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  Braeden Sandoval - Utah Salt Lake City South West Mission


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Posted on February 13, 2017 at 8:30 PM

Hello all!

Yesterday marked two years since I left home to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served in the Utah Salt Lake City South and West Missions under two wonderful mission presidents and with many excellent companions.

As a missionary I taught people about Jesus Christ and invited them to live His gospel. I got to see a lot of people overcome difficult trials and improve their lives. Though, thes...

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Week 102: Consistency!

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 8:25 PM

Hey y'all!

Great week. The work here is keeping consistent. We had 10 investigators at church! 2 of them different ones than last week. People are coming into the fold! The church is growing guys. Don't you doubt it!

Today was SUPERB! We played bubble soccer again and it was way fun! This zone is great. I've got a lot of friends here.

It was only 5 days ago you last heard from me, so there's nothing really new to say.  But the work is...

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Week 101: Miracle week!

Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:15 AM

Hey everyone! I'm short on time so this will be pretty brief. This week was fantastic! On Monday we taught for the first time a family that was referred to us by a ward member. This family has recently gone through a lot of trials, and a good member took the opportunity to invite them to learn more about the church. Since then, we've taught them a couple other times and have had wonderful, Spiritual experiences. They're wanting to improve their lives and their faith is making it happen.

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Week 100: Well hello there!

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 7:40 PM


I hope all is well for you guys. I'm having a good time out here in Salt Lake. It's been absolutely frigid! We got into negative temperatures for the first time earlier this week. Brrrrrrrrr!

This week was a little slow, but the work is progressing nicely. The people we're teaching are doing well and we've made some appointments with people we've been working on for a while.

Elder Clements and I are doing well together. It's been rea...

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Week 99: Happy New Year!

Posted on January 8, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Happy New Year y'all!

So I'm working on My Plan, a little program for missionaries to do the last 6 weeks before they go home. This week I was supposed to think about where I want to be a year from today. So this week I've been thinking a lot about New Years' Resolutions and what I hope to accomplish in 2017. It's gonna be a big year. Just you wait.

My biggest goal for now is to finish my mission strong. There's still some people I need to reach, I'm sure o...

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Week 98: White Christmas!

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Hi there!

This week was good. We had a white Christmas, with 8 inches of snow! So Christmas  morning we spent shoveling snow before going to church. It was cancelled for most of the stakes except for ours. I'm glad I got to go! I'll never willingly miss an opportunity to take the sacrament. I need that weekly.

After church, we came home and got to video call the fam and open up our gifts. Thanks to everyone who got me something or wrote me a letter! ...

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Week 97: Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 25, 2016 at 10:25 PM

Hi friends!

I've had a really great week! I'm serving in a great ward. I have an excellent companion. I've got the best house in the mission, living with the Turnbulls. And it's Christmas time!  I'm feeling grateful.

So my new companion is Elder Clements from Raleigh, North Carolina. He's an awesome guy. We get along super well and are having a great time together. He's brand new to the mission, so I'm helping him get to know SLC and how things work ar...

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Week 96: Third time's the charm!

Posted on December 18, 2016 at 2:10 PM

Hello y'all! It's been a crazy long day, so I'll keep this letter short and sweet today.

So Elder Simpson is leaving the area and I'll stay here. I'm so grateful to stay. This area is AMAZING. I'll be training a new missionary...third time's the charm I guess.

On Saturday we had Kevin's baptism. It turned out great. He's a really great kid. Then in the evening we had our ward Christmas party. It was very fun. I MET SANTA!

The work here i...

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Week 95: Hey y'all!

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Hey y'all! This was one of the most spiritual weeks in the mission for me.

First of all, Elder Rasband, of the Quorum of 12 Apostles, visited the mission, along with Elder Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy, and Elder Borne, an area authority. First things first, they shook all of our hands. He told us there that the day before he had met with President Monson, and shook his hand too, so we were really a handshake away from the Prophet. Now that's pretty cool.


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Week 94: Snow!

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM

This Thanksgiving week was great y'all! On Thursday morning we got up early to play football in the snow, which was really more ice at that point. It was amazing. I haven't played football in ages. Then we had breakfast with our zone. At 2 we ate dinner with this awesome family in our ward. It was one of the greatest thanksgiving dinners I've ever had. After that we hung out with other missionaries, playing games and whatnot through the evening.

Today was a great p-day! We w...

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