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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, September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013

This was a really good week for us in Tinker Village.
Last Monday we played ultimate frisbee on the beach, that was a blast!   It was really sunny, and it’s hot, and we had a good time.   We even stuck our feet in the ocean.  Lucky us!!  After that we met up the the AP's and had a good dinner with them.   We went back to Sam’s BBQ, the Peppered steak was so good!!  i wanted to eat so much more but my money finished for the day.  We're going back on the 23rd to say farewell to the missionaries going home on the 30th.

Tuesday I went on exchange with Elder Bell.  As a District Leader I have to go with each missionary to see how they are doing.  Elder Bell has really improved since he first came to Liberia.  I was really impressed with him. 
Wednesday was just a normal day, lots of walking and teaching.  It was really hot and I got a little burnt, but it was fun to teach when I didn’t have to fight the sound of the rain. 

Thursday we wanted to see this one woman, Tracy.  Earlier that morning she got into a huge fight with someone and almost did something that she would have regretted, thank goodness she didn’t.  A couple hours later we stop by, it had been a little while since we saw her last.  We wanted to teach her the gospel of Jesus Christ, but as we talked with her she explained what happened earlier.  She just wanted to know how she can be forgiving.   We explained to her how we can be forgiven through repentance and then talked about how important the atonement of Jesus Christ truly is, it was one of the most powerful lessons I have ever been a part of.  I even got a little emotional, she teared up, the Spirit was so strong.  It was an amazing experience. 
Friday we had a zone meeting which took up half the day, so we saw just a couple people. 

Saturday was a huge service project.  We cleaned up the side of one of the biggest roads in Liberia.  A lot of people saw us in our bright yellow 'mormon helping hands' vests.  It was a lot of fun.   We saw a lot of people, even met a man that lives in England, that was really cool.
Sunday, we had over a 100 people attend for the second week in a row.  President Kirkham came and worshiped with us, he showed up unannounced.  It was a really good service too.  It was the branches’ first conference.   It was a good day.   We had 9 investigators come to church too.  Happy missionaries!! 

This week is going to be good.  Zone Conference with Elder Vinson on Wednesday, and then we have a baptism on Saturday, 5 people this week.   We have been working really hard and it’s going to pay off.   This week, we will be double checking on the preparedness of the baptismal candidates.  It’s going to be a great week. 
Until next week my friends

I love you all

Elder Park
The White African


Extra info from a couple extra emails we sent back and forth:

I asked him what President Kirkham talked about:   President Kirkham just talked about the blessings that come from paying tithing and how when Liberia starts to pay it, we will be getting a stake.  That’s what the area presidency looks at, that and active Melchizedek Priesthood holders.

I am looking forward to the zone conference on Wedenesday,  Elder Vincent (70?) is coming tonight, touring the mission, inspecting apartments, ours is really clean, and then the baptisms on Saturday.  i also am going on an exchange on Thursday with Elder Tolar,  me and him are best friends so it should be a lot of fun.

Oh and transfer news is coming.   We live in a compound with many apartments that are all the same.  Mission people are coming today to sign a lease for another apartment and moving in furniture this week.  I’m pretty sure they are splitting my area since it’s huge and we don’t even touch half out it

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