Richard served his LDS mission in Scotland so there were a lot of people and places we wanted to see.
After our brief stop in Edinburgh (we returned later) we went to Alloa [Pro: Al-oh-uh] and visited with some of the people Richard knew while he was there. Alloa was the third area Richard was assigned to and he spent 3 months there. First we went to see Sandy (nickname in Scotland for Alexander) and Isabelle Watt who were really nice to Richard when he was here. They are Scottish but joined the church down in South Africa. Next we went to see George and Jean Stewart. George had been the Bishop of the Alloa Ward when Richard was there and Richard really respected and admired him. The Stewarts offered to have us stay with them and as much as we didn’t want to impose we couldn’t refuse the offer. We talked with them into the night about their mission to Perth, Australia and about life in Alloa. The Stewarts are really nice and are really fun to talk to.
|click to view larger--Douglas on bottom left, Watsons in the middle (bottom), Stewarts top right, Watts mid-left|
The next night we stayed with the Watsons (also in Alloa). Mike Watson was the Stake President of the Edinburgh Stake while Richard was in Scotland. Mike’s wife, Mandy, was a great help to the missionaries while Richard was living in Alloa. Staying with the Watsons was a lot of fun because they are currently working to restore a house (a mansion, really) from the 1800s. Mandy is doing most of the work herself and it has been a massive project. There are a few rooms in the house that are near completion and they look beautiful. The Watsons also fed us breakfast and lunch and gave us some tips for traveling around Scotland that have saved us time and money.
We were able to go and see Douglas Machray, a very kind man that Richard taught the gospel to. Douglas was baptized a few weeks after first hearing the missionary lessons and still attends church every week and has a calling.
When we were staying in Alloa we were able to see the nearby castle in Stirling. Stirling Castle, according to our zealous tour guide, was the political capitol of Scotland for a very long time. The castle was fun but it started raining really hard while we were there, we had to hide in the gift shop to get out of the downpour.