Monday, November 14, 2016

Nov. 14, 2016 in Exeter, New Hampshire

Hey Pals!

This was a good week! The weather wasn't too bad, it has been a bit warmer which was nice, like only in the 40's so sweaters worked well! We got to teach more this week which was nice! It is always the best when there are nice people who will hear you out! 

We found a really cool guy named M. this week and had a great time getting to know him! He is a hospice worker and is on the volunteer fire department! He hopes to become a full time fire fighter! He had a 12 week old kitten that came and curled up on my lap for the whole lesson and purred while I pet it, it was so cute!!! The lesson details are included in my letter to President Blair, so you can see more there!
We are also teaching a few other people, I'll tell you about one more of them today and try to keep telling you about more each week. One lady is named J., she is super nice! Her boyfriend was LDS as a kid but left home as a teenager. His brother is a bishop in Canada, and J. sees that there is something different in their lives that she wants for her family and her granddaughter who she takes care of! She has been sick recently and going thru a lot of other stuff, but hopefully we can see her more this week! She calls herself Nagy-hagy, use to work in the circus, and she brought us Mars bars from Canada a few weeks ago! :) She has been reading the Book of Mormon and loves it! She has a few questions about things she has read and wants us to help her out every step of the way, and that is just what we like to do! :)

The most spiritual experience I had this week was in the lesson with Mike who I talked about and mention more in my letter to President Blair. When we were testifying that there is a prophet on the earth today, that God loves us all, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that you can test it for yourself the spirit was incredible! Mike had tears in his eyes, and so did we! :)

How was your birthday?
My birthday was so fun!!!! The day before my birthday we were serving at a senior center and one lady was asking me how old I was. I told her 18 but my birthday is tomorrow, and she just started singing happy birthday! Pretty soon everyone had joined in even though most didn't even know whose birthday it was yet, then they all were confused why my name was Elder, but they finished off the song! ;) It was super fun!
Then the I. and G. families threw a party for me which was so nice! We had pizza and cake, and talked a lot and juggled! The H.'s brought me a treat too and cards which were really nice!! :) There are some amazing people out here! :)

Letter to president:
"Hey there President Blair!

1-9 are yes's again.

Elder B. and I are doing well together, we have a great time! It was my birthday this last week and we got to have a little dinner time party for it with some members in the ward which was sweet!
We got to see the Badgers as well as Sister Blair this week at our chapel which was great, we're sorry we missed you! We hope your meetings went well.

So this week we found a really cool guy named M.! We found him while trying to visit some people who had been having the missionaries over before. We knocked their door around 7:30 or 8:00 and Mike, a 24 year old guy, answered. We explained who we were looking for and he didn't know them, but then Elder B. asked him if he would like to hear a message about Jesus Christ and how there is a prophet on the Earth today. He said that he is already Christian so... but then I said that we love to share messages with everyone, not only people who don't believe in God or Jesus! He said "Oh ok, well would you like to come on in then?" We got to talk to him for a while and got to know him, and then taught about Jesus Christ, how there are prophets and apostles on the earth today, and about how we came to know this for ourselves and how he can as well, thru reading the Book of Mormon, putting it to the test, and by praying to God to ask if it is true. He was very interested at the chance to learn more! We hope to get to see him again either today or tomorrow!

It is so cool how there's people everywhere who want to know and learn more, and how they CAN know for themselves if they take the promise of Moroni and study the book and pray.

Elder B. and I are working this week on having more effective comp studies. Comp studies often start off strong for us, but can turn into story time, so we are working on making them more focused on the work.

We hope you're doing well and have a great week!
Elder Branch"

One last story to finish it off, last week on exchanges we visited this really nice lady in our congregation who hasn't been able to come to church for a while. Anyways, so this time it was Elder C., Elder D., and me who visited her. We had a great lesson and then when we were leaving she stopped us and said to Elder D., "You're gonna be a big banker." Then to Elder C., "You're gonna go high up in the church." Then to me, "And you're gonna get home and marry a super hot wife!" When we got outside we all had a good laugh and then Elder D. asked if we could trade futures, which I kindly declined. ;)

Hope you all have a great week and I sure love ya!
Elder Hunter Branch :)  

Deb, we made it to the General's house. Didn't get to talk to him yet.  

Our District 

Downtown Exeter

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