Blog Description

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, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014

Too fast.  Didn't I just email??   This week was pretty good.   It was fast and the days blended together so I hope I will be able to remember everything that happened.

On Tuesday Elder Montgomery gave some of us assignments for our DistrictMeeting.  My assignment was to answer this question, "what is my responsibility in helping others become converted?"  I thought a lot about that question on Monday night to prepare to give a 5 minute talk on it in the meeting.  As I was thinking, I was reminded of D+C 123:12 which talks about how people were kept from the truth because they knew not where to find it.  As missionaries, we bring nothing but truth to people.  I also remembered Ezekiel 33 which talks about a watchman, how a watchman has to blow his trumpet when danger is coming.  We teach people to repent and be baptized because the end of time is near.   We have to teach by the Spirit because that is the true Teacher, not us.  D+C 20:37 says that people that want to be baptized must manifest before the Church that they have repented, we represent the Savior as well as the Church.  By helping people make and keep commitments, we help them manifest their repentance.   This is what I thought was our role as missionaries  in helping people become converted.

On Friday we had a service project in town.   There is one really big turf football (soccer) field called BYC Field, we did our service project next to it.   There is a paved road on the sides of the field but when they come together it not paved.   The road was really bad so what we did was go around the community looking for rock and sand that people were willing to give us and fill in the holes.   We decided the
road was too big to try and fix it all so we decided to fix half of it.   We stuck to filling the holes on just one side of the road so that all the cars had to do was to stick to that side and it would be great.   We also handed out pamphlets to the people that wanted to talk to us.   It actually was a lot of fun.  Hauling the rock and sand with a wheel barrow was a little tough because the tire was flat so it gave us a hard time, but we still managed.  LIB missionaries find a way to get things done!!!!

On Saturday Brother Trokom was supposed to be baptized but due to a couple of reasons we had to postpone it to this coming weekend.  Trokom is blind and when he got into the car to come to the Church, he told the cab man to stop him at our junction and then he'd walk down the hill, but the cab man forgot and took him a long distance away.   To make matters worse, he doesn't have a phone that we can call him at... but it’s okay this week will be great.

Sunday was full of people calling us and telling us to come over.  It was crazy.   Let’s just say, my gut was full!!!!  I am very thankful for the 3 people that gave us food.

Well that sums up my week, how was yours?

Have a great week, I miss you all and love you all!!!

Elder Park
The White African

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