Love Talking to God People – Downingtown #6

Hello family and friends!!!!

I feel like every week I say that this week was a crazy
week……..but………this week was a crazy week! So first of all,
my district is AMAZING. Sister Johnstone and I are the only sisters in
the district, but it is SO fun.

Oh, also sorry about last week, I still can’t figure out how to get
that email to send… Every time I try it just closes and doesn’t
send… And we haven’t been to computers for me to see if it will send
from there. I guess you’ll just never hear about that week. (Sorry
mom!)

 

So earlier this week Sister Johnstone and I were visiting a couple who
lives in our ward who they are actually moving to Lehi Utah! Whoot. We
just stopped by to give them a card and say goodbye and see if they
needed any help moving! After visiting with them we were walking back
to our car and saw a lady walking her dog. We stopped and talked to
her and we mention that we’re missionaries and she gasps loudly and
says, “Oh I love talking to God people!” Sister Johnstone and I try
not to laugh but end up scheduling an appointment with her for twenty
minutes later after she gets back from walking her dog. So twenty
minutes later we go to her house and have a great uh.. Discussion? We
talked a bit and she talked a lot about her church and we talked about
ours. After I said Joseph Smith’s account of the first vision the
spirit was SO strong. And she was definitely feeling the spirit. So
normally we would invite them to baptism right during that lesson, but
she just kept talking so much about her church and everything. So
about a two thirds of the way through the lesson Sister Johnstone
invites her to come to church and what does she say? “No.” Hahaha,
we’re like, oh man!! But she did say she wanted to meet with us next
week so we’re going tomorrow and hopefully we can get somewhere!
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“Love these peeps!!” Elder Wall, Sister Johnstone, [Sister Gomm] and Elder Owen

So transfer calls were this week. Friday night Sister Johnstone and I
were helping this less active member move and it’s getting pretty late
and we’re stressed because we’re going to be late and we don’t want
our district to be mad at us for not being able to hear about
transfers because we’re late so we hurry home, but we were still like
five minutes late! Super stressful. So we let our district leader know
we’re home and start planning for the next day. About twenty minutes
into planning he calls us. Neither of us move. We just sit there
staring at the phone for a minute. So we answer the phone and Elder
Owen (district leader) asks us how we’re doing and if we’re ready for
this transfer to be over and what-not. Then he asks what our guesses
are for everyone in our district. So Sister Johnstone looks at me, and
I start guessing. “Elder Clark is leaving.” Elder Owen: “Yes he is!”
Haha seriously dagger to the heart! So sad…..So I keep guessing,
“Elder Moriera is staying.” “Correct!” I go through everyone in our
district and I guessed every single one right. I get to Sister
Johnstone and I. I guess that I’m staying and Elder Owen says that’s
right. We talk for a second and Elder Owen asks what we think is
happening with Sister Johnstone. Sister Johnstone debates for a minute
and rationalizes and everything and eventually says, “I think I’m
staying.” So I sit there and without breathing (not really obviously,
but it feels like it), I say, “Sister Johnstone is leaving.” Elder
Owen: “Sister Johnstone, I’m sorry, you are being transferred.”
Silence. I can’t believe my trainer is being transferred halfway
through my training! I mean, I guessed from the first day that this
would happen, but hoping against hope I prayed that she would stay!
All of the ward members hoped she would too. But I know that Heavenly
Father needs her somewhere else or He needs my new companion here or
something….. Either way it’s still sad. So originally one person
from each companionship would be leaving except Elder Owen and Elder
Wall were being doubled out (both leaving the area). Elder Wall is
going home, and Elder Owen was being transferred. So sad, my mission
mom and dad were both going to be transferred!! BUT we found out on
Sunday that Elder Owen is staying!!!!! Apparently he got all of his
stuff packed up on Friday night and Saturday during lunch but Saturday
night he got a call letting him know he would be staying!!! I’m
seriously so grateful he is staying!
 

Honestly, neither Sister Johnstone nor I know why she is leaving
halfway through my training, we’re both so sad that we only got one
transfer together, and my mission president already emailed me pretty
much apologizing for transferring her, haha, but I know she will be a
wonderful companion and missionary in her new area!!! She’s seriously
the greatest and one of my best friends, I’m so so sad we won’t be
companions anymore, but I know she will be great wherever she gets
transferred to. So tomorrow I get a new companion! Whoot.
 

Seriously everyone, the gospel is so wonderful! Everyone here loves
the fact that gospel means “good news” they talk about that a lot. And
it truly is. The gospel is good news!!! We are followers and examples
of Jesus Christ. We are to follow in His footsteps and help others to
follow in His footsteps as well. The Atonement is amazing. Something
someone said at church this Sunday was that being resurrected is
something that is available and will happen to all of us, but how if
we use the Atonement and do as Christ did will determine where we go
after this life. Use the Atonement. Follow in Christ’s footsteps. Be
an example of Him. He loves you. Each and every single one of you. He
atoned and died for us. But He also lived for us. The church is
putting out another video this year (March 28, I believe), like the
Because of Him one, but it’s called Because He Lives. So get excited
and when it comes out show your friends! Share the good news!!!!!!!!
 
Okay well.. have a wonderful week!!
I love you to the moon and back!
Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm
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Sister Gomm’s District

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Sister Gomm’s District

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Hello – MTC #1

Hello friends and family!

So people always talk about the MTC being like prison. And I must say… if prison is a spiritual powerhouse where 80% of your day is spent in prayer (that may or may not be an exaggeration) and you are learning how to help others learn of the things you believe to be true, and you read and study scriptures that help and uplift you, and you talk to and smile at everyone you pass and everyone calls each other Sister and Elder, then yes, I would say the MTC is exactly like prison. 

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Needless to say, I love it here! My companion is Sister Callaway, and I. Love. her. She is the sweetest person, and so so compassionate and I wish we could stay companions forever! I seriously could not have asked for a better companion. Last night we had interviews with our branch presidency and it was so weird to not be in the same room as Sister Callaway during our interviews, and I’ve only known her since Wednesday! Anyways…

Last night when meeting with the branch presidency, Sister Callaway and I were asked to be our Sister Training Leaders for our zone. It’s so crazy that we are here for such a short amount of time, I can’t believe we fly out to Philadelphia so soon! There’s still so much to learn!

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1 of 2 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Districts currently at the MTC.

We pretty much sit in class for half of the day. But it is so great! I am learning so much and the spirit is so strong here. Our district is the best district ever. I know, I know, I’m sure everyone thinks that…. but mine really is the best. Everyone has such strong testimonies and such a great desire to learn. We even match our outfits. Today we are all wearing red, and on Sunday we even have our branch presidency (and classroom teachers even though they won’t be here with us on Sunday) planning on wearing black and/or purple, so everyone wear black and purple on Sunday! (: So we have eight people total in our district: Sister Callaway and I, Elder Beckstead, and Elder Crowther, Elder Pule, Elder Fernandes, Sister Smith and Sister Maughn. Sister Smith and Sister Maughn are both so sweet. Elder Pule is the sweetest person ever! He is so funny too! Elder Fernandes is so cool, he has such a strong testimony. Elder Beckstead and Elder Crowther are so funny as well. Weird (and very unimportant fact): Elder Crowther’s girlfriend is here, she entered the MTC the same day that all of us did. She’s going to Arizona I think… I guess she sat by Elder Crowther and Elder Beckstead one day at lunch.. I asked them if it was weird, Elder Crowther said it wasn’t, but Elder Beckstead said that it was really weird. Too funny.

Anyways, I saw Preston Shaw and Brittany Prows, so yay for familiar faces! I thought Sister Prows had already left but we literally almost ran into each other in our residence hall!

The days are so so busy here. Every day is planned to a T and you don’t have any extra time for anything! Which is actually pretty great except at night when everyone in your room is up later than 10:30 because we are all trying to write in our journals and do some extra studying. I’m already behind on my journal writing, and I don’t think I’ll ever get caught up! I’m pretty sure I’m still writing about yesterday… 

Sister Gomm, Sister Smith, Sister Maghn & Sister Callaway

Sister Gomm, Sister Smith, Sister Maughan & Sister Callaway – taken on their first day – “dork dots” are still on their badges.

So last night all of the girls in our room, (the Sisters in our district and two other Sisters) were all talking, and we got on to the subject of the Salt Lake Temple (cause that’s what you talk about when on tangents in the MTC) and I told them all if they ever got to go to the Salt Lake Temple to look at the ceiling. They were all very confused so hopefully they can go at some point and understand what I was talking about. Haha

Also everyone sings in the shower (okay not everyone, but lots of people). But they all sing church songs. It’s actually quite humorous. There were two Sisters who were singing Grease yesterday though… I had it stuck in my head all day after that. Okay also! everyone in my zone likes Les Mis, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera. What, how did that even happen? I don’t know… but I love it. 

Okay this is the most unorganized email I have ever written, and I am so sorry for that! But I have learned so much in the few short days that I have been here. I have had the Holy Ghost with me constantly, which is the most amazing feeling!! I have made friendships that I know will last forever. I have a better understanding of Heavenly Father’s love for each of us. I know that sharing and living the gospel is the best thing that you can do. I now understand what all of my return missionary friends mean when they say that they hate being home and they miss their mission so much. I can already tell that I will be saying the same things in a year and a half. Also my district all made plans to go to New Zealand when we get back from our missions and watch The Lord of the Rings. Why New Zealand? Cause uh… Lord of the Rings….. Duh… Plus Elder Pule lives in New Zealand so… why not, right? 

We have talked a lot about the purpose of being missionaries. One of our teachers wrote this on the board:

Faith
Repentance
Baptism
Holy Ghost
Enduring to the end
this. is our purpose.

Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. (Preach My Gospel)

I would encourage you all to keep these in mind. Having faith is so important. Ether 12 is a wonderful chapter in the scriptures on faith. I especially love versus 8, 9 and 12. 

Don’t forget to pray. You can never pray enough. We pray so much here, and I know that the Spirit is with us more as we pray and keep a sincere heart. 

Okay that is all I have time for! I’m sorry this is such a disorganized messy email!

I love you all to the moon and back!
Email and write me! I would love to hear from you all!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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