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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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]

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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[email from Sister Gomm]