Milan, Italy!!!!



the leaning tower of Pisa
the David
Uffizi Gallery
the bridge of Sighs
the Duomo
Lake Como

La vita è bella.

October 27, 2010



  1. Tracy

    October 28, 2010


  2. Jeanelle

    October 28, 2010

    Wahooo! Congrats to Ben. How fantastic.

  3. Shelah

    October 28, 2010


  4. Denise

    October 28, 2010

    Debbie’s mission.

  5. michelle

    October 28, 2010

    Ah, I love Italy.

    Pres. Monson’s son went to Milan, I think.

    You might enjoy reading some of what he said about Italy in this report from the recent temple groundbreaking in Rome.

  6. Blue

    October 28, 2010

    So Cool! Definitely worth the wait!!! Thanks for sharing the news. When does he leave?!

  7. Lisa

    October 28, 2010

    Grinning…what a wonderful place to go!

  8. Vennesa

    October 28, 2010

    Only the BEST mission on the entire planet!
    That was where I served!
    He will love it. Auguri Anziano Lehnardt!

  9. Blue

    October 28, 2010

    NUTELLA!!!! ♥

  10. FoxyJ

    October 28, 2010

    Yay! That is really cool. It will be hard, but he will love it!

  11. Selwyn

    October 28, 2010


    Ciao, Elder!

  12. jess

    October 28, 2010

    Oh my goodness!!! Yay!! congrats! Clint went to Italy! (used to be the Padova mission- but the Milan mission absorbed parts of it.) I always tease him that he went on a 2 year vacation when I look at his pictures from Florence, Pisa, etc. How awesome. So excited for you guys!

  13. jamesrivergirl

    October 28, 2010

    Congratulations! He looks soooo happy!

  14. Carrigan Clan

    October 28, 2010

    That is so exciting Michelle!

  15. andrea

    October 28, 2010

    Italy will be perfect for Ben. Please tell me you’ll go and pick him up?

  16. Travelin'Oma

    October 28, 2010

    Milan. Yay! Picking him up. YAY!

  17. Tasha

    October 28, 2010

    That’s where one of my friends is right now! Elder Higgs. He is an AMAZING young man with a great conversion story. Ben will be an incredible missionary! congrats!

  18. katieo

    October 28, 2010


    so awesome and wonderful and exciting.

  19. Will and Joan Turley Family

    October 28, 2010

    Michelle —

    We are so happy for your family and for Ben. He will be a wonderful missionary and will love Italy. Will actually served in the Rome Mission. We are hoping to travel to Italy in 2013 for the dedication of the Rome Temple which they just broke ground on! Ben is going at a special time for the Church in Italy!

    You have some special years ahead of you — there is nothing quite like being a missionary mom. As you prepare for him to go, get ready for lots and lots of tears — happy tears because he’s doing what you have raised him to do, and sad tears because you won’t see him for a while. Bill and Tom served back to back as I am guessing Ben and Stefan will do — and it was a wonderful 3 1/2 years for us as our boys served the Lord.

    We sure love and miss the Lehnardts! I wish we were there to celebrate with you, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family!

  20. Anne Marie

    October 28, 2010

    Congratulations!!!! How exciting!

  21. Trainer Momma

    October 28, 2010

    Get out! What fantastic news!

  22. Christie

    October 28, 2010

    Awesome! Maybe slightly less cool than St. Louis, Missouri, but still pretty good. 🙂

    Do I hear eight other plane tickets being purchased two years from now? I do hope so…

  23. Tifani

    October 28, 2010

    What a beautiful mission for your wonderful son. Thanks for sharing the excitement of the process with all of us. What is the timeline for his departure?

  24. Tiffanie

    October 28, 2010


  25. Kim

    October 28, 2010

    How incredibly cool! I love Italy!

  26. Rachelle

    October 28, 2010

    WOW! What a wonderful destination! Can you visit him while he’s there??

  27. Linn

    October 28, 2010

    What a perfect mission call! Congrats Ben!

  28. Natasha

    October 28, 2010

    Cool beans!!! Ben will be a great missionary and a great blessing to the people if Italy! When does he enter the MTC?

  29. Sue

    October 28, 2010

    A challenging but exciting mission!

    And he’s going to be a great tour guide for you in years to come…


  30. Kerri

    October 28, 2010

    Like like like

  31. Claudia

    October 28, 2010

    It was so awesome to be there and share in that moment with you guys!

    I lived in Italy for 3 months and have 2 best friends who are non-LDS he can visit.

    The people there are so loving and kind. He will thrive among them! So excited for him, and all the blessings that await your wonderful family!

  32. Azúcar

    October 28, 2010

    How thrilling!

  33. michelle

    October 29, 2010

    Please tell me you’ll go and pick him up?

    If you don’t, can I? 🙂

  34. chococatania

    October 29, 2010

    Congratulations! My husband went to Milan, Italy on his mission (years ago…). Obviously, he loved it.

    The work is hard there, the culture is very strong and very old, but the people are amazing. And the food….

    I’m happy for you guys.

    Oh, and you’ll have to learn all about Lorenzo Snow and the Waldensians (protestants in northern italy). His experiences took place in a small town near Milan.

    How exciting!

  35. Adri

    October 31, 2010

    So so so great! I’m thrilled for you all. Congrats!

  36. WIKKY

    November 1, 2010

    Look at his happy smile! So great! Congratulations to you both!!!

  37. House of Estrogen

    November 2, 2010

    Wow – what an exciting location!

  38. Claudia

    November 2, 2010

    I just got back from a dinner with a friend who’s son recently returned from the same mission. She said:

    1.Don’t buy any new ties til you get there. They are at every other corner shop. Nice and very inexpensive.

    2.Get ready for the best food of your life!

    3. The Italian grandmas will take you in and smother you like their own. You will love it!:)

  39. Sarah Familia

    November 2, 2010

    Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for your comment on my post about the Rome Temple on mormonwomen. We live in the Milan mission, and your son will just love it!

  40. Marianne and Dave

    November 8, 2010

    Ben will be a fantastic missionary!!! Teaching brilliantly, loving deeply, learning what he needs to. PLUS bonus for Italy – visiting history and eating wonderful food every day. So happy to hear the news of his call! Lots of love to you all!

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