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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 24, 2013

June 24, 2013

Wow this week was too fast!

Me and my companion have been working really hard the past couple weeks and Saturday was the pay off!  We had 4 people get baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday.  Margret Harris was a very stubborn woman who grew up Baptist.  Every time we would come to the house she would leave.  One day we asked her why she did this.   We asked if we could talk to her and answer the questions that she has, from there we started teaching her.  Her husband was a recent convert and he helped with the teaching.  We would go to her house probably 3 times a week to teach her and answer her questions.  Her first concern about baptism was very quickly answered, then it lead to the priesthood, then it lead to temples, and by this time,  she had a date for baptism.  She was baptized Saturday, along with her 2 daughters, by her husband.   Next step is going to the temple!

 Eve Reeves is a 29 year old woman who loved to go joly joly (party), she loved her alcohol.  We started teaching her and she loved the lessons, but once she was taught about the word of wisdom it was hard to see her for a week or so.  Finally we started up again with her.  She came to district conference in May.  from that, her question was, "when can I be baptized?" she hasn't missed a Sunday is over a month (that's hard to do even if you're a member).  She always calls me and Elder Marondera her sons.  She always makes us laugh when we see her.

 Saturday was a very special day for me and my companion.
When new missionaries come to Liberia, especially from the US, it takes about a month to adjust.  The way we live here is totally different.  I haven't had a working shower head since the MTC.  I haven't had a sweatless night since Jan. 23.  but I love it here.  It truly is amazing.  it takes awhile because it is so different, and living like a missionary is sometimes hard, you can't forget about anyone.   Once you have few weeks of being here, you get used to it, and you get used to the sweating.  But Liberia is too sweet!
 This week is the last week under President Roggia.  I have heard rumor that President Kirkham is already here but I have no idea.. The mission becomes official on Sunday, June 30th at about 6 pm.  We'll probably have a zone conference next to say hello.  We hold that at the district center (stake center), there are only 2 buildings like that in Liberia. 
We get transfer news on the 7th and new missionaries on the 9th of July.  It'll be interesting!

That's pretty much it for the week.  I love you all and miss you all!

Elder Park
The White African

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