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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 03, 2014

March 3, 2014

This week FLEW!!!!!!!   Holy cow did it go fast!

On Tuesday as I was preparing for our District Meeting, I got a call from President Kirkham... ever since 2014 started, I've seen him and talked with him more than I did for the first 6 months of his presidency, it’s weird.   He said he wanted to come to our district meeting... here I am saying, oh goodness, I didn’t prepare very well...  but it was okay he took most of the time anyway.  He was talking to us about how we need to strengthen the branch, he even asked us if he should move the missionaries out.  Our reply was simple, we all said, President, we didn’t come to serve because it was easy, we aren’t complaining about how hard and dry this area is.  If you take us out of the area, it will be the downfall of this branch, and more people will be going less active.  We don’t want to move.  President didn’t say much after that.  That also leads into what I was going to talk about, about how successful missionaries become successful.  Example: Ammon and the Sons of Mosiah,  they suffered beyond belief, look at the end result of their 14 year mission.  We are just serving for 2, we can suffer small.

On Wednesday we saw so many people!  It was one the best days of the week.  We only saw 3 of the 7 people we planned for, but it was sweet.  After one lesson, our question was, 'who's next?'  We were constantly looking for someone to teach.   We had a great lesson with Ophelia who has a problem with forgiving people, so we shared with her how Christ forgave those that killed him.  It was great lesson.

Thursday was awesome!  I have wanted to do this for the whole of my mission, go out with just a Book of Mormon, Thursday we did it!   Oh it was so fun, it really tested our knowledge of the Book of Mormon.  It’s also a testimony builder too.   Most Liberians don’t understand what the Book of Mormon talks about, so when we did nothing but use it, it was great.  Daniel knew almost nothing about it, so we talked about it.   Almost every lesson we had focused on the Book of Mormon.  It was a fun day.

This whole week was good.  We were always trying to see one more person, have one more lesson.  It made the days fly.  President Kirkham has set a goal for us:  double our lessons.  It is not going to be easy, but Elder Witehira and I are up for the challenge! 

Missionary work is divine!  and amazing!!!   I love this mission.

I love you all and hope you have a good week!

Elder Park

The White African


This is Elder Witehira and Collin
 Elders Enwukweri, Nabende, Witehira, Park
The first two pictures were sent to me by Sister Berrett - many thanks to her!
Collin sent the next pictures:
This was Collin's little friend in Tinker village - of course he had to pose!
The Karate kid!
Still a kid - love that smile!
Yep, this is how he does laundry, every week!  He really is looking forward to using a washing machine when he gets home.


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