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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, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014

 It was a very successful week for us here in Congo Town. We taught a lot of lessons!! But not a whole lot to write about, but I will think of something to write.

 This week we had a total of 23 lessons!! That’s 2 more than we had last week. We even had more members who able to come around with us as well. We had more “Member Present” lessons than “Other” lessons (which is where it’s just the missionaries). Our mission President wants us to start teaching more lessons. He said the average amount of lessons taught in a week 2 years ago was about 30 to 32, but now the average is only 16… He wants us to start working harder and harder. One way he suggested was that when we get bounced, to look around and whoever you see, go talk to them and share a very simple message about the Restored Gospel and how our Heavenly Father has called a true and living Prophet here in the last days. Elder Godi and I both aren’t very good at contacting people so we are completely stepping out of our comfort zone and faithfully trying to follow the council of our mission President. We have had a little success since we started doing this; it really helps our teaching pool too. We have gotten a lot more people teach or to go follow up on.

Last week we met a man called Emmanuel, he called us over thinking that we were Jehovah Witness’. So we explained who we were and he was interested to listen to us. We set a return appointment for Saturday, we get to where we met him and called him but his phone was off. So we stood there a moment thinking of what to do. Elder Godi says lets go talk to those people and ask if they know Emmanuel, I’m very thankful that he suggested that because the house we went to was his house. It was a small miracle. Finding people sometimes is hard since there are no addresses and a lot of people like to turn off their phone which sucks. But we found him and he is hilarious!! He seems like a great guy and even accepted the invitation to be baptized.

 Another miracle we had was how Trokom, a blind man, came to church on his own. I have no idea how he made it but he got there super early and even beat us on getting to church building. Trokom is really cool but he can talk a lot!!! Sometimes a feel that he talks more than us which isn’t bad, but sometimes the things that he talks about are not related to the topic at all.

 Speaking of church, there was a good amount of people there on Sunday because it didn’t rain. When it rains, not a whole lot of people come to church which is a little annoying but that’s LIB. The Gospel Essentials class was packed!! There were a lot of investigators and Recent Converts that came which was great. We even had a guy who lives in a different area come to church with us. I’m a little bummed that we had to refer him to different Elders in a different branch since he showed up randomly.

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!! (on May 18th)

 A couple weeks ago we found a man that was baptized in 1998 but was less active because of family reasons. We hadn’t been able to sit with him or his family till this gone Friday. So we now have a Part Member family to teach. The wife, who is of a different faith, was really receptive to the Message of the Restored Gospel. She even accepted a baptismal invitation. We are now teaching the whole family and even the children, who are of age, have baptismal dates. 

It was a very productive week and it went by super fast. I hope everyone had a good week as well!!

I love you all!
 Elder Park
The White African

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