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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, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

Happy 10 months on mission to me!!!

This week flew by except for Saturday and Sunday, but those were really good days.

This week we worked really hard on getting some of the branch leaders to come and see some of our investigators.  We brought the Relief Society president with us to see two women, she was able to bear a
powerful testimony to help them understand that they need to pray about the Book of Mormon.  She even was able to see a less active sister too.  Working with members is a lot of fun.  It takes some planning but it totally pays off.  I invite all of those reading to find a time to go with the missionaries to see even just one person, your own testimony will grow,  and you will be able to help someone else’s grow as well.

Wednesday I was with Elder Okunrobo (Nigeria) on exchange, but that morning we had a nice little visit by President Kirkham.  That day went by super fast.

Thursday was Thanksgiving.  Elder Kaiser had a potato soup mix that we made in celebration.  Nothing too special, but it was fun.  Happy Thanksgiving, I hope that black Friday was fun and safe, and that you all can find good cool things on cyber
Monday(see the Extra's below)

Friday I was on exchange again with Elder Seiya (Seirra Leone),  that day we only were able to see one person...  we got bounced all day long, even our backups weren’t there..  we did all we could to find someone to teach.

Saturday was fun.  This weekend we had district conference, but it was a special one, we had Elder LeGrand Curtis, the Africa West Area President in attendance.  That was super cool.  He is such a good teacher.  He also brings such a good spirit with him too.  Saturday he talked about "hastening the work of salvation" but he focused on the Atonement, how even Christ didn’t want to fulfill it.  He trembled with pain and begged for a way out, but He understood that it was His Father’s will.    It was a really good talk.
For the general session on Sunday  we had two full buses full of people going.   There was almost a thousand people there too.   It was only for half of the members in LIB too.  It really shows how the church is growing here.   There wasn’t a seat empty.   Most missionaries were either standing on the sides or out in the hall.   As for me, I sat on the ground and tried to listen.  Elder Curtis talked about how important it is to truly repent, hopefully it sunk into some people.

This week flew by!!!  It was a great week too.  I hope that everyone had a great week too.

Elder Park
The White African

So, last Sunday I told him that Thanksgiving was “next” week, and he thought that it meant this week.  So I mentioned he was a week off when we got to exchange a couple of emails back and forth, so he said:   wow thanks mom, we celebrated it early!!!!!


THE LEGOS ARE THE BEST!!!!  I have the airplane on my best.    Hahaha  I love the pillow case too!!! (The package was his birthday package, at least it got there the same month as his birthday, not bad.  The new pillow case has superman on it, of course I made that for him.  The legos were Grandma’s idea, but I get credit for shopping and shipping them).
The weather is weird here.  During the day it doesn’t rain much.  At night the storms happen, but all day long it just looks like it’s going to POUR but it doesn’t, at least not on me.

I asked him about how many missionaries there were in the mission.   He said:  I do know
that there is no where to put any more missionaries.  We are full.  93 of us!

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