The week started off with news of a big change for us. We received a letter in the mail on Monday morning from President Donaldson informing us that we were being moved from Limerick to Omagh, Northern Ireland and would be serving as an MLS couple in the branch up there. This came out of the blue as we fully expected to complete our mission here in Limerick. We are going to miss the branch and the YSA here in Limerick but are looking forward to our new assignment and in doing something different. Elder Wall and his companion have been looking for an apartment for us up there and have a couple of good possibilities and we will see soon where we will be living. The really nice aspect of the move is that we will have the use of a car to complete our mission.
There are other missionaries in Limerick on the move also. We had the young missionaries over to our place Saturday evening for kebabs and move predictions. The kebabs were great but no one predicted all of the moves that would be happening. Both of the sisters are moving to Stornaway on the islands in Scotland and Elder Harker is moving to Glasgow. Elder Hoopes will remain here with a greeny and we will get two new sisters.
On Monday we took the sisters on a little excursion to Killaloe. We had never been out there and heard it was nice spot and it certainly was. We explored the little town and had a nice picnic at a beach by the lake. The sisters were thrilled to be able to travel out of Limerick and we had a good day with them.
That was not the only trip out to Killaloe this week however. One of our branch members, Brother Kurvink, has been quite sick for a while. So we took the sisters and travelled out to his place to do some cleaning. He was supposed to meet us there but was delayed so we went ahead and did the cleaning and left before he got home. There was a lot to do but the four of us worked hard and we left his place a lot cleaner than when we arrived. It felt good to provide some needed service.
Sisters and man in black ready to clean!
We didn't realize this but it turns out because of our upcoming move and the visit from Kailey and Caleb that we are expecting soon, our district meeting this past week was our last one here in Limerick. We have enjoyed the district meetings and getting to learn with the young missionaries and especially support them in their work and provide a nice lunch for everyone. We will miss these get togethers and especially having the opportunity to meet with the Reimers on a regular basis.
Sisters Weber and Fechser, Elders Crawley and Gunderson, Elder and Sister Reimers, Elders Harker and Hoopes
Since this next week is moves week we did the apartment inspections and decided on who would get the coveted Mr. Clean award. We had no idea that the young missionaries would embrace this fun award so much. Both of their apartments were excellent! They were clean and well organized and looked great! The Elders also worked on what they called their "presentation". They had scriptures on display in their living room, Tabernacle Choir music playing softly in the background, all of their food in their kitchen cupboards was neatly organized and nothing in their bedroom closets was out of place. Everything in there was folded and organized and lined up. So we gave a Mr. Clean award to the Elders and a Sister Clean award to the Sisters and gave the trophy to the Elders for presentation. This sure makes inspections fun!
We are looking forward to seeing Kailey and Caleb soon and will start to get ready for our move to Omagh. We will be busy for the next couple of weeks!
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.