This week we travelled to Belfast to attend a stake council meeting. The stake president, President McCrudden, requested that we and the Angels attend the meeting so we could meet the stake leaders and introduce ourselves to them. The meeting went well and he asked the stake leaders to think of ways they could keep us busy and use us to help their programs. That was nice to hear as we like to be busy. We drove up to Belfast earlier in the afternoon and spent some time looking around in the city centre and the shops there. We saw some interesting places and took a guided tour of the city hall. It was an interesting tour and it certainly is an impressive building. They have 60 city councillors! It was late before we drove home and it was dark and windy and raining so a pretty miserable drive home. Maurene doesn't like driving in the dark and I am not a great fan of it either.
I don't think we have posted any photos of our new place here in Omagh so I thought I would take some photos this week and post them. It is a nice place and our neighbourhood is really quiet. The grocery store where we do most of our shopping in nearby and we can walk to the city centre if we want. It is about the same size as our place in Limerick just a bit more modern. The big plus is the much bigger fridge we have here and the big minus is no dryer. But it is a comfortable place and we are thankful for it.
We visited a few more members this week that the branch president wanted us to see. We went to see Rachel, a single mom with an 11 year old son who hasn't been to church for a while. We had a good visit with her and she agreed to come to church next week and I agreed to hang some new curtains for her. Seemed like a good deal to me. Later that day we thought we were to have a meeting with President Nelson along with the Elders. So we picked them up and were driving over to the church when the branch president phoned and asked if we were on our way. He was expecting us for supper at his place and we didn't get the message, a misunderstanding. We had already eaten but we drove out to his place, about a half hour away, a had a correlation meeting with him. We all got supper take away!
A little later in the week we met with Marion Radford, a single sister in the branch who has lived most of her life in Scotland. She has a nice Scottish accent! Her and her 16 year old son were hurt in that horrible bomb that went off in downtown Omagh in 1998. She survived but her son was killed. There is a tree planted in front of the chapel here in his memory. We also travelled out to Enniskillen, a town about 40 minutes south of here, and had a visit with Joan Irwin who talked our ears off. She is 78 years old and not likely to make the trip to Omagh for church. After we met with her we travelled around the town trying to contact members who lived there and were on the branch list but had no success. At least we found out that some of them didn't live there any more.
This was conference weekend and on Sunday morning we had a priesthood breakfast at the chapel and then watch the priesthood session together. (It was broadcast at 1:00 am here) In the afternoon I drove the Elders to a place about 20 minutes out of Enniskillen for a lesson. The lesson went well. This man's place was beautiful. He had a nice stone house built on the top of a hill with a great view on the big lake here. It was a beautiful sunny day so we had a nice drive out there and back
It was nice to be able to watch general conference this weekend. It seems funny that the morning session starts at 5:00 pm and the afternoon one at 9:00 pm.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.