We had our branch conference yesterday and Maurene and I were sustained as Institute teachers here in Limerick and Maurene was also sustained as the music chairperson for the branch. So we are steadily becoming busier and busier as we gather more opportunities for service. The branch conference was good and we had a branch munch and mingle afterwards. Earlier in the week on Wednesday after we had been called to be the Institute teachers we had a visit from President McCrudden. He is the president of the Belfast Stake and is over the seminary and Institute programs for Ireland. He came to our home and explained to us what was involved in the calling and how to access the resources that we are going to need. Both Maurene and I are excited for the opportunity to teach the YSAs in Institute but realize how much work that is going to be. I hope we can do a good job and that the YSAs here will come to Institute.
We had district meeting on Tuesday, the first one since the transfers. It is always good to meet with the young missionaries and discuss how their work is progressing and see how we can help them. Sister Wilson provided a great lunch afterwards which we all enjoyed.
The YSA reps and us organized an activity for Saturday of last week. It was a photo scavenger hunt starting in the city centre and ending at the chapel, followed by some games and some food. They did a great job organizing the scavenger hunt. It was well done. Unfortunately, it was pouring rain on Saturday and rained all day. We met at the park downtown and only four YSAs, including the two who organized the activity showed up. So we decided to save the scavenger hunt for another day and drove to the chapel. We played a fun card game and ordered in some pizza and had a good time together. It was disappointing that more didn't show up but we enjoyed our day with them.
We had Family Home Evening on Sunday evening at our place and as usual we had a good turn out. I taught the lesson on the YSA program and how it should work and the advantages to taking an Institute class. We had a yummy treat afterwards and then they all played a card game and stayed and visited for a while. We love having them over here and they enjoy getting together and visiting in a nice relaxed environment.
Another thing pertaining to Ireland - so many houses are sitting right next to the roads. We wonder if cars ever veer off the highway and plow through them in an accident plus the noise level must be quite high with vehicles zooming right by the front door day and night. It wouldn't have been so bad in horse and buggy days but it's a whole different story now. Vive la difference!
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.