Since the sisters have left our district, it just hasn't been the same. We were involved in a lot of their lessons and were able to give them rides to various places. They were excellent missionaries and seemed to spice things up a bit. We had our weekly district meeting on Tuesday and it was fine but just wasn't the same without them. We have been told that we will get sisters again here in Limerick and we look forward to that day.
We have been working with the Kagaris, the couple called in our district to organize district YSA activities, to come up with ideas for our next activity in April. We want to do some sort of excursion to a castle or historic site which is what the YSAs have indicated would be of interest to them. So we went out this week to explore two such places that are fairly close to Limerick. We had a great visit to Lough Gur. It is a collection of historic sites around a small lake surrounded by hills. We took a hike around the sites. We were lucky and got a nice day and it was a beautiful, peaceful spot. It has a heritage centre there and ruins from thousands of years ago. We had a great afternoon there.
We were finally able this week to get the keys for the new apartment that we found for the Elders. So we gave our notice to the landlord for the apartment that they are in now. Since the mission president has told us that he wants the four elders to live together in one apartment and the departure of the sisters, we now have one extra apartment that we are going to hang on to. So I took the Elders around to look at the new apartment and also the sisters apartment and left the decision up to them as to which one they would like to set up shop in. Both are very nice apartments but both a little cramped for four elders but it will only be temporary. They will make excellent apartments for two missionaries.
The big event this week was the Irish night leading up to St. Patrick's Day that the branch organized. They have been planning and working on this evening for weeks now. It was an evening of Irish song, dance and poetry celebrating the Irish culture. The YSA in the branch were assigned to decorate the cultural hall for the event so we got together on Thursday evening and decorated. We had a good time together and I think the hall turned out looking very Irish!
The event was held on Saturday evening. The hall was pretty well full and the mayor, a member of the parliament who represents Limerick and other dignitaries attended. The local parish priest was even there to enjoy the evening. The groups that performed were excellent and we enjoyed the evening. They had face painting for the kids, a place to get photos taken with an Irish flair and Irish refreshments after the entertainment. We had a great evening.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.