We are called to serve so we decided at district meeting this week to try and do some community service this week. On Friday morning we gathered at the church wearing the helping hands shirts, those who had them, and went out to gather garbage in the neighbourhood around the chapel. We started with the grounds around the chapel and went out in the community from there. It was a pleasant morning and after a couple of hours we had gathered 8 big garbage bags full. The Elders had opportunities to talk to a few people in the community to explain who we were and what we were doing. It was a morning well spent.
The Young Single Adults in the branch also decided to offer some service this past week but in a different way. They decided to offer babysitting to families with young children on Saturday afternoon so the parents could go out and do Christmas shopping without having to worry about their children. We had three families drop their kids off so we spent the afternoon doing crafts, playing games and having snacks. It was a great way to provide some service and the parents expressed gratitude for this opportunity.
One way we get to serve here in Ireland is to go around and inspect the apartments of the young elders and sisters here in Limerick. So that means that we inspect three apartments every six weeks. We check to make sure that they are keeping their places clean and that they have everything they need. We also ensure that things get repaired or replaced as needed. This has been a very positive experience for us so far and it feels good that we are able to help them out in some small way. They are wonderful young men and women who love the Lord and work hard.
We were thrilled this week to gain a new member of our family. Quincee Gray Varty arrived on Thursday, December 3 and weighed in at 9 lbs. 6 oz. Skye has her children by C section so we knew exactly when to expect her but it was no less thrilling. Since she was a good size the delivery was not easy and we are thrilled that both Skye and Quincee are doing well and are back at home now. Needless to say, this is a very difficult time for Maurene as she would love to be there to serve and of course to snuggle the new arrival. But friends and ward members are stepping up to help and that helps relieve the anxiety somewhat. Congratulations Skye and Aaron on the newest member of your family!!
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.