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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, June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013
Hello everyone!

Okay so there has been some rumors going around about our church (He mentioned this last week, so I asked him to clarify), stuff like we have blood sacrifices, and that we do some crazy things in church.  The rumors about us missionaries is that we are breaking the law of chastity.  Obviously they are not true.  I personally haven’t heard them, but the other missionaries in the apartment have been dealing with it for a while now. 
We had a baptism on Saturday for Patience Kollie.  We've been working hard with her and she finally got baptized on Saturday and then confirmed on Sunday.  Her face was huge the entire day, you can really see the difference with the people here when they get baptized.  It’s amazing. 
A month ago Elijah Zayway was baptized and confirmed.  Sunday he was able to pass the sacrament for the first time.  He passed it with a huge smile on his face and I was smiling along with him.  Like I said before, the people completely change after baptism!  He has totally embraced the gospel.  About once a week he tells us he has someone new for us to meet.  He's only about 24 years old so we've been talking to him about going on a mission.  I think he wants too!  He'd be a great missionary because he already is a missionary.  Every member a missionary. 
The members in the Tinkervillage Branch have really stepped up, and really have started helping new members grow.  This branch is better than most wards back home with welcoming new members.  Our branch is only about 90 to 100 people strong and everyone knows everyone!
Every Wednesday me and my companion are supposed to go to Kakata, which is in the bush.  It’s about an hour and 10 minute drive to get there.  They don’t have missionaries there yet but it’s very close to having a set.  We only spend about an hour or two up there but it’s a nice drive, very beautiful, completely different from Monrovia.  Very quiet and very green!  I wish I had taken pictures.  We went and only taught one lesson there, but that lesson was great.  We talked about the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, t totally made sense to her on why we see so many different churches today.  She'll be baptized soon. 
No matter where I go, I meet people ready for the gospel, I just have to find them.  The spirit will direct us.  It is a wonderful thing to have the spirit with us. 

An Elder in our apartment got transferred today, and the one replacing him is still in the MTC so we get to be in a companionship of 3..., this week isn’t going to be fun, but it'll probably go by quickly which is always nice!
I love you all and pray for you all

Elder Park

The White African

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