Monday of this week, we had a great P day with the sisters. We picked them up from the grocery store after they had done their shopping and took them home and then we went together up to the Cliffs of Moher. It was Sister Kirkpatrick’s last P day on her mission as she is going home at the end of the week and she had always wanted to visit them so we decided to take her and Sister Buttars up to see them today. It was a beautiful sunny day, we couldn’t have asked for a better one. It was a nice drive up there and we had a great time hiking around and enjoying the beautiful vistas. We took lots of photos and had a great time together. From the photos they don't look that impressive, but they are huge. Needless to say, Maurene wasn't too happy about getting close to the edge of a sheer drop off that high, about 700 feet.
We had our regular district meeting on Tuesday morning and spent almost the entire time discussing goals for the district and the goals that have been established by the mission. We enjoyed the meeting as usual and after we went over to the mall across the street and had lunch together at a retro 50's diner. There was a cool atmosphere there and the burgers were good too.
We went down to La Garda on Wednesday to pick up our cards that allow us to stay in the Republic of Ireland for the next year. We heard a lot of stories about how difficult it was to get them and how long you had to wait but the whole process was very seamless for us. We went down there today and with no wait just picked them up. After we were finished we picked up a few groceries. We are trying different stores to see where we can get most things that we need in one stop and we have settled on a place called Dunnes. It is most like the stores at home and has a good variety of what we need. That afternoon we went over to Emilie's place, one of our YSAs, and talked to her about the list of inactives that we have and she and her mom provided us with lots of information and help in that regard. While we were shopping we took some photos of the very different flavours of chips they have here for our son in law Aaron who is a big potato fan.
.We had the opportunity on Thursday to teach a lesson with the Elders to an investigator who comes from China. She is progressing well in the gospel but really wants to improve her English so she can understand better what goes on in church. So we are going to start visiting her soon to give her some English lessons. We stopped by the library later in the day and picked up some children's books with lots of pictures and vocabulary to help us out. In the evening we attended Institute class and Roi taught a good lesson as usual. Attendance wasn't great but hopefully we can get more to attend because they have great discussions and Roi prepares well for his lessons.
We went with the Elders to see a family that lives close to us. They are teaching them a lesson on Saturday night. It turned out to be a dinner appointment also and we had a delicious Albanian meal which we really enjoyed. They are a very kind and generous family who have been living here in Ireland for about 8 years. They come to church every Sunday and we hope to have them over to our place for a meal in the near future.
We had a busy and interesting day on Sunday. In the morning we went to pick up the sisters for church. We had to transport all of Sister Kirkpatrick’s luggage as they were leaving by bus after church. We had good church meetings and Maurene played the organ for the first time and did well. After church we had a pot luck with all the missionaries and it turned out to be a meal of potatoes. Maurene made a pan of scalloped potatoes, one set of missionaries brought mashed potatoes and another brought some bags of potato chips. At least the sisters brought some salad and one of the members baked a cake. So we all had something to eat and then we drove the sisters to the bus depot so they could take the bus to Dublin. Then Sister Kirkpatrick was going fly to Edinburgh before leaving for home.
This evening we had our first home evening at our place with the YSA group. Not everyone could attend but we had 6 show up and we had a good evening together. We prepared a lesson on getting to know each other and then we had ice cream sundaes. While we were eating we brainstormed ideas for activities for the YSAs for the future. It was a good evening and we are looking forward to many more in the future.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.