Bethlehem!

Hello friends and family! This one is going to be short!

Conference was so good! I loved every second of it. I’m so grateful
for a prophet to lead and guide us today. Being obedient to him is so
important.

This weekend we’ve been trying to get everything ready for this area
because they’re doubling Sister Brunsdale and I out and putting elders
in! It’s basically an answer to many prayers, this area needs elders!
I’m excited to see where the Lord takes them!

I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had here in Bethlehem and all
of the things I’ve learned. It’s definitely been tough, but I’ve come
much closer to the Savior because of it! I’m grateful for the
companions I’ve had here, Sister Brunsdale has been wonderful! I’m
excited to see where she goes!

The church is true! I love the gospel!

I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Gomm

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Week of Miracles – Bethlehem #17

Hello friends and family!

This week we had so many miracles!

Last Monday the woman we had a dinner appointment with called us and
asked us if we could come an hour earlier than we had originally
planned. It basically threw off the rest of our day’s schedule, but in
reality, it was just making one thing after another possible! We went
to our dinner appointment and afterwards we had just planned on going
finding in Downtown Bethlehem. So we park our car and go to a former
investigators house.. No luck.. We try the next few houses down.. No
luck. This whole time I kept think about a referral we had received
from the ysa elders and I felt like we needed to go meet her. Only
problem, it would be using a lot of miles to go see her. So Sister
Brunsdale and I thought about it and prayed and asked Heavenly Father
what He thought we should do and we both felt like we needed to go see
this referral. So we headed over and went straight to the house once
we got there. A man answered the door and before we even had a chance
to say hello he said, “Really. Not tonight.” And slammed the door.
Confused, I wondered why we needed to come all this way to have a door
slammed in our face. That could’ve happened in downtown Bethlehem and
we wouldn’t have had to use so many miles! We turned around to walk
down the porch and we realized we were right across the street from a
potential investigator’s house, D…. So we go and knock on her door
and she’s all, “Wow! I just got home like five minutes ago! Come in!”
So we went in and taught the entire restoration and she really wants
to read the Book of Mormon and we are seeing her again tonight! It’s
crazy how the Lord has such perfect timing!

On Tuesday we had zone training with President and Sister Anderson and
the Assistants. It was SO good! The best part was when President and
Sister Anderson role played together:) in one of the role plays I was
with Elders Weisler and Hunter (both of them started their missions in
Susquehanna! Whoot!) it was one of the best role plays I’ve ever been
a part of! I received so much revelation on how we can help the people
we’re teaching! Right after that meeting we had a meeting with the
bishop to discuss people he wants us to focus on. Wow. This ward is
awesome! They’re so good at helping us in our missionary work! After
that we went on exchanges with south side! I went to south side with
Sister Jensen. Wednesday I was with Sister Jensen all day until the
evening then when I went back to north side Sister Brunsdale told me
that our appointment for that evening had cancelled. So we went out
finding instead! We tried to see this couple who had come to church a
few weeks ago, but they weren’t home. We went to see a less active
family and set up an appointment with them! Then we shared the Easter
video with SO many people! It was awesome! We even have a few return
appointments this week with some of those people! After an hour or so
we decided to go to a different area. Before we left we kept feeling
like we needed to go see the couple again. So we tried again and they
were home and let us right in! We had a lesson with them and they told
us that they are looking for a church to raise their family in, and
they are very interested in the Book of Mormon!! They have a copy, but
hadn’t started reading it yet, but we are going to start teaching them
the lessons!! Whoot!! I’m so excited!!!!!!

On Thursday we had a lesson with a cute woman from Egypt! She loves
learning about Jesus and really wants to read the Book of Mormon! So
awesome!! She also wants to come to church this upcoming Sunday! On
Saturday we did family history for Brother H… so that he can go
to the temple to do baptisms!! We found TONS of names for him to
take!! The Spirit of Elijah was SO strong, it was so cool.

We saw so many miracles this week. I know now more than ever that
there are angels looking out for us. I know I keep talking about this,
but every single week I am reminded of this again, and again. I think
every week they are working harder and harder to help us. Satan is so
tempting. If you give him the power, he is very powerful. But isn’t
that one thing we can remember, Satan only has power if you give it to
him. If you don’t, he has no power over you. One of the amazing things
about the Aaronic Priesthood is the keys to the ministering of angels.
They are helping each of us when we are righteous. I know they have
helped Sister Brunsdale and I SO much this week! We couldn’t have done
it without them. I’m so grateful for the gospel and for being a
missionary and getting to testify to others!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

HALLELUJAH – Bethlehem #16

Hello friends and family!

Wow. What a crazy week.

We taught the word of wisdom to one of our investigators this week and
she was totally high while we were teaching. Sister Brunsdale and I
are still laughing about it. But on the bright side, she has a desire
to live the word of wisdom and progress in the gospel!

This week we also had zone conference!! Yay! President Anderson talked
about our desires as a missionary. Something that was said that I
really loved was, “What you desire on your mission and in your life
will be your desires for eternity.” What do you desire? Elder Neal A.
Maxwell said, “The way we show our desires is by our works.” I’ve been
thinking about what desires I am showing to the Lord, and how I can
better align them with what He has intended them to be. President gave
us a list of things to remember so that we can act on our desires, 1.
Use the doctrine as you teach, 2. Remember always the importance of
prayer, 3. Remember President and Sister Anderson love you, and 4.
Learn the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I think these four steps can
apply to everyone. Perhaps replacing step 3 with Remember your father
and mother love you, or your heavenly parents. Whoever it may be,
remember that there are people who love you.

This week while visiting Brother H… we had him share his
testimony with us. At first he got all nervous and told us he didn’t
know anything. Then he told us that he only had a testimony of us
(which was just as bad as the first thing!), then he actually shared
his testimony with us. Proclaiming that he knows the Book of Mormon is
true, he knows God loves him, and he knows that Jesus Christ is his
Savior. He told us he knew it was true because he’s been studying the
scriptures and he prayed and asked God about it, he knew that God had
answered his prayers through the Spirit. The sweet Spirit that filled
the room was undeniable. The gospel is true!

The new Easter video, Hallelujah, is officially out! At zone
conference we were committed to share the video in our ward councils
this Sunday. So in ward council yesterday, we introduced the
Hallelujah video and mentioned the website. We shared the video and
afterwards the Spirit was overpowering the room. As Sister Brunsdale
and I testified of the resurrection of our Savior, our loved ones, and
ourselves I knew the Holy Ghost was helping the members of the ward
council feel that this fact is indeed true. We invited them all to
share it on social media and with their families. In relief society
the relief society president announced that she wanted the video to be
played in relief society next week. Then after church she sent an
email to all the sisters in the ward with the link to the video and
she invited them all to share it on their social media accounts as
well.

I’m extending this same invitation to you! If you haven’t seen the
video yet, go to followhim.mormon.org and watch it! Then share the
link to your social media accounts! The Lord is really helping His
work progress to all the ends of the earth. This is a wonderful,
wonderful opportunity that we have to share a little message of hope
with others. It also gives you an opportunity to share your testimony
of Christ’s resurrection with others.

I know that Jesus Christ lives. He overcame death and was resurrected.
Because of that we all will be resurrected. I know this is true. The
Book of Mormon teaches this to us. I love Mosiah 16:7-8 which says:

7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands
of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should
have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.

8 But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory,
and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.

I know this is true. The grave has no victory. I know we will all be
resurrected one day. Don’t forget to use this Easter season to reflect
on this and to help others understand it as well. I hope you all have
an amazing week! I love you to the moon and back!

God bless,
Sister Gomm

#Hallelujah

"I LOVE BETHLEHEM!!!!"

“I LOVE BETHLEHEM!!!!”

I love being a missionary! – Bethlehem #15

Hello friends and family!

We had an amazing week! We had multiple lessons with B…, our
“phone call miracle” investigator. All of which were such spiritual
experiences for her and us! She is so golden. She came to church
yesterday and LOVED it! She was participating so much, she even
suggested everyone introduce themselves in gospel principles (which
was perfect because half of them were there for the first time!), when
she introduced herself she said, “Hi, I’m B…, and I want to be
baptized.” I couldn’t help but laugh and ask myself for the 100th time
if I was dreaming.

On Wednesday we went on exchanges with the south side sisters!! Sister
Ashcraft came here to north side with me and Sister Brunsdale went to
south side with Sister Jensen. Wow. Sister Ashcraft and I were a
companionship made in heaven, but not really because we were only
companions for one day. We had SO much fun! We are basically the same
person. She is the cutest. We had dinner with a family of members
which was both of our first times going there for dinner, I don’t
think they even realized that we were on exchanges, but we taught them
the restoration and it was amazing! The Spirit was SO strong!

On Thursday we had zone training that was all about the Book of
Mormon! Yay! One of my favorite things!! It was SO good! I know I need
to use the Book of Mormon more effectively as a missionary and this
was just what I needed to hear! They had us read the talk Safety for
the Soul by Elder Holland before zone training, then hey referenced
back to the talk throughout the meeting. I thought about the district
video where they have part of this talk at the end of one of the
videos. Elder Holland speaks with such boldness. He isn’t afraid to
proclaim to the world that he knows the Book of Mormon is true. I love
the last part of his talk:

      I ask that my testimony of the Book of Mormon and all that it
implies, given today under my own oath and office, be recorded by men
on earth and angels in heaven. I hope I have a few years left in my
“last days,” but whether I do or do not, I want it absolutely clear
when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the
world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the
Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came
forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the
travail of the latter days.
      My witness echoes that of Nephi, who wrote part of the book in
his “last days”:
      “Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye
believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe
in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of
Christ, … and they teach all men that they should do good.
      “And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye–for Christ
will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his
words, at the last day.”
      Brothers and sisters, God always provides safety for the soul,
and with the Book of Mormon, He has again done that in our time.
Remember this declaration by Jesus Himself: “Whoso treasureth up my
word, shall not be deceived”–and in the last days neither your heart
nor your faith will fail you. Of this I earnestly testify in the name
of Jesus Christ, amen.

I think of all of the prophets who wrote in the Book of Mormon, all
that they went through to make sure we got this. I think of this
dispensation, all that Joseph Smith went through to make sure we got
the Book of Mormon. All that my parents went through to make sure that
I got this Book. Something a missionary had said to me about a year
ago has always stuck with me, “Would Moroni be proud of the testimony
you gave of this marvelous Book? Would he feel that you did it
justice? After your life here on earth, would he say that you had done
enough?” Each time I think of that I think of how thankful I am to
have many opportunities every day to testify that the Book of Mormon
is true. I think of our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.
He has used his life to testify to all that the Book of Mormon is
true. That it testifies of Jesus Christ and answers questions of the
soul. It teaches us how to be with our loving Father in Heaven again.
How blessed are we to have such a wonderful servant of the Lord to
direct us and guide us!

Yesterday in sacrament meeting during fast and testimony meeting, a
Brother in the ward bore his testimony on the plan of salvation.
Earlier that week we had taught the plan of salvation to him, his wife
and his daughter at a dinner appointment. While sharing his testimony
in sacrament meeting he mentioned this and talked about how touched he
was that we were teaching his daughter wonderful truths. He got pretty
emotional because the Spirit was so strong. What he forgot to mention
though, was after we taught the whole plan of salvation to his family,
we showed a video about Christ. The Spirit was so strong because their
home was already a Christ-centered place. Their daughter already knew
who Jesus Christ was, and at just three years old had enough knowledge
of our Savior to invite the Spirit to testify of all that He did for
us.

One of our many miracles this week was having three investigators at
church! A few days before Sunday we were pretty stressed out because
we had told our district leader that we were going to be accountable
to 3 at church! We had been inviting everyone, but despite our
efforts, we didn’t think we were going to have three people there.
Saturday night in prayer, I told Heavenly Father I had done all I
could and if it was His will, I would love to have three people at
church, two of which could be people we could begin teaching. The next
morning at church B… walked in and then two people that a member
brought came as well! They all stayed for all three hours and we are
going to start teaching the two that were brought by the member! They
participated so much in class and all have such a great desire to
learn! In gospel principles B… asked us what the topic was
(Sister Brunsdale and I taught because the ward mission leader wasn’t
there). When we told her the topic was obedience she looked kind of
sad and said, “We’re not going to talk about the Book of Mormon?” Wow.
That’s the best thing I’ve ever heard! Luckily we were talking a lot
about Nephi and how obedient and willing he was! I love that B…
loves the Book of Mormon. It’s how we all should be.

I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know the priesthood is on the
earth today. And I know that Jesus is the Christ. I wouldn’t be on a
mission if any of these things weren’t true! I love seeing the gospel
change people, there is no greater work to be a part of! I love being
a missionary!

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

Love,
Sister Gomm

The Phone Call Miracle! – Bethlehem #14

Hello friends and family!

We had a CRAZY week!! And so many miracles!!

A joke that Sister Brunsdale and I have going on every time we check
the phone, we ask each other, “Did anyone call or text us asking if
they could get baptized?” One morning I asked this and after seeing
that no one had called or texted us I said, “One of these days that’s
going to happen, I just know it!”

Last week at 11:30  p.m. our phone started going off. Sister Brunsdale
turned it off and I asked her if someone was calling us. She replied,
“No, it was an alarm.” We went back to bed and forgot about it. A few
days after that Sister Brunsdale is all, “I’m going to delete that
alarm from a few days ago so that doesn’t happen again.” So she looks
through the alarms and it’s nowhere to be found! We decide to look
through our missed calls and see that we have a missed call from a
former investigator named B…, from 11:30 p.m.! So we look at her
teaching record and it says that the sisters had taught her back in
September but before their second appointment she had called them to
tell them no thanks and she wanted to stay going to the church she had
just joined. We called her back but she didn’t answer. We assumed it
had probably been a mistake since she hadn’t tried to get in contact
with us since, and we forgot about it for the rest of the day. For the
next couple of days I could not stop thinking about B…! Finally I
told Sister Brunsdale that I had been thinking about B… a lot and
thought we should call her. Sister Brunsdale had the same thoughts so
we decided to give her a call. She didn’t answer again, so we left a
message. A few hours later we went back to our car and asked the
infamous, “Did anyone call or text us?” We checked the phone and saw
that we had a missed call and a voicemail from B…! In the
voicemail B… says, “Hi, this is B…, I had talked to you back
in the summertime and told you I had just been baptized into a church
and you asked me if I wanted to be baptized into Christ’s church, and
I decided that I do.” Wait, what? Disbelieving that this is real we
called B… back and set up a time to meet with her.

On Saturday we went to her house for the lesson. Wow, she is the
cutest thing ever!! Before we even sang the opening hymn or anything
she’s all, “Yeah, I want to be baptized. I want to be a Mormon.” She
didn’t even take a moments hesitation to say yes when we invited her
to be baptized! She’s so excited to read the Book of Mormon! She is
the cutest thing ever! She has a baptismal date of April 10! as if
this story isn’t already completely insane, we went to the church
yesterday for ward council, we had gotten there early so we were just
sitting in the hall waiting. The ward that starts at 9 was in the
middle of sacrament meeting and all the sudden this man comes out of
the chapel and walks down the hall towards us (really towards the
doors, but he stopped to say hello to us). He asks us our names and
where we’re from, tells us he’s from Idaho, then makes a connection
with both of us because we’re both from Utah (you know, the usual),
then he says, “I can just feel it, you are going to have a baptism
soon.” He repeats this two more times and with each time gets more and
more teary-eyed. Then without another word he walks out the main
doors, gets in his car and drives away. Sister Brunsdale and I look at
each other and start laughing with how ridiculous and crazy this all
is!

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about change! Change is such an
important thing, especially when learning about the gospel. To repent
is to change. How wonderful is the change in someone who is accepting
the gospel? In this area getting to see the changes that the new ward
mission leader is going through as he fulfills his calling, the change
of the other leaders, the change of those we have taught, the change
of this area, and the change that I’ve gone through since being here.
Relying on Heavenly Father is essential in missionary work, and life
in general. The power of prayer is real! Heavenly Father answered so
many of our prayers this week by providing CRAZY miracles that I’m
pretty sure our district leader still doesn’t believe….

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

Bethlehem #13

Hello everyone!
Wow. This week was rough! We had to drop two of our investigators.. 😦 B… wanted to teach us more about what he thought about the Bible than he wanted to actually learn and come to know this gospel is true. He told us we need to be more humble and we need to listen because God anointed him to preach the Bible. Basically just a sad situation! Then R… (our investigator with a date) told us he doesn’t want to change and he wants to stick with his church. 
Now we’re doing all we can to find people to teach! We’re going finding all the time and talking to everyone we can! We’ve actually seen some miracles from this! Twice we went to see a potential investigator and they set up appointments with us right away. They both remembered how they felt when they had first met the missionaries and were happy to see us and set up a time for us to come back! 
We had dinner with R… and her family this week! She is the woman who just got baptized last week! (The south side sisters are the ones teaching her). Wow. They are amazing!! R… is already being a member missionary and sharing the gospel with her family! I know it’s only a matter of time before her whole family accepts the gospel! She had us explain baptisms for the dead to her husband and she kept telling him that he better get planning for a third wedding because they’re going to get married in the temple one day! (The renewed their wedding vows about a year ago, hence the need for a third wedding). 
This week we also had a lesson with Brother H…. We’ve been trying to help him gain a testimony of the Savior and understand why we go to church, etc. We shared the bible video of Christ being scourged and crucified, then shared Alma 7:11-12. We talked about the Savior and His Atonement and the Spirit was so strong! The couple we brought with us was perfect too! They shared their testimonies and why they know it is essential for us to have a Savior. Testifying of the Atonement of Jesus Christ has really strengthened my testimony of this. Being able to testify every day of who Christ is, and all that He did for us is the greatest thing. I know being a missionary is one of the best ways to better understand Christ’s Atonement. 
This week we also had a lesson with our investigator, C…. We got onto the subject of prayer and she talked about how she likes praying to the saints because she believes their faith will help God hear her prayer. It really put things into perspective for me as to why one of the first things we want people to understand is that God is our loving Heavenly Father. If you don’t believe this, why should you believe He cares about you and He answers your prayers? It’s such an important thing to understand and it will help you so much! Once you know that you have a loving Savior who paid the price for your sins, and you understand that God loves you and wants to hear from you, it will make your life so much easier!! That’s why we close in the name of Jesus Christ. Wow. Prayer is such an amazing thing.
I love you to the moon and back and I hope you have an amazing week!
Love,
Sister Gomm