Monday, January 30, 2017

WooHoo!

So not much has happened since Friday, but Eddy did come to church!! He is super cool. He participated in everything more than everyone else did! He volunteered to say the prayer in Gospel Principles. He loved everything about the church, and he said that he definitely felt the Spirit. He said that right when he walked into the church he was nervous, but when we opened the doors, he felt peace and comfort, and a great energy. He said that he loved the people there, and everyone was getting along really well with him, and he liked it a lot! He said that he was super excited to be baptized! I know that the Lord surely does answer prayers!!! And I think that he will be a super solid member.

So, I forgot to mention that Gabriella does not want to meet with us anymore. She said that it just isn't for her, which sucks, because I thought that she would be more solid. So that put a damper on things. 😒

It is cool to see an area turn around and to see success!!!

Well it was super fun to go to the Temple too. I'll send some pictures if I can.

That is about all that has happened since Friday. So, I hope that you all have a great week and try to stay warm!! It's been in the mid 70's here, but people are out and we have an opportunity to talk to more, so that's nice.

I love you all,

Elder Braunstadter


Friday, January 27, 2017


Hello,

Sorry I didn't get to email on Monday. So, I didn't get transferred. I'm still in the Prodo View ward and my new companion is Elder Walker. He is from Alpine, Utah. He is super funny! He is also a great missionary. He was a zone leader with my former companion, Elder Gulbranson! He is super fun to be with. I think this is going to be a good transfer.

This week was pretty good. We met some really cool people. We met Jeff and Camille, and they are both teachers. They are really cool, and they don't have too much of a religious background. Camille has a Catholic background, but she is not practicing. We taught them the Restoration, and they really seemed to like it. They accepted a Book of Mormon, and they said that they would read it as a family. Hopefully, we can get to go over there again this week and do some service for them, and also be able to teach them again.

We also met Martin, and he is pretty cool. He also has a little bit of a Catholic background, but he is super nice, and he said that he will come to church this week, so hopefully that will happen. He is going through a hard time in his life right now, but he is excited to meet with us!

We also met with Cecil and John this week. We also taught them the Restoration. They seemed to agree with what we said, but when we invited them to be baptized, they said that they do not think that it need to be done by the proper authority... I have never heard anybody think that. It was kind weird, but they are super nice.

We also met with Eddy this week. He is a former investigator and he is super cool. We taught him the Restoration again, and he accepted a baptism date, and he said that he will come to church, and that he would also read the Book of Mormon. He seems really solid. We went over a second time this week, and he said that he did not read the Book of Mormon, so we read it with him the second visit. He committed to church again... so we are going to walk him to church because he lives really close to the church. I think that he is the most solid person that we have right now.

We had a worldwide missionary broadcast on Wednesday, and it was cool. There were a lot of new things that were changed and some new things that are coming out. There is supposedly a new Preach my Gospel manual coming out and there should be a new missionary handbook coming soon also. So our schedule was changed a lot too. Now we plan for the day in the morning instead of in the evening. We also have 30 minute lunches instead of 1 hour. That will be a little difficult because it takes forever to cook and eat something in under a half an hour. But, it will be good. We also have more flexibility in when we do our companionship study. There are a lot of changes, but I think that it will be fun.

Today is also my hump day, which means I've been out one whole year!!! I only have one year left - I'm half way done!!! Also, on my hump day, I get to go to the Temple too!!! I love the Temple - it's so awesome!!!

I hope you all have a great week - and stay warm!!!

Love,
Elder Braunstadter



Monday, January 16, 2017

Hello,

This week was pretty good. We were able to teach Gabriella, who is in her 20's. She is super cool, and she is looking for a church to go to. We had a really good lesson with her and she agreed with most of the things that we taught! Hopefully, we will be able to see her again this week.

We saw a couple of other people also and we are going to be seeing them this week also, so hopefully they will be home when we stop by.

I hope that this transfer will be a good one. We got transfer calls on Sunday and Elder Hofer is going to be in Perris on bike! It is weird to think that we just swapped places. He is going to have fun down here hopefully. I am getting a former Zone Leader, Elder Walker. I don't know who he is, but everyone says that he is cool, so hopefully we will get along good, and have some fun!

I don't know how long I will be in the Prodaview ward for, but if it is like everyone else, I will probably be her for a while. It seems like missionaries stay in this ward for a long time, and they also come back. I am excited to see how this area will be in a little while because the work is seeming to pick up and I hope that it will continue to get better.

Well, that is about all that went on this week, and I hope that I have more to talk about next week.

Stay warm!

Elder Braunstadter

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hello,

So this week was really good!!! We got a referral from a guy that said that his sister wants to hear the lessons and that he was already a member. We contacted them and it was super cool. Her name is Kellina. She is one of the most interested people that I have talked to on my mission. We taught the Restoration to her, and she was very open and receptive to the message. She was excited to learn about the Gospel, and she is excited to read the Book of Mormon. We had an awesome lesson and I think that she is a super solid investigator. We went over again yesterday and we had another lesson with her. She had not read the Book of Mormon very much, but she is super willing to read it with us. When we got done with the lesson, she told us that between the first time that she met us she prayed if this is the way that she needs to go, and on the first day she saw some missionaries, and then the 2nd day she didn't pray, then on the 3rd day she did pray and she saw the missionaries again, then on the 4th day she prayed and again saw the missionaries again. She was very surprised when all of that happened, and she said that it might just have been a coincidence, and we said that we didn't think it was. We are going to meet with her again this week on Wednesday, but we might have to pass her on to the YSA (Young Single Adult) elders, because she is in her 20's and she might want to go to that ward. So I will let you know next week.

We also met with a girl named Cecil. She is super cool and when we were in the lesson a lot of her family was coming because they were having a little party. But, we were able to share the Restoration with them, and they were also super willing to accept a Book of Mormon and to read it. They were in a rush because there were so many people there, but they said that they definitely want us to come back. Hopefully, next time we go by there will not be so many distractions and we can extend more commitments to them.

So that basically sums up our week this week! It has been by far the best week in Corona yet!!!

Hope you all have a great week!

Love,
Elder Braunstadter

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hello,

Happy New Year!

This week was pretty good! We found some new people to teach and we talked to a lot of people this week. We had a lesson with a guy named Simon, and he seems really cool. We talked for a while, and he seems interested, but at the same time, he doesn't want to change. He would not accept a Book of Mormon, so we asked him to pray about it, and he said that he would, and that we could come by another time. We will try again this week and we will se if we can actually get somewhere, or if we will have to pause him and try again later.

We also had a lesson with Charles and his mother in law is a member, so he already knows quite a bit, but he has a lot of questions and concerns. I hope that we will be able to answer some of his questions, and that he will come to know for himself that his is the true Gospel. I hope that we will be able to find more people to teach this week and that we can start getting people to come to church. We also got a referral yesterday for a lady that lives in our apartment complex, and her whole family are members, and she says that she in interested. We are going over there tonight, so hopefully she will be cool, and she will be a solid investigator.

But, that is about all that is new for this week. I am grateful for the blessing that come from this Gospel!!! I love it with all of my heart, and I am grateful that I can be able to share it with others!!!

I'll check in with you again next week. Have a great one!

Love,
Elder Braunstadter

My apartment - this GoPro is awesome!!!

Me driving our new car!

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