We went to Sligo this week on exchanges and it was great. I went with Elder Forward, and we met a bunch of people in Sligo. We met some Africans, we met a man named Thomas who was wondering about his faith and said we could meet up. He was cool, We also had some funny moments. As we were in Sligo we met this teenagers and they were actually interested in the gospel and asked many questions, of course we recieved the normal questions about ourselves as well but it was alot of fun. I got to see my friends from when we volunteered at the fleadh a few months back. and as we were finding two things happened, One: We met a Canadian from Alexandria. only about an hour from my home. :) he was so cool he was studying here at Sligo IT for business.
2. We were walking down beside the water and this man named Bernard was there bent over, he looked like he wasn't doing too well so I got up close and tapped him on the shoulder, and he didn't move, so we tapped him again and he moved, He had told us he was homeless and hadn't eaten for 2 weeks, We helped him up and walked him to a step he was pretty much on my shoulder and he kept asking for food, seeing that he wasn't doing too well and feeling a deep love for this man, elder Forward and I sprinted across Sligo to get food for him, put it in our bags then sprinted back to give it to him, and He Disappeared, There was no sign of him it was weird. I wondered where he could have went , as when we were walking with him he couldn't even stand up. So that was scary. We were still talking to people in Sligo then headed back to Mullingar.
Elder Peterson and Elder Forward went and read the Book Of Mormon with Peter and had a great experience , he really loved it and he understood it more. We all went finding and talked to many people.
We taught Peter this week about the Ten Commandments and obedience, and he understood it well. With Peter he has been loving our meetings and he feels the spirit but as always he also is thinking logically about some of the things which causes him to question the Feelings he has. But Peter is loving Church and all and truly seeing this as something he wants in his life, it is incredible. At church on Sunday we had Testimony meeting and many members in our branch actually 16 of them went to the temple this past week. So he kept hearing about the temple and he Loved it and said it is a place he wants to go when he joins. Peter is doing so well. He is beginning to have a relationship with the Savior and he sees how his prayers are really changing. He tells us that he sees this joy that he desires. I know that that is why the Lord needs all of us as his representatives and his disciples to be WORTHY and to be the example of the saviour because it is through the Light in our countenance that people see that this is good.
So the branch was very eventful as we said, 16 members went to the temple this week and two families had sealings occur. Trisha and Tom got sealed to one another for time and all eternity, and Susan got sealed to her parents. MAn such amazing experiences were experienced by all who attended, The spirit at church was so powerful.
Oh this week as well we met with Chris again, he had said he wasn't interested in the past but had asked for us to come by again, and it went well He remembered much of the restoration and asked good questions.
Also we are seeing Jimmy again today, so looking forward to see him again.
The Gospel is the device that brings maximum joy and I am so greatful to be able to share it with so many of the Lord's children each and every day. No Effort is wasted. We also met a lady named Amanda who we will be seeing this week she is from Brazil and used to meet with missionaries.
Halloween as a missionary was boring. :P But some people ran around throwing poppetsat people causing big bangs so that was a weird thing we saw, also we were hit by a taxi this week when in the car with the other elders, the car just kept backing and backing until he hit us then drove away. and when in sligo we were walking down the road as well adn heard a loud bang and saw a car ram another car, the one that got hit his whole front end was smashed and the ones whoe hit him, went to the side to do claims, and the guy whos car was mashed just drove off, it was strange sight to see. But hey.
The mission rocks, Also Today I got told my official return date will be. I can't believe it is coming so fast Ahhhhhh!!!!!!!! But just so all of you know.
I love you and want you to know I pray for you oft.
Till the Work is Done.
Elder James Tom Kirk Reece Currently Serving In Mullingar Branch, Dublin Stake, Irelandhttps://www.mormon.org/me/