Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hey!

Well, this week was pretty good. We were able to teach several people! We met with Meredith this week, and be brought along Sister Quinney, who is a convert of about 2 years. The lesson went really well. We taught the Plan of Salvation, and the Spirit was really strong. She was asked about baptism before I got to the area and we asked her again, and she said that she would if she knew that it was true. She seems really cool, but I don't n if she is actually interest because she said that she is taking a class that requires her to meet with and learn from another religion. So, hopefully, she isn't meeting with us just because she has to for the class. She said that she would come to church, but every Sunday she texts us in the morning and says that she is unable to make it.😏

We also met with Alan this week. He is a really cool guy. He is 13 and his mom is a less active member. We talked about church and we also talked about prayer. We invited him to come to church again and we made sure that he was going to be there. But, he didn't make it to church. Hopefully, we can get the family to church next week! They seem really cool also.

We met a guy named Mike, and he hasn't gone to church in a while. We taught the Restoration to him, and he really liked what we were talking about. We are going to go over to his house again this week, and hopefully, we can get him and his family to church. They are super friendly and they seem interested so, I think that we can get them to start progressing in the Gospel.

I love to see how people change when we get into the lesson because I think that a lot of people are just being nice, and then after they feel the Spirit, then they are more willing to talk with us.

The weather has been pretty hot here lately. We had a service project at a high school and we just painted the outside of the buildings. It was alright, besides it being like 100 degrees outside! But, it is supposed to be cooling down here pretty soon. I miss the cold already! I think that this summer is going to be pretty darn hot! Hopefully, I will have a car for the hottest part of the summer.

Other than that, nothing else is really new here! I hope you guys have a great week!

Love,
Elder Braunstadter

Monday, April 17, 2017

Herro!!!

This week was pretty interesting! We were able to teach a couple of people, and we talked to a lot of people on the streets! We were able to meet with a guy named Deandre, and he was an interesting guy. He was not very open to hearing about what we have to say, and it was almost a bash, but we basically just testified of Christ and we left on a good note. Hopefully, his heart will be softened and he will want to listen to missionaries in the future. He also told us that if he saw us talking to people on the streets that he would come over and tell his neighbors that we are wrong. So, hopefully, he doesn't see us too often!

We were also able to talk with Alan. He is a 7th grader and his mother is inactive. We taught what the Book of Mormon is, and we also read some scriptures with him. He said that he would come to church next week, so hopefully, that will happen. We are really hoping to bring his mom in on the lessons, because so far she hasn't been participating in the lessons when we have been there.

We were street contacting one day, and came across Rachel. She is really nice, and she shared with us that she has lost a lot of loved ones and that it has been really hard for her to cope with that. So we taught her the Plan of Salvation and she really liked it! I love seeing how the Plan of Salvation can brighten people's lives and bring them hope!

We also met a former investigator named Harry. He is a super cool guy, and he has been around missionaries for a long time. He is super generous, and he loves having us over. He is very hyper and he talks a lot, but we are going to teach him how to pray this week because he doesn't really know how to pray. Hopefully, we can get him to come to church also! That would be awesome!

Riverside is definitely a different place! I have gotten more negativity here in one week than I have my whole mission! I know that this place needs a lot of help! We have some really cool people that we are working with, and hopefully, they will start progressing in the Gospel. I like this ward and they all seem really nice! I am excited to be here!

I hope you all have a great week.

Love,
Elder Braunstadter



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello,

This week has been pretty crazy! We were not able to teach as many people as we thought we were going to, but we did met with some cool people! We met with Mark, who is really cool! We talked to him when he told us his 104 year old Grandma who is not doing very good. We taught the Plan of Salvation to him and he liked it a lot! He agreed with everything that we talked about. It always makes me happy to see people light up when we share the Gospel with them.

We were not really able to teach anybody else, but we met some really cool people on the streets. It makes me happy too, when people are nice to us, even though they don't want to listen to our message.

We talked to a lot of people, but we didn't teach hardly anyone. I hope that the work in Corona picks up.

Soooo, we had transfers yesterday! That is why I am emailing today. I didn't have time to do it yesterday because everything was getting changed around, and it was pretty stressful. So, now I am in Riverside and I'm in the Arlington Heights ward. It seems like a really nice area, and the people seem a lot nicer here too. So that's a plus! My new companion is Elder Overman. He is from Kansas, and he is a really cool dood! I think that this transfer will be a lot of fun. We are on bike, and we share the ward with the Zone Leaders! So that is pretty cool too! Our area is really small, so that is nice. My new address is: 4129 Monroe Street Apt #29, Riverside, CA 92504.

Hopefully, it won't get too hot here this summer, although, I have heard that this summer is supposed to be worse than last summer! I really hope that it is not that hot here. But, I am excited, and I like our apartment too! It is smaller than my last one, but it is cleaner! I don't know why, but I seem to like the smaller apartments better.

Anyways, sorry I don't have a lot to talk about this week, but hopefully, everything will go good this transfer! I'm excited to be in a new area.

Hope you all have a great week.

Love,
Elder Braunstadter

Hi, it's me with my new companion, Elder Overman.

Look who I met up with - It's my old buddy from Perris, Elder Brinkerhof.

Check out this cool moth I found!

Well, this is my new home for a while - it's Riverside!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hello,

This week was pretty rough. We were not able to teach any of our investigators, but we did teach a less-active member. He is really cool. We talked to his wife on Wednesday night and she said to come by Thursday night. So we went over to their house and we knocked on the door and Brandon answered. We asked if we could come in a share a message about Christ, and he let us in. To our surprise, he told us that he was a member, and that he has a sister on a mission! So, we taught him the restoration, and we invited him to pray daily. He said that it is something that he wanted to get in the habit of again. He seems really cool, and hopefully, he will be able to make it to church soon.

We also had Multi-Zones this Tuesday. It was really good! We were able to talk about how to use the new Easter video to be able to start teaching the Restoration. We got a lot of insights on how to contact people on the street also.

On Thursday, we had to take our car to Riverside to get it fixed. The airbag light came on a while ago. They said it shouldn't be very long, so we stayed there and did our studies and then we did our weekly planning too. It took FOREVER!!! Finally, they called and said that they would have to keep it over night, so we needed to find a ride back to Corona. None of our members could come pick us up, so we called our Zone leaders. They brought us home and we were walking the next day because another Elder is using my bike, and Elder Walker's had a flat tire. We called the vehicle coordinator to see if there was a spare car that we could use for a few days, and later that night the office Elders called and said that they had a spare. So, we now have a Corolla. The dealer said that we would get our car back sometime late tomorrow. So, that was interesting!

Also, General Conference was really good!!! I liked the talk by Elder Bragg about the light of Christ. I thought that it was really cool to see them getting the pictures out of the burning stake center and I also like how the firefighters put a picture of the Savior in the truck, to show that Christ is looking out for them. I also like many of the other talks. It was a very inspiring Conference. I was hoping that they would announce that Elko was going to be getting a Temple!!! But, that probably won't happen for a while.

Hopefully, this week will be better as far as teaching investigators goes. I am looking forward to transfers. This is the last week, so I might be getting moved, but I am not sure yet. I find out Monday! I will let you know if I'm staying or going!

Hope you have an awesome week!

Love,
Elder Braunstadter

Conference Crew!

Dinner with a member!