2nd Transfer Down – Downingtown #12

Hello friends and family!!
I can’t believe I’ve been out here for two transfers already!! Time is
literally flying by!! Anyways, Sister Ipson and I are both staying in
Downingtown!! I am SO happy I get to stay here for another transfer!!
I love this area(:

So this week was crazy. The first part of the week was SO rough! Haha.
But we had an AMAZING district meeting this week! Elder Kunz, the area
70 (I’ve mentioned him before I’m pretty sure), and his wife came to
our district meeting and they talked about the Plan of Salvation and
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was SO amazing!! I love them so much!!

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Our district and our zone leaders, Elder and Sister Kunz, and two members from our ward.

Later that day Sister Kunz came with us to one of our new
investigators, C…’s house. We shared a short message because they
had originally said that now wasn’t a good time, but then had actually
let us in! We showed Because He Lives with her son (C… has
already seen the video), but after showing it we all talked about
Christ and all the things he has done for us. The spirit was so strong
and I could just feel Heavenly Father’s love that He has for this
family! They are so special. (:

After that, we went to a less active’s house. Her name is S…, so we
go and her roommate answers and tells us she’s not here, so we start
talking to her roommate instead, her name is C…. We go in and
showed Because He Lives and talked about how God loves each of us. It
was great and C… wants us to come back again this week! So
we’re standing up to leave and S… walks in the door!! So we sit
right back down and talk to S… about the Restoration! It was so
great! (:

So we were supposed to have a member come with us to teach a less
active man in our ward on Friday afternoon. But on Thursday evening
the member called us and told us she wasn’t going to be able to come!
So Sister Ipson and I are calling everyone we can think of! And
there’s no luck!! So we’re calling and texting people until way late
and we decide to just wait until the morning because it’s almost time
for us to go to bed anyways. So first thing in the morning we are
calling and texting EVERYONE. And no one can come!! So finally after
talking to FORTY women in our ward, yes FORTY! Someone FINALLY said
they could come! And she offered to pick us up early and took us to
lunch beforehand! It was seriously a miracle!! So we go to this less
active’s house and we talked about the restoration. The spirit was SO
strong!! And he made a commitment to go to the temple in June!! We are
so excited for him and are looking forward to helping him get to the
temple! (: After that we had another lesson that another member was
coming to, but when we got there the lady we were supposed to teach
said now wasn’t a good time, ūüė¶ so we took the member finding with us
for a bit!! Then after that we met up with our district leader because
him and his companion were doubling into our area. After we finally
got to start our weekly planning we went to visit N…! (The recent
convert who got the Melchizedek Priesthood a few weeks ago). Oh man, I
LOVE N…! He is the best!! When we got there he asked the three of us
(Me, Sister Ipson, and the member who came with us) if we wanted a
glass of water. After I said I didn’t, he was all, “you’re right, you
don’t because I bought you apple cider!” Haha! He gave us apple cider
and doughnuts and told us about how “being a Mormon is the best thing
that’s ever happened to me.” Oh, I seriously love him! He’s the
greatest.

So Friday night was when we heard that we would both be
staying!! I’m so glad we have another transfer together so I don’t
have to get another new companion! Sadly, one of the Elders in our
ward and our district leader are both being transferred! ūüė¶ I’m so sad
our district leader is being transferred!

This week I have really come to understand Christ’s and Heavenly
Father’s love for each of us. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan
for us. And He has made that plan easier by giving us things for us to
do to show our faith and to return to live with Him again. I know He
loves me. I know He loves the people I’ve met. I’ve felt that love.
It’s so crazy to be able to see people as Christ sees them. To love
them unconditionally, even when they don’t accept what we have to
share with them. I seriously love the people here! I love being a
missionary! And I love all of you! Have a wonderful week!
I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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Sister Ipson and I and the Elders in our ward!

 

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Sister Ipson, me, Elder Blume, and Elder Owen. This was right after Elder Blume and I talked about how my mom and his step-mom know each other and both told us about each other.

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Friday was Rough – Downingtown #11

Hello friends and family! This week at our district meeting we got advice on how we can help our investigator, C…. So right after district meeting we went on exchanges with our sister training leaders. So Sister Simmons and Sister Ipson were in Broomall and Sister Foster came here with me! So we went finding and met a bunch of new people and decided to just stop by C…. So we go over and she let us in and we talked to her about coming to our church on Sunday and she said she would come and she would even bring two of her three kids with her!! Sweet! So we told her that we would remind her Saturday night and she said she would for sure be there!

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Sister Kartchner, Sister Miller (both in our district), me, Sister Ipson, and our Sister Training Leaders, Sister Simmons and Sister Foster, at our district meeting!

Friday comes around.. Weekly planning. So before we started planning we had two appointments that we went to and neither of them were home! So sad. We also had to stop at a member’s house, so we didn’t even start planning till later in the day. In the middle of weekly planning we had to go to our dinner appointment. So at 7:30 we went back to our apartment so we could FINALLY finish planning. Just before 8:30 Sister Ipson gets a bloody nose. For no reason. So this goes on for about an hour and it just keeps getting worse. So it’s like 9:20 and Sister Ipson is all, “We should go to our neighbor’s house and have him give me a blessing, because I think that would help.” So we call our district leader (because we had already texted ‘in and safe’ for the night like twenty minutes ago) and he tells us we can go over, but to just let him know when we get back and everything. So we go over to our neighbors (who had moved in two days earlier) and no one answers. So we go back and call our district leader back and he’s all, “I have the mission nurse on the phone.” So we talk to her for awhile and she basically tells us to just wait it out. So we wait longer and Sister Ipson still really wants a blessing. So we call our district leader AGAIN and Sister Ipson asks if he can come and give her a blessing. So he says he’ll see what he can do. So a few minutes later our zone leaders call us and tell us to go try our neighbors again. So we go back to our neighbors and they answer!! So we go in, and Sister Ipson’s nose gets worse! So he (Brother S…) gives Sister Ipson a blessing and they walk us back to our apartment. So it’s after 10:45 by now. Yes, every other missionary is in bed by now. And we haven’t even taken off our shoes, or planned for our day tomorrow, and my companion might die of blood loss! So we call our zone leaders to tell them we are finally home and they ask Sister Ipson if she’s okay, and tell us not to go to bed until it stops bleeding, etc. so we wait. And finally at 11:30, her nose stops bleeding! We didn’t go to bed until after midnight (I know, you’re all laughing at me for the fact that midnight is so late for us). So I wake up like seventy times in the middle of the night to make sure Sister Ipson isn’t drowning in blood. Long story short, Friday was rough.

Saturday we went to a member’s house for dinner and painted their kitchen. We’ve been painting for weeks now, it’s a long process, but we’ll get it done eventually! (We have to eventually paint basically the whole house.) Also, on Saturday we texted C… to remind her about church. She told us that she would be there and was looking forward to it! So Sunday comes around. After ward council we check our phone and we had a text from C… telling us she wasn’t going to be there at church! So sad. But the Elder’s investigator, E…, who got baptized last Sunday was confirmed in sacrament meeting so that was awesome! Also, a recent convert, J… and his wife A…, spoke in Sacrament meeting. J… was supposed to give a five minute talk, but twenty-five minutes later he glances at the clock and is all, “Wow! I think my time is up!” So after him we still had A…, a musical number AND a member from the high council. In other words, sacrament meeting got out late. Haha. But one of the recent converts, N…, sat by us in sacrament meeting and talked all about how he gets to go to Utah in June for one of the missionaries who taught him (Sister Shaia) wedding. He was so cute about the whole thing, haha he’s so awesome! Anyways, I have committed him to coming to my wedding too! And I’m going to take him to all of the temples in Utah! (That’s what Sister Shaia is doing too). So if anyone knows Catelyn Shaia (I think that’s how you spell her name?) tell her that everyone in Downingtown loves her and N… is SO excited for her wedding! (Background: Sister Shaia was Sister Johnstone’s trainer, so I feel like I know her, but I really don’t.) anyways! That’s all I have for this week.

I love you to the moon and back!
Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm

Book of Mormon Challenge – Downingtown #10

Hola friends and family!¬†So. This week consisted of our three favorite things. Finding, finding, and more finding! We still aren’t really getting anywhere with it. But we know there’s people out there who are ready for the gospel, we just need to find them!!¬†

 

We invited our ward and the West Chester Ward to do the Book of Mormon challenge. For the Book of Mormon challenge you are to follow the instructions below and prayerfully decide on who to give your Book of Mormon to and deliver your copy to them within TEN DAYS.¬†Here’s what you need to do:

 

Book of Mormon Challenge

 

First page–write your testimony
Bottom of page–write: Turn to page 59, (Spanish 70) and¬†www.mormon.org

At the top of page 59 (Spanish 70)–write: Read 2 Nephi¬†2:27
Underline the scripture
Bottom of page–write: Turn to page 310 (Spanish 372, 373)At the top of page 310 (Spanish 372, 373)–write: Read Alma 41:3-7, 10
Underline the scripture
Bottom of page–write: Turn to page 459 (Spanish 554)

At the top of page 459 (sp 554)–write: Read 3 Nephi 27:13-16
Underline the scripture
Bottom of page–write: Turn to page 529 (Spanish 640)

At the top of page 529 (sp 640)– write: Read Moroni 10:4-7
Underline the scripture
Bottom of page 530 (Spanish 641)–write: Know it is true–Act

At the top of page 531 (Spanish 642)–write: Read Moroni 10:32-33
Underline the scripture
Bottom of page–write: Go to the beginning and read this Book!

 

My commitment to all of you is to do this; write your testimony in the front cover of a copy of the Book of Mormon, follow the instructions and then pray about who you should give the Book to. Then give it to them within the next ten days! I know that by doing this Heavenly Father will bless you and that by sharing your testimony with others you can strengthen your own testimony and it will bring you closer to Christ. I know each of you will be able to do this(; even in good old Provo Utah, there are people out there waiting to hear about the restored gospel!

 

We already gave away a copy of the Book of Mormon this way, and we are teaching her the Restoration¬†on Saturday! It’s a great way to help people know what they can read rather than mindlessly wandering through the Book. Plus it’s always great to have a friend’s testimony written in the cover of a very special Book! (:¬†
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Valley Forge Zone Selfie

On Thursday we had zone training, which was so good, as always!
On Saturday our Ward had a talent show. There are some very talented people here, and some people who just know how to make us all laugh(: it was great. 

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We’ve talked to TONS of people this past week. We have Because He Lives pass along cards that we’re supposed to keep track of how many we hand out as part of the initiative, and Sister Ipson and I were given a lot because pretty much all we do is go finding and we still ran out three times in the past two weeks! But luckily our district leader and our zone leaders AND the Elders in our ward have come to the rescue every time and given us more to hand out! But as of right now our mission only has however many each of us missionaries have. They’ve ordered tons more, but they haven’t come in yet! So hopefully we will get those soon, otherwise we will be out for good!¬†

 

This week we also had C… and L… and two other people say they were coming to church¬†on Sunday, and none of them did! So that was really sad, but we still have high hopes for this upcoming week!

 

Also, our appointments with C… and L… this week all fell through. Super lame!¬†
On a good note, yesterday the Elder’s investigator, E…, got baptized!! It was so great to see him get baptized and share his special day. I can’t wait for this upcoming¬†Sunday¬†when he is confirmed! (:
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Sister Ipson, E… & Sister Gomm (Brother W… in the back)

Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week.¬†
I love you to the moon and back!

Love, 
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

What a Week – Downingtown #9

Hello friends and family!

Wow, what a week! So basically our area is struggling and we are just
trying to find people to teach every second of every day! At least,
that’s what we’re trying to do!

On Tuesday we had to go get our car fixed,
and the place we get it fixed at is not in our area, so we go,
assuming we’re going to be there for maybe an hour and a half at most
because the man we talked to on the phone said it would take an hour
at most. Well… He lied. We were there for FOUR HOURS. In the middle
of the day!! We could have been finding that whole time!! But since it
wasn’t in our area we couldn’t even go finding around where we were.
So frustrating!

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Sister Gomm & Sister Ipson out finding.

And that’s basically how the rest of the week went. Finding,
appointments that were cancelled last minute so we went finding, more
finding and uh… Finding! We went finding all day every day and no
one was interested. Seriously no one. It was so sad! But it’s okay, we
have faith that there will be people interested here someday!! (:

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Sister Gomm and her two trainers – Sister Ipson & Sister Johnstone

We had zone conference on Friday with a bunch of different zones
around us and I got to see Sister Johnstone!!! Yay!! I also got to see
Elder Fernandes, Sister Smith, and Elder Crowther! (Mtc friends). Zone
conference was SO good!!! We watched a talk that was given at a new
mission president devotional, and it was so good! The talk was given
by President Uchtdorf and in it he talked about a letter called the
Ricciardi letter, that a lot of missionaries read because it’s so
uh..what’s the word…? motivational..uplifting… Anyways, It’s
seriously so good. It talks about being bold but not over-bearing.
Seriously, if you haven’t read it, read it! I don’t know where to find
it, I had gotten it from our sister training leaders airdropping it to
us, so that doesn’t really help you, but still! You should read it! So
President Uchtdorf references that talk and talks about being bold and
fearless. It was so good!

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MTC friends – Elder Fernandes, Elder Crowther & Sister Smith

Anyways, after zone conference we went to a
members house for dinner/coloring Easter eggs! (As I’m sure you all
have already seen because I’m 110% positive my mom posted the picture
that the member sent to her on Facebook). But that was super fun!

So on Saturday we watched conference at J… and A…’s (the ones that
we go to at least once a week for dinner). And it was so good!
(Obviously). After that we went to a less active family’s house and
watched conference with them!!! So awesome! Then we were going to
watch the priesthood session, but a less active member called us and
asked if we could help her clean and put her stuff in boxes because
she’s going to be moving in the next few months. So we go to help her,
and we show up and she’s all, “Oh, I’m already done!” Okay… So we
just gave her a lesson instead and went home. Which took forever
because she lives in the Elder’s area, but it’s okay!

On Sunday we went over to the S…’s and watched both sessions of
conference and had brunch AND dinner. It was SO good and we ate so
much food!! Anyways. Our district leader had invited us to write down
how the spirit was making us feel while we watched conference. Along
with that I also had a bunch of questions I wanted answered. So I had
one question written on every page. Then a little section that said
“how do you feel?” I would stop about halfway through taking notes on
the page and answer the “how do you feel?” Question. My answers varied
from excited to humbled to peaceful, etc. the spirit was so strong
while watching it! And every single one of my questions was answered
on that exact page that had the specific question on it. One of my
questions was something along the lines of “how can I be a fearless
missionary?” About halfway through taking notes on that page Elder
Bednar started talking and talked about getting rid of fear. (From
Saturday). So cool. That happened for every single page I had
questions on, and I had just enough questions to answer all of them
without taking more pages of notes than I had questions for.

image4 (2)Today we went to Philly and I got part of the granite they are using
to build the Philly temple! Whoot! Also mine and Sister Johnstone’s
picture is hanging on the wall that they have of different people who
have gone and visited the temple site! Yay. We basically did all of
the same things I did the last time I was in philly because Sister
Ipson had never been! So that’s fun!

We didn’t get to meet with L… this week because she cancelled our
appointment, but we are just praying we can meet with her this week!
We did meet with C… and are hoping she will continue to progress!
Well, that’s basically all I have from last week! This week will be
full of lots of finding again!! Wish us luck! God bless!!
I love you to the moon and back!

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Q & A – Downingtown Area

I asked Sister Gomm some questions and here are her responses.
Questions for you:
Name of area you are serving?
The name of the area I am serving is Downingtown East. We have Elders also serving in our ward, they are Downingtown West. Most people just say the Downingtown Sisters or the Downingtown Elders.

 

Ward(s) that you attend?
Our ward is the¬†Downingtown ward.¬†¬†All of¬†the missionaries here just serve in one ward. I’m pretty sure that’s¬†how it is for most missions besides Utah and possibly Arizona and
Idaho. 

 

Name of your District?
I don’t know what the name¬†of our district is…or if we have a name…I just know that our zone¬†is the Valley Forge Zone (technically the valley forge east or west,¬†but I can’t remember which one it is).

 

How many areas in your district?
In our district we have us, the¬†Downingtown Elders, the Valley Forge Sisters, and the West Chester Spanish Elders. They are a “zebra companionship” – Elder Owen (district leader)¬†is English, and Elder Blume, his companion, is Spanish. Their ward isn’t¬†a Spanish ward, but everyone who speaks Spanish in this area goes¬†there (they just have the headsets that translate for them).¬†

 

Last transfer we had those¬†same areas except for the Valley Forge Sisters and instead had the¬†other West Chester Elders, but one of the West Chester Elders became a¬†district leader for the other district in our zone so they couldn’t be¬†in our district anymore.

 

What service projects did you work on this past week?
The only service we did this week was our weekly visit to Simpson¬†Meadows, where we go hang out with old people. Last weeks visit was so¬†funny because the man I was with kept swearing. We help the people¬†who have a certain disease, I can’t remember what it is… But they¬†don’t really know what their talking about, and their sentences never¬†match up or make sense, but they are awesome!! We also helped a less¬†active clean her apartment!

 

What do you do for General Conference (watch it at the church)?
For general conference we watch it at members houses. Sister Ipson and¬†I are most likely going to the church for the Saturday evening¬†session, but other than that we go to members homes!! If you can, they¬†want us to watch it with investigators, but that’s most likely not¬†happening for us.

 
[email from Sister Gomm 3/30/2015]

A Week in the Life – Downingtown #8

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“What the desk of a sister missionary looks like.”

Hola friends and family!!!

What a week! So basically all of the day’s run together and I never
remember what happened when….good thing we have a planner to help us
out with that, right?! (:

On Tuesday we had a lesson with a new investigator who is a member
referral!! Whoot!! The investigators name is R…, and she is just
looking for some spiritual upliftment in her life. So we gave her a
Book of Mormon and helped her understand that it will help her so much
and uplift her. She is great!!

On Wednesday¬†we met with A… (I think I mentioned her before). We
were going to teach her the plan of salvation, but once we got there
that just didn’t feel right and we instead talked about the Book of
Mormon. At first she said she had read some of it before, then she
said she hadn’t ever read it, but that she would be willing to read
it, THEN, she said that she’s never read it, and never will!! All
within fifteen minutes of each other! So frustrating!! So Sister Ipson
was trying to be nice and think of something to say that wouldn’t
offend her or anything, and I just said, “A…, do you even want to
meet with us?” She thought for a second, and said, “Well, I just want
to convert you to Catholicism… But, no. I’m not interested in
anything you have to tell me.” HAHAHA!!! Needless to say, we had to
drop A…, which is very sad, but she is hilarious and really nice!

 

Also on Wednesday we had to go get our oil changed because our vehicle
coordinator called us and told us that we were WAY overdue for an oil
change. So that was super lame that we had to take time to do that.
Afterwards the man working on our car came back to give us the keys
and told us that we needed our brakes replaced, and that he had called
Elder Rose (vehicle coordinator) but Elder Rose had said not to change
them yet. So we went out to our car and called Elder Rose. He just has
to get permission from Salt Lake to do anything on our car that costs
more than $175, so we are currently still waiting for him to get
permission for us to get our brakes fixed. Haha, hopefully we don’t
have to worry about it, but they REALLY need to be changed this week! 
ANYWAYS.

 

On Thursday¬†we got to meet with L…!!!! So we taught her the
Restoration. She loved it! When we told her that there is a prophet
living on the Earth today, she was like, “WHAT?! Sister Gomm! You did
not tell me this the last time you were over here!! I NEED to see a
picture of this man!!” Haha! So we showed her a picture of President
Monson. Anyways, we invited her to come to church, and she said she
would! She didn’t end up coming because she had to to the emergency
room¬†on Saturday¬†night! We don’t really know what’s going on with
that, but we are just praying that everything is okay now!

 

On Saturday¬†we went to our stake center to watch the women’s
broadcast. It was so good!!!! Plus we got to see all of the other
Sister missionaries serving in our stake there! That’s always fun(:
I’m seriously so excited for conference!!! It’s going to be so good!!
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General Women’s Broadcast at Stake Center

Funny thing that happened! So we’re at our apartment making lunch and
Sister Ipson was playing an “I’m a Mormon” video (she watches those
ALL the time) and for some reason she had her iPad sitting on the top
of the oven, standing up against the wall. Well, all of the sudden we
hear something hit the ground and look over and her iPad is gone!! So
we had to pull the whole oven out so we could get her iPad. Hahaha too
funny. Also, at sacrament meeting on Sunday, Sister Ipson takes a
piece of bread and the one she picks up is HUGE! Like a third of a
slice of bread, and she puts the entire thing in her mouth hoping no
one noticed. Well, needless to say, it was hard not to laugh while
watching her try and swallow it all!! Haha okay….maybe you just had
to have been there… But it was funny!

 

As most of you probably already know, the church’s initiative video
Because He Lives” came out this week! Watching that and thinking of
Christ and His Atonement, I’ve come to realize how wonderful and
simple the gospel is. Christ already performed the Atonement. He’s
already done it. He suffered and died for us. But “He rose on the
third day. He lives today.” He is here for us. He loves us. More
specifically, He Atoned for YOU. He loves YOU. He lives because of
you. it’s that simple. Help others to understand and live this. Follow
Him, be an example of Him. And you will have everlasting joy. Eternal
peace and happiness. Following His example and having faith in Him,
repenting, being baptized by someone holding the priesthood, receiving
the gift of the Holy Ghost and living these things throughout the rest
of your life (enduring to the end ;).. You will live with God again if
you do these things. It really is that simple. Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ love us. They really do want what’s best for you. They’ve
already given you what’s best for you! You just have to accept and
live it!! I know this is true. I’ve seen it bless the lives of others
and my own. I know it will bless your life as well. Just remember God
loves you, Christ loves you, they are always here for you! They’ve
given you the Holy Ghost so you may be comforted through your trials.
Go watch Because He Lives!(:

 

I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Sammy Gomm (:
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Snow storm from a week and a half ago.

One day we were an hour and 20 minutes late getting home – Downingtown #7

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Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Hello family and friends!!! What a crazy week it has been!!!!

So last Tuesday we went to transfer meeting and they went through
their little presentation of announcing everyone that is being
transferred and who their new companion is! So they get to me and my
picture shows up on the screen so I go out to the middle and they put
my new companions picture up and………she’s not there!!! The
assistants look at each other and announce that she must be on her way
still. Haha okay, no big deal. So we go through the rest of transfers
and afterwards everyone is saying goodbye and President Anderson (our
mission president) comes over to me and says, “Sister Gomm, I am so
sorry, there was some confusion with your new companion so she was not
informed that she was being transferred. She was in a trio this past
transfer and thought she was staying, but she knows now and is packing
her stuff, she will be here later today.” HAHAHA!!!!!!!! What?? Nobody
told my companion she was being transferred?! Too funny. So I hung out
in Broomall for hours until my new companion got there. The assistants
apologized to me like eighty times and they invited me to go to the
trainers meeting for the missionaries who just got their goldens this
transfer. It was a really great meeting and I learned a lot even
though I’m not training! So FINALLY my companion makes it to Broomall
at like 4:30 pm! (We left that morning for Broomall at 8:30ish). And I
love her!!!!! Her name is Sister Ipson! She is so great!!!

On Thursday President and Sister Anderson came to our district meeting
and it was SO good! They are awesome and I love them so much!!!
District meeting was weird because only three of us were here the
transfer before so hardly any of us knew each other when we got there,
I miss the missionaries from my old district, but I love my new
district! They are all so amazing!
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3/19/15 – District Meeting with President & Sister Anderson

On Saturday Sister Ipson and I went and stopped by one of our
investigators, A…, the one who said she wouldn’t come to church
when we had asked her if she would. Oh man, she is hilarious! We
showed her Because of Him and she LOVED it! We gave her a plan of
salvation pamphlet and asked her to read it so we could talk about it
when we go over¬†on Tuesday! We’re taking baby steps with her, but
we’ll see how it goes! So after meeting with A…, we headed over
to L… house. L… is the one we invited to be baptized my first
week here. We dropped her a few weeks ago because we could never get
in to meet with her. So we knock on the door and her son answers, (as
usual) we ask if his mom is there and he tells us to wait a second and
he’ll go get her. (Usually at this point he comes back and tells us to
just come back later). So we wait while he goes and gets her..and L…
comes to the door! Whoot! So we talk with her and introduce Sister
Ipson and we ask if we can come in right then. She said she was super
busy but that she wants us to come over on Tuesday! Okay whoo! Then
she’s all, “I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon you gave me and I
really want you to come back so we can talk about it.” What?! She’s
been reading the Book of Mormon!!!!!! I’m seriously praying and
praying that we will be able to meet with her tomorrow!!! 

 

Later that night we had stake conference at our stake center (also the
mission office) in Broomall. We rode down with a member and man, it
was so good!!!!! They talked ALL about missionary work and what
members can do to help the missionaries!! Elder Kunz, the area 70, who
is also in the Downingtown ward, asked all of us missionaries to stand
up. So we all stand and he asks us what the members can do to help us.
A few missionaries talked about feeding us (poor West Chester Elders
never get dinner appointments), fulfilling their callings, continuing
to have the ward council help, etc. I said that we need members to
come to our teaching appointments with us. Elder Kunz gave me a little
shout out for being in his ward (super funny because he doesn’t know
any of the other missionary’s names so they all made fun of me for the
fact that the area 70 knows my name), Elder Kunz then went on to
explain what a member present lesson is. After the meeting was over
tons of the members in our ward came over and told Sister Ipson and I
that they would love to come teaching with us and what times they are
available and everything. I was like, okay great! Where were you the
past six weeks? But hey! I’m not complaining! So everyone, GO TEACHING
WITH THE MISSIONARIES IN YOUR AREA!!!!!! They need you!!!!! You
contact them and let them know you can come with them! It’s much
easier for one hundred people to let two missionaries know their
schedule than for two missionaries to ask one hundred people when they
are available! Seriously go, you won’t have to teach or anything,
you’ll most likely just have to bear your testimony at the end. You
don’t even need to wear a skirt or tie! Seriously, call them. Right
now. They would love to have you!!!!

 

So stake conference¬†on Saturday¬†night didn’t finish until after¬†9 pm
(When we’re supposed to be home). But President and Sister Anderson
were there so obviously they already knew! But it’s still about 50
minutes from Broomall to Downingtown so we didn’t get home until about
10:20. So basically we didn’t have time to plan for the next day or
anything! But Sunday was super great and stake conference on Sunday
was SO good!!! J…, a recent convert in our ward (they were the ones
who took us to stake conference so we sat by them), was asked to share
his testimony. (Elder Kunz had asked him the night before so luckily
he had some warning!) it was so awesome!!! Then after the meeting
three recent converts in our ward received the Melchizedek
priesthood!!!! It was so so so great!!!!! One of them is from our
area, I’ve taught him a couple of times for his reteaching, and he is
awesome!!! He sent us the sweetest text that night and told us how
grateful he is for missionaries and for Heavenly Father and for the
fact that he is a Mormon. (: he’s seriously the most amazing person
ever!!!!

 

After stake conference we went to J… and A…’s for lunch and J…
basically bore his testimony to us again and talked about all the
things he would have said if he hadn’t been so nervous and forgotten
to say them!! He’s awesome. So after that we concluded our day with
finding, whoo!! We found a few potential investigators so we’re
stopping by them later in the week to hopefully meet with them and
have a lesson!! Yay!!

 

I love being a missionary and this work is truly amazing!! What Christ
did for us is so humbling. We are so blessed beyond belief to have a
Savior. I know that He loves each and every one of us. He did all that
He could for us, and because of that, we are blessed eternally. The
blessings we can receive from the Atonement are never ending. Sharing
the gospel is something we can do to show our love for Him. So my
commitment to you this week is exactly that! (Is this the same
invitation I extended last week, I can’t remember?!) Share the gospel
this week! Go teaching with the missionaries! Have them over for
dinner! Tell your friends about Jesus Christ and your love for Him!
Show them Because He Lives this weekend!!!!! Have a great week!!I love you to the moon and back!!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

 

Missionary tip: if you are in a mission that uses cars, pray your
companion has a good gps! Or get one yourself!! No one wants a faulty
gps….trust me.

 

[email from Sister Gomm]