Not today, Satan. Not today. – Bethlehem #6

Wow. I think this has been one of, if not THE craziest week of my
entire mission! Sorry for the novel!

So Tuesday. We went finding all day and in the evening we had planned
stop by a potential investigator that the sisters before us had talked
to a bit, but never really taught her. She seemed very promising so we
decided to go over. We knock and a woman answers. Before we can even
say hello she’s all, “Hello Sisters!! Please, come in!” Sister Torres
and I look at each other and I’m just thinking, okay this never
happens, something good has got to come out of this! So we go in and
get to know her better. She was making dinner and offered us some
food. We decline a little at first because we had a dinner appointment
in 2 hours. She’s all, “No, I want you to have this food!” So she
starts pulling food out of the fridge and dishing it onto plates for
us. Then she pours us some of the green smoothie she had just made.
After a few minutes her daughter comes down and starts talking to us.
It’s fine at first and they’re telling us about themselves and asking
us questions about the church and everything. Then the daughter is
all, “My mom has some crazy stories. If they wrote a bible today,
she’s be one of the prophets to write in it.” Meanwhile we’re eating
and suddenly I realize that neither of them are eating anything. So
her mom starts telling us this story about this man she used to date.
It was crazy, one minute were sitting there and everything is fine.
Then suddenly the spirit is gone and I’m trying to make a game plan to
get out of there. Now, I will be the first to admit that I get scared
easily, so I’m basically freaking out while she’s telling us this
story about her boyfriend who was involved in some satanic stuff.
Luckily she didn’t go into detail about this and I’m thinking we’re
getting to a stopping point where I can intercept the conversation and
we can get out of there! So I start thanking them for having us over
and feeding us when the daughter interrupts me and tells us her mom
has this other crazy story. So I’m thinking okay, if it’s anything
like the first story we’ll just get through it quick and get out of
there. The mom proceeds into the next story and wow. If the spirit
wasn’t there before, it definitely, definitely, definitely wasn’t
there now. I’m literally about to make a beeline for the door as this
woman begins to tell us this crazy story from the job she used to have
and these people she met who were into voodoo stuff and I’m literally
about to cry because of how terrible all of this is and I’m just
praying she won’t start doing voodoo stuff to us. This whole time I’ve
been looking at my watch and it’s been about an hour and a half since
we first got there, if we don’t leave now we’re going to be late to
our dinner appointment. So again, we try to wrap things up, but she’s
not done telling us her story, so she keeps going for another
forty-five minutes! Sister Torres and I keep making eye contact and
finally, finally she’s done telling her story and before anyone can
jump into another story we tell them we have to leave and we get out
of there as fast as we can! We call the people we’re going to dinner
with and apologize for being late but tell them we’re on our way!
Luckily the members we had dinner with are so amazing and we just
talked about the Book of Mormon the whole dinner appointment.

The next day we went out finding in the morning and ran into some
Jehovah Witnesses. We had just finished talking to someone they were
going to talk to so they were waiting for us on the sidewalk until we
were done talking to the person they were supposed to see. So once
we’re done one of them waves and says, “Hello Sisters!” So we go over
and start talking to them. Then one of them who is new to the mission
field (or whatever they call it.) starts telling us that everything we
believe is wrong and just goes on and on so we can’t say anything
(this happens to us WAY too often). He’s basically trying to throw our
beliefs to the gutter, but we just smiled and thanked him for sharing
his testimony with us. Then of course, I can’t help it and I’m all,
“Can we take a picture with you?” Haha so whoot, selfie with the
J-Dubs.

That same day we had a lesson with our investigator we’ve been working
with and we had planned on teaching the second half of the plan of
salvation because we hadn’t finished it during the last lesson. So it
starts off pretty good, he tells us about what he read in the Book of
Mormon since the last time we saw him. He asks us a few questions
about the plan of salvation then he’s all, “I don’t have any problems
with any of this, I just have one problem…” He then starts talking
about all of the problems he has with temples. He read and saw some
anti material and went into way too much detail. The same feeling we
had had yesterday while at the other lady’s house is back and the
spirit is gone. He just goes on and on and on without letting anyone
say anything (we had two members with us). I literally have tears
falling down my face by now and Sister Torres so beautifully explains
the difference between secret and sacred but he was just not having
it. Needless to say, we didn’t finish teaching the plan of salvation
but luckily, we ended with the spirit there.

Literally right after that lesson we go straight to another lesson
with Brother H…. We taught him the plan of salvation and we ran
out of time before we could finish, so we stop and set up a return
appointment to finish the lesson and Brother H… is all, “Sister
Gomm, if you died today do you think you’d go to the Celestial
Kingdom?” I was so taken off guard by his question, but I just told
him it isn’t for me to decide. But he would not take that as an
answer. He kept asking me and by this point I’m just laughing at
everything that has happened all in one day.

Thursday we had district meeting then went to lunch with the south
side sisters. Later we had a dinner appointment with our neighbor and
in the evening we went to a members house until 10 because we were
given permission to stay out late if we were with a member!

Friday we had transfer calls and found out that I will be staying and
Sister Torres will be leaving. Saturday Brother H… called us
five minutes into personal study and asked us what was happening with
both of us. He was so upset Sister Torres is getting transferred and
he talked to us for 45 minutes!! It would have been longer but our
mission president started calling us so we just cut him off finally
and told him we had to go. President was calling us because I’m going
to be training again!!!!! Yay!! Sister Torres will get her new
companion on Tuesday, we’re driving down to Broomall in the morning.
Sister Foster and I will then spend the rest of Tuesday together (She
was my sister training leader when I was in Downingtown), and we’ll
get our goldens on Wednesday!!! Whoo!!!!

Later in the day on Saturday we had a lesson with the investigator who
had looked at the anti material. I was so nervous for the lesson and I
was scared it would turn out just like the last one had. When we got
there though he was listening so intently and the lesson was so
wonderful. At the end, he pointed out how he could feel the spirit so
strongly and so far everything he’s learned he thinks has been good!
I’m so grateful the spirit worked with him and helped us to know what
to say and do to help him.

For the rest of Saturday we went finding and we went to this one
specific area that we weren’t having any luck in. We knocked on this
door and a boy answered and went and got his dad. Sister Torres asked
him if he believes in God. He told us he didn’t and we asked what led
him to that conclusion. He then went into a full on rant about the
priesthood, Joseph Smith, the Hill Cumorah, literally anything and
everything. After about ten minutes of him yelling at us Sister Torres
interrupts and says, “You’re obviously not interested in what we have
to say, have a great day.” We turn and start walking away and he keeps
yelling at us about how there’s nothing in the Hill Cumorah and we
don’t have evidence. For a solid minute he keeps yelling at us and we
start laughing because of how ridiculous this all is. I mean, he’s
right. There’s nothing in the Hill Cumorah now. But the Book of Mormon
is the evidence that Christ’s gospel is here on the earth. I’m not
here to convince people of this, I’m just here to present the
information to them and they do the rest. It just made me so sad for
that man. I’m not saying he has to believe what I believe, but why
would anyone think that God would be proud of you for yelling at
someone and being so rude to people you just met? No matter your
beliefs.

To finish the week church was cancelled on Sunday because we didn’t
have heat in our building. Luckily we went to the Nazareth building
for the Easton ward’s services and Brother H… came! Some others
from our ward were there too and it was actually the perfect end to a
crazy week! Plus it was my birthday so Brother H… had dinner
and a cake for us! The cutest couple came with us and Brother
H… shared his testimony and talked about the priesthood and how
he wants to get it as soon as he understands more about the gospel!

The number one thing that has stood out to me the most this week is
that the Book of Mormon is true. It answers questions of the soul and
helps us understand God’s plan for us. Satan is tempting people so
much because he knows great things are about to happen. He’s working
so hard, but as we live the commandments, we will have peace and
surety in our lives and we will be able to withstand satan’s
temptations.

I hope you have a wonderful week, I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Gomm

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