We had to travel to Belfast this week for district meeting. All of the districts in the zone were meeting there so our Stake President, President McCrudden, could talk to all of the missionaries before our district meetings started. We had an opportunity to work with him while we were in Limerick as he is the Institute director for Ireland we really like him. He is a good man and he had a great presentation for us. It was worth the trip just to hear him. After he was finished we had our district meetings and then we travelled back to Omagh. It was good to meet the other members of our new district for the first time. On the way to Belfast in the morning there was a beautiful sunrise and Maurene managed to get a few good photos of it.
On Thursday of this week we invited the senior couple who are serving in Portadown, a city between here and Belfast, to come with us and visit the Ulster American Folk Park. It is about five miles from Omagh and is kind of like Heritage Park in Calgary or Old Nauvoo. It is a recreation of what life was like in this area in the early 1800's before there was the big emigration to the Americas and then what life was like for the newcomers to the new world. The park was created by the Mellon Foundation in the United States and is located on the farm where the Mellon family lived before leaving for the United States. It was very interesting and the original farm buildings of the family were there and the other buildings were moved there from the area. The had even moved houses from the United States here. In most of the buildings there were guides in period dress who explained part of the history. They even had a ship in a building to talk about the voyage. It was a good day and we were glad we went to visit it. After the visit we had a late lunch at a sandwich shop in the city centre with the Angels.
It was Elder Watson's birthday this weekend so we had he and his companion over for dinner on Saturday. We had a cake and sang to him and had a good time together.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.