Tender Mercies

Friends and family!

This week we had a great experience! On Thursday at zone training the
zone leaders had trained on using the commitment pattern and using it
in a way that the people we were teaching would just commit themselves
to change. Later in the week we were having a lesson with a less
active sister and we were talking about going to church. We tried
using the commitment pattern the way the zone leaders had trained and
then all the sudden she’s all, “So, I’m going to come to church this
Sunday.” We were so excited! The best part though, was after sacrament
meeting on Sunday, she came up to us and said hello, we were so happy
to see her! It was great too because the lesson in gospel doctrine was
what we had taught about when we were at her house earlier in the
week, so she said she could participate a lot!

We saw the twins multiple times this week! They are doing awesome!
They are so excited to get baptized. We moved their date to July 31 so
that they can be better prepared, but they are loving everything we
are teaching them. They are so cute! I’m so so excited for them. Other
things that happened this week: making crab for our dinner
appointment, two of them fell on the ground and were crawling
everywhere in the kitchen. Also the fire alarm going off in our
apartment complex and Sister Condon jumping so high she fell out of
her chair. Setting up so many appointments with people. And talking
about the temple everywhere we go!

This week we’ve seen so many tender mercies from the Lord, I’m so so
grateful for all of the experiences we’ve had. This week I also
studied charity, I’m so grateful for Christ’s pure love for me. I’m
grateful for the fact that He knows exactly what I feel every day. He
doesn’t just know what the sorrow from my sins feels like, but
everything; the good and the bad. He knows what everyone else I know
and love has felt too. It’s crazy, one moment I think I have a little
bit of an understanding of Christ and His atonement and His love for
me, and then I learn something new and I think there’s no way I could
have understood what it was before this…and then it happens all over
again! I’m grateful to always be learning though. I will probably
never come to fully understand His atonement, but I am extremely
grateful for the experiences I’ve had here to help me understand it
just a little bit better. Christ loves us so much, He wants what’s
best for us, He does everything He can to help us achieve that. I love
the gospel so much. I love my Savior, I love the Book of Mormon, I
love the priesthood, temples, the Holy Ghost, a modern day prophet.
I’m just grateful to share this wonderful, good news with others!

I love you to the moon and back!

Sister Gomm

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Zone Training

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“The sisters in the philly south zone! We call this ‘little love’ one of the sisters in our mission is from Korea and taught Sisters Miller and Palacios how to make little hearts with their fingers. Really though, Sister Robison taught us how to play volleyball for our pday!”

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Charity, Grace, and Christ’s Atonement

Hello friends and family!

It sounds like it’s been a fun week for everyone! I hope you are all doing well!

This week I went on exchanges with Sister Francis!! I LOVE Sister
Francis! She is so great! Halfway through the day we walked down to
the Hale home and sat outside the house on a bench and talked about
the things we’ve learned the past three transfers. It made me
appreciate all over again, the experiences that God allows us to have
so that we can learn and grow and hopefully help others to learn and
grow. My love for my mission and the people I’ve met so far grew even
more as we talked. I think about this all the time, but how could God
allow us to experience so much love and happiness? Every day my heart
grows and makes room for just a few more people and I think, “Okay,
now my heart can’t fit anyone else.” Until the next day and I meet
someone new and my heart expands again! Just thinking about this I
think about how Heavenly Father feels about us, and the love He has
for each of His children!

A cool thing that happened this week was when we were doing referral
confirmations (which is when we call all of the referrals that come in
from Mormon.org to make sure they’re real so missionaries aren’t
wasting their time). There was a man I had called a few weeks ago and
had sent the missionaries to him to give him a Book of Mormon and I
invited him to read about Lehi’s dream because he had an experience
where the Holy Ghost had said the words ‘tree of life’ to him.
Anyways, I followed up with him to see if he had read and if the
missionaries had contacted him because in my areabook it said they
hadn’t. He told me the missionaries had talked to him briefly and he
was probably going to see them next week and he asked me a couple of
questions about the church and what we believe. Then he told me that
he had read the chapters I gave him and he kept reading and is
currently in Jacob! After he asked me a few more questions and then
said, “I just wanted to thank you for your help with finding the true
church of God.” So cool!! All I’m saying is those missionaries better
start teaching him asap! 🙂

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about charity and grace and
Christ’s Atonement. I’ve been trying to love people the way Christ and
Heavenly Father love them, to do so unconditionally, even when they
don’t feel or express that love in return. And when people don’t love
me in return, to remember that Christ’s grace is sufficient for each
of us. His love makes up for any love we think we should be getting
from someone else. And because of this love that Christ has for us, we
have His Atonement. Which is available to us in all that we do, not
just our sins; but at all times, in all things, and in all places. I
don’t need to be upset that the people I talk to don’t love me as much
as I love them because Christ loves me. And because Christ loves me, I
can be forgiven from everything that I’ve ever done and ever will do
that needs be forgiven. And this is leading me to have more love for
those I know, meet, and see. Christ loves us, and when we do all that
we can, we can know that He will take care of the rest. I always knew
and heard people say, “Even if no one else loves you, at least Christ
does.” I would think about that and how true I knew it was, yet I
still wanted the approval from others, to have others express their
love for me the same way I do for them, and to love me as much as I
love them. But knowing who Christ is and understanding all that He has
done for me, I can know and understand that He and Heavenly Father
really do love me, know me, and care for me a lot more than I will
ever feel for them. And because of that, it’s okay that not everyone
loves me as I love them. Reality has hit me a couple of times this
past week, and just how crazy the world can be. That’s why the gospel
is so essential to have in our lives. And not to just have it one time
or two times, but all the time. Jesus Christ lives, He loves us, He
wants what is best for us, and because He died for us, we can
experience eternal happiness now and forever. I know God has a plan.
The Book of Mormon testifies of this plan and how Jesus Christ is the
center of this marvelous plan.

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

Sister Gomm

"Companionship study with Brother Joseph"

“Companionship study with Brother Joseph”