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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, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014
What a good week

Tuesday I was able to go on exchange with Elder Nabende (he's from Uganda).  He took me into his area.  This exchange was unusual.  I have been on exchanges many times with him when I was in Tinker Village since he was my Zone Leader, but this time I was the one conducting the exchange.  It was really good, we saw a lot of people.   Our first lesson was with Dianna (I had a great lesson with you Mom!!), this woman is really nice, very polite and very educated.  She has spent a lot of time in Nigeria and Ghana and has met with missionaries over there, but moved and lost contact.  She is also the one that we bought lunch from.   She had a very strange soup that day too, it was made out of banana's.   It was really good actually!

On Wednesday we met with Sister Tyler.  Her husband has been a member for about 2 years, but spent a lot of the time less active.  A couple Sundays ago they both randomly showed up to church so we jumped on it!   This woman is fantastic!!  She's an older woman, but is going to college to further her education in nursing.  When her husband was baptized, she didn’t have a problem with it, but wanted nothing to do with the church.  But over time she became a little interested.  That’s when we came in.  Before we gave her a Book of Mormon, she was scared to even hold, now she's reading it!!  Although she is traveling for the next couple weeks, I have a feeling that she will bring her Book of Mormon.

Thursday we struggled small, and when I say small, I mean a lot.  No one was home.  Our mission president has said, if you get bounced, look around and teach whoever you see.   So we tried that, still didn’t work.  Everyone was either busy or there was no one there... but, we managed to see a couple people and even find three less actives.  We were able to clear a lot of doubt about Joseph Smith, teach someone about the Restoration, and then help someone know the truth about the Book of Mormon.
On Friday we had a Zone Meeting.  At the end of it, it started to rain...  March is supposed to be the hottest and driest month of the year, but that day, it decided to rain.  It was really annoying too,
We had a great day planned.  We met with Sunnie.  This guy is great.  He's very young, but super smart and ready for the truth.   We have met with him about 3 times this gone week and he's just eating it up.  He loves the Book of Mormon, which he was also a little scared of at first.

Saturday, well I won’t talk about Saturday because it was just a bad day.

This whole transfer we have focused on the Book of Mormon, almost 90% of our lessons have been somehow connected to the Restoration of the Gospel.   This transfer has flown too.  This is now week 6 of the transfer, which means we will find out who is getting transferred on Thursday, hopefully.

I hope that all is well with whoever reads this.  I love you all

Elder Park
The White African

I posted the picture from last week on face book, the one showing him doing his laundry, I asked him if there wasn’t someone he could hire, he wrote:

Hahaha, sometimes, depending on the area, people will come wash for you, sometimes for free and sometimes not.  I've had both.  One area was 10  LD (12 cents) for every clothing item, and then a different area, 100LD for everything (just over $1).  My future wife will love me,  especially because I won’t make her wash everything buy hand.  The woman here,  wow, much respect!  Those ladies can wash!!!  It literally takes all day for some people because of the amount of clothes.    I have to wash by hand, hang it on the drying rack, wait all day, sometimes two days, and then fold all of them...  sweet LIB

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