Washington Spokane Mission - June 2013-2015

Elder Braman won't be able to view this page, if you have questions or comments or want to update him please email or write him as that is the best way to stay in contact with him. This is simply an online journal we have set up to share with all those that love & adore Joshua. When he comes home from his mission we will make this into a book for him.

Email: joshua.braman@myldsmail.com

Send him a letter/package at:
Elder Joshua Braman
820 South Pines Rd Ste 101
Spokane Valley, WA
The Washington Spokane Mission has a website which is updated pretty regularly. Feel free to check it out!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 13th, 2014

Okay, Hello!  This week was great!  I skinned a deer, we planted a lawn, picked grapes and made grape juice and taught the gospel! We had another great week and we found another couple investigators!

Elder Toner is still awesome ! 

I am enjoying myself and working until I am tired out of my mind, loving the work and LOVING THE FALL!! But, it's not cold enough!!  I miss the Minnesota winter! All in all I am just loving this work.  I really can't explain it.  As I look back I haven't done any really big miracles or any really big, great work but all the small and simple things have made a huge impact on me! 

The scriptures are amazing, this church was restored by the Lord for us.  It's always a good idea to wear your safety belt (ie Dad), drink your milk & keep wearing out those knees!!

Love you all!!

Elder Joshua Braman

 Picked grapes & made grape juice!

 Skinned a deer, in my white shirt & kept it clean!
That is real talent, people. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Letter from Mindy Reimer, October 2nd, 2014

As some of you know, Josh has cousins (Brad & Mindy Reimer) that live in Spokane.  Last year he was able to be there at their house on his birthday and this year he was lucky enough to be there again!  This is not very common to be so close to family on a mission nor is it common that missionaries would be serving near or in their ward.  Grandpa Bob & Grandma Dee must be having so much fun organizing this whole thing together! ;)   Mindy (our cousin) was able to go to a home of a little girl that was being taught, Mindy was there as a leader and she was able to serve along side of Josh.  She wrote this and sent it to our family about her expeirence.  Josh isn't good with all the details and certainlly not with names and the specifics of those he is teaching.  It was fun to read this, being able to picture Josh in this home teaching this little girl.  Good thing he has had so much expeirence with all the kids in his life!  I am sure the kids just love and adore Josh, I know mine do!  

Oh!  How sweet is this…to get a front row seat on Josh’s mission!!!

As Brad told you, I was able to visit a little girl in Elder Braman’s ward along with the Primary president.  We were able to sit in on her last lesson with the missionaries. 
Peighton just turned eight years old.  Her family has just recently returned to church activity largely due to efforts by Elder Braman and his companions.  Her mom wanted her to have lessons with the missionaries to be sure that she understands the covenants she will be making at baptism.  This lesson was on the Word of Wisdom.  Elder Braman and Elder Toner took turns sharing parts from the lesson.  At one point, Elder Braman got up, went and sat on the floor in front of Peighton, and talked personally with her about the pictures and words in the booklet they were using to teach her.  It was so like the Savior to me!
During the missionary lessons and other times with the family, you can see how much they have grown to love the missionaries.  Peighton’s dad has been baptized, but has not been active very much since his baptism.  He was not at the home last night, and so efforts for him were discussed.  As Elder Braman shared some inspiration to stop by and visit with just the father, Peighton’s mom said, “Because it is you, I really think that would work.”  Several times she expressed how much their family loves Elder Braman.  How down to earth, “real,” and unassuming he is.  How comfortable they all feel with him.  How much they feel loved by him no matter what.  The primary president in the ward shared what great work he has done for their ward.  Now , of course, they all know he is my cousin.  But I want you to know how genuine these feelings are.  They love him.  They are grateful for him.  He makes them laugh.  He brings the Spirit of love into their home and ward.   
The family’s last name is Peterson.  I know how much we love to pray for specific people that Jordan is teaching…now (if you didn’t already know) you can pray for them J

As I was reflecting on my visit last night, I was so grateful to see that the unconditional love that Grandma Dee and Grandpa Bob have for others, emanates through their grandson.   He loves people as they are and makes them feel special and loved.  Isn’t that a trait we all love about Grandma and Grandpa. 
I gave him a hug as they left last night.  I meant it from all of you.  I now know what it is like to miss hugging a son.  How grateful I am to have had this opportunity to serve alongside Elder Braman. 
Love you all!

Septmeber 29th, 2014

 Well transfers came and went and this little missionary is VERY, VERY HAPPY with them!!
 My new companion is Elder Toner (like the printer toner) fresh out of the MTC and he loves to work!  He's a great teacher and he is a funny guy. He is from East Amherst, New York and he is a nice lady.  We get along great and not to mention the best part is not only does he do missionary work but he loves it, too! And I like that. 

We had an awesome week,  37 none member lessons and 20 less active lessons! We found 12 new investigators. have lessons planned with 8 of them and have already met with 4 and those 4 are awesome!  I just love missionary work!!! 

I would love to sit here and tell you of every single miracle and tender mercy that the Lord blessed us with but that would be hard to do and take forever.  I do know though that prayer is an amazing thing and if we rely on the Lord to put someone who is ready to hear the gospel and we have faith he will do all things!  Its simple and its complex, but I know if we pray for things, have a hope that they will happen, and keep walking in faith the Lord will provide. That is my testimony for this week.
Thanks for all the Birthday wishes!!  I had a great birthday!!  I had cake, I got a present and a awesome companion so I cant complain! The big 21 passed by like a normal but great day as a missionary, BEST BIRTHDAY!! I hope you all have a great week!!
Love You All!!!

Take care and keep wearing out those knees!!

 Love Elder Joshua Braman 

September 22nd, 2014

Hello family and friends and people who adore my lovely face.... 
This is going to be intense due to that fact I have many announcements and a few fun facts.   
-Transfer calls came and went I am staying & training!  I have no idea what his name is and as we speak he is just getting to the mission so next week I will tell you his name maybe even a picture. 
-I am very glad to be staying in Dishman Mica Ward.  I love this place and the work is happening and training is always a fun time!
This week also Elder O'neal went home (after 2 years in the mission) that was weird but good for him! We had Elder Spendlove with us for the last day, it has been great! We had an awesome lesson with a family in our ward that invited there friends to listen and come to church, it went amazing as they were prepared as they could be! And...we taught the lesson with three missionary's booyaaahh!
Its a pretty awesome feeling to know and see other people feeling the spirit and literally watching lives starting to change in front of you!!  That's why being a missionary is the best thing in the world!!
I hope you all have a great week!!
Love you all!

Love Elder Braman

Septmeber 15th, 2014

Well, Elder Braman didn't feel like finishing this email so he asked me (Elder O'Neal) to write you for him. I don't really know what he did this week or what he wants me to say, so I'll just say this: Elder Braman is freaking nuts, but I love the guy. He's hilarious and crazy but an insanely hard worker. He gets stuff done. Living in his apartment this transfer has been Crazy fun and has provided me with some good memories.

Thanks for raising this crazy kid, for I know it must have been hard. You guys are saints. Really. 
Haha, okay now I am back!  I go away for five mins and look what happens! 
This week was awesome though good time good memories. Elder O'Neal is going home next Sunday !! That's weird.  Any who, yup transfers are coming up on the 21st hopefully I stay, sure love this place! I hope you all have a great week keep wearing out those knees!!
Love you all!!!

Elder Joshua Braman 

 Spokane, WA
 Spokane Temple at night 
At the park for district meeting. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

September 8th, 2014

Hello family, friends, people who read, and blog followers to all greetings.

Lets make a list and I will expound on some of them. This week we met a drunk guy who said he was God and he owned the cops and he was going to call the whole police force on us Mormons.  We also met a lady with a beard.  I petted a cat without hating it.  We got a new car 2014 Chevy Cruze, it is very small and very short.  We had tons of meetings, cool and lame ones.  I broke Elder Riches bike!  That was neat, I guess I don't know my own strength.  And we biked, a lot. And finally, it's getting cool enough to open the windows at night!
We found a new investigator named Rick he is sooo prepared!! Before we even shared the Restoration he talked about Christ being in the Americas and told us about a bunch of other stuff that we already believe. It was amazing, he invited himself to church and at church he asked to be baptized, what an awesome experience! I gained a testimony this week of prayer and how much our Father in Heaven is very much aware of our needs and wants, and he wants to grant them to us and he can do that if we pray for them! 

It's been awesome to watch peoples progression as we share the gospel with them their life's turn around, but only if they want it to!

Here is a great scripture   Helaman 5:12 
 12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that YE MUST BUILD  your foundation; that WHEN the DEVIL SHALL send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when ALL his hail and his mighty storm SHALL beat upon you, it shall have NO power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon IF men build they CANNOT FALL. 

There is some pretty powerful language in that verse  things like SHALL and WILL the biggest,  IF!  I love it because bad things will happen and Satan is a jerk and we will come across some bad things or some trails, but we have a promise that if we build on Christ, We Cannot Fail!! Pretty sweet, eh?  That sums up most of our worries in life as long as we build upon Christ.

I hope you all have a great week!!  
Count your blessings and your sheep as you go to bed.  
Love you all,
Elder Joshua Braman