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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 :)”

Susquehanna #9

Hello friends and family!! First of all I just want to say congratulations to my baby sister on making the varsity soccer team!! Whoo! I know none of us are surprised, but I’m so proud of you! And congratulations to Tara R…!! My mom sent me a picture, you look absolutely stunning!!

Wow. What a rough week here in Susquehanna. Our new investigator that I talked about last week, F…, dropped us because she had some things come up and she doesn’t feel ready for the gospel. I am so sad about her! It’s crazy, everyone keeps dropping us. It’s devastating, really.

On a better note, the D… family is doing amazing!! They are so excited to go to the temple to do baptisms at the end of the month! I just love them so so so much! The S… family, (they were baptized about a year ago) decided that they wanted to do something that would help them progress in the gospel, and they asked us if we would have family home evening at their house so that we could help them know what to do for fhe. It was so fun and we talked about gratitude and I know that they all felt closer as a family afterwards and that they will continue to grow closer!

Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Another plus, we had zone training in Scranton this week and I don’t think I mentioned this before, but Sister Johnstone is one of my sister training leaders! So I got to see her! Also Elder Beckstead who was in my mtc district is in my zone now, so that was exciting to see him!

We met this family that we taught the restoration to and they invited us to come back this upcoming Saturday! I am excited to really start teaching them and helping them! It’s crazy because our investigators keep dropping us, but we are still seeing miracles and meeting so many amazing people!! I just love Susquehanna so much!

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site - New church building and visitor's center.

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site – New church building and visitor’s center.

Other exciting news that I actually found out a couple of weeks ago but never mentioned, I am going to be in the visitor’s center up here!!! It will be finished in September, but we have training that will start at the end of this month! No one really knows what’s going on still, and we are just telling everyone about it and inviting them all to come! A lot of people in the area are super excited to go and see everything when it’s done!

Youth Conference stop at the Susquehanna River.

Youth Conference stop at the Susquehanna River.

On Saturday we had a devotional with a stake that came here for youth conference! Our branch president gave their stake president our phone number and he called us a few days before and asked if we could talk about what happened at the Susquehanna River and talk a little bit about personal revelation because that was the theme for their youth conference. So Saturday morning we headed down to the river a little bit early and talked to some people who were down there who had been at the Palmyra temple the day before (funny because the youth conference group had also been there the day before), and waited for the youth group to get there. Once they all started coming down they ran right to the river and were all yelling and skipping rocks and splashing in the river. The leaders gathered everyone around and Sister Brown and I started talking about everything that happened there and how Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were baptized and received the Aaronic Priesthood there. The spirit was so strong and I could tell as I testified that the spirit was touching the hearts of the youth there. Afterwards we headed up to the cemetery and showed them Elizabeth and Isaac Hale’s graves and Emma and Joseph’s child’s grave. As we were leaving the river everyone was so respectful and reverent. It was so cool to see the difference from when they had arrived to when they left. The spirit was so strong and I’m so glad I could meet so many amazing people!

I love the people here so much, and I love being a missionary and I love Susquehanna! Even though almost all of our appointments fell through this week and we are struggling to find people I’ve never been happier in my entire life! The gospel brings so much joy! I was reading in Luke chapter 1 this morning and I love verses 46 and 47. In this chapter Mary finds out that she will be the mother of the Son of God. From the moment she finds this out she doesn’t question it. She has so much faith and in verses 46 and 47 she says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” I want to be like that. I want everything I do to magnify the Lord. I want people who know me to know my Savior because of what I do and how I act. I love this gospel, I’m so grateful for it! Mary is such a wonderful example to me of faith and diligence. She submits to God’s will and I’m so grateful for her example.

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

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (: