Tuesday, May 30, 2017


This week was a little rough. We were not able to teach as many people as we had planned on, but we were still able to talk to some people. We talked with Ray for a little bit, and he is super excited to meet with us. Hopefully, we can see him today. He is a less active member, and he want to start coming to church again. He has started reading the Book of Mormon again, and hopefully, he will start coming to church soon!

We also met with David. He is not too interested in coming to church, and every time we go over there, he has not read the Book of Mormon at all. He is really interested, but he doesn't want to come to church. He is a really nice guy, and he likes us a lot, but he just want to hang out with us. We were pretty bold with him, and so hopefully, he will want to come to church sometime soon.

Other than that, not much happened this week. But, there was a chili cook off and they closed a big street off, and they had a car show and all kinds of stuff there. It was super cool! There were a lot of people there, and all kinds of cool cars. We had to ride through it to get to and from some people that we had planned on going by.

I think that this week will be better, and I hope that it will stay in the 80's, because it is still hot here!

Also, I hope that we will have some more people at church this week. Things have been going pretty good. I just hope that we can get more done this week!

Hope you are all enjoying the good weather at home!

Elder Braunstadter

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


We had transfers this week and Elder Overman and I are staying the same, which is good. I think that this is going to be fun! Hopefully it doesn't get too hot though. It has been in the mid-high 90's. It was miserable a few days ago. Our AC can't keep up with how hot it gets in our apartment! I think that it is supposed to cool down this week though. Hopefully!!!

We are working with a few people that are super cool! We had Adam come to church last Sunday! It was really cool to see him there! Hopefully, he can start coming more often, but he might have to go to jail! He has 2 warrants and has done a lot of bad stuff in the past. He actually has court today to see what happens to him. He said that his daughter also wants to come to church! That would be super cool to see them come to church.

We also met with Russell. He is a really cool guy, and he lost his wife about 9 months ago. The very first question that he asked us was "Where do we go when we die?" We taught him the Plan of Salvation and he really seemed to like it. He said that he wants to come to church, but he can't sit for very long, because he has had like 6 back surgeries and he is in a lot of pain. I really  hope that he will want to learn more about the church, and how he can live with his wife forever!

We also met Victor. He is Damien's brother. He is super cool too. He said that he wants to come to church because if this is the only true church, then he really wants to be a part of it!!! He is leaving for Mexico with his brothers in like 2 weeks, but he said that he will be back in about 2-3 weeks. Hopefully, we can get in touch with him when he gets back!

We also met Dianna this week. She is 77 and she is super nice! We taught the Restoration to her, and she liked it, and she wants to learn more. She said that she would not come to church this week, but she would next week. She said that this was probably one of the only churches that she has not been to! Hopefully, she will come soon!

We are still working with Alan, but he still won't come to church! It is super frustrating when he promises that he will come, but never does! I think that we need to get him to church, or we need to pause him.

Not much else is new here! Just bearing the heat!!!

Have a great week!

Elder Braunstadter

Our District

Me and my district on one of our P-days.

Elder Overman, my awesome companion and me!

Us again!

Us at the top of  Mt. Rubidoux.

Monday, May 15, 2017


So this was was pretty good. We were able to find a few more people to teach. We actually found more people this week than any other week in this area. We also found some really cool people on the streets this week too.

We met with Alan again, so that was fun. We had Brother Barber come with us, because he is the Young Men's leader. We taught the 10 commandments and he seemed to understand everything really well. He was still not able to make it out to church this week, but hopefully, we can get him to come next week!

We also met with Adam, who is friends with Alan's mom. He is trying to turn his life around, and he has been saying that he really wants to change and start coming to church. We read from the Book of Mormon with him and he seemed to like it, but, he doesn't understand too much of it. We are trying to get him to come to church also.

We also met with Alex, and he seems pretty interested. He is 18 and he recently moved to Riverside from Orange County. He was in a gang, where he has been shot before, and he also spent time in jail. It's crazy to think about that, because he is younger than me! But he is trying to come closer to God also. He goes to church with his family, so we are going to try to get them all to come to church sometime soon!

Damian is really cool. He is 17 and he is very accepting of the Gospel. He said that he would be baptized, and he is excited to learn more, but the problem is, that he goes to Mexico for the summers. So, he is leaving in like 2 weeks, and he won't be back until the last week of August.😔 It makes it hard to teach someone when they are in a different country.

We also met with Glen, he is an older guy, and he was out cleaning up his motorcycle when we found him. We taught the Restoration to him, and he said that he would pray about being baptized. He likes us, and he says that we can come by any time. He's a cool guy.

We also talked with Eddy. He is not an investigator, but he is another nice guy. At least to us. Someone egged the inside of his car, because he leaves his windows down every night. Which is weird, but he said that he got super mad, and he wanted to kill someone. He was telling us about all of the crazy things that he has done in his life. He gave us a steak because he had the BBQ going before we showed up. He is a very interesting guy, and he gave us his number in case we ever need some help. He would probably kill someone if they messed with us. So, I am glad that we are on his good side!

It seems like a ton of people here in Riverside are associated with drugs and a gang and stuff like that!!!

So, I got to talk to my family yesterday - Mother's day! It was awesome to see everyone. They surprised me with having my cousins and grandparents there as well. I got to see and talk to everyone!!! I can't believe I only get to Skype one more time and then I'll be home the next month! Time does fly by!

Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Braunstadter

Monday, May 8, 2017


So this week we were not able to really very many more people to teach, but it was still a pretty good week. We were able to meet with Alan for a little while. He is still really happy for us to come over, but he is not keeping his commitments! It is super frustrating, because he says that he will come to church on Saturday, and then he doesn't show up on Sunday. But, I think that he will show up one of these days. He also has not been reading the Book of Mormon at all. We committed him to read from it daily, but I am not sure how much of what we talk about he really understands. We are going to try to get him a children's Book of Mormon. It is easier for kids to understand. Hopefully, that will motivate him to act on reading more often. I really want him to start coming to church also. His mother is more than willing to take him to church, and she said that she would stay with him for all 3 hours.

We also met with a guy named Ray. We talked to him on the street and he told us to come back the next day. So, when we returned, we sat down and right before the lesson, he told us that he was baptized a Mormon. He has been inactive for a while, and so we taught the Restoration to him. He liked it, and he agreed to read from the Book of Mormon, and also to pray. He said that he wants to start coming back to church again, but not right away. So, that was a cool lesson. He shows a lot of interest and desire to come back to church.

We met a lot of interesting people on the streets this week though. Hopefully, we can teach some of them this coming week.

I also heard from Lili! (The girl I baptized in my first area) She texted me and said that she is almost at her year mark of being a member, and that she wanted me to go to the Temple with her! I was so excited to hear about that! It is crazy to think that that happened almost a whole year ago! Time flies by! I am so excited to go with her to the Temple! I wish that more people were willing to hear about the Gospel, because I know that it definitely blesses lives!!!

I also am excited to be able to skype with my family next week!!!!!

Hope you all have a great week.

Elder Braunstadter

Monday, May 1, 2017


So, this week was pretty slow, but it has also been a pretty fun week! We were able to teach Alan again, and he seems like he is interest in learning more about the church! We kinda made his mom sit in on the lesson with us because we are not allowed to teach people under the age of 18 without an adult t. It was a good lesson. We were able to get the mom involved, and she wants to start doing family history work again! Hopefully, she will start coming back to church, and we can also baptize Alan. We keep stressing that he really needs to pray about everything and find out for himself that what we talk about are true! I think that he has a lot of potential to be a strong member.

We also found Frankie this week. So, we had an appointment that Elder Overman and Elder Phister set up while we were on exchanges, and when we were returning to the appointment, the guy that we were supposed to meet with was not home, but Frankie was. We asked if we could sit down with him and talk for a little bit, and he agreed, and he liked everything that we talked about! He accepted a date for baptism, and he seemed sincerely interested! We are going to go by again this week, and hopefully, we can help him come closer to his Father in Heaven!

Those are the only 2 people we had a lesson with, but we were able to meet some really cool people on the streets, and we have some appointments set up this week, so hopefully, we can meet with them and we can have yet another good week!!!

I am so grateful for the Gospel and the hope that it brings me. I see all these people that don't have the knowledge that we do, and they seem so sad. There are a lot of problems that people face here, and I know that the Gospel will help, but they just have to be willing to hear it!

I just hear from my family and it made me very happy to hear that they have been blessed. My dad has quit smoking!!!!! Yeaaaaaaaayyyy! I have a wonderful career opportunity waiting for me at home, and so many other things. Also, I get to skype with my family on Mother's Day and I can hardly wait!!! Happy days!!!

Hope you all have a great week.

Elder Braunstadter