This week I want to share a miracle that has been in the process for a
long, long time. It’s a long story, but one that has meant a lot to
me! This is how I was involved with Robin’s conversion.

Robin has a daughter named Lindsey. Lindsey was baptized almost two
years ago. She is such a great example to her parents and family. I
know it would have only been a matter of time before Lindsey’s mom,
Robin, joined the church. I only played a small part in her joining
the church, but I like to think that my small part made a difference.
If anything, I’m just grateful that the Lord has allowed her to be in
my life.

A year ago Sisters Simmons, Brown, and I tripled in to Susquehanna,
meaning we were all new to the area. We had just replaced the elders
and the people here were not very happy about that. The didn’t like
change and they were all used to “the boy missionaries.” Our first
evening in Susquehanna we went over to the branch mission leader’s
house. He basically gave us a run down of everyone in the area.
Susquehanna is a small town and we wanted to learn all we could as
fast as we could. The branch mission leader got to one family and he
proudly told us how great they were. He expressed his love for all of
them. Lindsey, the daughter who had been baptized the summer before
who had been friends with his children, the father who was so
compassionate and organized, and the mother who was so loving and
faithful; and especially how great of parents this man and woman had
been to Lindsey. He told us that he thought having sisters in the area
would be very beneficial, especially for the mother, Robin.

Throughout that summer we prayed for opportunities to go to this
family’s house and gain their trust enough to start teaching them.
Some time in July, Lindsey came home from school for a few weeks. This
was a miracle for us. Lindsey called and asked if we wanted to come
over for dinner that night. That evening we went over and really got
to know them better. It was so fun! Robin told us about all the things
she had learned about the gospel from her daughter and how she had
been reading the Book of Mormon for awhile now. After leaving, Sister
Brown and I (we were no longer in the trio) were so excited! They were
so cool! We again prayed for opportunities to go back and talk with
them more. We prayed that the Lord would soften their hearts so they
could accept the restored gospel. Progress wasn’t really made and we
started to get discouraged with the fact that we hadn’t officially
started teaching them the lessons.

A couple months later in September I got a new companion and the
Priesthood Restoration Site opened in our area. My new companion,
Sister Larsen, and I were assigned to the visitors’ center part time.
Life was crazy! We were trying to balance our area with the site and
twelve week because Sister Larsen was a golden. In the first week of
the site being opened we saw many miracles, one of them involving
Robin and her family. We were at the site giving tours for the day,
but in the afternoon we had to go to a lesson. Once we got there
however, the lesson fell through. We had a prompting that we should go
to someone’s house but they weren’t home.. Then we felt like we should
go to someone else’s house but they weren’t home either. 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.
Especially because we were wasting time that could have been used at
the visitors’ center. We drove back to the site feeling confused about
why the Lord would prompt us to go to two different houses when He
knew neither of the houses had anyone home.

Right when we got back to the site we put our bags in the back and
walked out to the lobby because we were next for giving a tour. Not
even two minutes after we went out there, in walked Lindsey and her
family. She came with her parents, her aunt and uncle, her
grandmother, and another aunt. This was huge for us because Lindsey
was the only member of the church in her family and they came to see
what the site was all about! We immediately recognized that that was
why Heavenly Father directed us to go stop by those two other people.
He knew they weren’t home so it could be timed just right for us to be
there when they showed up. If we had been any earlier or later we
would have missed them 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 because we had been the ones trying to get in
contact with them and they already knew us so they felt more
comfortable. I remember on their tour when we got to the Smith home we
quickly asked Lindsey if she would be willing to share her testimony
of the Book of Mormon. We sat down and talked about the Book of
Mormon, the priesthood, and faith. The spirit was so strong and then
Lindsey shared her testimony of the Book of Mormon and invited the
Spirit even more. I knew this was a turning point for the missionaries
to be involved in their lives.

The next few weeks were perfect because we had been given an excuse to
go stop by their house and follow up on the commitment we had given
them. Robin expressed her desires, finally, to begin taking the
lessons! We were nothing short of ecstatic. I didn’t understand how
God could be so loving by providing such an amazing opportunity and
miracle for us. From there we had a rocky start with teaching them the
lessons. They were just so busy and it was hard to stay in contact
with them. One day we decided to just go stop by and pray that they
were home. To our amazement Robin was home! She invited us in and told
us again that she was ready to start taking the lessons, she just
needed to talk to her husband about it. We saw her once a week the
next few weeks. After that I was transferred from the area. I was
devastated because I didn’t think I’d be able to see her be baptized.
I kept in contact with the sisters serving in Susquehanna though
because I wanted to hear how Robin was doing.

In April I was transferred back to Susquehanna full time at the
Priesthood Restoration Site. This meant I wouldn’t be able to teach
Robin, but I would get to see her at church! Plus I knew she had a
date to be baptized and I prayed that I would be able to be there for
that. The baptism date was pushed back a couple of times, but finally,
Robin was baptized!!

Robin was baptized last Saturday and confirmed at church on Sunday. It
was such a blessing because almost all of the missionaries who had
taught her were able to be at her baptism! I know that the Lord has
given me so many tender mercies by allowing me to witness some of
Robin’s conversion. I know the Lord would have provided a way for her
to begin being taught by the missionaries even if I hadn’t been here
and hadn’t taken her and her family on a tour at the site. In fact,
I’m sure that her side of the story is very different, and it probably
starts a lot earlier than her story did for me, but I know that
certain things were set up in certain ways so that everything could
work out for her to follow the example of our Savior.

I’m so grateful for the tools the Lord has blessed us with to help His
work progress, especially a tool so big as the Priesthood Restoration
Site. Robin asked me to give a talk on the Holy Ghost at her baptism.
As I prepared I considered the things the Holy Ghost does for us and
why we need not only the influence of the Holy Ghost, but the gift of
the Holy Ghost. At her baptism, Robin shared a strong testimony of the
gospel. She testified of the Book of Mormon and why we need it in our
lives. And also why we need a Savior. While I listened to her talk I
felt Heavenly Father’s love encircle the room. I know that He is so
proud of Robin and the choices she has made. I’m grateful for the
things I’ve learned here and the miracles I’ve been able to witness.

Apparently I’m just so full of gratitude this week. Gratitude for the
people I know here and the experiences I’ve had. I’m grateful for the
Spirit and the truth it teaches us. I’m grateful for the scriptures
which testify of Christ. I’m grateful for the priesthood which allows
us to perform saving ordinances such as baptism. I’m grateful for the
fullness of the gospel. I’m grateful for my Savior, that He has
allowed me to use the Atonement and help others know how they can do
the same. I’m grateful for Robin, that she has made righteous choices
that are bringing her closer to her Father in Heaven.

Now that I’ve literally written a novel, I hope you have a wonderful
week! I love you to the moon and back!

Sister Gomm

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Happy Days at the PRS

Hello friends and family!

We’ve had so many happy days at the PRS! I love being a missionary!
This week we took some super fun tours!! One of them was to two groups
of people, one group was 4 members of the church from Utah, and the
other was a couple from Alaska visiting the other couple from
Montrose. I was super nervous about combining the groups but it turned
out to be great!! The couple from Alaska had some friends who were
members of the church and they had so many questions, it was great!
When we were in the kitchen of the Hale home we were talking about the
gold plates and the woman from Alaska asked about the translation
process. We talked about it and then walked to the Smith home and
explained it more and talked about the breast plate and spectacles and
the seer stone. After we were done explaining the translation process
the woman from Montrose says, “So Joseph didn’t even need to look at
the plates to translate? Wow.” It was so cool to see the Spirit
working in them and testifying the truth to them. After the tour we
took them to see the chapel and talked a little bit more about the
church. We got onto the subject of temples and making covenants with
God. After that we started talking about the Book of Mormon. One of
the women said, “Well, maybe you just need more help than we do
because you have a whole other book of scripture.” I was trying so
hard not to laugh! It was so funny! But you know, I do need a lot of
help and I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon to give me that help!

On Sunday we had stake conference. We sang The Lord is my Shepherd for
one of the musical numbers. It was so fun! Afterwards President and
Sister Anderson spoke and Sister Anderson put so lovely how I think
everyone should talk about our singing here. She said that we have
been given amazing gifts from the Spirit to help others feel the
Spirit and she hopes we recognize that and that we thank our Father in
Heaven for blessing us. I loved that because it’s true! The Spirit
gives us gifts so we can help others feel the Spirit!
On Monday evening President Cooper (from the stake presidency) pulled
up to the site with his wife and daughter. He came in and told us that
there was a woman who came up to the bishop in one of the Scranton
wards after stake conference and told him that because of our singing
at stake conference she felt prompted by the Spirit that she needs to
serve a mission! It was a miracle from the Lord that she received an
answer to a prayer and is beginning to prepare to serve Him!

President Cooper’s daughter, Kimberly, also had some questions for us.
She asked us how we had decided to serve a mission and/or what answer
we had received. It got us all thinking and as I thought back to two
years ago when I was trying to decide if I should serve a mission.
Along with other experiences, one stood out to me specifically while
we were talking to Kimberly.
In my last semester of seminary one day I walked into the room and a
friend’s older brother was standing in our classroom. He had just
returned from his mission a few months prior and had come to say hi to
some of his seminary teachers. My teacher invited him to stay and he
agreed and then talked to all of us at the end of class. I remember
him sharing his testimony and encouraging all of us to serve missions.
He said some things to the boys in the room, then he looked at all the
sisters and said, “Sisters, you don’t have to serve a mission. But I
know that if you prepare yourself as though you were going to serve a
mission, whether you go or stay, your preparation will not be in
vain.” I remember at the time this really stood out so me and from
then I decided that I was going to change my life and prepare myself
in such a way that I would be ready to serve a mission. Little did I
know that that preparation wouldn’t stop and I would actually serve
the Lord full time, but I’m so grateful that happened. I told Kimberly
this experience and felt the Spirit remind me that I have my own
agency to choose what I’m going to do with my life, but if I am always
preparing to do as the Savior did, I will know what the Lord wants me
to do and my preparation will not be in vain.

I know the same can be said for everyone. Any preparation we make
today to come closer to the Savior and to do as God would have us do,
will not be done in vain. The Lord wants to help and bless us, when we
come closer to Him he is able to bless us more.

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

Sister Gomm

"As if we don't spend enough time with each other already, we all run to each other's house to exercise together!"

“As if we don’t spend enough time with each other already, we all run
to each other’s house to exercise together!”

The Priesthood is Restored

Hello friends and family!

This week was great! I went on exchanges with Sister Harvey and Sister
Agado! Sister Harvey and I discovered that we could never be
companions in real life because we would be too much trouble because
we would have WAY too much fun!! But we were glad to be companions for
a day! Sister Agado and I took a bunch of CES people on a tour (which
are my favorite people!). They were so cool!

On Thursday Sisters Francis, Larsen, Martinez, and I all did service
at the site basically all day! On Friday Brother Steve Olsen from the
church history department was here and talked to us at our vc training
meeting. He talked about the sacrament and how we covenant to always
remember and witness of our Savior. When people come into our site we
invite them to remember and then witness of the things that happened
here. He told us that in the sacrament prayer it mentions that we
witness to God. If no one came into our site ever, it would still be
worth it, because we have witnessed to God that what He has done in
this dispensation is true. Historic sites and temples are bookends of
this dispensation, they are building blocks for the millennium. Our
first witness is to God. When we covenant with Him we are telling Him
that we realize the blessings of exaltation. We are saved as
individuals, but we are exalted as a covenant community. The Book of
Mormon doesn’t include everything, but it has a focus statement for
what is important. Stay focused. Don’t share everything you know, let
your focus be a virtue not a vice. Then he shared Doctrine and
Covenants 100:4-8 with us. He told us we are called by God to do His
biding here. Christ has the capacity to magnify our callings in ways
we cannot imagine. I don’t know if any of that makes sense because how
I typed it doesn’t necessarily flow or connect, but what I do know is
that we need to witness to God that we believe in all that He has done
in this dispensation, and we will be blessed beyond measure.

In the evening on Friday there was a fireside for the men in our stake
as part of the fathers and sons camp out. Brother Olsen spoke there
and Sister Kathleen Flake (I think that was her first name, I can’t
remember for sure). Something that was mentioned there that I loved
was that we need not to see our afflictions as punishments, but rather
as refinements. Our afflictions should refine us, which will sanctify
us or make us holy. If our faith is not being tried, it is not being
strengthened. After the meeting we all went up to Sister Flake and
talked with her, she is so cool. She gave us some great counsel on
understanding the priesthood and what that means for us as women.

Saturday was super busy, it was such a fun day! On Sunday Brother
Olsen spoke in church (we heard from him a lot, yet I would have been
fine if we had heard more from him!) he talked about how we know where
and how the Aaronic priesthood was conferred. It was perfect,
obviously, because 187 years ago the Aaronic priesthood was restored
to the earth! What greater witness can we have than from God that this
is true?! It was such a good day!

We also gave so many great tours! The days here just keep getting
better and better! Also on Saturday we found out that no one at the vc
was getting transferred, which was obviously no surprise! There were
some companion switches, but Sister Martinez and I have another
transfer together!! I’m so grateful for the next couple of months that
I have to remember and witness to everyone that Jesus Christ lives,
that the authority to act in God’s name is on the earth, that the Book
of Mormon is true, and God loves us and speaks to us today in this
dispensation. I’m not only grateful though that I get to witness this
to others, but that I get to witness it to my Father in Heaven. He is
so aware of me, and when I do His will He blesses me. Which is true
for everyone. I just love the gospel!

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

Sister Gomm

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I’m out of ideas for suject lines

Hello friends and family!

We had a great week this week! There were so many great experiences we
had! So a few weeks ago we gave this family a tour and the oldest
daughter had just put in her mission papers and they were expecting
her mission call to be waiting for her when they got home from their
trip. Of course, we guessed she would be called to the Philadelphia
mission and told her to keep us updated! Earlier this past week we
emailed her family to follow up on the commitment we had given her and
ask about the mission call. She emailed us with where she was going
and you’ll never guess, she’s coming to the Philadelphia mission!!!
Whoot!! She goes to the mtc at the end of August, so I’ll miss her,
but we were so excited! She’s been asking us so many questions about
our mission and what it’s like, I love it! It reminds me of when I was
preparing to come out and how excited and nervous I was!

This week we also took a bunch of CES (which according to my companion
stands for church education system) directors on a tour. They came to
see how long a tour would take so they can bring the seminary teachers
that they are over sometime later this year. Wow. That was probably
the best tour I’ve ever been a part of! They were all so fun and
crazy! When we got to the Smith home we asked them something along the
lines of, “Why does the things that happened here matter to you?”
Everyone was participating with their responses, it was great, the
Spirit filled the room! There was one person who answered, she was the
only woman in the group and she talked about how grateful she was for
the priesthood and that God loves her even though she’s just one
little person in the world; God has still allowed her to have
experiences to help her have the priesthood in her life. After that I
told them a little bit about my story and my experience with seminary
my senior year of high school. I talked about my teacher, Brother
Little, and the difference he made in my life with helping me
understand the Book of Mormon and my Savior. Because of what Brother
Little did for me I am now on a mission. Even though we may see
ourselves as just “little people,” we can actually be very “big
people” for others. And my seminary teacher was that for me. While
telling them all on the tour this I couldn’t help but smile (and cry
tears of joy!) at the experiences I had those six months that helped
me get where I am today, all because of a seminary teacher who I’m
sure is just grateful to be a “little person” as the people on that
tour were as well.

Afterwards, one of them came up to me and asked who my seminary
teacher had been (most of them are in Utah and they knew I’m from
Provo), after I told them they all made a comment about how they knew
him, or they’d be seeing him in a few weeks, etc. One of them took a
picture of me and Sister Martinez to show to Brother Little when they
see him! It was so great! Afterwards we walked back up to the
visitors’ center and all the sisters were still there (it was an hour
and a half after we had closed and I’d figured they all would have
left), and they motioned for everyone in our group to gather around
the bust of the Savior (our favorite spot) and we sang Abide With Me
for them! It was so fun, I love them all so much!

This upcoming Sunday the Aaronic Priesthood was restored 187 years
ago. We’ve been so excited and I’ve also been thinking a lot about the
priesthood (surprise). Because of the priesthood we can receive a
remission of our sins through baptism, we have the gospel of
repentance, and the ministering of angels. We have the ability to
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost so that we can have it with us
always. We get to take the sacrament. We get to receive so many
blessings. I love the scripture Helaman 10:7. Because of the
priesthood we can bind things in such a way on earth that God will
recognize it in Heaven. We can be with our families forever. I love
the gospel. I’m so thankful for it.

Have a good week! I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Gomm

“Two of my favorite people! President and Sister Anderson :)”


Friends and family,

This week was great, we’ve given lots of tours and met lots of people!
We gave one tour to this group of people who were doing family history
and decided they wanted to take a tour. Half of them are not members
of the church and they were so funny! They were super interested in
what we had to say though. At the end of the tour one of them came up
to me and said, “You two just radiate the Spirit of God. I can see it
in your faces and in your eyes. Thank you for showing us around here!”
They each accepted copies of the Book of Mormon and are excited to
read them!

The other day while singing Joseph Smith’s First Prayer I was thinking
about the lyrics to the song and what exactly they say and what
exactly that meant then, and means to us today. God and Jesus Christ
really appeared to Joseph Smith. Joseph was really called as the
prophet of the restoration. There are so many things that happened
that were essential to bringing back Christ’s church to the earth.
Thinking about this has really put the words to the hymn We Thank
Thee, O God, for a Prophet into perspective for me. I’m so grateful
for a prophet today, and I’m extremely thankful for the obedient,
diligent, sanctified prophet of the restoration, Joseph Smith. I’m
grateful for all Joseph did to follow the counsel from the Lord, even
when it was hard.

I love the gospel and I love my Savior! I’m so grateful for all that
has happened so that I could experience the blessings that the gospel

I love you to the moon and back!

Sister Gomm

"Love from the full time VC sisters!"

“Love from the full time VC sisters!”