Once every transfer we do an inspection of the missionary apartments here in Limerick. We did all three apartments on Wednesday and all three of them looked great. It is nice when the missionaries take the time to look after their apartments and we don't have to get after them to do some cleaning. We decided to initiate an award for the best inspection and the inaugural award went to Elders Taylor and Trease. Their apartment was especially clean and organized and we were greatly impressed. They were so excited when we gave them the award and have it posted on their fridge.
We have been given a home teaching assignment by the Elders quorum and we visited one of our families this week. They are from the Philippines and have lived here in Ireland for many years. They are such great people and we can't get away from their place without them feeding us something. We enjoy our visits with them and enjoy their children. Their two oldest daughters have their school uniforms on in the photo below. All of the school children wear uniforms and the girls all wear those long skirts, Maurene is not a fan of them.
It has been a difficult week on the YSA front as things haven't gone great. I was arranging lessons for FHE for the next few weeks at our place and was told that three of our YSA would no longer be attending due to family commitments that night. This past Saturday the branch was having a fundraiser for the youth by bagging groceries at the local Tesco. We tried to get the YSA to help out with this service project but no one volunteered to help. We had to cancel our Institute class again this week as no students were able to attend. Then there was only one person who came to FHE last night. A mission can't be all highs and there are going to be difficult times. We will keep moving forward as best we can and pray that things will improve and be more positive.
We had an opportunity to drive the sisters out to Bruree this week and take part in a lesson with an investigator out there. It is always great to sit in on their lessons. There were two baptismal services this past weekend that we attended. On Saturday, there were two young people baptized from Tralee and on Sunday a young man from Limerick was baptized right after church. Maurene played the organ for both of them, of course. It is always a highlight to attend baptisms.
We get so much moisture here and the climate is so mild that things grow like crazy. We have noticed these pretty flowers that grow in the cracks of walls. You see them all over the city. It is amazing that something so beautiful can grow in such a difficult place. We're striving to learn that lesson. Life can be difficult at times but we can still bloom where we are planted and forge ahead.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.