Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2/7/11

Dear Mum,

 This week was great. John is doing fantastic. He passed his interview and is good for Thursday. We'll be seeing him tonight. Anyway, about Elder Buchei. He is from Toole, Utah. He has served in Montrose and Aberdeen, Scotland, so this is his first area on the Island. I'm not sure about the rest of those questions though. Maybe I'll get back to you on that.

The weather was terrible this week, now that you mention it. Worst I've seen it since I've been in Omagh. I felt bad for Elder Buchei, because his first 3 or 4 days were so miserable. But it's good now. We are going to Giant's Causeway today in just a few minutes. I told Dad a bit about that. You should look it up. I'll be taking pictures.

 (From Wikipedia)
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about two miles (3 km) north of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a National Nature Reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant's Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres thick in places.

The Legend:
Legend has it that the Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner. One version of the legend tells that Fionn fell asleep before he got to Scotland. When he did not arrive, the much larger Benandonner crossed the bridge looking for him. To protect Fionn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him so he could pretend that he was actually their baby son. In a variation, Fionn fled after seeing Benandonner's great bulk, and asked his wife to disguise him as the baby. In both versions, when Benandonner saw the size of the 'infant', he assumed the alleged father, Fionn, must be gigantic indeed. Therefore, Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed by Fionn.(There are other variations)




I hope that the hill is better now. It sounds desperate. Just drive carefully (like you need me to tell you that, ha ha ha). Well, I hope that you all have a good week. I will get those pictures sent to you next week. I love you so much.

Elder Trawick

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