Cloud 9 – Bethlehem #18

Wow. SO much has happened the past week and a half!! I LOVE being a
missionary! I feel like I’m on cloud 9 from all the miracles and
experiences we’ve been having! Let’s see if I can even remember
everything…

We did so much finding, testifying, planning, laughing, and crying
(from laughter) this past week! We saw a bunch of less active members
at the beginning of last week. So many tender mercies from the Lord of
us getting to testify of Christ to these people. On Wednesday morning
of last week the assistants called us and asked if we wanted a mini
missionary!! I’m pretty sure I started screaming because I was so
excited!! That night our mini missionary, Sister Raphael, showed up at
our apartment! She’s a senior in high school and working on her
mission papers right now! Can you say miracles??? I want a mini
missionary all the time! On Thursday after district meeting we went to
contact a referral we had been given from the Spanish Elders. We show
up and these two girls let us right in! We started talking about the
church and gave them both copies of the Book of Mormon and they are
both super excited to read it and they both accepted the invitation to
be baptized on May 22!! Whoo!!!!! We set up a ton of appointments and
talked to SO many people!

We had a couple of super spiritual dinner appointments and lessons,
and found a ton of new people to teach!! The women’s general broadcast
was so good (obviously), and we had a lesson with this family that
speaks mostly Arabic! On Easter we had a great church service and
three of our investigators were there! Two of which were from the
family of people who speak Arabic! Sunday school was an amazing lesson
about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. After church we were sitting in
the foyer writing an explanation to an object lesson for the ysa
bishop when the Whitehall ward got out of sacrament meeting, and out
walks our investigator, D…! WHOOT! She was all, “I couldn’t come
earlier, but I just walked in the building and thought this is where I
should have gone.” She is the cutest!

On Monday we had an amazing ten minute lesson with our new
investigator, M…. He is searching for truth and really wants to
meet with us, and we are seeing him again tomorrow! Later that day we
had a lesson with this super cute family! We had tracted into them and
they wanted us to come back! I basically taught the kids while Sister
Brunsdale taught the parents, it was crazy! Everyone was trying to ask
questions at once, but they are so amazing! They don’t speak very much
English though so we referred them to the Spanish Elders, I can’t wait
to see where they go:) on Monday evening after our dinner appointment
we had a lesson with D…. Wow. She is so cool! We taught the gospel
of Jesus Christ and she really wants to come closer to her Savior.
While teaching about repentance she said, “Wow, maybe that’s why I
still feel guilty after I repent, I need to remember the Savior in all
that I do!” She’s so cool. At the end of the lesson we invited her to
be baptized and she was all, “Yeah, I’ve actually been thinking about
it.” She now has a baptismal date for May 15! Wow. So many miracles
are happening in Bethlehem, I love it!!

We’ve found a couple more people to teach so far this week, and lots
of big plans for this weekend! Yesterday we had a lesson with a cute
little girl named M…. She wants to go to church and come closer
to God. We found her from tracting and her mom actually invited us to
come back to talk to her. It was cool to see her and her mom learn
truths! We taught M… who Jesus Christ is, what the scriptures
are, and how to pray. She said one of the most sincere prayers at the
end, it was so sweet!

Today we got to go to the Manhattan temple to do baptisms for the dead
with Brother H…! (Hence why I am emailing today). Wow. That was
such a wonderful experience! The temple is so amazing and I’m so
grateful that we have the authority to give our ancestors the
opportunity to accept the gospel. The Spirit in the temple was so
strong! Afterwards Brother H… said, “I feel so light and
rejuvenated.” I love the temple.

Wow, what a crazy past couple of weeks! I’m so excited for general
conference this weekend! I was thinking about the hymn We Thank Thee O
God For a Prophet and how the saints at the time of the restoration
must have been SO grateful for Joseph Smith. Then I thought about me
today. I remember a few years ago when we went on trek for youth
conference and I had thought to myself, ‘I’m so grateful for a
prophet, I will always follow him.’ Then reflecting on what I’ve done
since then. Times when I wasn’t as grateful that we have a prophet,
and times when I took that for granted. But now, I hope that I am just
as excited to have a prophet and to sing the words to a beautiful hymn
and let my Father in Heaven know how grateful I am for our beloved
Prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson.

I love this gospel, I know it’s true, and I’m so grateful I get to
share it with others!

I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Gomm

"At the temple!"

“At the temple!”

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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!!!!”

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!! (:

trainers

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!

transfers

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 (:

Tender Mercies – Easter Fun!

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Sister Gomm & Sister Ipson dying Easter eggs.

 

Being a missionary mom has it’s ups and downs (mostly ups)! Today I shed a few tears over the surprise I received from a sweet member in Downingtown. We shared a few text messages and I received a few pics. Tender Mercies come in all sorts of places and forms. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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{post by Sister Gomm’s mom}