We had a great time Wednesday night at Mary Immaculate College where we attended a musical production by Andrew Lloyd Webber entitled Starlight Express. One of the YSA in our branch is a student at the college and does all of the make up for their productions and invited us to attend so we took the opportunity to do so. Our expectations for the event were not high but we were pleasantly surprised, it was excellent! The music, the acting, the choreography, the costumes and all were really well done. We enjoyed the evening a great deal. The story was about trains so all of the actors were on roller skates the whole evening which was difficult enough but they pulled it off.
'To start the week off we went over to the Elders' old apartment with Sister Buhler in tow and finished cleaning it and moving out the few things that were left. We all worked hard and got it done in just a few hours. We were wishing the Elders had started on it sooner but at least now it is done and I have just to do the final inspection with the management company that looks after the place. The Elders are settled into their new place well although there are a few things that need to be repaired and we are working on getting that looked after.
Transfers happened here on Tuesday. The plan was that our new sisters would be arriving on the bus from Dublin at 9:30 pm along with Sister Buhler's new companion. We would take the sisters to their apartment here and Sister Buhler and her companion would stay overnight with us and take the bus to Cork the next morning. We thought we had everything figured out until the bus arrived with our new sisters and no companion for Sister Buhler. Someone in Dublin had put her on the bus to Cork instead of sending her here. So we got the new sisters settled in and the zone leaders came and picked up Sister Buhler and made a late night drive to Cork to take her there to be with her new companion. We felt sorry for both Sister Buhler and the zone leaders but things worked out.
So the makeup of our district here in Limerick has changed quite a bit after the transfer this week. We have only two Elders in Limerick in our district, Elder Taylor and Elder Trease. We now have two new sisters, Sister Morton and Sister Fechser. They only have two Elders in Galway now and they are also in our district and of course we still have the two zone leaders here in the city, Elder Salinas and Elder Mulville. It turns out that Sister Fechser was a music student at BYU Hawaii and took classes with and knew Stacey, small world!
We went down to city centre one day this week with Sister Buhler to get a few things that were needed and paid a visit to the library down there. The little library near our place can't keep up with Sister Wilson's voracious reading. So we had to look down there for some new material. We almost got lost in the maze of narrow streets but eventually found our way.
Saturday we had a really good meeting for Seminary and Institute teachers in the district with President McCrudden, president of the Belfast stake. It was a nice meeting discussing good teaching principles and although there was nothing new for us it is enjoyable to meet with him, he is such a good man and a good leader.
One of the highlights of the week was a musical number in Sacrament meeting of YSA organized by Maurene. Two YSA, Nathan and Kim, sang a duet accompanied by another YSA, Emilie, on the flute and Maurene on the piano. It was so beautiful. People in the branch were quite shocked as they had never heard Nathan sing before and he did a great job.
Some good news from the home front this week. Jay passed his firearms exam with a great score and Caleb and Kailey bought a new home that they are going to move into in June. They are going to keep the home they live in now and rent it. It is always great to get good news from home but makes us wish we were there to be part of it.
We live in a new home in Ireland, Jay lives in our home in Lethbridge and Kailey and Caleb are moving to a new home in Calgary, the young missionaries here change homes every few weeks. Homes may and do change but wherever there is family and love, we are home.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.