Date: January 07, 2016 07:49AM
No, I was in the Italian Mission, only two years after it was first formed. It included all of Italy and the Italian speaking canton of Ticino (Tessin). My comp was gay. "Gay as a goose," I once told somebody. He was awesome. I only had one more comp that I got along with that well. Anyway, he went back to BYU, married, had kids and everything, so I thought I must have been wrong. He became a millionaire, and a few years afterward came out as gay, left the church very publicly, and is now an LGBT activist using his money for good.
(It's good to see the demise of things in Italy. They're putting on a brave face. They created a faltering stake in Rome from their faltering district, and then, just to up the ante, created second faltering stake in the region. Almost all the chapels are still store-front churches, and there's probably only 10% activity over all. All the tithing payers can be counted on your fingers. They've also dissolved 2 of the eventual 4 missions. When they closed the Sicily mission a couple of years ago, they claimed that it was due to "maturity" in the area, and no longer needing a mission. Right. Makes you wonder, then, why do they have missions in the western US, or anywhere else where there are lots of members? They're now down to 2 missions in Italy, and I see a time when they will drop back down to one.)
I think it's great to see Aaron Eckhart in the films again. I hadn't seen him in anything for a while, but he's in something now at your local cinema. Did your mission included Reunion? Because ex-Mormon actor Kevin Rahm also went on a mission to France, and spent half his time in Reunion. Sweet. What a transfer, eh? "How long will it take to get to your new city, elder?" "About 24 hours."