When we arrived here in Limerick, we decided that one of the service projects that we would like to get involved in and also involve our YSAs in was Billion Graves. It would be a good project for us to work on when we had free time since working on it is very flexible and we thought that the YSAs would be able to do well at it since it involved using their cell phones to photograph headstones. Their cell phones seem to be an appendage for most of them. We thought it would be a good idea to write to the City and County Council who look after the cemeteries to let them know of our plans and see if they had any concerns. After a long wait, I finally met with them this week at city hall and they had a bit different idea. Ireland has an initiative to index all of the headstones in their cemeteries and they wanted to know if we would be interested in helping them out with local cemeteries that haven't been done yet. I had a look online and it turns out their project looks very similar to Billion Graves. It is called Historic Graves and we are going to set up a meeting with a local person who runs it. It looks like there will be some training involved but I am hoping it will be a good way to provide service for a local project.
We have a YSA Sunday School class in the branch here and one of the sisters in the branch who was a returned missionary was teaching the class. She was called to another position in the branch and the branch president asked if I would be able to fill in for a while and teach the class. Of course I said I would and I have a feeling that "filling in" is going to be on the permanent side. That is fine with me, I enjoy teaching the class.
We had district meeting this week and we provided a lunch at the conclusion of the meeting as usual. We enjoy being at the meetings and being involved in the work that the young missionaries are doing here in Limerick.
About a month ago I purchased a couple of single beds for two of the Elders in our four Elder apartment here in Limerick. They had a small bedroom and they had two double beds squeezed in there so there was hardly any room to move around in there. I bought the beds at a local furniture store along with new mattresses. The were very sturdy solid wood beds and I was under the impression that they would last for a long time. Silly me. I got a call on Thursday night that one of the beds had been broken. I went over to the apartment Friday morning to survey the damage and it certainly was broken. To make a long story short two of the Elders had been horsing around and landed with quite lot of force on the bed and broke the wood on the side that holds up the mattress. I wasn't happy. I took the two Elders over to the furniture store to see what we could do and they are sending someone over to the apartment on Monday to see if it can be repaired. They are great young men but sometimes I forget that they are teenagers.
On quite a few of the older buildings here they have painted murals which are quite attractive. Some of our recents photos of those murals and other random photos.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.