Much of our time and effort this week was spent in looking for new apartments for the Elders who are living in the 4 man flat. We are looking for two apartments so each companionship can have their own place which is the arrangement that the mission president prefers. It didn't start out well when we found out that the nice place we found last week was rented to a couple who viewed it just before us. You have to be quick. But the owner of the complex said she had another apartment, a little larger, in the same building that was going to be available the end of March. So we went over and looked at it and it was a great place. It is a little larger than they need but we agreed to rent it. It has everything they need, is very clean and modern and is in a good location close to the chapel. So we continued to look for a second place and viewed a few but nothing was suitable. So we will continue the search and pray the Lord blesses us in finding another safe healthy place for our great Elders to live.
We had a visit on Monday afternoon from Elder and Sister Petit. They are serving in Dublin as a self reliance couple and are responsible for the program for the whole of Ireland. They were in Cork for the weekend and stopped here on their way home for a visit. We went to Miss Marples for lunch and had a great visit with them. We had a good talk about the YSA program as they are working with the YSAs in Dublin quite a bit. It is always nice to have the opportunity to chat with another senior couple as we get to do it so rarely.
The branch is organizing and planning for a big event on March 12 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It sounds like it will be a great event with performers singing and dancing traditional Irish numbers. Most of the performers are not members of the church from the community and they are hoping a lot of community members take the opportunity to attend. The YSA in the branch have been assigned to do the decorating of the cultural hall so we are getting organized to do that. We are really looking forward to a night of Irish culture!
The rest of our week was filled with the usual events. We had district meeting on Tuesday and enjoyed a nice lunch afterwards prepared by Maurene. Our second Institute class on Thursday was enjoyable, we have a good group of students attending and hope to have more in the future. We also had FHE on Sunday evening with a good lesson and discussion. The treats that were brought were yummy and it was nice to have the young people in our home and have them stay and visit.
When you are driving on the roads here in Ireland you never know what you are going to see. We were taking the sisters to an appointment yesterday after church and this is what appeared in the road in front of us. A few times we have seen horses right in the middle of the city grazing on the grass in a park.
We had to stop by the church yesterday after we dropped the sisters off at their apartment and while I was in the church Maurene took a few photos of it. It is a nice size building that was build in three phases over the years much like the church in Pincher Creek.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.