Priesthood Restoration Site is Dedicated

Priesthood Restorate Site

August 24-28, 2015 – Missionary Training for the Visitor’s Center

August 28, 2015 (Friday) – 1st Tours of Priesthood Restoration Site to local branch members.

August 29, 2015 (Saturday) – The Priesthood Restoration Site officially opened.

September 19, 2015 (Saturday) – President Nelson dedicates the Priesthood Restoration Site

LDS.org Priesthood Restoration Site or LDS.org Priesthood Restoration Site

Interactive Map of Priesthood Restoration Site

Mormon Newsroom Official Video & Pictures of Dedication

Mormon Newsroom Dedication Transcript

Church News – September 19, 2015 – Priesthood Restoration Site Reopening and Dedication

Daily Herald – September 29, 2014 – Preview of Priesthood Restoraation Site Video

Church News – October 2, 2014 – Preview of Priesthood Restoration Site Video

Deseret News – Sept 19, 2015 – Dedication Story & Photos

WNEP News Coverage of Dedication – September 19, 2015

Priesthood Restoration Site Facebook Page #RestoredHere

These are the days of Harmony – Susquehanna #12

Friends and family!! Hello! First off, happy birthday to my older brother Keyan!! You. Are. Old. (; I hope you have a wonderful day! Just so you all know, my pday has officially been changed to Tuesday! So the rest of my stay in Susquehanna I’ll be emailing on Tuesdays!

Wow. This has been the best and craziest week of my entire life! Last Monday we had “Susquehanna” golden retraining! Whoo!! It was so good! As always (: on Tuesday it was just a normal proselyting day, which was great except we had 5 companionships in our area alone! Crazy. I don’t know how we didn’t all run into each other every five minutes! But needless to say, a great day of finding! Wednesday is when everything got CRAZY!

So we show up to the visitors center Wednesday morning and I went over to President Anderson to ask him a question then he told me he needed to tell Sister Robison and I something, so he calls her over and asks us if we will be the sister training leaders for the visitors center! Whoo! Except how does that even work because Sister Robison and I aren’t even companions?? Don’t ask, we’re still trying to figure it out ourselves… And we’re apparently supposed to go on exchanges every Wednesday. Crazy! So after that visitors center training starts!!! Brother LasVarde (don’t ask me if that’s the correct way to spell his name because I have no idea!!) from Salt Lake came and did our training. We talked a lot about preach my gospel and he complimented us because he can really tell that we are a preach my gospel mission. We also got to see the video that they are showing at our site and the video they will be showing at the Whitmer Farm. Wow. The video they are showing here is amazing!! Seriously, everyone needs to come here! So we had training from 9 am until 6:30 pm! Once we finally left we saw we had a missed call from our branch mission leader, so we listen to the voicemail he left and he was inviting us over for dinner! So we call him back and ask if they already had dinner, luckily they hadn’t, they were just getting ready to eat! So we go over and they’re literally finishing setting the table right as we get there! So we eat and share a message and are out the door all within 35 minutes! Talk about fastest, best dinner appointment of my life! And there wasn’t even dessert! (I’m so tired of having dessert every meal appointment!)

So Thursday we are at the visitors center again by 8:45 am and we go right in to training. We talk more about missionary work and helping people and talking about preach my gospel, etc. then around 5 they give us our study guides for the visitors center and tell us that we need to study this and get to know all of the information in it! Sister Larsen and I had to go to an appointment after that, so we left and taught this couple M… and K… the restoration! It was so great! You know when you have that moment of everything just clicks and from then on you and your companion teach in unity and everything goes great? Well that happened at this lesson for Sister Larsen and I! And! Sister Larsen invited them to be baptized and they accepted a date for October 17!! I am so excited for them! They invited us over on Thursday for a lesson and pizza!! K… put a reminder in her phone that says “Mormons and pizza” haha! So after the lesson we go back to the visitors center and ask the visitors center director, Elder Walker, what we missed, and he said that we didn’t miss anything but we are free to go and study for the rest of the night, that he wanted us doing that rather than going out finding (it’s so different being in a visitors center). So we break into our study guides and wow. I feel like I’m back in school! There is so much to study and learn and know! It’s crazy.

Friday consisted of more training and then our first tour! Local people (as in members from our branch) had volunteered to be the first ones to have tours so that the missionaries could practice. Sister Larsen and I had the branch president and his wife, their friends, and two members of our branch in our group! The spirit was so strong when we were with them and at the end of the tour we took them to the chapel and watched Because He Lives on the big screen there. After the video we had such a spiritual conversation with all of them and it was one of the best experiences! After all of the tours were done and we all came together to discuss what happened we were free to go home and sleep and study! That would be great except literally every night since Tuesday we have to make so many calls and we don’t have time for anything! Friday was also transfer calls, and there are only three elders in our whole zone being transferred! Crazy.

Saturday was amazing.

These are days never to be forgotten.

Saturday was our opening day! Wow. It was so crazy and so great! Sister Larsen and I were in the back where we put our bags getting ready to go out, and we said a prayer right before and after we finished our prayer we saw Sister Simmons and Sister Anderson waiting for us and they told us that F… (one of our investigators that we’ve had a hard time getting in contact with) was here and wanted a tour from us!! So we go out and see F… and two of her kids with her! So we go and give them a tour and when we got down to Joseph and Emma’s house we sat down on some benches and just talked. We talked about what F… is going to do with her life and what God wants from her. She told us that she thinks this might be true, that this could be the pathway that God wants her to take! Sister Larsen and I testified of truth to her and promised her blessings and shared a scripture with her, the spirit was so strong! The Smith home has become one of my favorite places. (: after that we did a tour with the cutest family from New Jersey! After that we had to go to a lesson but once we got there the lesson fell through! 😦 I had a prompting that we should go to someone’s house but they weren’t home.. Then I felt like we should go to someone else’s house but they weren’t home either! At this point Sister Larsen and I were trying to figure out what Heavenly Father’s intentions were for sending us to two different houses where no one was home. So we drive back to the visitors center feeling confused about why that would happen. Then right when we got back we did a tour with L… and her family. L… was baptized a little over a year ago and she is the only member of her family. She came with her parents, her aunt and uncle, her grandmother, and another aunt. Wow. This was why Heavenly Father directed us to go stop by those two other people. If we had been any earlier or later we would have missed L… and someone else would have given them a tour, which would not have been a problem, but it was definitely inspiration that we were with them. They had SO many amazing questions and insights! It was great! When we got to the Smith home I quickly asked L… if she would be willing to share her testimony of the Book of Mormon. She happily agreed and we went into the room with the benches. We sat down and talked about the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, and faith. The spirit was seriously so strong and then L… shared her testimony of the Book of Mormon and it was so great!!

Days of Harmony.

It’s funny because no one who lives here knows that they used to call this place Harmony, but all of the members who come here think that it still is called Harmony. But these are days of Harmony! On Sunday we had 5 investigators at church!! We’re still meeting in our little house on the prairie building until the dedication, but L…’s parents both came to church!! It was so great! At 4 pm we had to be at the visitors center and when we walk in L… and A… (she was baptized at the same time as L…) and E…, the branch mission leader’s daughter were waiting for us so we could give them a tour! So we go and it was another amazing experience!!

Days of gratitude.

As we were going through the Hale home E…’s brother, C…, joined us and finished the tour with us. When we got to the Smith home we all sat down on the infamous benches and talked about the gospel and A… shared her testimony and talked about how she recognized her answer to the Book of Mormon. L… talked about how she felt when she received her answer and then we asked C… to share his testimony of the priesthood. Wow. What a great experience!!

Days of hope.

The spirit was so strong afterwards and none of us wanted to leave so at L…’s request we sang “Praise to the Man”. It was beautiful. Sister Larsen and C… were singing different parts and L… was singing descant for part. The spirit was wrapped around us and it was testifying to each of us that this is true. The things that happened here in Susquehanna were key to bringing the church back to the earth. This place has such a special place in my heart. It’s true. The gospel is restored. The priesthood was brought back to the earth and we have it today. Yesterday we got to give a tour to a few of the Manhattan temple missionary temple workers. Seeing them watch the video for the first time and talking about the Book of Mormon with them helped me strengthen my own testimony. I am so grateful for this time that I have to be a missionary! It’s been such a crazy week, but so many miracles have happened!

“These are days never to be forgotten. Days of harmony. Days of gratitude. Days of hope.”

I love you all! I’m sorry this is an eternity long, but it was such an amazing week! I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Everyone Here is Related – Susquehanna #4

Hello everyone!

What a crazy week it’s been. We met this family who is a referral from
one of the members here, which is so great!! But they only speak
Spanish! And since we are way far away from the Spanish Elders there’s
no way they can come and teach this family. But we found someone who
is from the branch next to us who speaks Spanish and he came to
translate for us! It was so amazing! We’ve only met with the family
twice, so we are still getting to know them! On Wednesday we had our
Sister Training Leaders double in to our area. They slept over here on
Tuesday night, then Sister Simmons and I went with Sister Barnum and
Sister Brown went with Sister Casey! It was so much fun and I learned
so much! We met with a less active member this week, J… who lives
in Windsor, New York. Wow! He is amazing!! We started the stop smoking
program with him! He is so great and he really wants to serve a
mission! He has such a sense of urgency to get his life turned around
so he can go! I just love the people here! We are working with him and
praying for him! He has such a great desire to quit smoking though, I
know Heavenly Father is helping him through all of this!

I’m sure you’re all wondering what we did for the 4th of July! Well,
missionary work! We weren’t able to schedule any appointments with
ANYONE so we literally went around finding all day and tried talking
to everyone! It rained basically all day. I keep waiting for it to be
super hot and humid as everyone says it gets in PA in the summer, but
so far it’s been more wet than hot! But needless to say, the Fourth
was just like any other day! Everyone was going to Thompson to watch
fireworks (one of the cities in our area), but the fireworks didn’t
start until 10 pm!

On Sunday we went to a baptism for the couple’s, who is over the
restoration site, granddaughter. The family invited us to come and we
were more than happy to be there! The baptism was in the Susquehanna
river! It was so cool to see her be baptized! I’m so grateful that
they invited us to come even though we had only just met her! Later
that day we went to teach M…. Wow, I just love her SO much!! She
is the cutest thing ever! We were teaching the Plan of Salvation and
she kept getting teary-eyed throughout the whole lesson and she told
us that it just all makes sense! She has a baptismal date for July 25
and during our lesson she’s all, “about my baptism… What time is it
going to be at?” Oh she is the best! I seriously love her!! I’m
praying that she will continue to progress in the gospel and that she
will recognize the answers to her prayers. I love her so much! (How
many times can I say that?) Also funny story, while at church in
gospel principles our branch mission leader was teaching and he went
around and introduced everyone because there were some visitors and it
was only M…’s second week. So he introduces M… and suddenly
one of the people in the class who is a recent convert is all, “Hi
aunt M…!” I thought he was just being funny and that he was
pretending to know her when in reality they had just met. But I really
shouldn’t let these things take me by surprise; turns out she actually
is his aunt!! They hadn’t talked to each other in a few years (he
lives in Windsor, New York and she lives in Oakland, Pennsylvania (for
all you church history people is actually what used to be Harmony, PA)
and those two places aren’t far from each other, but it seems like no
one ever leaves their own town so it must be far for them haha) so it
took them both by surprise that they were there! But this seriously
happens ALL the time!! It’s so funny. Everyone in our entire branch is
related… You think I’m kidding, but I swear everyone is related to
someone!! It’s the funniest thing ever. I guess once you go to a small
town you never leave, right? (: Just kidding, but it is strange how
close everyone’s relatives are!

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the Atonement and the Plan of
Salvation. I know that we all need a Savior. I’m so grateful for my
Brother, Jesus Christ, and that He was so willing to suffer for my
sins. I know that I need a Savior to return to live with my Heavenly
Father again. I’m grateful that I have this gospel so that I can know
how to return to live with Him again. I’m so grateful for the
knowledge of the plan of salvation. I know that I will see loved ones
again because of it. It’s amazing the peace and comfort it can bring
to each and every one of us. My testimony is simple, but I know that
this truly is Christ’s church. I know that this is the way to return
to our Beloved Heavenly Father. That Christ has atoned for all of my
sins. He knows exactly how I feel and He loves me and even if I was
the only person who needed the Atonement, that He still would have
done it. I strive to be an example of my Savior, and I pray that those
who know me will know Him.

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (: