On Thursday of this week we had a visit from Elder and Sister Anderson from Frankfurt, Germany. They are responsible for all of the senior couples who work with YSA in Europe. The Reimers came down from Galway and we all went for lunch at a carvery. It was good food and not too expensive either. When we were finished we took them on a walk around old Limerick by the river and then they attended our Institute class that evening. They were very tired as they had driven here from Germany and had been on the road for two weeks in England and Scotland. They headed for home on Friday.
A couple of "Vive la difference" moments that I thought of this week. The postal system here is amazing. I was talking to a business here on the phone a few weeks ago about a bill, this was about noon. She had to send me some paper work so said she would put it in the mail right away and I would have it the next morning. I thought to myself "sure". The next morning the letter was in our mail slot. This week the post man knocked on our door during his morning rounds and had a letter for the senior couple in Galway from the mission home in his hand. For some reason the mission home had their name and street address on the envelope but had our street and Limerick below it. He recognized that it was to an Elder and Sister Reimer and asked if we knew them. I said we did and he had me write the correct city on it and said it would be there tomorrow. The postal system just works here! Also, we have seen street sweepers about town on the roads, just wanted to say that they are a tad smaller than the ones at home!
We had another great family home evening with the YSA on Sunday evening. We watched the second half of the Elder Holland question and answer worldwide broadcast. We had watched the first half during the last home evening. When it was over we had a delicious treat made by Sister Wilson and the YSA played a card game for a while. We love having them over to our place and giving them an opportunity to learn and socialize in a relaxed environment.
We got a new member of our companionship this week. On Friday we got a call from President Thompson asking us if Sister Buhler, who is serving in Cork, could come and stay with us for a few days. Her companion has completed her mission and was starting for home on Friday and normally she would stay with some other sisters until her new companion arrived but she was quite sick and needed some rest to get over her illness. So Elder and Sister Petit drove her up here from Cork and carried on to Dublin with the sister going home. We are happy to say that she is feeling much better and will be with us until Wednesday when her new companion will arrive from Scotland they will travel to Cork together.
It has been a week with big changes both for the branch and for the missionaries. On Sunday the district presidency was in attendance at Sacrament Meeting and President Faloon was released as branch president and Tom Murphy was sustained as the new branch president. I had a chat with President Faloon about it and it took him by surprise as he has only been in the calling for two years. He was a good branch president but we have confidence in President Murphy who was released as district president just a year ago.
The moves call came last night and there are many changes for our district. Our district leader, Elder Harman, has been transferred to Edinburgh and Elder Peterson is being transferred to Dublin. Elder Trease is getting a new companion and we will only have two elders here now along with the zone leaders. We are getting two new sisters again in our district and they will be arriving on Wednesday. Also, Galway is losing two elders and the two that are left will be in our district.
So lots of adjustments to be made but that is life in the mission field. We are enjoying our work here both with the YSA and the young missionaries.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.