We spent a great three days this week at the London Temple. The branch had arranged a temple trip for this week so we decided a while ago that we would attend. It has been quite a while since we were able to attend the temple so we were really looking forward to it. Five other members of branch attended. We flew over to Gatwick airport on Wednesday evening on Ryanair and took a taxi from the airport to the temple. They have an accommodation centre at the temple where patrons can stay while at the temple since many come from a long distance to be there. The England London South mission home is also on the temple grounds. Our room was small but comfortable.
In the accommodation centre there is a large well equipped kitchen for those who wish to cook their meals and also a large lounge. Maurene brought lots of family names that we could do temple work for with us and we got a lot done in the three days we were able to spend there. There was a cafeteria in the temple that was open for lunch so we were able to eat there and spend the entire day working in the temple. One evening, we walked to a Thai restaurant that was about a ten minute walk for supper and it was delicious, well worth the walk.
Of course, the temple grounds were beautiful. We spent time out there in the evening strolling around and sitting on the benches relaxing. We thought that the temple would be busier than it was but the sessions were small even on Saturday.
The temple site was located almost directly under the flight path of planes landing at the Gatwick Airport. This made it a little noisy at night since planes were landing evening two minutes or so at the busy airport.
We travelled back to Limerick on Saturday evening again via Ryanair. There is nothing fancy about their service, but for a short haul it is fine and their fares if you book in advance are very inexpensive. Below is a photo of a large statue in the Shannon airport that we took after our arrival. They love rugby here!
Early this week I got a surprise in the mail. There was a package to pick up and I had no idea what it would be. It turned out to be a great care package from the pipe band in Lethbridge. I sure miss playing the pipes and I especially miss the members of the band, we have shared a lot of good times together.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.