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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, May 27, 2013

May 27, 2013


This week was a pretty good week.  We had a zone conference on Wednesday, district conference (stake conference) on Sunday.  It was good, but it cost a lot of money for traveling...

Zone conference (this is just for the missionaries) was good, we talked a lot about things to help us as people, mostly after mission, but I can still apply some of the things now as a missionary.  A lot of things concerning money, we receive $140 USD for subsistence each month.  In Liberia, this is more than enough money to get by, but unfortunately a lot of missionaries aren’t living within their means.  We have a budget, we have to keep to it.  It’s not our money, it’s the Lords and we should not abuse the Lords money. 

We also talked about transforming ourselves.  This means to truly repent.  Truly repenting doesn’t mean just asking for forgiveness from God, it’s recognizing the sin, stopping the sin,  confessing the sin to God and to the person affected and/or to priesthood leaders,  making a restitution,  keeping the commandments,  and then acknowledging the Savior’s power of forgiveness.   This is true repentance.  Everyone must go through this process.  Once we do this we are changed.

District conference (for all the members of the church in that area) was good.  We had between 850 and 900 people there, one side (half?) of all the members in Liberia.  We had to sit in the back where the speakers weren’t working, so i couldn’t hear much.   We had about 7 nonmembers there.  One woman (29 years old) who has been struggling to come to church, struggling with some of the commitments we've extending, surprisingly showed up.   She sat in the back as well so I don’t know if she heard anything, but I saw her praying and reading the Book of Mormon.   It brought a huge smile to my face.  I can see the change in her.  She is a wonderful lady.  It’s always interesting to visit her. 

We got transfer news after the district conference.  As of right now Elder Marondera and I will be staying the same for the next transfer which starts on the 10th of June.  It’s only going to be 4 weeks instead of 6.  (The Sierra Leone Freetown mission will be split the first of July between the two countries and the new Liberia Monrovia mission will be formed, I’m sure this is affecting the transfer period)

Over all the week was good.  We taught more lessons than the past couple weeks, but still not as many as we wanted, but each week we are getting closer to our goals.  Busy weeks are good weeks.

I love you all and miss you.

Elder Park

The White African

I found some pictures on the Sierra Leone Blog and copied them here:

Paynesville Zone and Sinkor Zone with Elder and Sister Krumm

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