Monday, November 3, 2014

The Giants Causeway, Referrals and Transfers

Hiya everyone! 

How’s it going for you all? 

This week has been a pretty good week for me and my companion. 

First off we got our moves call yesterday and my companion is going to the Shetland Islands and I am staying in Portadown. My new companion is going to be Elder Lewis. 

Anyway last PDay we went to the Giants Causeway. It’s one of the 7th wonders of the world and is the very northern coast of Ireland where all the rocks are formed into tile shaped rocks from the magma and water. 
Map taken from the Internet


I wanted to get a picture with a huge wave crashing around behind me and at one point we saw a huge wave and ran over to get the picture. Only problem was I had been trying to get a picture of a wild seal in the water so I had zoomed in the camera and so when I went for the picture all I got was a zoomed up picture of my eyes. But it was all worth it because we got demolished by the wave! It was really funny especially all the locals reactions to us.  (See pictures below.)

Later in the week we had Halloween at the Keery’s house. Sister Keery painted my face and then me and my companion went around the neighborhood with them to go trick or treating. 

We also got a new self referral this week whose name is Rebekah and she was expecting us when we dropped off the BOM which was good. We also met a guy named Sarilo who seemed interested in the BOM and asked us to come back to his place this Saturday so hopefully we’ll get some new people to start teaching.
I forgot to mention the Stevenson's had us over for a thanksgiving feast on wed since she's from Arizona so I had my Thanksgiving, early.

Enjoying some pie!

How does it work over there with companions after training?
We have Senior and Junior companions in this mission. I’ll be a junior companion for awhile on account of not being out long. 

How do you find your way around?

We have a satellite navigation we received from some other elders to find our way around.
Hope you are all doing good and take care of yourselves. 

Love you all!

Elder Tarbet (Wolverine) 

The Giants Causeway
Some background information taken from the Internet

The Giant's Causeway (known as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach in Irish and tha Giant's Causey in Ulster-Scots) is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption, around 50 to 60 million years ago, during the Paleogene Period.
It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast 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. 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 or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 meters (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant. The story goes that the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool), from the Fenian Cycle of Gaelic mythology, was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet. In one version of the story, Fionn defeats Benandonner. In another, Fionn hides from Benandonner when he realises that his foe is much bigger than he. Fionn's wife, Oonagh, disguises Fionn as a baby and tucks him in a cradle. When Benandonner sees the size of the 'baby', he reckons that its father, Fionn, must be a giant among giants. He flees back to Scotland in fright, destroying the causeway behind him so that Fionn could not follow. Across the sea, there are identical basalt columns (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at Fingal's Cave on the Scottish isle of Staffa, and it is possible that the story was influenced by this. 

There are no surviving pre-Christian stories about the Giant's Causeway, but it may have originally been associated with the Fomorians (Fomhóraigh); the Irish name Clochán na bhFomhóraigh or Clochán na bhFomhórach means "stepping stones of the Fomhóraigh". The Fomhóraigh are a race of supernatural beings in Irish mythology who were sometimes described as giants and who may have originally been part of a pre-Christian pantheon.


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