotionally, and intellectually prepared. Know that communicating in a foreign language is a gift of the Spirit, who actually does the teaching. Know that you will be led by the Spirit to know where to go, what to say, and how to bring others closer to Christ. (Janice)
  • Loose yourself on the mission. When you get homesick – just work harder. (Bart)
  • Learn Italian well. Love and learn the scriptures in Italian. Don’t memorize but speak from the heart. Be enthusiastic and have a positive mental attitude… always, 24/7. Love Italians and the country. Nothing will be more influential than your personal testimony and relationship with your Father in Heaven. (Scott)
  • Learn what a doccia is so that you can get a hotel room with a shower instead of a shared bathroom down the hall. Learn that not all toilets are the same. Some are just a hole in the floor that you squat over. We called them bomb chutes! (Keith)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I said “carne ed ossa” poorly once, and the sister we were teaching thought I’d said “carne rossa” We had already taught her about the Lamanites, so she thought Heavenly Father was one of then. I also was confused with volere and volare. That was interesting. (Janice)
  • I’ll give 2. First I went downstairs to our bakery to get some raisins. I knew they had them because they put them in some of their breads. Anyway, I didn’ t know the word for raisin so I tried to explain to them that they were little black things made from taking all the water out of a grape. Problem was, I used the word uova (egg) instead of uva (grape). It took us a while to figure that out. Another time, I was telling a member we were going home to have strawberry short cake. She didn’t know what that was so I explained you take a cake, put strawberries on it and then put whipped cream on top. Problem was, I used “fagioli” (beans) instead of “fragole” (strawberry). She thought we were crazy. (Bart)
  • Teaching the investigator class, the missionary said, “Siamo un po corti come tempo.” Translated directly, it means, :We’re a little short on time.” That’s not how they would say it in Italy, so it dropped dead right there. None of the investigators got it. But, it didn’t matter, they got the rest of the discussion. We were somewhat embarrassed at the event, but it was okay. (Keith)