Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hello,
This week was pretty good. My new companion, Elder Manson, is pretty cool. He is a great missionary, and I have learned a lot from him! He is from Arizona, but he came out from North Carolina, because he moved there his Senior year in High School. He has been out for 20 months, so he is getting ready to go home! He is going home to Texas because while he was in the mission, his family moved.

We were able to find a couple of people that seem like they are pretty interested in learning more about the Gospel. We met Lydia, who has a lot of questions, and we talked a little bit, and we actually agree on a lot of things. Once she found out that the rumors of Mormons that she heard were not true, she was really interested. We are going to meet with her again tomorrow, so we will see how that goes.

We also talked to a guy named Robby, and he seems pretty interested also. He has some back issues, so he can't sit for longer than 10 minutes at a time. We taught the Restoration to him and he seemed to understand everything pretty well. I hope that he will want to learn more in the future.

We talked to a guy named Gus and his wife Veronica. They are really cool also. They go to a church called Revival. That is a pretty big and well known church down here in So. Cal. I've never heard of it until I came here, so I am not sure how worldwide it is, or if it is just down here. They have a really strong belief in God and they are super involved in their church, so that is good. I wish more people were like that. They seem interested, but since they have such strong beliefs, I am not sure how they are going to take the lessons.

Sal paused us for a little while. He said that he needs to get his ducks back in a row, because he has a lot going on in his life right now, and he will let us know when we can come back over again. President Mullen says that when people do this, or if we put them on pause, it has to be at least 6 months, or until they contact us. So that was super sad.

Kaden also does not want to talk with us anymore, but if his mom invites us for dinner, then we are going to have a lesson with him, so we still get to talk with him.

Katherine is pretty cool, but she said that it would take a miracle to get her to go to church again. She has gone through a lot of trials in her life, and she doesn't want to go to church anymore. We are still teaching her, and we hope that something will change so that she want to go to church again.

Steve, that we met back in March, finally came to church yesterday! It was super cool to see him there, and He said that it was good but he said that he wants to talk later, so we will see if he actually like it or not. It will be interesting.

It's nice to have at least started talking to people again!

Love you all! Have a great week,
Elder Braunstadter

Elder Gulbranson and our "Mini" missionary!



Still trying to make those contacts!

Elder Gulbranson!!! (T-rex style!)

This hawk was sitting on Sister Disanza's fence.


This crazy little chicken was loose and just running around the neighborhood!

Us on P-day getting to write home!!! (My new companion, Elder Manson)


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