#templeofbrotherlylove

Hello friends and family!

This week was so great! The Lord is blessing us so much here in the
PPM, we have seen so many miracles and tender mercies from the Lord!

Some of the highlights for me from this week were:
Having a meeting with Elder Kent F. Richards who is of the seventy
with all the sisters. He taught us about the priesthood, temples, our
roles as women, eternal families and more. It was such a spiritual and
sacred experience, I know there were many prayers answered while with
him.
Getting to see Elder and Sister Walker and Sisters Larsen and Francis
from the PRS! They came down to take a tour of the temple!
Three way exchange because Sister Kraft and I were scheduled to be at
the temple, but our companions were not.
Stopping by an investigator we haven’t been able to get in contact
with and she let us right in for a lesson and she really wants to come
to the temple!
Helping members move and an amazing sacrament meeting at church.
Discussing more the hashtag we are going to use for the public tours
of the temple! The missionaries in our ward have decided we’re going
to encourage people to post pictures and experiences of them at the
temple to social media using #templeofbrotherlylove spread the word!

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http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/open-house-begins-philadelphia-pennsylvania-temple

This week has been one of reflection, preparation, and love. Not
everything went as planned, but I could say that for every week that’s
happened for the past year and a half. Not everything that was said
was inspired, but that also could be said about the last year and a
half. Not every experience was life changing, and not every scripture
caused people to repent on the spot. Not every person held their
appointment and not everyone who lives in Philadelphia is coming to
the temple. There is still work to be done here!

There is one thing that has happened the past year and a half that I
will be eternally grateful for. I have been converted to the gospel of
Jesus Christ. I know what His teachings are and where to find them. I
know what the gospel can do to those who live it and let it become a
part of them. I have an understanding of the temple and why we go
there. I know the priesthood is on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith
was a prophet. I know that God answers prayers. I know that Christ has
a pure love for all of us. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and
that is testifies of Jesus Christ. I know that repentance is available
to everyone, including me. I know that our Father in Heaven guides us
through revelation. And I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I could
not make it through this mission or even this life without knowing
that. I love the Lord and I love His gospel. I have experienced so
much joy the past year and a half and I know the Lord will continue to
provide miracles for those who are faithful.

This doesn’t feel real, but I’m so grateful I have one more week to be
in Philadelphia! I love the people I have met here and the friendships
I have gained that I know will last for eternity. The Lord has been so
good to me here, I’m so grateful for everything He’s done. I love this
gospel, I love my Heavenly Father, and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I hope you have a great week! I love you to the moon and back, and
I’ll see you soon.

Love,
Sister Gomm

This week was good! We saw many miracles! One of the best days was
Saturday. We went down to center city and handed out temple
invitations then went back to our area and talked to people at a city
event. By the end of the day we had handed out 105 invitations to the
temple and gotten tons of referrals for missionaries throughout our
mission! It was such a fun day!

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perfect in everything. It’s amazing to think about all of the miracles
that happen because someone was in the right place at the right time!
I love the gospel and I’m so grateful for the truths that I have in my
life. I’m grateful for the temple and the promises we make with God
there. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the temple so much in my
entire life, but this week especially, it’s something that has become
so important to me. I’m grateful that we get to be with our families
forever. I’m grateful God has provided a way for me to be eternally
happy. The truths we hold on to are amazing because they will never
change, God never changes.

I’m so grateful for the gospel and I’m grateful for a loving Heavenly
Father who wants all of His children to be happy. I’m grateful for the
priesthood which gives us the authority to be bound with our families
forever. I’m grateful for the Book of Mormon. I’m just grateful to be
a missionary at this specific time! 🙂

Have a great week! I love you to the moon and back!

Sister Gomm
Pics: My District
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Tender Mercies

Friends and family!

This week we had a great experience! On Thursday at zone training the
zone leaders had trained on using the commitment pattern and using it
in a way that the people we were teaching would just commit themselves
to change. Later in the week we were having a lesson with a less
active sister and we were talking about going to church. We tried
using the commitment pattern the way the zone leaders had trained and
then all the sudden she’s all, “So, I’m going to come to church this
Sunday.” We were so excited! The best part though, was after sacrament
meeting on Sunday, she came up to us and said hello, we were so happy
to see her! It was great too because the lesson in gospel doctrine was
what we had taught about when we were at her house earlier in the
week, so she said she could participate a lot!

We saw the twins multiple times this week! They are doing awesome!
They are so excited to get baptized. We moved their date to July 31 so
that they can be better prepared, but they are loving everything we
are teaching them. They are so cute! I’m so so excited for them. Other
things that happened this week: making crab for our dinner
appointment, two of them fell on the ground and were crawling
everywhere in the kitchen. Also the fire alarm going off in our
apartment complex and Sister Condon jumping so high she fell out of
her chair. Setting up so many appointments with people. And talking
about the temple everywhere we go!

This week we’ve seen so many tender mercies from the Lord, I’m so so
grateful for all of the experiences we’ve had. This week I also
studied charity, I’m so grateful for Christ’s pure love for me. I’m
grateful for the fact that He knows exactly what I feel every day. He
doesn’t just know what the sorrow from my sins feels like, but
everything; the good and the bad. He knows what everyone else I know
and love has felt too. It’s crazy, one moment I think I have a little
bit of an understanding of Christ and His atonement and His love for
me, and then I learn something new and I think there’s no way I could
have understood what it was before this…and then it happens all over
again! I’m grateful to always be learning though. I will probably
never come to fully understand His atonement, but I am extremely
grateful for the experiences I’ve had here to help me understand it
just a little bit better. Christ loves us so much, He wants what’s
best for us, He does everything He can to help us achieve that. I love
the gospel so much. I love my Savior, I love the Book of Mormon, I
love the priesthood, temples, the Holy Ghost, a modern day prophet.
I’m just grateful to share this wonderful, good news with others!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Zone Training

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“The sisters in the philly south zone! We call this ‘little love’ one of the sisters in our mission is from Korea and taught Sisters Miller and Palacios how to make little hearts with their fingers. Really though, Sister Robison taught us how to play volleyball for our pday!”

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Happy 4th!

Friends and family!

I hope you are all having a great 4th of July!

This week we got to meet President and Sister Randall! They are so
cool! I’m so sad I only get one transfer with them!

This week we were trying to have an 8:45 miracle. Our appointments had
fallen through that day and we were determined to have something good
happen! We were tracting and decided to try one more house. We knocked
and a man answered. He worked at the house, but we talked to him about
the gospel and he told us that he has been looking for a church to go
to. We talked a little about what we believe and the temple! He told
us that he wants to meet with missionaries and learn more about our
church. We got his information and sent it over to the missionaries
where he lives. It’s so great to see the tender mercies from the Lord
when you have a desire to do good!

We saw our investigators with a date this week and they are the
cutest! They really want to be baptized so they can be cleansed from
their sins. It’s so cool to see how even children understand the
gospel!

I’m so grateful to be a missionary. I love meeting so many people and
creating lasting relationships. I’m grateful for my Savior and that He
has allowed me to have the experiences I’m having here!

Good luck to all my PRS sisters with the busy week ahead! I love you all!

Also, yay for weddings, baptisms, and births! Cute baby Conner seems
adorable! And yay for Ty in making the decision to be baptized, I know
you will remember this day forever!!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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“I think this is my new favorite temple!”

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So Many People!

Friends and family!

Hello! I hope you are all doing well! It has been a crazy week!! On
Tuesday Sister Eckman and I drove down to Broomall and I met one of my
new companions, Sister Abana! She is from the Philippines and has been
on her mission for a year! Our area is right in Philadelphia, in Logan
West! There are so many people here!! Everywhere we turn there’s ten
more people, it’s crazy.

On Wednesday we picked up our GOLDEN!! Her name is Sister Condon,
she’s from Holliday Utah! She is so cute!

Sister Abana has been in our area for one transfer so far, and we’re
just trying to figure this place out! We have two nine year olds that
we’re teaching with a baptismal date for next month! They are SO
cute!!

Since we got here we’ve been praying for new investigators, and the
Lord is blessing us! Every single day since Tuesday we have received
multiple referrals from church headquarters! It’s so fun contacting
them, and it reminds me of referral confirmations at the vc… But we
have SO many appointments set up for this week with all of our
referrals!

We had a lesson with an investigator that has been taught a couple of
times. Sister Condon was so excited because she was going to invite
her to be baptized! Long story short, the lesson didn’t go as planned
and we ended up talking about who knows what and when Sister Condon
invited her to be baptized she said, “Only if the water is warm! I’ve
already been baptized twice so if I do it again, the water better be
nice and warm!” Basically I was trying not to laugh the entire time.

I love the gospel and I love the people here, I don’t know why
Heavenly Father has blessed me so much, but I’m just grateful to be
here!

I hope you have a great week and I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Sister Robison & Sister Gomm

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Sister Condon, Sister Abana & Sister Gomm

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These Were Days Never to be Forgotten

image1 (9)Hello friends and family!

What an eventful week we had here at the PRS! We had so many people
come in and we all gave so many tours! We also put on a concert for
the stake, we got transfer calls, we played with the fireflies, and I
took some of the CUTEST families on tours!

Our concert was on Saturday night and it was focused towards the young
women. All of the sisters at the vc briefly talked about why they
serve missions in between songs and after the concert we had a Q&A
with the young women. There was one song in particular that we sang
that is not really anyone’s favorite. It’s actually the song we sang
for President Nelson last fall. I personally, was confused about why
we were singing it again. I thought it was just because Elder Walker
really likes the song (and that may have been why it was chosen
initially). After the concert though, one of the young women said that
she has been thinking about going on a mission, but she hasn’t had a
definite answer, but while we were singing this song-that wasn’t any
of the sisters favorite-the Spirit told her that she needs to go on a
mission. As she told us this and tears filled her eyes I couldn’t help
but remember that Heavenly Father is aware of all of us. He uses one
thing, or person, or event to answer so many people’s prayers and to
touch so many people’s hearts. Even if that was the only thing that
comes of this concert, it was worth it.

After the concert President Anderson came up to me and confirmed what
I already knew, but told me that I will be getting transferred. There
are only a few changes happening at the vc, but I will be spending the
next transfer somewhere else! 😦

Although I am so sad to be leaving here, I can’t believe how blessed I
have been to be here. I’ve spent 9 months of my mission in the
Susquehanna branch, and I have made friendships that will last a
lifetime. At church yesterday a member of the branch presidency asked
if I would share my testimony. As I looked out into the audience I saw
so many of the people I have come to love on my mission: branch
members, missionaries, and even people who were there to take a tour
after church. I can’t imagine leaving these wonderful people, but I
know that the Lord will bless them and me. After church the branch
mission leader and his family told me that they love me and they look
forward to seeing me again, a branch member who has become such a good
friend, Alyssa, said that she can’t wait until she goes to byu Idaho
because we will be so much closer to each other then, one of the older
ladies in the branch drew me the cutest picture with a little note on
the back, and a little girl in the branch ran up to me and gave me the
biggest hug, one of the women in the branch told me she couldn’t even
look at me because she is so sad to see me go. As everyone kept
expressing their love I thought about how much the Savior loves us. I
can’t imagine Him loving everyone here more than I do, but I know that
He does. I know I don’t deserve the love that the people here give me,
but I’m so grateful that I get to represent my Savior and feel just a
little of the love that He feels for these people.

All of this being said, I feel like I’m leaving home. But not just
home, a place where so many amazing things have happened. A place
where I have been able to be humbled, a place where I’ve been able to
laugh and smile. A place where I’ve learned so much, like what my role
is with the priesthood, why we need a prophet today, and why the
little facts matter. A place where I’ve experienced so much heartache
but also so much joy. The Priesthood Restoration Site has been a place
for me to sing, testify, pray, and to come closer to my Savior. It’s
hard to believe that after today, I won’t be back here as a full time
missionary. I’m so grateful though, that I have learned so much about
the Prophet, Joseph Smith. I haven’t even met him, yet I feel as
though he is a close friend. I feel as though I understand Emma Smith
and Oliver Cowdery. I know that they had so much faith in the Savior,
and that they found so much happiness and peace while they were here.

Being here has taught me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
It was translated by His power, and there’s no other way this could
have happened. I’ve never confused so many people with talking about
things like the seer stone, but I’ve never had my testimony
strengthened so much of the translation process than I have here. I’ve
learned that standing in holy places doesn’t have to be the original
home that some significant, amazing thing happened, it doesn’t even
have to be somewhere where anything has happened yet, but we can make
the places that we are standing in holy because of the experiences we
have in those places and the Spirit we feel while there. I’ve learned
that the Lord speaks to us through things like revelation. He wants us
to succeed and He gives us all we need to do so.

Being here though, I’ve learned that the priesthood is the authority
from God. I have access to it and I receive so many blessings from it.
I have learned that I have a very significant role in with the
priesthood and we all need it to receive eternal salvation. I have
learned that holding the priesthood is such a selfless thing, it is
used to bless others. I have learned that the authority that Christ
used to create the earth is the same authority that was restored here
where I’ve been serving. The men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood
will never receive a higher priesthood than what they already have.

I think the most important thing that I’ve learned here is that my
Redeemer lives. Jesus Christ has saved me. It’s not a matter of if or
when, but it’s already done. My sins will always be forgiven when I do
my part. I will always have the gospel of my Savior to help me. His
mercy is extended throughout all of time and land. Although the fight
may be long, because we have a Savior, Satan cannot harm us. I don’t
need to fear death because my Savior has died for me. Jesus Christ has
given me hope and helped me feel loved. The most important thing that
I could have learned serving here is that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer.
What a beautiful truth I get to continue to share with the world!

Every week I try to make sure I don’t write a novel, and every week I
write a novel and a half…I’m just so grateful to be here, to be
serving Heavenly Father and to be representing my Savior. I love being
a missionary, and I know there are so many miracles waiting to happen
here.

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Time Needs to Slow Down!

Hello friends and family!

I swear the weeks keep going by faster and faster! This week we had
zone conference! There’s something special about having a mission
president and his wife direct and guide you. It was so bitter sweet to
have our last zone conference with President and Sister Anderson. I
love them so much!

We had so many bus tours this week, it was so fun! Some of my most
favorite memories of this place are with the youth groups who come in
here. There’s something special about those youth groups because
they’re all getting ready for a lot of change in their lives. They’re
trying to figure themselves out and they’re so humble because they are
willing to accept change! There was one in particular that had three
boys and a bunch of girls in the group. Once we got to the Smith
summer kitchen I asked them all why the priesthood was important to
them. One of the boys mentioned that he had just gotten the
Melchizedek priesthood last Sunday and he is heading to the mtc in
about three weeks. He mentioned that his stake president had told them
that the priesthood they were getting was the same priesthood that
Christ used to create the earth. I pointed out that they will never
receive any more priesthood than what they have now. Yes, there will
be more keys and different responsibilities, but it’s the same
authority that Christ has. We went into a conversation about the
priesthood that I didn’t even know I was capable of having. My
understanding of the priesthood has grown immensely. I then told all
of the girls some of the roles that they have with the priesthood as
well, in hopes that they can understand the priesthood more and how it
affects them. I’m so grateful that I have learned so much about the
priesthood to not only benefit others, but myself as well. I know the
Lord is helping me to understand the priesthood and the gospel so that
I can explain it simply to others.

One of the highlights of this week was on Friday night we got to sing
the national anthem at the races that happen every Friday! It was SO
fun! I got to see so many of the people that I taught last summer and
fall because basically everyone in Susquehanna goes to the races!

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“at the races”

Something that keeps coming up in different trainings and meetings
that we’ve been having recently is something I think is very
important. Oftentimes we make lists, specifically “to do” lists. To do
lists are great and often much needed, but for us as children of God,
how much more important is it for us to have “to become” lists. I made
a list of qualities the person that I want to become has and then
broke it down to a long term and short term like weekly and monthly
ways I am going to achieve who I want to become. It’s been really cool
to put those things into perspective and see who I think the Lord
wants me to be, and then to make goals to achieve that. It’s been a
great learning experience for me and I’m glad I’ve done it!

I don’t know why I got so lucky to be a missionary here and at this
time. There really is no greater work for me to do right now than
serving the Lord. I’m so grateful for Christ’s atonement and
everything I am learning right now! Here’s to another busy and very,
very eventful week!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm