I want a truck!! – Susquehanna #7

Hello!!!

What a CRAZY week it’s been!!!! Wow! They split our area, so now
Sister Brown and I are together in Susquehanna and Sister Simmons and
her new companion, Sister Francis, are in Great Bend! It’s crazy to
have two sets of missionaries in our tiny little branch, but it is SO
fun!! Sister Simmons and Sister Francis haven’t gotten their new house
yet, so there are four of us staying in our house right now!! It is SO
fun!!

Sister Francis, Sister Simmons, Sister Gomm & Sister Brown

As for our area, how we have it split right now is pretty rough. Great
bend has everyone that we were teaching besides 2 investigators, 2
recent converts and 1 less active member. Basically it’s going to take
A LOT to reach the goals we have set for this week! But I know that
Heavenly Father will help us! We’re also going to fix how the area is
split to make it better for us!! But until then we’re doing a lot of
finding!! (: it’s seriously so fun! This area is amazing!!

One of the best parts is that I’m now driving the truck!! And wow! I
LOVE it!!! It’s very essential for this area too, because there are so
many hills, dirt roads, and pot holes!! Seriously, they’re
everywhere!!!!!

truck

We had interviews with our Mission President this week! They are
always the best! President gave me some WONDERFUL advice on how to
help the people in this area, and I’m so excited to put things into
action! It’s going to be an amazing transfer in Susquehanna!! I can
feel it!! (:

Since we’ve been doing mostly finding I’ve really come to love talking
to people! It still scares me most of the time, but I love getting to
know others and being able to help them feel the spirit and help them
understand that God loves them. We met this woman named F… this
past week. She is so sweet!! She lives a few streets up from us and we
knocked on her door and the conversation was just rolling from then
on!! She is searching for truth and is really interested in reading
the Book of Mormon! We are meeting with her tomorrow and I am SO
excited!!

I’m sorry I don’t have a lot of time this week! But something I’ve
really learned this week is that you truly can’t judge anyone. You
can’t assume that someone you pass by won’t accept what you are going
to share with them, you can’t judge that no one is home because all of
the lights are off in the house. We need to let everyone have the
opportunity to hear the gospel! It just brings so much happiness and
joy, it really is for everyone!!

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

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

6 weeks down in THE Susquehanna!!

Wow. What an insane week. On Monday we had an amazing lesson with a
less active member, J…. He is so cool!! (I’ve mentioned him before)
He’s been struggling to believe that there is a God, and that He cares
for J…. So we decided to talk about Heavenly Father in our lesson.
We showed a video and the man in the video had a different
circumstance than J… is having, but it was the perfect thing to
show, the spirit was so strong and J… was getting teary-eyed when
the man in the video was talking about how he came to know that there
is a God and He does love each of us. After the video we talked a
little and the members that were with us shared their testimonies of
Heavenly Father, and I just kept getting the feeling that I should
tell J… that there is a God and that He loves him and wants what’s
best for him. But as soon as the member was done talking my companions
started talking and the conversation got a little off track from what
I wanted to say so I decided I wasn’t going to say it anymore, but I
just kept feeling like I needed to. So I simply told J… that often
times Heavenly Father answers our prayers through other people, and I
don’t have the answers to everything, but I do know that God exists
and that He loves him and He wants what’s best for him and that’s why
he’s been given the gospel. Both J… and I had tears in our eyes and
I could feel so much love from Heavenly Father for J…! I really do
know that Heavenly Father loves each and every single one of us, and
that’s why He sent Christ to the earth to atone for our sins and to be
the example for us, so that we can return to live with Him again. I’m
so grateful that Heavenly Father trusts us with His children, to help
them and make them feel His love.

On Wednesday we went to see M…! (The investigator who had a
baptismal date for the 25) We taught about tithing and fast offerings
and M…’s daughter (she lives with her daughter) had a complete
blow out about what we were teaching. She’s never listening to the
lessons, in fact, usually we have them outside, but she heard part of
the lesson and listened in for a good amount of time before she
started getting upset. She was so upset that we pay tithing, it was so
sad to hear someone say such mean things. Sister Simmons and I
literally both started crying, but good thing Sister Brown was there
and M…, the member who came with us. Sister Brown bore such a
strong testimony and Misty talked about how things kept going wrong
right before her baptism but it was so worth it, and M…
apologized over and over for what happened, but we cut the lesson
short and left and rescheduled to have the lesson the next day at a
member’s house. Well M… wasn’t doing well the next day and had to
go to the hospital for a few days so we weren’t able to meet with her
or get in contact with her. It was the worst! Plus throughout the rest
of the week we had ten of our lessons cancel and members who were
supposed to come to lessons just didn’t show up and didn’t get back to
us until after the lesson was over. It was so frustrating! Then this
morning M… FINALLY called us back!! But she told us that she is
moving to Florida on Thursday to live with her brother. We asked if we
could come and see her tonight and she said she still didn’t feel well
and when we asked if we could come another time before Thursday she
said she didn’t know. I am so devastated that she is moving! I love
her so much and I don’t want her to lose contact with the church!!
We’re going to get her new address and have the missionaries in
Florida go visit her though. I am just praying that they will be able
to continue to teach her!! I really don’t even know how to express how
sad I am about the whole situation, it’s been so hard though!!

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week we had Hometown
Days, the carnival that goes on every year in Susquehanna! We had a
booth set up and got to talk about the new church and visitors center!
Plus two senior couple missionaries who will be in the visitors center
arrived this week and we met them at Hometown days!! It was so fun to
talk to everyone passing by and just share my testimony with each of
them! We have so many new potential investigators and so many people
who are going to come and visit when the church is done!!

Also this week was transfer calls!! (No surprise here) all three of us
are staying in Susquehanna!! We’ve known since the beginning of the
transfer that the three of us would only be together one transfer and
that they would be adding a 4th person into our apartment. So on
Friday we called President Anderson to ask him what we are supposed to
do with our house to prepare for the new missionary. It was so strange
because President starts off with, “as you know, another missionary
will be joining you next transfer.” Then when we asked him what we
should do he didn’t really give us a direct answer on how to prepare.
Towards the end of the call he’s all, “Sister Gomm you will be-well,
maybe I should wait.” And wouldn’t tell us anything else! So during
transfer calls none of us were surprised that we would all be staying.
On Saturday the assistants called us and told Sister Simmons to ‘make
herself moveable’ but she doesn’t have to bring her stuff to
transfers, but they wouldn’t tell us anything else. So now we still
don’t know if she will be in our house or in another house that’s
still in our area or anything… It’s all been so confusing!! I’m just
so grateful that I get to be a missionary and I am staying in
Susquehanna for at least another six weeks!! I LOVE it here!!! It’s so
much fun!!

Well, I’m about out of time, but I love you all to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Susquehanna #5

Hello friends and family! I don’t have a lot of time this week because we had to go help set up things at the church and we went to a member’s house to make chocolate chip cookies! But this week flew by!!

We went to golden retraining this week and it was so amazing!! It’s always the best to be uplifted by our leaders at those meetings! It was so fun to see other missionaries, the only downside was that it was 3 hours away in Nazareth!! Luckily we had the couple missionaries in Montrose drive us so they saved us SO many miles!!

We had so many of our appointments cancel this week which was really sad! But we got to find a bunch of new people to teach because of it! I’m so excited for this upcoming week and to be able to teach so many amazing people!!!!

M… is really gaining a testimony of the gospel! She shares her testimony every time we go over to teach her and it’s so amazing, she’s basically already living everything we’ve taught her!! She is so prepared and I just love her so so so much!! She is the best! (:

We had a lesson with the D… family this week! I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about them before, but they are investigating the church and have been for awhile. They have a son who’s been out on a mission for almost a year. They are an amazing family!! They haven’t been keeping their commitments though, and we felt as though every time we go over we talk about the same thing. So we asked them what they are expecting out of us coming over and what we can do to help change things. S…, the mom, talked about how since reading her sons email from this past week she’s really had a desire to learn more and try and figure out if this is for her. That was a miracle in and of itself!! D…, the son, had a friend over, M…, and he participated in the lesson with us. Towards the end of the lesson I felt like we should show the music video Come unto Christ. Afterwards the spirit was so strong and we all shared our thoughts and feelings about the video and about Christ. Sister Simmons asked V…, the dad, what he thought of the video, but M… thought she had asked him so he responded with, “I don’t really know..” I could tell that he was really feeling the spirit and that he was thinking hard about what we had said. M… never did get the chance to answer the question because V… started talking right after, but I know that he felt the spirit testifying of truth to him! I gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon afterwards, and I am just praying that he will read it and we will be able to meet with him again soon! The D… (and M…) are all going out of town this week so we won’t be able to meet with them, but I can’t wait until we do meet with them again!

I’m sorry this is so short, but I’m about out of time! One thing that I’ve been doing since I got to Susquehanna is studying about Joseph Smith. My testimony of the Priesthood and of the Restoration has grown so much. Joseph Smith is becoming a close friend of mine, and I know that if I had been living on the earth when he was here that I would have stood by him in defending this church and the Book of Mormon. I remember one year for youth conference we went on trek as a ward and afterwards I just kept thinking that if the prophet were to ask me to do something like move across the country I really would do it. But as time went on I didn’t really think about it any more, and I don’t know if I still thought that same thing. But I know that from reading the Book of Mormon and testifying of it and of living prophets and of the Priesthood and this restored gospel, that I will do what the prophet asks of me. I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon, I know that it is evidence that the gospel has been restored and that Joseph Smith really was a prophet. I know that everyone can come to know this for themselves as well, just by reading it.

I hope you have a great week!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Everyone Here is Related – Susquehanna #4

Hello everyone!

What a crazy week it’s been. We met this family who is a referral from
one of the members here, which is so great!! But they only speak
Spanish! And since we are way far away from the Spanish Elders there’s
no way they can come and teach this family. But we found someone who
is from the branch next to us who speaks Spanish and he came to
translate for us! It was so amazing! We’ve only met with the family
twice, so we are still getting to know them! On Wednesday we had our
Sister Training Leaders double in to our area. They slept over here on
Tuesday night, then Sister Simmons and I went with Sister Barnum and
Sister Brown went with Sister Casey! It was so much fun and I learned
so much! We met with a less active member this week, J… who lives
in Windsor, New York. Wow! He is amazing!! We started the stop smoking
program with him! He is so great and he really wants to serve a
mission! He has such a sense of urgency to get his life turned around
so he can go! I just love the people here! We are working with him and
praying for him! He has such a great desire to quit smoking though, I
know Heavenly Father is helping him through all of this!

I’m sure you’re all wondering what we did for the 4th of July! Well,
missionary work! We weren’t able to schedule any appointments with
ANYONE so we literally went around finding all day and tried talking
to everyone! It rained basically all day. I keep waiting for it to be
super hot and humid as everyone says it gets in PA in the summer, but
so far it’s been more wet than hot! But needless to say, the Fourth
was just like any other day! Everyone was going to Thompson to watch
fireworks (one of the cities in our area), but the fireworks didn’t
start until 10 pm!

On Sunday we went to a baptism for the couple’s, who is over the
restoration site, granddaughter. The family invited us to come and we
were more than happy to be there! The baptism was in the Susquehanna
river! It was so cool to see her be baptized! I’m so grateful that
they invited us to come even though we had only just met her! Later
that day we went to teach M…. Wow, I just love her SO much!! She
is the cutest thing ever! We were teaching the Plan of Salvation and
she kept getting teary-eyed throughout the whole lesson and she told
us that it just all makes sense! She has a baptismal date for July 25
and during our lesson she’s all, “about my baptism… What time is it
going to be at?” Oh she is the best! I seriously love her!! I’m
praying that she will continue to progress in the gospel and that she
will recognize the answers to her prayers. I love her so much! (How
many times can I say that?) Also funny story, while at church in
gospel principles our branch mission leader was teaching and he went
around and introduced everyone because there were some visitors and it
was only M…’s second week. So he introduces M… and suddenly
one of the people in the class who is a recent convert is all, “Hi
aunt M…!” I thought he was just being funny and that he was
pretending to know her when in reality they had just met. But I really
shouldn’t let these things take me by surprise; turns out she actually
is his aunt!! They hadn’t talked to each other in a few years (he
lives in Windsor, New York and she lives in Oakland, Pennsylvania (for
all you church history people is actually what used to be Harmony, PA)
and those two places aren’t far from each other, but it seems like no
one ever leaves their own town so it must be far for them haha) so it
took them both by surprise that they were there! But this seriously
happens ALL the time!! It’s so funny. Everyone in our entire branch is
related… You think I’m kidding, but I swear everyone is related to
someone!! It’s the funniest thing ever. I guess once you go to a small
town you never leave, right? (: Just kidding, but it is strange how
close everyone’s relatives are!

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the Atonement and the Plan of
Salvation. I know that we all need a Savior. I’m so grateful for my
Brother, Jesus Christ, and that He was so willing to suffer for my
sins. I know that I need a Savior to return to live with my Heavenly
Father again. I’m grateful that I have this gospel so that I can know
how to return to live with Him again. I’m so grateful for the
knowledge of the plan of salvation. I know that I will see loved ones
again because of it. It’s amazing the peace and comfort it can bring
to each and every one of us. My testimony is simple, but I know that
this truly is Christ’s church. I know that this is the way to return
to our Beloved Heavenly Father. That Christ has atoned for all of my
sins. He knows exactly how I feel and He loves me and even if I was
the only person who needed the Atonement, that He still would have
done it. I strive to be an example of my Savior, and I pray that those
who know me will know Him.

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (: