It is of course the holiday season here between Christmas and New Years so things slow down a bit as far as our missionary work goes. So we took the opportunity this week to go on a little walk around the city centre to a number of historic buildings and sites. It is an historic walk and there is a booklet we picked up at the Strule Arts centre called the Historic Town Trail Map that gives a description and some history of each of the spots. It was very interesting to get some background on some of the buildings etc. that we have seen many times in passing. It was a nice hike and it is amazing how much history there is wherever you go in Ireland.
A while ago we bought tickets to a concert at the Strule Arts Centre that was held this week. We wanted to go hear some Irish music so we went to see the Whistlin' Donkeys. It was a good concert that we really enjoyed. They were all talented musicians and put on a good show. They also had some Irish dancers that performed a few numbers with them. We enjoyed the concert a great deal.
We had our second shift at the charity shop this week and there was lots of work to do again. There was another volunteer working with us and we had an opportunity to talk to her quite a bit about the church and answer her questions. We are working on one of the owners of the shop coming to the church to talk to the Relief Society and Young Women about the work they do and see if any members are interested in helping them. We are also going to put a box at the church to collect used clothes etc. for the shop.
We drove out to the Sperrins one afternoon to see the Beaghmore stone circles. It is about a half hour drive from Omagh. There are seven stone circles that were discovered in the 1940's when a local farmer was digging for peat. All the stone circles are associated with cairns (graves) and a stone row runs towards them. It was a very cold day and out in the middle of nowhere but we met a couple from New Hampshire visiting there.
On Saturday morning I drove out to Loughmacrory which is a small village by a lake about 20 minutes from Omagh. I took part in the Lough5 which is a New Year's Eve 5 mile race that they hold there every year. It was a beautiful morning and was a well organized race with about 500 to 600 people participating. We ran on small roads in the countryside and then finished running around the lake on a trail. It was a very nice course with a couple of challenging hills. I enjoyed the experience very much and met some nice people there.
On New Year's Eve we had the elders over for supper to spend the evening with us. After supper the elders watched a movie and then a BYU basketball game. It was nice to have them over again and enjoy the evening together. For them it was a real treat to see a movie and relax for the evening.
We wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2017 and will see you before the year is out!
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.