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 :)”