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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 31, 2014

March 31, 2014
This week was fast but a little trying for me.  it seems like I need to work on some patience.
On Wednesday I went on exchange with Elder Zolo (Ivory Coast, Native French Speaker).  I absolutely love this guy.  I learned so much from him.   He was actually in the same apartment as me when I first came to LIB.   We were able to have a good amount of lessons on a short proselyting day.  He gave me some really good ideas on how I can improve and I have implemented them in the rest of the week and it was great. 
On Thursday and Friday we spent a lot of time in the apartment because we had a problem with our water, so since I am the District Leader, I had be there all day... so it was kind of a bummer.

We had some good lessons this week though.  Melvin is a less active member.  We're not sure the main reason why, most Liberians will tell us, but for some reason Melvin just won’t come to church.  We did meet his mother and father the other day, but they were very uninterested, and it seemed like they didn’t want us there at all, so we left.  It was very strange.  My companion noticed something that I didn’t which isn’t very good.   It was a mark of a society here in LIB so that’s probably the reason why they didn’t want us anywhere close.  It shows you how the Spirit effects people., the Spirit is so powerful and so important.   We did have a lesson with Melvin though.  We talked about the Priesthood,  it was good for him, he had somewhat forgot about it. 
Nacy is also a less active.  Her father was a Bishop at one point, back when they had a stake here.  It’s been about a year for her since she came to church.  With her we read Mosiah 2:22, 41, we asked her what her biggest desire was, read the scriptures, and then we had to say what it meant for her.  We talked about how the only way for you to receive the things that you want in life is to keep the commandments.  Then we talked about the commandments, but for her, she is stubborn, and won’t come to church.  she says that it’s too far of a distance,  she'll wait for when the new big chapel is built.  What sucks is that her brother has a car, (hard to see people with cars here) he is less active too.  This is a struggling family, but they know that the church is true, so I guess that’s a good thing.

I had a pretty good week how was yours??
Elder Park
The White African

I asked about when the new building would be done.  He wrote:  The new building has a two year contract on it so it'll be a while.   The reason why is because during the rainy season, they will stop working and things will spoil so they will have to  redo some things.
Less actives members are sometimes hard,  sometimes only one visit makes the difference.

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