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, July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013

Wow this week went by too fast.  These weeks are going by so fast, I feel like I just emailed yesterday.
This week was really good.

Tuesday started the week off a little slow because we were only able to see 2 people for lessons, but it was good.  Margret who got baptized about a month ago was asking why do ladies always say they are glad they have the husband they do?  She was asking if that is boasting, I didn’t have an answer for her,  but my companion carefully explained why.  He used the story of Ammon not boasting of himself but boasting of his God after his mission and reuniting with the other Sons of Mosiah.  I am very thankful for my companion.
Wednesday we saw plenty people!  We had about 7 lessons.  We were working hard and walking a lot.  The day flew by!!!!!  We had one lesson and we were walking to our next appointment and a group of men, about 5, called us over.  One of them was a member who I have never seen before, we'll fix that.  He said the guys were giving him a hard time about the Book of Mormon,  then he saw us walking.  We sat and talked to them and explained what it was, who wrote it, how we have it, and helped them understand certain scriptures that made references to it from the Bible.  We were asked a question from Revelations about adding scriptures, and we answered that.  The man who asked the question was very quiet after that.  The spirit was strong with me and Elder Marondera.  We were both just feeding off of each other.  It was a great lesson. 

Thursday was the same thing.  Lots of walking and lots of lessons.  We almost never get to see everyone we plan for, but Thursday we saw everyone and then some more!  These two days were awesome. 

Friday I went on exchange with Elder Tolar.  For some reason whenever I go on exchanges, we always get bounced.   We spent a long time trying to figure out who to go and see.  We had plenty time to just sit and talk to each other.  We had a good little chat while we sat for lunch and are potato greens (my favorite).  We had some good lessons talking about the Book of Mormon, and answering questions about it.  The exchange was a lot of fun, and I met a lot of great people and had some good lessons.
Sunday was very quick.  we had a good sacrament meeting and church service.  I hope the talks were good, i didn’t hear them.  We need to move the speakers.  The other meetings were good.  Elder Marondera was asked to teach the youth Sunday School class. it was fun listening to that.  We then had a devotional by President Kirkham that was district wide, it was good, but I already heard it when he arrived in LIB.  Thus far not much has changed with our new mission.   A new zone was created and Elder Skouson (he was Collin’s first companion) was made the Zone Leader, he is back in our old area.  He has been there his whole mission, except 4 weeks, hahaha!!!  We got new missionaries on Friday and we will get more in August.  This mission is growing!!

My week was great.  I love you all and miss you all

I know the church is true and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.

Elder Park

The White African


I got lucky today, when Collin sent his letter this morning he said he had more time, so we got to send a couple emails back and forth, here are a couple of the questions and answers: 

What do potatoes greens taste like and who is cooking them for you at lunchtime?

Potato greens are similar to spinach, I think, at least by the looks.  There are people who have cook shops that we go to for food.  The one I went to was next to our apartment.  Sister T loves us!

Do they season the greens w something?   Still doesn't sound good to me.

They season potato greens with pepe (pepper/ spicy goodness)  idk how to make it or how it’s grown.  They have potatoes.   I can get potato salad for a lot more than I can pay. 
How do you deal w not having refrigeration?  Are you always buying stuff on your way home every night?   What do you eat for protein?

We have a small refrigerator that only gets cold at night when the generator is on.  We buy a lot of canned stuff, kidney beans, mixed veggies, sardines, mackerel, and corn beef, sometimes we add eggs.  For breakfast we buy bread.  I get some peanut butter, and I usually get bananas too.  Protein is mostly fish when people cook for us.  Fish is the cheapest around here



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