We are finally starting to feel healthy again and getting over that awful cold/flu that afflicted us and made us feel miserable. We travelled to Portadown on Tuesday to our first district meeting. The zone leaders were also in attendance so there were eight Elders and two senior couples at the meeting. After the Elders had reported on their investigators the district leader asked the couples to report on what they were doing. That had never happened before and all I could say was we were sick all week.
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When we got home that afternoon we were invited out to Maggie's place to join with some of her family to see photos of their trip to Budapest. Her son had recently completed his mission there and they went back for a visit. We had a nice time with her family and enjoyed visiting with them and seeing the photos. She lives out in the country and has a nice home with a beautiful sun room with a great view of the surrounding countryside. We also went out to Ann Lee's home and had nice visit with her and her family. We met her husband Andrew who is not a member of the church and he was very friendly and seemed like a great guy.
We did our first inspection at the Elders' apartment this week and they didn't do well. Their apartment is in the city centre so it is quite old but despite that it can still be kept clean and they are not doing that. It was pretty dirty and basic cleaning was not being done. So we filled out the report and sent it to Sister Clark at the mission home and she asked that we inspect the apartment again next week. So they have a few days to get things into shape.
We had a baptism on Saturday for Dean. We attended a lesson for him earlier in the week and he was ready to be baptized. The baptism went well and it was nice to be there. He is a good man and will make a great addition to the little branch here.
After the baptism, the branch had a party with a spy theme. We were divided into teams and had to go around the chapel to different rooms to get clues. It was not easy and a bit confusing since there didn't seem to be a theme to tie things together. But we had a good time and also met two sisters that President Nelson asked us to visit so we were able to make a first contact with them.
We had a very busy day on Sunday. Maurene played the piano for Sacrament Meeting and we both gave talks. I was asked to confirm Dean a member of the church which was a great honour. After Sacrament meeting Maurene taught the YSA Sunday School class and her lesson was great. When church was over we were invited along with the missionaries to Tom Henry's place for dinner. I guess the young missionaries eat over there every Sunday. He is a good man and prepared a nice dinner for us. He puts the food on everyone's plates before you eat and the portions are huge. I guess he is used to feeding the Elders.
We got to visit more of the branch members this week and have appointments to meet many more of them this next week. So we are gradually getting to know the branch and they make us feel very welcome here.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.