All is Well – Susquehanna #15

Friends and family!!

I am so sorry, I don’t have much time, but I will include everything I can!!

Wow. What an insane week. We had so many things happen I don’t even know where to begin!! I had been stressing all week about if the D…s family would be back in town for the dedication of the Priesthood Restoration Site. They had been out of town the week before and we didn’t know when they would be back. But a few days before the dedication they texted us and told us they would be there!!

On Thursday night a bunch of historians, people from the missionary department and others showed up to the visitors center and they had a devotional. We were planning on staying for them and singing to them, they were an hour late though and by the time the devotional even started it was 9 pm! Luckily President Anderson was there and people from the missionary department, so they all gave us permission to stay out late. We sang and didn’t make it home until 10:20! Crazy.

The next morning we had meetings with Brother Lusvardi, Brother Olsen and Sister Lund. Wow. It made me realize how much I needed to repent for all of the tours I had given thus far. So much new information and things to improve on!

On Friday evening Sister Larsen and I went to see the S…!! They are doing well!! They replaced the carpet in their home and we had a great lesson with them about the priesthood! It was so great to sit down and have a lesson with both of them!!

Saturday was a dream. It was wonderful! We went to the visitors center in the morning and helped set up a few last minute things. We went outside and greeted people as they came in! It was so much fun and I got to meet so many people and greet members of our branch, all around great. So we’re standing there greeting everyone and all the sudden I see Elder and Sister Kunz from DOWNINGTOWN!! I had been hoping that they would be there!! So I ran over to them and gave Sister Kunz a hug! It was the best to be able to see them!! (: All of the visitor center sisters got to sing at the breakfast before the dedication. It was such an amazing experience! President Nelson and his wife are the cutest(: the dedication was amazing!! If you want to hear it, I believe the video is on lds.org. Right after the dedication we gave tours to the general authorities who were there. Elder and Sister Kunz were in my group! It was amazing to see how open all of these people were to feeling the spirit and letting it testify of truth to them. I really felt like there were ministering angels around us that day. The Priesthood is restored! We have it on the earth today! This was just reaffirmed to me this past weekend. We have the authority from God, and it is only through this authority that we can return to live with Him again.

On Sunday we went to stake conference! It was SO good! We had general authorities speak the whole time. President Nelson gave an apostolic blessing on this stake, and I know we will see miracles from it, especially for the missionary work here. Sister Nelson spoke at stake conference and talked all about the Book of Mormon. She asked us why we do the things we do, and answered each of her own questions with, “Because I know the Book of Mormon is true.” I want to remember this. That I am here because the Book of Mormon is true. I know these things to be true because the Book of Mormon is true. We can use this every day to talk to people about the gospel. The Book of Mormon is true. You don’t have to be where it was translated to know it to be true. You just have to read it and ask God. He will answer your prayers. He always does. There’s a story I love about Emma Smith that we share at the visitors center about God answering prayers. I know Heavenly Father loves each of us and is mindful of us. The gospel was restored because a boy asked a question. Joseph Smith’s question was answered and our questions can be answered too.

Ministering Angels are around us. The Book of Mormon is true. The priesthood is on the earth today. Miracles and spiritual experiences are happening every day. It has been the most amazing weekend and I am looking forward to the miracles that will happen this upcoming week! I am so grateful for the gospel and the peace it brings. I know as we all continue to read from the Book of Mormon that our testimonies will be strengthened and we will receive answers to our prayers. I am sorry but I’m out of time!

I love you all to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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What a Crazy Week – Downingtown #15

Hello friends and family!!

First of all, I just want to say happy birthday Landon!! I love you so
so much and I hope your day is wonderful! I can’t believe you’re
almost done with high school!! Crazy!! You’re so old. (;

So this week was crazy!! I had to call and talk to a billion insurance
people about the car accident, which was soo lame!! (Okay, only like 2
or 3, but that’s still 2 or 3 more than I wanted to talk to!)
But this week consisted of meeting TONS of people and inviting
everyone to come closer to Christ!! We met with a lot of less active
members as well! I love getting to know people and talking with
everyone, it’s so fun and so interesting to hear about their different
backgrounds, beliefs, heartaches, triumphs, everything! I just love
talking to people!

This week we had dinner with the Kunz family (I LOVE THEM), and Elder
Kunz told us a lot about the Philadelphia temple; different facts and
things and how it’s going to look on the inside/how big it’s going to
be, etc. I always learn something new when with them! We read a
scripture with them and talked about how we can know Christ is our
Savior when we read the Book of Mormon, and both Elder and Sister Kunz
basically gave us a whole lesson right back about the scripture we had
read, it was such a great discussion and I seriously always learn
something new when visiting them!

Also this week we’ve really been getting the ward more involved in
missionary work! It’s been so helpful and it is so good when the ward
is involved, it makes things so much easier!! We had TONS of people
come to our various appointments with us, which was so great! But half
of the appointments fell through!! It was so frustrating, but it’s so
great to have members come teaching with you!

We met a part member family this week, and they have the cutest 6 year
old son!! His name is L…, and he told us all about how he is going
to be a body builder when he grows up! He’s so cute, we showed them
the Because He Lives video and halfway through L… was all, “I’m
bored, I’m going to my room.” Hahaha! well, that’s not the response we
were going for but…… What can you do? It was so funny though!

Also this week we met with P…, she is still preparing to go to the
temple which we are so excited about! But she didn’t come to church
this Sunday!! She was supposed to meet with the bishop, but obviously
that didn’t happen…. She’s preparing to go to the temple on June 13,
but that’s next transfer so I might not even be here!! ūüė¶ I’m praying
that she will be able to go to the temple soon! I know she really
understands the importance of doing temple work, and she is planning
on taking her grandmother’s name to the temple! I’m seriously so
excited for her!!

This week we also met with N… (: we had him teach us the
restoration!! I can’t remember if I mentioned this already or not, but
we are having him teach us everything now!(: he did such a great job
teaching us!! He used the pamphlet, asked us great questions, and
shared his testimony of the restored gospel! It was funny because at
the end of the lesson I asked if he had a commitment for us and he was
all, “Uh…… Make me cookies?” Haha so needless to say, we need to
make some cookies soon! This upcoming week we are going to teach the
Plan of Salvation, and then after that he will teach it to us! I’m so
excited for it! He’s so awesome!! (: it’s so awesome to see people’s
testimonies strengthen, and to hear them talk about how they came to
know all of this is true(:

We have a new investigator named R…, we taught him the restoration
and invited him to be baptized! We are planning on his baptism
happening in July! He works on Sunday’s a lot though, so we are
praying that he can start to get Sunday’s off and that he will come to
church! He is so awesome though and we had the most random lesson with
him on his doorstep because he had friends over and didn’t want us all
to be in his house at the same time, but it was an awesome lesson and
we helped him recognize the spirit, and he really has a desire to know
that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ! We
are so excited to help him gain his own testimony of this gospel (:

I just want you all to know that I know that this church is true, and
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that we did need a
restoration, and as evidence of that, we were given the Book of Mormon
which is another testament of Jesus Christ, it works with the Bible,
and that if we “Believe in Christ [we] will believe in these words,
for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and
they teach all men that they should do good.” (2 Nephi 33:10). That
when we read the Book of Mormon we will know that Christ is our Savior
and Redeemer, our Great Mediator. And if we know Christ, we will know
the Book of Mormon is true when we read it. This gospel is revolved
around love. God loves us, Christ loves us, and we show our love to
them by living this gospel, by making and keeping covenants, and
helping others to know love as well. And when we live the gospel, we
truly will know and feel the pure love of Christ.

I hope you all have a great week and I love you to the moon and back!
Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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.

 

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