So Many People!

Friends and family!

Hello! I hope you are all doing well! It has been a crazy week!! On
Tuesday Sister Eckman and I drove down to Broomall and I met one of my
new companions, Sister Abana! She is from the Philippines and has been
on her mission for a year! Our area is right in Philadelphia, in Logan
West! There are so many people here!! Everywhere we turn there’s ten
more people, it’s crazy.

On Wednesday we picked up our GOLDEN!! Her name is Sister Condon,
she’s from Holliday Utah! She is so cute!

Sister Abana has been in our area for one transfer so far, and we’re
just trying to figure this place out! We have two nine year olds that
we’re teaching with a baptismal date for next month! They are SO
cute!!

Since we got here we’ve been praying for new investigators, and the
Lord is blessing us! Every single day since Tuesday we have received
multiple referrals from church headquarters! It’s so fun contacting
them, and it reminds me of referral confirmations at the vc… But we
have SO many appointments set up for this week with all of our
referrals!

We had a lesson with an investigator that has been taught a couple of
times. Sister Condon was so excited because she was going to invite
her to be baptized! Long story short, the lesson didn’t go as planned
and we ended up talking about who knows what and when Sister Condon
invited her to be baptized she said, “Only if the water is warm! I’ve
already been baptized twice so if I do it again, the water better be
nice and warm!” Basically I was trying not to laugh the entire time.

I love the gospel and I love the people here, I don’t know why
Heavenly Father has blessed me so much, but I’m just grateful to be
here!

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

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Sister Robison & Sister Gomm

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Sister Condon, Sister Abana & Sister Gomm

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These Were Days Never to be Forgotten

image1 (9)Hello friends and family!

What an eventful week we had here at the PRS! We had so many people
come in and we all gave so many tours! We also put on a concert for
the stake, we got transfer calls, we played with the fireflies, and I
took some of the CUTEST families on tours!

Our concert was on Saturday night and it was focused towards the young
women. All of the sisters at the vc briefly talked about why they
serve missions in between songs and after the concert we had a Q&A
with the young women. There was one song in particular that we sang
that is not really anyone’s favorite. It’s actually the song we sang
for President Nelson last fall. I personally, was confused about why
we were singing it again. I thought it was just because Elder Walker
really likes the song (and that may have been why it was chosen
initially). After the concert though, one of the young women said that
she has been thinking about going on a mission, but she hasn’t had a
definite answer, but while we were singing this song-that wasn’t any
of the sisters favorite-the Spirit told her that she needs to go on a
mission. As she told us this and tears filled her eyes I couldn’t help
but remember that Heavenly Father is aware of all of us. He uses one
thing, or person, or event to answer so many people’s prayers and to
touch so many people’s hearts. Even if that was the only thing that
comes of this concert, it was worth it.

After the concert President Anderson came up to me and confirmed what
I already knew, but told me that I will be getting transferred. There
are only a few changes happening at the vc, but I will be spending the
next transfer somewhere else! 😦

Although I am so sad to be leaving here, I can’t believe how blessed I
have been to be here. I’ve spent 9 months of my mission in the
Susquehanna branch, and I have made friendships that will last a
lifetime. At church yesterday a member of the branch presidency asked
if I would share my testimony. As I looked out into the audience I saw
so many of the people I have come to love on my mission: branch
members, missionaries, and even people who were there to take a tour
after church. I can’t imagine leaving these wonderful people, but I
know that the Lord will bless them and me. After church the branch
mission leader and his family told me that they love me and they look
forward to seeing me again, a branch member who has become such a good
friend, Alyssa, said that she can’t wait until she goes to byu Idaho
because we will be so much closer to each other then, one of the older
ladies in the branch drew me the cutest picture with a little note on
the back, and a little girl in the branch ran up to me and gave me the
biggest hug, one of the women in the branch told me she couldn’t even
look at me because she is so sad to see me go. As everyone kept
expressing their love I thought about how much the Savior loves us. I
can’t imagine Him loving everyone here more than I do, but I know that
He does. I know I don’t deserve the love that the people here give me,
but I’m so grateful that I get to represent my Savior and feel just a
little of the love that He feels for these people.

All of this being said, I feel like I’m leaving home. But not just
home, a place where so many amazing things have happened. A place
where I have been able to be humbled, a place where I’ve been able to
laugh and smile. A place where I’ve learned so much, like what my role
is with the priesthood, why we need a prophet today, and why the
little facts matter. A place where I’ve experienced so much heartache
but also so much joy. The Priesthood Restoration Site has been a place
for me to sing, testify, pray, and to come closer to my Savior. It’s
hard to believe that after today, I won’t be back here as a full time
missionary. I’m so grateful though, that I have learned so much about
the Prophet, Joseph Smith. I haven’t even met him, yet I feel as
though he is a close friend. I feel as though I understand Emma Smith
and Oliver Cowdery. I know that they had so much faith in the Savior,
and that they found so much happiness and peace while they were here.

Being here has taught me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
It was translated by His power, and there’s no other way this could
have happened. I’ve never confused so many people with talking about
things like the seer stone, but I’ve never had my testimony
strengthened so much of the translation process than I have here. I’ve
learned that standing in holy places doesn’t have to be the original
home that some significant, amazing thing happened, it doesn’t even
have to be somewhere where anything has happened yet, but we can make
the places that we are standing in holy because of the experiences we
have in those places and the Spirit we feel while there. I’ve learned
that the Lord speaks to us through things like revelation. He wants us
to succeed and He gives us all we need to do so.

Being here though, I’ve learned that the priesthood is the authority
from God. I have access to it and I receive so many blessings from it.
I have learned that I have a very significant role in with the
priesthood and we all need it to receive eternal salvation. I have
learned that holding the priesthood is such a selfless thing, it is
used to bless others. I have learned that the authority that Christ
used to create the earth is the same authority that was restored here
where I’ve been serving. The men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood
will never receive a higher priesthood than what they already have.

I think the most important thing that I’ve learned here is that my
Redeemer lives. Jesus Christ has saved me. It’s not a matter of if or
when, but it’s already done. My sins will always be forgiven when I do
my part. I will always have the gospel of my Savior to help me. His
mercy is extended throughout all of time and land. Although the fight
may be long, because we have a Savior, Satan cannot harm us. I don’t
need to fear death because my Savior has died for me. Jesus Christ has
given me hope and helped me feel loved. The most important thing that
I could have learned serving here is that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer.
What a beautiful truth I get to continue to share with the world!

Every week I try to make sure I don’t write a novel, and every week I
write a novel and a half…I’m just so grateful to be here, to be
serving Heavenly Father and to be representing my Savior. I love being
a missionary, and I know there are so many miracles waiting to happen
here.

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Time Needs to Slow Down!

Hello friends and family!

I swear the weeks keep going by faster and faster! This week we had
zone conference! There’s something special about having a mission
president and his wife direct and guide you. It was so bitter sweet to
have our last zone conference with President and Sister Anderson. I
love them so much!

We had so many bus tours this week, it was so fun! Some of my most
favorite memories of this place are with the youth groups who come in
here. There’s something special about those youth groups because
they’re all getting ready for a lot of change in their lives. They’re
trying to figure themselves out and they’re so humble because they are
willing to accept change! There was one in particular that had three
boys and a bunch of girls in the group. Once we got to the Smith
summer kitchen I asked them all why the priesthood was important to
them. One of the boys mentioned that he had just gotten the
Melchizedek priesthood last Sunday and he is heading to the mtc in
about three weeks. He mentioned that his stake president had told them
that the priesthood they were getting was the same priesthood that
Christ used to create the earth. I pointed out that they will never
receive any more priesthood than what they have now. Yes, there will
be more keys and different responsibilities, but it’s the same
authority that Christ has. We went into a conversation about the
priesthood that I didn’t even know I was capable of having. My
understanding of the priesthood has grown immensely. I then told all
of the girls some of the roles that they have with the priesthood as
well, in hopes that they can understand the priesthood more and how it
affects them. I’m so grateful that I have learned so much about the
priesthood to not only benefit others, but myself as well. I know the
Lord is helping me to understand the priesthood and the gospel so that
I can explain it simply to others.

One of the highlights of this week was on Friday night we got to sing
the national anthem at the races that happen every Friday! It was SO
fun! I got to see so many of the people that I taught last summer and
fall because basically everyone in Susquehanna goes to the races!

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“at the races”

Something that keeps coming up in different trainings and meetings
that we’ve been having recently is something I think is very
important. Oftentimes we make lists, specifically “to do” lists. To do
lists are great and often much needed, but for us as children of God,
how much more important is it for us to have “to become” lists. I made
a list of qualities the person that I want to become has and then
broke it down to a long term and short term like weekly and monthly
ways I am going to achieve who I want to become. It’s been really cool
to put those things into perspective and see who I think the Lord
wants me to be, and then to make goals to achieve that. It’s been a
great learning experience for me and I’m glad I’ve done it!

I don’t know why I got so lucky to be a missionary here and at this
time. There really is no greater work for me to do right now than
serving the Lord. I’m so grateful for Christ’s atonement and
everything I am learning right now! Here’s to another busy and very,
very eventful week!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

Hello!

Hello friends and family!

This week was CRAZY!!!!! Being a missionary is the best thing! On
Tuesday and Wednesday we had training from someone from the missionary
department in Salt Lake. He helped us know how to improve our
missionary work and what to do in the busy months when we have
hundreds of people at the site at the same time. All of the things
we’re going to be doing this summer is going to be crazy!!

On Friday we had two bus tours of youth come in the evening and they
needed to get through everywhere really quick so one bus went to the
river while he other came inside and watched the movie. Once the bus
came back from the river Sister Martinez and I ran out to the parking
lot and talked to everyone. We took them in to the movie and then down
to the homes. Everyone was split and I took a bunch of people through
the Hale home, it was SO fun! They were one of the best groups that
has ever come here! They were all so prepared to feel the Spirit and
learn everything they could, it was the best.

On Saturday (or maybe Friday, I can’t keep the days straight anymore!)
Sister Martinez and I took a family on a tour and they were so great!
They were so prepared to have a spiritual experience. Lately I’ve been
thinking about what I could do to help people here. There were some
people who came into the site awhile ago who told me that they thought
other church history sites were “cooler because the buildings weren’t
reconstructed and you could just feel the Spirit because of how old
they were.” I was a little sad by their comment because I wanted them
to enjoy their stay here as much as any other place they were going
to. I knew that the Lord wouldn’t have a historic site built here if
He hadn’t intended for people to have converting experiences here. So
I prayed to know what to do so that people who come here can enjoy the
Spirit as much as they do in places like Palmyra or Fayette. Later
that day I went on a tour with Sister Eckman and she had so many
insights and things to say and great questions to ask, I knew that was
a step in the right direction! After our tour I pulled out Preach My
Gospel and studied a little then prayed for guidance on our next tour.

Fast forward to the tour I mentioned before with the people who were
so prepared. Obviously, them being prepared was a huge part of why the
tour was so great, but once we got to the Smith home we had one of the
sons read a scripture that has helped him in his life. He read Mosiah
24:12-15. He then expanded on the story for us and said that he had
been very stressed out one time and had an index of scriptures so he
pulled one out about prayer and it had been Mosiah 24. The Spirit was
so strong after that as he shared his testimony of prayer and how he
knew that God will help us from our afflictions. We then went to the
summer kitchen and had them all take a second to think about why they
were grateful for the priesthood. As we all thought in silence the
Spirit was overpowering the room. We then had some of them share and
they all ended up participating and inviting the Spirit more. Then I
told them about what I had been praying about and the Spirit was
encompassing the room. I knew right there that God was satisfied with
what Sister Martinez and I had said. The mistakes I’m sure we had made
earlier in the tour, in past tours, and in future tours didn’t matter.
The Spirit had made up for everything as this family contemplated the
events that took place here and how those events were blessing them.
It was a miracle that my prayer had been answered so soon and that we
had invited the Spirit into the lives of this family by simply
allowing them to talk so they could invite it themselves.

Sunday was crazy!! We had so many people come to the site!! At one
point Sister Martinez and I were up next for a tour and we were the
only sisters left at the center. We made an executive decision to go
on splits with the women in the tours who had both just come in. I
went on a tour with a cute family from Utah who was in a hurry so we
just decided to go down to the Smith home. Meanwhile it is pouring
outside!! It was crazy! We grabbed a few umbrellas and made our way
down to the home. We may as well have left the umbrellas at the
visitors’ center because we were still soaked by the time we got to
the Smith home. We went inside and started talking but then Sister
Larsen and Sister Francis came in and asked if they could join our
group because they didn’t want to stand in the rain. They all piled in
and marveled at the fact that the Book of Mormon had been translated
here. They were all so willing to participate and add their comments
the Spirit was again so strong!

Sister Martinez and I didn’t make it back to each other again until 7
p.m. It was the craziest day and we were soaking wet! Good thing the
FM couples really needed it to rain! I’m just grateful to be here and
feel the Spirit testify to everyone, especially me, that the
priesthood is real, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and
that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I love the gospel and I love sharing
it with others!

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

Love,
Sister Gomm

"I love Sister Larsen! Happy days at the PRS"

“I love Sister Larsen!
Happy days at the PRS”