I love to see the Temple – Susquehanna #16

Hello friends and family!!

I don’t have a lot of time or a lot to say this week, it’s been crazy
though! N… made fun of me for always talking about how many of our
appointments always fall through, but it happens every week so I feel
like I need to say it every week!! (; (I loooove you N…!!!)

A miracle that happened this week was at church! We didn’t have anyone
planning on coming to church that we knew of… We had meetings in the
morning and afterwards we walked into the chapel and there was a woman
named R… standing there! Her daughter has been a member for a year,
but R… hasn’t been ready to take the lessons because she wants the
approval of her husband. We went straight over to her and started
talking to her and she told us that her husband has been asking so
many questions ever since their daughter brought them to the
Priesthood Restoration Site. He has also been searching things on
lds.org and he’s been learning a lot from there. They were talking
about it and both of them want to start taking the lessons together!!!
It’s crazy, I know that his heart is being softened by the Lord and
both of them are being prepared to accept the gospel, I am SO excited
to start teaching them!!

We had zone conference yesterday and it was SO good! I just love
talking about the Book of Mormon and the truths it holds!

Today was a special, special day! Sister Johnstone and I went to the
temple today with N…!!! He has been baptized for a year now and
President Anderson gave me permission to go to the temple with them
because Sister Johnstone’s companion when he got baptized is home now.
Wow. The temple is amazing! I love it. We went to the Palmyra temple
and Brother B…, the ward mission leader in Downingtown, was
N…’ escort! It was such a neat experience to be here with N… and
see him make more covenants with Heavenly Father. I’m so so so
grateful for the temple and I love this gospel!

That’s all I have for this week, I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Gomm (:

All is Well – Susquehanna #15

Friends and family!!

I am so sorry, I don’t have much time, but I will include everything I can!!

Wow. What an insane week. We had so many things happen I don’t even know where to begin!! I had been stressing all week about if the D…s family would be back in town for the dedication of the Priesthood Restoration Site. They had been out of town the week before and we didn’t know when they would be back. But a few days before the dedication they texted us and told us they would be there!!

On Thursday night a bunch of historians, people from the missionary department and others showed up to the visitors center and they had a devotional. We were planning on staying for them and singing to them, they were an hour late though and by the time the devotional even started it was 9 pm! Luckily President Anderson was there and people from the missionary department, so they all gave us permission to stay out late. We sang and didn’t make it home until 10:20! Crazy.

The next morning we had meetings with Brother Lusvardi, Brother Olsen and Sister Lund. Wow. It made me realize how much I needed to repent for all of the tours I had given thus far. So much new information and things to improve on!

On Friday evening Sister Larsen and I went to see the S…!! They are doing well!! They replaced the carpet in their home and we had a great lesson with them about the priesthood! It was so great to sit down and have a lesson with both of them!!

Saturday was a dream. It was wonderful! We went to the visitors center in the morning and helped set up a few last minute things. We went outside and greeted people as they came in! It was so much fun and I got to meet so many people and greet members of our branch, all around great. So we’re standing there greeting everyone and all the sudden I see Elder and Sister Kunz from DOWNINGTOWN!! I had been hoping that they would be there!! So I ran over to them and gave Sister Kunz a hug! It was the best to be able to see them!! (: All of the visitor center sisters got to sing at the breakfast before the dedication. It was such an amazing experience! President Nelson and his wife are the cutest(: the dedication was amazing!! If you want to hear it, I believe the video is on lds.org. Right after the dedication we gave tours to the general authorities who were there. Elder and Sister Kunz were in my group! It was amazing to see how open all of these people were to feeling the spirit and letting it testify of truth to them. I really felt like there were ministering angels around us that day. The Priesthood is restored! We have it on the earth today! This was just reaffirmed to me this past weekend. We have the authority from God, and it is only through this authority that we can return to live with Him again.

On Sunday we went to stake conference! It was SO good! We had general authorities speak the whole time. President Nelson gave an apostolic blessing on this stake, and I know we will see miracles from it, especially for the missionary work here. Sister Nelson spoke at stake conference and talked all about the Book of Mormon. She asked us why we do the things we do, and answered each of her own questions with, “Because I know the Book of Mormon is true.” I want to remember this. That I am here because the Book of Mormon is true. I know these things to be true because the Book of Mormon is true. We can use this every day to talk to people about the gospel. The Book of Mormon is true. You don’t have to be where it was translated to know it to be true. You just have to read it and ask God. He will answer your prayers. He always does. There’s a story I love about Emma Smith that we share at the visitors center about God answering prayers. I know Heavenly Father loves each of us and is mindful of us. The gospel was restored because a boy asked a question. Joseph Smith’s question was answered and our questions can be answered too.

Ministering Angels are around us. The Book of Mormon is true. The priesthood is on the earth today. Miracles and spiritual experiences are happening every day. It has been the most amazing weekend and I am looking forward to the miracles that will happen this upcoming week! I am so grateful for the gospel and the peace it brings. I know as we all continue to read from the Book of Mormon that our testimonies will be strengthened and we will receive answers to our prayers. I am sorry but I’m out of time!

I love you all to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Priesthood Restoration Site is Dedicated

Priesthood Restorate Site

August 24-28, 2015 – Missionary Training for the Visitor’s Center

August 28, 2015 (Friday) – 1st Tours of Priesthood Restoration Site to local branch members.

August 29, 2015 (Saturday) – The Priesthood Restoration Site officially opened.

September 19, 2015 (Saturday) – President Nelson dedicates the Priesthood Restoration Site

LDS.org Priesthood Restoration Site or LDS.org Priesthood Restoration Site

Interactive Map of Priesthood Restoration Site

Mormon Newsroom Official Video & Pictures of Dedication

Mormon Newsroom Dedication Transcript

Church News – September 19, 2015 – Priesthood Restoration Site Reopening and Dedication

Daily Herald – September 29, 2014 – Preview of Priesthood Restoraation Site Video

Church News – October 2, 2014 – Preview of Priesthood Restoration Site Video

Deseret News – Sept 19, 2015 – Dedication Story & Photos

WNEP News Coverage of Dedication – September 19, 2015

Priesthood Restoration Site Facebook Page #RestoredHere

Hi! – Susquehanna #14

Hello friends and family!

Wow. What an interesting week! I have officially come to the conclusion that satan is very aware of when the work is progressing and great things are about to happen, because boy is he working hard!!! Sister Larsen and I only taught one lesson this week. So many trials and tribulations have come upon the people in this area, I know it’s only because many miracles and amazing things are about to happen!

This week Sister Robison and I went on exchanges together so that the two of us could go to zone training. None of the other visitor center sisters could go because they were all at the site, but our mission president wanted Sister Robison and I to go so that we could teach the things we learned from zone training to the vc sisters. Zone training was so good and Sister Robison and I talked every single second we could the night before, on the drive down, and the drive back. I don’t think I’ve ever talked so much in my entire life!

Saturday was a really good day!! C…, a girl I taught for a transfer before they split our area got baptized!! The visitor center director, Elder Walker gave all of us who taught her permission to leave the site for a few hours to go to her baptism! It was so amazing and so great to see her be baptized! I’m so happy that she made this decision for herself and that she can be an example to her siblings! She is the cutest little girl and I just love her(:

Yesterday we got to give tours to a group of people who are studying about the history of the church. It was so fun and we had the cutest old people in our group! It was so fun! It’s so great to be able to help the people here come closer to Christ and remember why they joined the church in the first place. We also gave a tour to these people who were just in the area and had heard about the visitor center and decided to check it out. It was so cool to hear them talk about the spirit and discover for themselves what they were feeling was true! I just love being a missionary. (:

This week is the dedication of the visitor center and they are going to be broadcasting the dedication online at lds.org this Saturday!! Everyone should listen in, President Nelson will be there and Bishop Stevenson and other general authorities! It’s going to be so amazing!

This upcoming week we have a lot of great things planned and I am looking forward to all that is going to happen! I hope you all have an amazing week! God bless!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Look unto me in every thought; – Susquehanna #13

Friends and family!!

Wow. This week started out rough… but ended so great!!!!

Just about every one of our appointments cancelled this week! Which I know happens a lot, but it’s hard when you’re only proselyting half the time AND all of your appointments fall through! One appointment that did hold was still heartbreaking, it was with M… and K…, the people we had invited to be baptized last week, so we go to our appointment and we’re eating pizza and talking and the whole time Sister Larsen and I could tell that something was off. So once we asked them if they had read the chapter from the Book of Mormon that we had given them to read they both told us that they had prayed about it and God answered them, and they felt like this isn’t something they should pursue anymore. They told us they didn’t want to talk about it but that they were happy we came over and told us if we are ever in the area that we can stop by and talk, but there is no way they are changing anything. It was so sad because last week they were so open and willing to learn!

The D… family also cancelled on us a bunch of times this week. They’ve been having a lot going on but we did get to see them! We rescheduled their temple trip and it is now set for September 26!!! I am so so so excited for them! But I actually can’t go to the temple with them anymore. It’s a bittersweet situation because N…, from my last area is going to the temple for endowments and President Anderson told me that I could go with him because Sister Johnstone’s companion at the time that N… was baptized is home now, so she needed someone to go with her! Since Sister Johnstone and I are both closest to the Palmyra temple, N… is going to come up here and go to that temple!! (: since I’m going to the temple with N… I can’t go with the D…’ but I know they will still have such a great time and Sister Larsen will be able to go and I think Sister Brown will go with her! I just really really want the D…’ to get to the temple! They need it! (:

The week did end very very well though!! On Sunday after our meetings and right before sacrament meeting started A… comes up to us and tells us that she saw us from the other side of the room and had to come and say hello! (I just love her!!) and she had brought her friend with her and wanted to introduce her to us!! So we introduce ourselves to her friend J…, who I actually met my first night in Susquehanna at our branch mission leaders house! Wow. J… is so cool! Sacrament meeting was AMAZING!! M… bore her testimony which was huge because she does not like talking in front of a lot of people, and we had over 80 people in sacrament meeting!! (Lots of visitors because of the Priesthood Restoration Site and the long weekend). AND A… also shared her testimony!! It was hers and M…’s first times!! It was seriously so good!! So Sister Larsen and I taught gospel principles and the only people there were A…, J…, three others, and Brother S… who is in the branch presidency. It was so great because we could really help J… understand what we were teaching and she was participating and asking questions, it was so great!!

At 4 on Sunday we went to the visitors center and A… and J… showed up!!! We gave them a tour and when we got to the Smith house we sat on my favorite benches and shared a scripture with both of them. J… told us that A… had given her a copy of the Book of Mormon a few days earlier and that they were going to start reading it together!! So awesome!! So we talked about the Book of Mormon and I just kept feeling prompted to ask her if we could meet with her. So we asked and she said she would love that! A… even suggested that we have the lessons at her house!! I am so excited!!!!! We took them both to the chapel and showed the Because He Lives video in there on the big screen and afterwards the spirit was so strong! J… talked about how she really liked church and she is excited to start meeting with us!!

On Monday (yesterday), we had exchanges! I went with Sister Francis all day!! I took her out finding with me and we went to a dinner appointment at the S….!! It was SO fun!! I love Sister Francis!!

This week I’ve studied a lot about diligence. Being diligent is so important! I love what it says in Preach My Gospel under diligence: “Diligence is steady, consistent, earnest, and energetic effort in doing the Lord’s work. The Lord expects you to work diligently–persistently and with great effort and care.” I’m trying to make this place better than I found it. Also in Preach My Gospel it states: “You are assigned to do the Lord’s work in a specific area. He wants you to watch over your area with love and great care. Your purpose is to help others come unto Him through baptism and confirmation. Do all you can to leave your area stronger than you found it. Meaningful goals and careful planning will help you accomplish what the Lord requires of you.” Doing all we can to help others shows the Lord our commitment to Him. I’m so grateful for everything I’m learning here!! I love God’s counsel to Oliver Cowdery in Doctrine and Covenants 6, specifically verse 23 and 36, “Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?…. Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” Oliver had prayed to know that all of this was true, he wanted to know that everything Joseph Smith was claiming to have had happened, really did happen. Later, when he came to Susquehanna County, a while after being a scribe, he questioned it all because he could not see the golden plates. When Joseph asked God to bring peace to Oliver’s mind God asks him this. Oliver had already received his answer that all of this was true, he had just lost sight of that or forgotten, God reminded him that he already knew this was all the work of the Lord. I think it’s so important to remember that. “A marvelous work is about to come forth,” it is coming forth now! I’m so grateful that I get to testify of truth to everyone I meet! It’s such a blessing to be here, my testimony is growing every day! I love this gospel, I love this work, I’m so grateful for my Savior and Brother, Jesus Christ. This is His work, and I’m so grateful I have this time to serve Him.

I love you to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

These are the days of Harmony – Susquehanna #12

Friends and family!! Hello! First off, happy birthday to my older brother Keyan!! You. Are. Old. (; I hope you have a wonderful day! Just so you all know, my pday has officially been changed to Tuesday! So the rest of my stay in Susquehanna I’ll be emailing on Tuesdays!

Wow. This has been the best and craziest week of my entire life! Last Monday we had “Susquehanna” golden retraining! Whoo!! It was so good! As always (: on Tuesday it was just a normal proselyting day, which was great except we had 5 companionships in our area alone! Crazy. I don’t know how we didn’t all run into each other every five minutes! But needless to say, a great day of finding! Wednesday is when everything got CRAZY!

So we show up to the visitors center Wednesday morning and I went over to President Anderson to ask him a question then he told me he needed to tell Sister Robison and I something, so he calls her over and asks us if we will be the sister training leaders for the visitors center! Whoo! Except how does that even work because Sister Robison and I aren’t even companions?? Don’t ask, we’re still trying to figure it out ourselves… And we’re apparently supposed to go on exchanges every Wednesday. Crazy! So after that visitors center training starts!!! Brother LasVarde (don’t ask me if that’s the correct way to spell his name because I have no idea!!) from Salt Lake came and did our training. We talked a lot about preach my gospel and he complimented us because he can really tell that we are a preach my gospel mission. We also got to see the video that they are showing at our site and the video they will be showing at the Whitmer Farm. Wow. The video they are showing here is amazing!! Seriously, everyone needs to come here! So we had training from 9 am until 6:30 pm! Once we finally left we saw we had a missed call from our branch mission leader, so we listen to the voicemail he left and he was inviting us over for dinner! So we call him back and ask if they already had dinner, luckily they hadn’t, they were just getting ready to eat! So we go over and they’re literally finishing setting the table right as we get there! So we eat and share a message and are out the door all within 35 minutes! Talk about fastest, best dinner appointment of my life! And there wasn’t even dessert! (I’m so tired of having dessert every meal appointment!)

So Thursday we are at the visitors center again by 8:45 am and we go right in to training. We talk more about missionary work and helping people and talking about preach my gospel, etc. then around 5 they give us our study guides for the visitors center and tell us that we need to study this and get to know all of the information in it! Sister Larsen and I had to go to an appointment after that, so we left and taught this couple M… and K… the restoration! It was so great! You know when you have that moment of everything just clicks and from then on you and your companion teach in unity and everything goes great? Well that happened at this lesson for Sister Larsen and I! And! Sister Larsen invited them to be baptized and they accepted a date for October 17!! I am so excited for them! They invited us over on Thursday for a lesson and pizza!! K… put a reminder in her phone that says “Mormons and pizza” haha! So after the lesson we go back to the visitors center and ask the visitors center director, Elder Walker, what we missed, and he said that we didn’t miss anything but we are free to go and study for the rest of the night, that he wanted us doing that rather than going out finding (it’s so different being in a visitors center). So we break into our study guides and wow. I feel like I’m back in school! There is so much to study and learn and know! It’s crazy.

Friday consisted of more training and then our first tour! Local people (as in members from our branch) had volunteered to be the first ones to have tours so that the missionaries could practice. Sister Larsen and I had the branch president and his wife, their friends, and two members of our branch in our group! The spirit was so strong when we were with them and at the end of the tour we took them to the chapel and watched Because He Lives on the big screen there. After the video we had such a spiritual conversation with all of them and it was one of the best experiences! After all of the tours were done and we all came together to discuss what happened we were free to go home and sleep and study! That would be great except literally every night since Tuesday we have to make so many calls and we don’t have time for anything! Friday was also transfer calls, and there are only three elders in our whole zone being transferred! Crazy.

Saturday was amazing.

These are days never to be forgotten.

Saturday was our opening day! Wow. It was so crazy and so great! Sister Larsen and I were in the back where we put our bags getting ready to go out, and we said a prayer right before and after we finished our prayer we saw Sister Simmons and Sister Anderson waiting for us and they told us that F… (one of our investigators that we’ve had a hard time getting in contact with) was here and wanted a tour from us!! So we go out and see F… and two of her kids with her! So we go and give them a tour and when we got down to Joseph and Emma’s house we sat down on some benches and just talked. We talked about what F… is going to do with her life and what God wants from her. She told us that she thinks this might be true, that this could be the pathway that God wants her to take! Sister Larsen and I testified of truth to her and promised her blessings and shared a scripture with her, the spirit was so strong! The Smith home has become one of my favorite places. (: after that we did a tour with the cutest family from New Jersey! After that we had to go to a lesson but once we got there the lesson fell through! 😦 I had a prompting that we should go to someone’s house but they weren’t home.. Then I felt like we should go to someone else’s house but they weren’t home either! At this point Sister Larsen and I were trying to figure out what Heavenly Father’s intentions were for sending us to two different houses where no one was home. So we drive back to the visitors center feeling confused about why that would happen. Then right when we got back we did a tour with L… and her family. L… was baptized a little over a year ago and she is the only member of her family. She came with her parents, her aunt and uncle, her grandmother, and another aunt. Wow. This was why Heavenly Father directed us to go stop by those two other people. If we had been any earlier or later we would have missed L… and someone else would have given them a tour, which would not have been a problem, but it was definitely inspiration that we were with them. They had SO many amazing questions and insights! It was great! When we got to the Smith home I quickly asked L… if she would be willing to share her testimony of the Book of Mormon. She happily agreed and we went into the room with the benches. We sat down and talked about the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, and faith. The spirit was seriously so strong and then L… shared her testimony of the Book of Mormon and it was so great!!

Days of Harmony.

It’s funny because no one who lives here knows that they used to call this place Harmony, but all of the members who come here think that it still is called Harmony. But these are days of Harmony! On Sunday we had 5 investigators at church!! We’re still meeting in our little house on the prairie building until the dedication, but L…’s parents both came to church!! It was so great! At 4 pm we had to be at the visitors center and when we walk in L… and A… (she was baptized at the same time as L…) and E…, the branch mission leader’s daughter were waiting for us so we could give them a tour! So we go and it was another amazing experience!!

Days of gratitude.

As we were going through the Hale home E…’s brother, C…, joined us and finished the tour with us. When we got to the Smith home we all sat down on the infamous benches and talked about the gospel and A… shared her testimony and talked about how she recognized her answer to the Book of Mormon. L… talked about how she felt when she received her answer and then we asked C… to share his testimony of the priesthood. Wow. What a great experience!!

Days of hope.

The spirit was so strong afterwards and none of us wanted to leave so at L…’s request we sang “Praise to the Man”. It was beautiful. Sister Larsen and C… were singing different parts and L… was singing descant for part. The spirit was wrapped around us and it was testifying to each of us that this is true. The things that happened here in Susquehanna were key to bringing the church back to the earth. This place has such a special place in my heart. It’s true. The gospel is restored. The priesthood was brought back to the earth and we have it today. Yesterday we got to give a tour to a few of the Manhattan temple missionary temple workers. Seeing them watch the video for the first time and talking about the Book of Mormon with them helped me strengthen my own testimony. I am so grateful for this time that I have to be a missionary! It’s been such a crazy week, but so many miracles have happened!

“These are days never to be forgotten. Days of harmony. Days of gratitude. Days of hope.”

I love you all! I’m sorry this is an eternity long, but it was such an amazing week! I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (: