Rome Temple Open House: - 1 family - 300 NON-MEMBER guests - 5 busses = WE NEED YOUR HELP!
OUR STORY: Over the past 10 years, we have lived in Florence, Italy. Our LARGE family of 5 daughters and 1 son have created quite the visibility - and lots of questions. Most of the people that we meet have never heard of our Church or know very little about it. So, when we invited 150 friends to come to our daughter's baptism, we didn't expect 125 non-members to show up. It was amazing to witness such interest!
OUR GOAL: We set a family goal of 300 personal non-member invitations to the Rome Temple Open House. We actually invited more than 400 non-member friends and acquaintances including our doctors, our bankers, our barber, business associates, local media, members of our social organizations, university leaders, shop owners, restaurant owners, taxi drivers - all of the people that we frequently see and meet each day.
INCREDIBLE RESPONSE: People really want to come!!! We expect at last 300 actual guests!!! We prepared a formal invitation and have been making personal visits and the response has been incredible!!! "Absolutely!" "Can we bring afriend?" We have reserved 280 tickets for Feb 2, 4 & 9 and we're concerned that too many non-members want to come. Its simply amazing!
BUSSES? The Rome Temple is 2.5 hours away. It will take 5 separate buses to get them there - all of our friends together - so the missionaries can speak to our friends. Imagine...being a missionary on a bus full of non-members beading to the Temple. How cool is that? We have been saving money to fund the buses to take the many people we have invited to Rome, but didn't expect such a high level of interest.
COST. Each bus will cost $1,500 - just over $8,000 for 5. We will also be providing copies of the Book of Mormon in English and Italian for our guests.
HOW YOU CAN HELP... A donation of any amount would be appreciated. You may be far away, but can still help us with our missionary efforts in Italy! Every little bit helps.
THANK YOU AND PLEASE FORWARD!!!!!
PS - Dave has worked with such government and educational officials in Italy, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey and 8 other countries - even they have been invited and we expect 20-25 diplomats and politicians to attend on a separate day.
Thank you for helping us with our efforts, every little bit helps!!