Blog Description

This is a blog for the family and friends of Collin Park. He will be serving a two year mission in the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he left on January 24, 2013. While Collin is on his mission his Mom will be posting pictures and letters as she gets them, the content will be straight from Collin (unless otherwise noted) - spelling and punctuation will be corrected of course! Commentary and clarification may be added by his Mom as needed.
UPDATE: Collin's mission was split in half! The Sierra Leone Mission included the country of Liberia when Collin first left. As of July 1, 2013, the mission was split along the border and the new mission created: the Liberia, Monrovia Mission. Collin will never see the country of Sierra Leone. He has been in Monrovia Liberia since he left the MTC in Ghana.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Liberia and Sierra Leone Missions were evacuated on August 4, 2014 and missionaries were reassigned to different missions. Collin was reassigned to the Salt Lake City Central Mission.

Monday, April 08, 2013

April 8, 2013

Family and Friends!

Ow yo comin on?

I hope everyone learned a lot from conference.  I will hopefully be able to read/hear it soon, not totally sure about that.  (Every 6 months we have a two day “Conference” where leaders of the church give talks and these talks are broadcast around the world, we got to watch them live.  Some parts of the world, like Liberia, don’t have access to see it live.  Collin will probably get a dvd and/or printed copies of these talks).   

For the people who are not members of the church who are reading this: read 2 Corinthians 13:1.  Based on that, we know that there must be 2 or 3 witnesses of everything.  In the Old Testament, it doesn’t mention Christ’s name.  The New Testament does however. So, going back to 2 Cor. 13:1, where is the other witness of Christ? The full name of the Book of Mormon is “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”  For me, reading that scripture, then reading the full name of the Book of Mormon, it would cause me to think, and to at least give it a shot.  People say "Don’t judge a book by its cover" so for you, don’t judge the Book of Mormon by what you think it says or based on what other people say.  If you want to know, find the missionaries, they will give you a copy, read the introduction and follow the counsel that you can find in the last 2 paragraphs of the Book of Mormon:  pray and ask God if it is true.  Find out for yourself.  This is the plea that God has for you.  Test him and see if he will answer your prayers.  We missionaries don’t force you to do anything, we invite everyone to find out for themselves, to pray and ask God if the things we said are true.  As for me, I know they are true.  I wouldn’t be over 6500 miles away from home if they were not true.

A couple weeks ago Elder Skouson and I had a fast with an investigator.  We fasted for him to be able to walk normally and to be able to use his hand properly, and that he will find a way to get married so he can be baptized (this is Agustin who I have written about before).  The other day when we were sitting with him he walked out of his house almost without any help from us.  The first time we helped him walk he needed both of us on either side helping him.  Now he is walking almost by himself.  He still needs help with balancing though.  He is coming around small small.  Also we learned that his woman’s mother wants to come but just lives far away.  To pay for the transport it would be about 40 US dollars (that could feed a family of 7 for about a month).  We continue to pray for him and his family so that they will be able to gather money so that the old ma will be able to come.  Keep him in your prayers.  Having this miracle happen in front of me shows that the power of fasting is real and that fasting truly works.  It may be hard for us because it’s so hot and we need water, but when our Father in Heaven see's that we are sacrificing something and desiring a righteous thing or reward, He will answer this prayer and fast.  Fasting truly works.

I love you all. I miss you all.  I pray for you all.

Elder Park
The White African

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