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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, July 08, 2013

July 8, 2013
This was crazy!!!!

(In last weeks letter he wrote about building a house, I asked him for details)  So for those of you who don’t know what a matted house is, it’s pretty much just thin strips of wood weaved together.  Actually really strong!  I took (or had people take) a lot of pictures.  I need to go and print out a lot pictures soon.  Finishing that house took all of Tuesday.

But before we finished that, I had an interview with my new mission president!  It’s so good to have a Mission President in Liberia.  We talked for about 15 minutes, mostly getting to know each other.  He asked how I gained my testimony.  I explained how it was such a process!  It was a good conversation.

Wednesday we had an all Liberia zone conference.  That was a lot of fun.  I was wearing a whitish tie, it had light yellow and had a pattern to it, you just cant see it in the pictures.  We were instructed to find branch builders and to use our evening time more wisely.  We all need to get a little better at that. 

Thursday we celebrated the 4th of July by having some soft drinks and candy.  We wanted to do more but it was little too hard...  i hope everyone enjoyed theirs.  Friday was a normal day for us, just teaching a lot of people. A lot of them are really progressing, which makes me happy.   We are starting to get a lot of success!!! 

Saturday we had one young man get baptized.  Salven is a young man who we met through his friend who isn’t interested anymore.  He is so smart,  he knows his bible stories and is loving the church.  He had a relative pass away Saturday evening, so he wasn’t confirmed on Sunday, but he called to let us know ahead which was nice.  I can totally see him going on a mission. 

Sunday was good.  We had two members invite all 4 of us over for dinner which meant we didn’t cook!  Not cooking is sweet.   Potato greens and beans are some of my favorite Liberian dishes.  After that we waited for the phone call.

The phone call came with transfer news.  BIG NEWS!!!!!!
Ha, just kidding, no one in our district got transferred, we all stayed the exactly same.  So, another 6 weeks here in the village of thinkers!  I was a little upset when we received the news, but now I’m pretty happy about it.  We all get along really well.

Today was/is a day of firsts.  First time i took a hot shower, boiling my own water to mix with frigid rain water was really nice!  I’m also currently wearing a long sleep shirt.  We told the man who owns this internet cafe to turn off the A/C because 20 degrees celcius (68 degrees F) was a little cold.  I can’t imagine how cold I am going to be when I get home...  today isn’t a very warm day here in LIB.  But it’s a sweet day.
Until next week my friends!!!

I love you all and miss you!

Elder Park

This is Africa
( Got this picture from the new Liberia Monrovia Mission Blog!)

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