Susquehanna or Nicholas Sparks? – Susquehanna #3

Hello!!

What a crazy week it has been! The subject to this email really has
nothing to do with anything, other than the fact that every single day
I feel like I am literally walking through the pages of a Nicholas
Sparks book. Tiny town where everyone knows everyone, and people who
have known each other since they were babies are now married.
Seriously, it’s crazy, I feel like everyone here knew who we were
before we knew them! (In fact, I know they did!) It’s so much fun
though!!

So last Monday we had a zone conference with Elder Kacher (of the
seventy), I don’t remember if I talked about it at all last week, but
it was SO good!! I loved it so much! He talked all about changing your
mindset and what we need to do to help our areas progress and what we
need to improve on to achieve the goals we have set. It was exactly
what we needed to hear! Afterwards Sisters Simmons, Brown and I all
made goals on what we can do to change our mindset of this area; and
we have seen MIRACLES this week because of it!! We had so many members
come to appointments with us last minute and when they got there they
said exactly what was needed for the people we were teaching! We had a
less active member come with us to teach J… and the member invited
J… to read Moroni 10 and she just went on to share her testimony of
how she found out for herself that the Book of Mormon was true by
reading it and praying and asking God if it is true! It was amazing
and everyone could feel the spirit so strongly! We also had an
investigator, M…, come to church and tell us that one time when
she was passing the new church building that’s still being built that
she had a strong feeling that one day she would be going to church
there. She is so sweet, and she’s just searching for the truth! I know
that she will find it here, and I’m so excited to see her progress! (:
We met with a less active member this week, J…, and he is amazing!
He truly has a desire to get his life turned around and he even told
us that he really wants to serve a mission!! We will be helping him
turn to the Lord this week and overcome the trials and temptations
that are coming to him. I’m so excited to see him change his life
around and turn towards the Lord and use the Atonement! He is so
great!! We also met with a family that we’ve been teaching! They have
a son on a mission right now, and we had a member come with us who
connected with them SO well! We decided to reteach them the
Restoration and help them find out what they do know and do believe so
far. The lesson was super great, but I knew that S…, the mom, was
still holding back on us. When we talked about Joseph Smith’s first
vision and Sister Brown finished reciting it, it was silent for at
least 45 seconds afterwards. The spirit was SO strong! I prayed that
S… would open up to us, and suddenly Sister Simmons asked if they
believed that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph
Smith. S… opened up and told us all of her concerns. The member
that was with us bore a beautiful testimony of the Book of Mormon and
Joseph Smith and afterwards the spirit was so strong that no one said
anything. I’m so grateful that the spirit was there and S… could
open up to us so we know how to better help her. I’m grateful for the
companionship of the Holy Ghost. I know that it is so essential to
teach by the Spirit because the Spirit is what testifies of truth.
That is how people will know for themselves that what they are being
taught and reading in the Book of Mormon is true. There’s really no
other way to know.

District Meeting at the Susquehanna River.

District Meeting at the Susquehanna River.

I love this gospel and I’m so grateful for it. A talk I was reading a
little while ago and then our Relief Society lesson was on it is:
Ponder the Path of Thy Feet from President Monson in the October 2014
General Conference. One part in particular that I love says,
“We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills
to walk where Jesus walked. All of us can walk the path He walked
when, with His words ringing in our ears, His Spirit filling our
hearts, and His teachings guiding our lives, we choose to follow Him
as we journey through mortality. His example lights the way. Said He,
“I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

I love this because it really doesn’t matter if you walk exactly where
Christ walked. He doesn’t intend for us to do that anyway. He wants us
to be examples and to follow His example. Wherever we are in the
world. We don’t need to go to Jerusalem to show Christ that we believe
in Him. We don’t need to be baptized in the Susquehanna river to let
Joseph Smith know that we accept him as the prophet of the
restoration. We need to show them. We show Christ our love for Him by
helping others know of Him. We help others know that the Book of
Mormon is true by inviting them to read it. We testify of truth by
living it. And when we do that Heavenly Father blesses us. He loves us
and wants to bless us! We just have to do what He has commanded of us.
I love this gospel and I love helping others know about it! I love you
all and I hope that you have an amazing week and that you invite
others to come closer to Christ, and you lead by example!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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