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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, December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013

Hahaha    This week...

This week was stupid fast.  We worked hard this week too.  Holy cow.  Last Monday I had a kick in the butt to myself.   We were better this week.   We still struggled with getting members to come with us but we are working towards that.

Tuesday - no district meeting which kind of messed us up since we found out that we should have had one late Monday, but we still managed to have a good day.   We had a great lesson with Sis Moonah about prayer.  We buy eggs from this lady, and one day she said, “come study with me.”  So we did!   She loves the things that we have to teach.  Talking to someone about the law of chastity is always a little scary because sometimes they don’t want us to come back.   We started our usual way and saw that the man was getting frustrated, so we changed it up and went and focused on marriage.   His whole countenance changed.  I am so thankful for how the Spirit will direct us in what to say.   When it comes, its powerful.

Wednesday- Exchange with Elder Kaiser.  I love this guy!  He is about to finish up with his training but teaches like he has been here for a while.  It was a really good day.  He even managed to get us food.
Cassava!  So good.

Thursday - we went to someone that we were planning on dropping, but found that she has a new interest in seeing us, which is good.  We had a good lesson later that day with a group of guys at a tire shop for the first time.  It was good to let them know who we were and what we did.  They had plenty questions!!   One of them actually showed up to church on Sunday!

Friday- we had a zone meeting.  President Kirkham came.  It was good, I actually needed to talk to him about some things that won’t be mentioned.   Sorryo!   After we got some food at a cobo shop.   I love going to auntie's!!!!   The ZL came back to our area to do some interviews for us. Richard was a success but Esau wasn’t found.  We went everywhere to find that guy.   Couldn’t find him!   A little frustrating since I called him the night before.

Saturday- was baptisms.   Richard wouldn’t answer his phone all morning so I had no idea if he was coming, but about 15 minutes before the service he came walking in.  Made my day!!!   The service went really well.   We only got two lessons that day but both of them were good.  Teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always fun, getting food is always good too.  Then having a lesson and talking about Joseph Smith at the end is great.   That lesson really showed me how much I've grown and learned on  mission.

Sunday was a little downer because Richard had to drive his brother to the airport and missed his confirmation, and only one investigator came to church.  Kinda sucks when people don’t show.  Oh well.  That’s mission life.

This transfer will be extended one week so people won’t be moving right before Christmas.   Which is good.   We don’t quite know what we are going to do that day but we'll probably go caroling.   Hahaha!

I hope you all had a great week.  Merry Christmas!!!

Elder Park
The White African

Extra emails:

I gave him little gifts for the 12 days of Christmas like I have done with all the kids that have moved out.  The first day is always $$ to go get Santa pictures.  Collin said,  “The twelve days are fun.  Day one is hard, still haven’t done that one yet.  no santas here....”  I told him he was going to have to get creative with that one!

I asked him what time he thought he might be calling on Christmas day, he said, “probably same time (he usually emails me about  8 or 9 am).  I don’t know,  last time (he called on Mother’s Day) my comp was African so I didn’t have to share the phone that night, this time, not so easy!”  His companion is from Idaho – pretty sure he doesn’t want to talk very long, right? asked him what made him laugh this week, he said, “this was a laughing week.  Lots of laughs this week.  Since we have 3 1/2 hours at night, we laugh a lot.  So it’s hard to pin point  one thing.

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