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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September 3, 2013

Here is the email for this week!  I can't believe he has been gone for four months already!  Again, if you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know.  And if you know of anyone who would like to be added, also let me know! Elder Olguin can be reached by email or snail mail and Auntie Elisa keeps his blog up to date also.

Elder Cuauhtemoc Olguin Jr.
Canada Winnipeg Mission
845 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M5

And he is also on the Canada Winnipeg Mission 2012-2015 Facebook.  There are photos and videos of him singing.  Thanks to all of you who continue to keep in touch with him! I'm copying my good friend Tina and adding some comments in red.  All the rest of the text and typos are original!!

dear Mom,

You may have noticed that I emailed a pic at about 440ish.. and I now am sending my actual email... welll the place we were emailing at closed down so we were cut short on email time and had to rush to the library, and here we are : P

i CAN'T believe the girls are all back in school!   I got your letters yestterday but I wasn't able to write any cause we had a really crazy sunday(disaster wise, not party wise)  and we ended up cleaning till 2 in the morning so we slept in a bit and then headed out to pday (P-day is Preparation day for missionaries.  It is a day when they take time to grocery shop, do laundry, email, etc rather than their usual teaching about Christ.  It is one day a week, For Elder Olguin it is currently on a Monday) activity and then we went to a ward (a ward is a congregation who lives in the same area and meets together) activity. All of this will be taken into further detail later on in this letter....   

  I love climbing mountains, I have a life goal to climb up a mountain at least once a year.   While I'm on My mission in winnipeg I'll count the "Manitoba mountain"  It's a sledding hill that takes about 30 seconds to walk to the top But nonetheless I've conquered my mountain for the year.    Next year if I'm not in the city or anything I might have to settle for a speed bump or something.   Oh well, look at me goal achieving and setting ; )  

Brother and Sister Baronins (We refer to each other as Brother and Sister because we believe we are all children of God) invited us over for dinner on sunday after church.   It was wonderful.  She made wonderful tortugas,   it was a good night and a good welcome to Elder Barton : )

this week elder Crake and I and Elder Barton now as well, have our first baptism. Elder Crake will be baptizing her on saturday and she's asked me to confirm (confirm means to bestow the Holy Ghost as a gift through a blessing) her on Sunday. She is such a remarkable girl, she is literally every single missionary in the world's dream investigator (an investigator is someone who is learning about the church). I can't believe elder Crake and I were entrusted in teaching her. It has been so incredibly humbling. Then on Saturday we have a date set for another man who is fantastic!! And we're trying to set a date for one more guy for the week after. This past week I met a woman...   She hasn't seen her family in 20 years and she is deaf. I don't know what it is about the language (American Sign Language) but I love it. I'm getting so much better at it. I was able to talk to this lady for almost an hour, then later on in the week, we ran into her again!! I started teaching her a bit the first time I saw her but she wasn't very interested, so this time, I signed with her for a while then brought up how she could find her family using facebook, and then skype them so she could see them! She was very intrigued by the idea and she asked if we could meet with her at the library today, so That's where I've just come from. I helped her set up a facebook account and I also taught her more about why I'm here and what I teach using I invited her to explore the website and she gave me her number so we can text her.

so... onto sunday'/monday's adventure... Yesterday was one of the worst and best days of my mission.... it started at 1 in the morning on monday when disaster struck in our appartment. By the way elder Crake and I are in another Tri pan (missionaries teach in groups of two called a companionship.  When there is a third missionary, it is referred to as the slang term "Tri pan" as in tri-panionship), Elder Barton is now with us, he is such a great guy and he told us that he was supposed to go home on sunday but that we changed his mind instantly, He told us that he was amazed that we are "real" people. He said that since sunday has been the happiest time of his mission!! : )  Anyways, on sunday night... We had a bathroom disaster... It was horrid... I will not go into details but know that you are very lucky that it will be 2 years till any of you shake my hand again...
Anyways, we were up till 2 in the morning cleaning up and we had to drive and meet our district leader (a district is a group of missionaries in an area, and the district leader is the missionary overlooking those missionaries) because we don't have a plunger... anyways... elder barton was just having the time of his life, he thought it was hilarious, and it was : P he just was so happy. I'm so happy that the companionship that elder crake and I have was able to keep a missionary on his mission. Hopefully, he has really bad knees as welll and he was moved in with us so that he could be in the city to go to physio and be close to the mission office. so We're praying very fervently that his knees get better. He had surgery on both of them 2 weeks before he entered the MTC... : P
So after the wonderful welcome party for ELder barton we finally got to sleep, then we had a great Pday. Everything was closed for Labor day so we just had pday activity with all the missionaries in the city then our ward Had their annual corn roast so we went to that and one of the best moments of my life happened. Robert and Pam showed up. Robert came up to me and just gave me a huge hug. then he just started crying. He pointed all around the park we were in and told me that he hasn't been to the annual corn roast in over 10 years. He's been inactive (not attending church) for 18 years and Elder Kenney and I were the ones who brought him back. He cried and told me how happy he was. Then later, Sister woodford (She knows asl and has even lent me some asl materials to study) came and she's been friends with them for years, so she came and started talking with him and he told us his conversion (how he came to join the church) story and then he signed to sister woodford, with tears in his eyes and starting to stream down his face, that I was learning ASL for him. I spent the whole evening with sister woodford and them. I can't believe how good I'm getting at it. Sister woodford says that I have what she calls the "gift of hands" Rather than tongues ; P. It's true, it's literally a gift that has been handed to me. I myself am amazed by how much I've fallen in love with the language and how I'm learning it.
I got some letters that I sent returned to me, so I was able to send those off yesterday..  Even though they are only  a couple of weeks old, I cringed as I reread them... I feel like I've come Miles and miles from where I was then..  
I miss you all so very much.    Right now, I'm on exchanges with Elder Poulsen right now.  He's been out for approximately 1 month but he's fantastic,  We are just about to go and visit Robert and Pam : ) they invited us over : )   I love them so much.  

Sister Baronins talked to me on sunday and was going on about how pretty you are and how proud of me you are... And all I thought was: " Mom's proud of me... and she doesn't even know that I can hem my own pants, fix ties, and do minor stitching!!!"   ANyways, just thought I'd let you know some of the skills I've aqquired : P
we were asked a question in sunday school about how temple work shows God's mercy, and what came to mind was the scripture in Peter,
 "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ."  
I always grew up believing that the people at the time of Noah were so wicked that they had no chance or something,  But jesus christ himself went and taught all those that perished in the flood.  God truly is merciful.  HE loves you. 

ELder Olguin

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