In the city centre down by the river here in Limerick there is a museum that we have driven by numerous times called the Hunt museum. We have wanted to go for a visit for some time now so we decided to do that this week. It is housed in an old customs house that serviced the river traffic and is a private collection of the Hunt family. So it is a very eclectic one with a wide variety of artifacts and art work. It was very interesting to look at the collection and we had a nice lunch in their cafeteria before we left.
After having lunch at the museum, we went for a little walk along the river. It was not the warmest of days but it was not raining so it was pleasant stroll. The river is still quite high from all of the moisture we have had lately.
One of the great blessings of serving as senior couple missionaries is working with the young missionaries and attending their lessons when invited. We can tell when the work is slowing down for them as the invitations become less frequent and we find ourselves with a little less to do. This is one of the times the last couple of weeks. Of course, we still attend district meetings and Maurene supplies a lunch and also inspect their apartments once every transfer and help them with maintaining them so they have a comfortable and healthy place to live. Maurene was not able to attend district meeting this week but I went and enjoyed the meeting and did my best to get the lunch ready that Maurene had prepared for them. One of the elders baked some bread for lunch, he did a good job! The transfer call came last night and we are losing three of our Elders. Elder Wall and Guymon and going to be companions and open up a new city in Northern Ireland and one of our zone leaders, Elder Ensign, is being transferred to Edinburgh. Both of our sisters are staying but we will miss the elders, you become close in a short time it seems. We did apartment inspections this week and there were some issues that needed addressed in the four elder apartment. I met with a representative of the management group that looks after the apartment and raised the concerns and I also had the sister in the mission home who looks after apartments send them an email and it looks like things are going to be resolved. By us looking after these things it lets the missionaries focus on what they have been called to do.
Well, time for another "Vive la difference" moment. They seem to love colourful doors here in Limerick and I must admit that we find them quite attractive. No boring white or brown doors for the Irish! They paint their doors a variety of bright colours and is brings some colour to the surroundings and livens it up a bit.
On Sunday, we travelled up to Tralee, a city about an hour and a half south west of here, to speak in Sacrament meeting. It is a tiny branch that gets about 12 to 15 members to church each Sunday. Elder and Sister Winget, a senior couple, serve as MLS missionaries in the branch there and he is in the branch presidency. It was a good day and we enjoyed our time there although the weather was rather wet and blustery. Maurene was kept busy as she gave her talk, played the piano for the meeting and also taught a Young Women's lesson.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.