O Little Town of Bethlehem – Bethlehem #1

Hello friends and family! What a crazy week! It started early Tuesday
morning! Sister Larsen and I went to the other sisters house and made
a car switch and the ones who were staying got their new companions.
Sister Larsen and Sister Robison are now companions in Susquehanna!
After saying goodbye, Sister Brown and I drove the van three hours
down to Broomall! Apparently everyone and their dog already knows
where I went though (social media is dumb). But, I get to spend
Christmas in Bethlehem!! Whoo!!! My companion is Sister Torres! She
has been on her mission for a year (one transfer more than me)!

Bethlehem is so cute! It reminds me a lot of Downingtown, which is
funny because when I was in Downingtown with Sister Ipson, she would
always comment on how Downingtown looks a lot like Bethlehem. Needless
to say, there are so many cute houses, nice people, actual stores, and
no dirt roads! I miss driving a truck! (Dad, I still want one when I
go home!)

We share the area with another set of sisters and Sister Agado is one
of them!! (She was at the priesthood restoration site with me).

On Thanksgiving we went and visited TONS of people! And we only had to
have pie twice! (Gross) There are two less active ladies who live in
the other sister’s area, but are staying in our area at a rehab
center. We’ve gone to visit them a few times and wow. They are SO
funny!! This week we’ve done a lot of trying to find inactive members
because we have SO many in our area!

A miracle that happened this week was, a few weeks ago the ward
council had asked the sisters to go and try to find an inactive man
whose records had just been transferred over to our ward from the
Nazareth ward. The sisters hadn’t been able to find him, so Sister
Torres and I went over. We parked the car and prayed before getting
out. While we were praying they pulled in to their driveway!! So we
get out and this man comes out to greet us. We ask him if a man named
T… lives there. At first he wasn’t too sure about us, but then we
got talking and he talked to us for awhile. He is SO cool! T…
joined the church when he was 15, but when he was almost 17 he stopped
going. He loves he church and wants to come back; but he feels a lot
of pressure from his family and his wife belongs to another religion.
He has experienced a lot of trials with his family believing something
different than him, but he said that now his family doesn’t go to
church at all. We gave him our number and the address to the church
building, and he is hoping to be able to come to church soon. Wow. He
is so cool! I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes him!

This week we also had a man come to gospel principles and after class
we were talking to him. He was baptized when he was younger, but
doesn’t know anything about the church. He had met some elders and
told them that he wants to gain a testimony and he thought talking to
the missionaries would be a good place to start. After Sunday School,
he went to sacrament meeting with the ward that meets after us. We are
meeting with him later tonight, and he is SO excited to learn more and
‘gain a testimony.’ It’s funny, it feels like teaching an
investigator, but he was already baptized! I don’t know all of the
details of his story, but I am excited to get to know him better!!

I am excited to make a change in Bethlehem! We don’t have any
investigators right now, but I am excited with what this Christmas
season will bring! It must be good, right? I’m spending Christmas in
Bethlehem!! I can’t wait to develop a greater love for the people
here! That’s actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Christ
and God’s love for each of us. If there is one thing I know for sure,
it’s that Heavenly Father loves all of His children. I know I can’t
teach these people unless I love them. Christ is our perfect example
and I’m so grateful I get to learn from His example and follow in His
footsteps.

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

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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