We finally got the elders moved to their new apartment this week and we are all happy about that. We spent all of Tuesday helping moving their things to their new place. Their old apartment had housed elders for several years so there were lots of things that needed to be disposed of. Maurene and I went back over to their old place Tuesday evening and threw out a few more things and cleaned up two of the bedrooms and set up the double beds that had been in storage in a third bedroom that they were not using. There were two more double beds in the spare room. One belonged in there but was damaged and one belonged to the mission. There was also the bunk bed still there that was no longer needed at the new place. I met one of the branch members, Tommy Cassidy, over at the old apartment on Wednesday morning and he took the bunk bed, helped me fix the damaged double bed and also helped me put the closet doors back on that the elders had taken off for some reason. He is a great guy and always willing to help out with things. I put the third bed together in the spare room and now all that remains to be done is dispose of a few things and clean the place. Maurene put together a list for the elders and they have to get busy and clean it.
There was another move this week but it wasn't quite so happy. Elder Grant went home after serving 6 months of his mission. He has been wanting to go home for while and President Donaldson couldn't keep him here any longer. His parents came to pick him up on Friday and take him back home to England. So we will have three elders until the next transfer.
We have been assigned a few families to home teach so we took a day to see if we could contact some of them as I have had no luck doing so by phone call. One woman hasn't lived at the address we got for at least two years according to the person who lived there, one was not home, we had a good visit with one active family who are from the Philippines and were celebrating their daughter's birthday. Then in the evening we travelled out to Tulla where one family lived. The mother was home but would not answer the door. Maurene recognized one of her sons playing outside so we left a treat with him and told him to give it to his Mom. It was a nice little town and we enjoyed the drive out there. The town was built on a hill with an old church and cemetery at the top. There was a great view of the countryside from up there.
One thing that you notice here in Ireland is that there are a lot of redheads in the population or gingers as they call them here. Our grandson Brixton would fit right in over here with his bright red hair. "Vive la difference"
Every Saturday morning I am continuing to go over to the UL campus and participate in the Parkrun. It is fun to get together with other runners instead of going out on my own all of the time and gives me the opportunity to do some timed speed work and push myself a little bit instead of just plodding along.
We have started planning our next district YSA activity that will take place on April 23rd. We are going to do a hike at a place called Clare Glens that Maurene and I visited a couple of weeks ago. We will just hope that the weather will cooperate because it is a beautiful spot with a great hike along the creek to some waterfalls. There is a nice spot at the trail head for a picnic. One of our Limerick YSAs put together a nice poster to advertise it. We are excited for a great activity!
This weekend was general conference. We watched all of the sessions here at home except for the priesthood session and we really enjoyed them. The times were quite different here, the morning sessions were from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the afternoon ones were from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The branch had all of the sessions at the chapel for those who wanted to watch them there. They also rebroadcast the priesthood session on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Before the broadcast they had an Irish breakfast which was great!
We drove down to the city centre Saturday to take a birthday gift to one of our YSA and to shop for some things for the sisters apartment. Maurene loves tulips and we found some at the O'Connell statue so she had to take some photos. We also had lunch at a little cafe on Thomas Street!
To finish off today a couple of photos for my good friend Ed Wilson, groovy! We saw this beetle in a little town named Six Mile Bridge on the way to Tulla.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.