Elder Gowans is loving Cork, Ireland. He shared some fun stories and facts with us since his arrival to Cork last week.
There is one branch in Cork with 80 - 90 active members. Being a zone leader he has already had to make visits to Limerick, and Galway. He said the drive up north to those cities was beautiful.
It is much warmer it is in Cork, Ireland than it is in Dundee, Scotland. Brett says he normally wears up to 4 layers of clothing at this time in Dundee. In Cork he is wearing just one light jacket. We have personally noticed that it is usually around 10 degrees warmer in Cork.
Brett has served 9 out of his 16 months on his mission in Dundee. This past Sunday the Bishop asked Brett to come up in sacrament meeting and share his testimony with the ward before leaving. Brett said that he had a real hard time doing this. He said he started to cry as he looked at the people he has served with for so long. He said that he loves Dundee and will never forget his time there.
Before the call ended he shared one more funny story that we thought we would pass along.
At 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Elder Gowans had both keys to the door of their flat in his pocket. When the flat door closes it locks automatically. He and his companion, Elder Selander, were moving stuff into the flat when Brett decided to put the keys on the counter inside the flat. There were still more items to be moved into the flat and when Brett walked outside where his companion was Elder Selander asked him if he had just locked them out of the flat! Yup.
They ended up calling the police but the police told them over the phone that there was nothing they could do. The police told them to try the fire department. Apparently they have a way where you can 'blow up' a lock. They called the fire department and they were able to help. They showed up in there fire truck. Brett said the he along with his companion and many 'neighbors' all looked on as the the firemen blew up the lock. (Don't worry. A new lock is on the door.)
Brett said that he got a picture taken with all of them and will send it next week.
He also wanted us to thank all of you that have supported him over these past 16 months.