We have had quite a bit of flooding in this area the past few weeks. When we would cross the Shannon that flows through Limerick we noticed that the water was really high. I guess this is another "Vive la difference" moment. At home most of the heavy precipitation during the winter falls as snow and piles up in the mountains so if we are going to get any flooding it happens in the spring when the snow pack melts. When I saw the flooding in December and January I thought it is really going to be bad in the spring. But then I realized that heavy precipitation that was falling in the winter is rain and just runs off right away. So if there is going to be flooding in the spring it will because there are heavy rains.
We had our first zone interview conference on Thursday. Maurene was feeling sick so she stayed home while I attended. It was a good conference and I especially enjoyed visiting with the other senior couples who were in attendance. For the first time, we had interviews with a member of the mission presidency. They haven't been doing this up to now, it was the first interview for any of the couples. It was nice to be able to have a chat with President Thompson and share what we have been doing and find out what the plans are for the mission. He mentioned that we are probably going to be having a couples conference in the near future in Dublin which will be nice. Most of the rest of the conference was what I expected and focused on the young missionaries and their work in finding and teaching people. We had a nice lunch and then when the conference was over at 4:00 we had some pizza and then watched the worldwide missionary broadcast. Before the broadcast was over I had an interview with the branch president, President Faloon. He is going to make some changes in the leadership of the YSA in the branch which are needed and as a result would like me to teach the Institute class. I had made the suggestions to him and he agreed and I think it is going to help things move forward in a positive way. After the interview we had Institute class, the last one of the semester, and then a fun activity afterwards. It was a long but good day.
We went with the Elders and Sisters and three of the YSA to visit an old castle near Limerick on Monday called Carrigogunnell. It is at the top of a small hill and difficult to get to, not really marked and off the beaten path. It was a beautiful spot and just gradually falling apart. In my mind, it should have been an historic site with some efforts to protect what is left and make it more accessible. But the countryside here is dotted with old ruins like that and I don't suppose that they have the resources to protect all of them. It was overgrown with weeds etc. and there was garbage all over the place. It is too bad because it could have been so different. We had a good visit there looking around and the young ones had a couple of games of capture the flag around the ruins.
We had our best attendance so far at FHE on Sunday, with 11 in attendance including two investigators. We had a great lesson given by Azariah and most everyone stayed after for the snack and visited for quite a while. It was a nice evening. We are enjoying working with the young people here and feel like things are moving forward.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.