Monday, July 11, 2016

Hello,
So since last Monday was the 4th of July and we weren't able to send out any emails, here's kinda what happened the past 2 weeks.

We have been teaching Lydia and her boyfriend, Leo, and they are a super cool couple! We have been talking with the for a couple of weeks, and they have a lot of questions, which is good, because we can answer them and they accept the answers that we give them. Lydia wants proof of everything, so when we show it to her in the bible she just agrees with us! It is GREAT! We had Brother Calcagno come to one of the lessons and it was a great lesson. The Spirit was really strong, and I invited her to be baptized, and before I could finish the question she said "YES"!!! It was super cool. I think that she will go through with it, because she has been reading the Book of Mormon, and she is really sincere. Leo is more conservative in listening to us because he has very strong beliefs about what he grew up with, but I think that he will also realize that what we say is true. They do not have a very good relationship though. They really don't like each other ad they said that they are waiting for their baby to turn one before they break up. It is super sad to see people that don't like each other, but they are together for other reasons. I really hope that they can get something figured out because they just about start fighting almost every time we try to teach a lesson.

We are also teaching some Jehovah's Witnesses. They are very interesting. At first, we were teaching 2 sisters from their congregation but they said that they wanted us to meet an Elder from their church. When we met with them we just share our different beliefs and try not to get into an argument. But when they bring up scriptures we find other ones that contradict what they just said. We are not trying to bash them, but they just bring up weird points that don't really make sense. We are going to meet with them again this Saturday.

Those are the people that we are teaching the most, but we do have a lot of other people that we are talking to but they do not seem as solid. We go talking to people on the streets and we see if they are interested. If they are, then we return again and wee if they were just trying to be nice on the street, or if they are actually interested in talking to us. So that's basically what our everyday life has been for the last couple of weeks.

This week was not as hot as it has been, but it is still very uncomfortable. I HATE the heat! Even though it is in the 90's and low 100's, being on bike is not fun at all. And, since we are in a retirement community, people like the heat, and a lot of them don't even use their AC!!! We were in one home and there was a clock that had the indoor temp and the outdoor temp. It was 100 degrees outside, and 97 degrees inside! I was sweating the entire time.

Anyway, I hope that all is going well for everyone! I'll talk to you next week!

Love,
Elder Braunstadter



Elder Manson and I!

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