We held a Family Home Evening on Monday night for the branch for the first time. It was the idea of the Relief Society president to have a home evening for people in the branch who are usually on their own. The elders prepared a game of Jeopardy with gospel related questions and we had a great time together.
We travelled up to Londonderry this week for our regular district meeting. Because of holidays and conferences we haven't had one for a while. We had a good district meeting and gave the "Sister" Clean award to the sisters who serve in Letterkenny. After the meeting we went with Elders Flynn and McDaniel to do the first inspection of their new apartment. It is located near the city centre and it quite old but it has been renovated and is a nice place. The inspection went well, Elder McDaniel is a bit of a clean freak.
We completed taking photos of the headstones at the Dublin Road cemetery this week for the Billion Graves project. We took photos for a while and then the iPad battery ran out. So we had to go home and get it recharged and then return to complete it. When we were finished we had uploaded 1513 photos of the headstones in that cemetery. There is another large cemetery here in Omagh and we are going to do that one also in the coming weeks.
We had been asked by the mission home to do inspections of the elders apartment in Sligo. It is a small city about the same size as Omagh and has a small branch and two elders. It is on the coast south and west of here and is in the Republic. We drove up there through Enniskillen and on the way home drove up the coast and back through Beleek. It was a nice day and we had a good drive there. The elders have a really nice apartment and it was in good condition. I also did an inspection of their car. When we were finished we drove to an abbey that we wanted to see that is in the centre of town but it was closed until March. Some historic sites here close for the winter. So we walked around the town centre for a while and stopped in at a little cafe/bakery for lunch. After lunch we drove to Rosse's Point, which is where Yeats spent his summers, and walked around the seashore. It is a long drive to Sligo, about 2 hours, but it is a nice town and there was lots to see. It was an enjoyable inspection.
While we were walking around the city centre we came across a busker who was playing the Uilean pipes. I had a chat with him and asked if he would mind if I took a short video and he said he didn't. We enjoyed his playing.
We had a surprise at church today. One of the other volunteers from the charity shop, Sheila, came to church. She was going to come last week with Brian and Rose but wasn't feeling well. We had no idea that she was coming today but it was great to have her and she enjoyed the meetings. We worked our regular Friday shift at the charity shop and put in a good day's work. Both Brian and Rose enjoyed their visit to the church last week and Brian had lots more questions for us.
This is the blog of Elder Tom and Sister Maurene Wilson of our mission to the Scotland/Ireland Mission.