Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ireland Mission Events In February 2009

This is the Catholic Church in Fahy Ieland, the Parish of Father Jim Welch to whom we are most greatful and to his congregation for allowing us to use there church for the LDS funeral of Sister Mary Bridget Henehan Walker. Members of the parish came and sang with us the great hymns of Abide with me, Oh, God how Great thou Art and we shared special musical numbers of I am a Child of God and Families can be together forever. Elders Headington, Barber and Tolman taught the plan of Salavation and Sister Tolman Lead the Music without Organ or Piano and gave the life scketch of this good mother and shared the special message from the relief Society about mothers. The Elders were able to bare the Coffin to the Cenetary on their shoulders as is done here in Ireland. In all it was a great experience of being able to teach the Gospel to about 25 nonmembers of the church. These great Elders demonstrated why the Lord had called them to this area as they taught and helped with the services. Think about it an LDS funeral held in a Catholic Church and teaching from the Book of Mormon not an every day experience and what a beginning for moving into our new facility in Galway
The Elders who were serving in Galway During February 2009, Elder Barber who was going home March 5th and served strong to the very end. Elder headington who brought great spiritual strength to the District and Elder Proctor who brought enthusiam to the work and diligence of heart. Our District leader Elder Bushnell who spent a lot of time recovering from sickness.

Elder and Sister Tolman with Elders Proctor and Bushnell in the new Branch Hall Chapel after District meeting and two days before moves. They experienced 45 in attendance to the first Branch meeting after the Hall was turned over to us for use.

Elder and Sister Tolman with Elders Headington and Barber, two very hard working missionaries who love the people and the Gospel and now face new experiences in life both of whom were always ready to serve the people and on the last days of Elder Barbers mission have a family coming to the Church to understand the Restored Gospel.

The new Bathroom or Toilet facilities in the Branch hall a great improvement over what was before. There are three such rooms to facilitate the Branches needs.

The new Bathroom or Toilet facilities for the disabled in the Branch hall a great improvement over what was before.

The new Galway Primary room which is one of four new rooms created for the Primary , Sunday School , Youngmen and Women.

The Galway Priesthood room and Sunday school class room

The Galway Branch Kitchen which will soon be supplied with a fridge and Microwave and the Sisters and members were so excited to see as it made the full functioning of the facilities.

The new Relief Society room and sunday school class room which has been used for new beginnings night and will soon host the Relief Society Birthday party

The new Branch Presidents office which lends to a teaching station as well and which has already been used for temple Recommend and missionary interviews, so much better than the hall way closet for interviews and speical counseling.

The new Chapel and multipurpose area which will seat 80 people or more and now our challenge is to bring back the less active and new members that are here in Galway.

The main hallway into the New Branch hall. From some of the other postings you will be able to compare what has happened all the way through the facility.

The Large mountain rising up over the town of Westport a mountain that is hiked by many just like Timp in Utah.

The Country side looking north out of the Township of Fahy toward the home of Denis Walker whose mother had passed away and we conducted a funeral for in the township of Fahy

The railway station in the Town of Westport typical of the many across Ireland.

The Westport rail station terminal very homey and warm and friendly.

Sister Tolman at the Westport train station as we waited for Denis Walker to come out of the country to help him arrange for the funeral of his mother who had passed away at 90 years of age and this was the town near where she was born.

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