Week of Miracles – Bethlehem #17

Hello friends and family!

This week we had so many miracles!

Last Monday the woman we had a dinner appointment with called us and
asked us if we could come an hour earlier than we had originally
planned. It basically threw off the rest of our day’s schedule, but in
reality, it was just making one thing after another possible! We went
to our dinner appointment and afterwards we had just planned on going
finding in Downtown Bethlehem. So we park our car and go to a former
investigators house.. No luck.. We try the next few houses down.. No
luck. This whole time I kept think about a referral we had received
from the ysa elders and I felt like we needed to go meet her. Only
problem, it would be using a lot of miles to go see her. So Sister
Brunsdale and I thought about it and prayed and asked Heavenly Father
what He thought we should do and we both felt like we needed to go see
this referral. So we headed over and went straight to the house once
we got there. A man answered the door and before we even had a chance
to say hello he said, “Really. Not tonight.” And slammed the door.
Confused, I wondered why we needed to come all this way to have a door
slammed in our face. That could’ve happened in downtown Bethlehem and
we wouldn’t have had to use so many miles! We turned around to walk
down the porch and we realized we were right across the street from a
potential investigator’s house, D…. So we go and knock on her door
and she’s all, “Wow! I just got home like five minutes ago! Come in!”
So we went in and taught the entire restoration and she really wants
to read the Book of Mormon and we are seeing her again tonight! It’s
crazy how the Lord has such perfect timing!

On Tuesday we had zone training with President and Sister Anderson and
the Assistants. It was SO good! The best part was when President and
Sister Anderson role played together:) in one of the role plays I was
with Elders Weisler and Hunter (both of them started their missions in
Susquehanna! Whoot!) it was one of the best role plays I’ve ever been
a part of! I received so much revelation on how we can help the people
we’re teaching! Right after that meeting we had a meeting with the
bishop to discuss people he wants us to focus on. Wow. This ward is
awesome! They’re so good at helping us in our missionary work! After
that we went on exchanges with south side! I went to south side with
Sister Jensen. Wednesday I was with Sister Jensen all day until the
evening then when I went back to north side Sister Brunsdale told me
that our appointment for that evening had cancelled. So we went out
finding instead! We tried to see this couple who had come to church a
few weeks ago, but they weren’t home. We went to see a less active
family and set up an appointment with them! Then we shared the Easter
video with SO many people! It was awesome! We even have a few return
appointments this week with some of those people! After an hour or so
we decided to go to a different area. Before we left we kept feeling
like we needed to go see the couple again. So we tried again and they
were home and let us right in! We had a lesson with them and they told
us that they are looking for a church to raise their family in, and
they are very interested in the Book of Mormon!! They have a copy, but
hadn’t started reading it yet, but we are going to start teaching them
the lessons!! Whoot!! I’m so excited!!!!!!

On Thursday we had a lesson with a cute woman from Egypt! She loves
learning about Jesus and really wants to read the Book of Mormon! So
awesome!! She also wants to come to church this upcoming Sunday! On
Saturday we did family history for Brother H… so that he can go
to the temple to do baptisms!! We found TONS of names for him to
take!! The Spirit of Elijah was SO strong, it was so cool.

We saw so many miracles this week. I know now more than ever that
there are angels looking out for us. I know I keep talking about this,
but every single week I am reminded of this again, and again. I think
every week they are working harder and harder to help us. Satan is so
tempting. If you give him the power, he is very powerful. But isn’t
that one thing we can remember, Satan only has power if you give it to
him. If you don’t, he has no power over you. One of the amazing things
about the Aaronic Priesthood is the keys to the ministering of angels.
They are helping each of us when we are righteous. I know they have
helped Sister Brunsdale and I SO much this week! We couldn’t have done
it without them. I’m so grateful for the gospel and for being a
missionary and getting to testify to others!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Born in Bethlehem! – Bethlehem #7

Friends and family!!

Hello! What a crazy week! (As always!) on Tuesday Sister Torres and I
went down to Broomall and she got her new companion and headed out to
her new area! I spent the day in Philadelphia with Sister Foster! We
talked about Downingtown because we both served there and we just went
finding in her area waiting for our goldens to get here the next day!

Wednesday was full of meetings! My new companion is Sister Brunsdale!!
She’s from Utah too! Whoot! She’s so lucky to start her mission here
so she can say she was born in Bethlehem! We have had SO many miracles
this week! I love being with goldens! They always bring miracles!! We
also did a lot of finding this week. One particularly funny thing that
happened was at one door we knocked on. This man answers and after we
introduce ourselves he’s all, “I’m Catholic and I only talk to other
people who are Catholic.” Then he reaches out to pinch my nose!! I was
so caught off guard, but luckily I dodged it! I didn’t really know
what to do after that, Sister Brunsdale was standing next to me trying
not to laugh and I came up with the smartest response possible and
said, “Oookay….. Bye!” We turned and walked away trying not to laugh
too loud.

On Saturday we had an AMAZING lesson with our investigator, B…! We
taught him the gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit was SO strong!!
Heavenly Father is really preparing B…! He told us times that he’s
had to have faith in Jesus Christ and then mentioned that he’s
repented a lot, but only about three of those times have been with
real intent. After that we talked about baptism and receiving the gift
of the Holy Ghost. The spirit was seriously so strong and we were
literally just waiting for B… to finish his sentence so we could
invite him to be baptized! He now has a baptismal date for March 12!
There’s a lot we still need to help him understand, but he is so
prepared. I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes him.

Unfortunately he didn’t come to church yesterday. 😦 after church we
went to his house to see what had happened, but he wasn’t there. We
decided to go finding around his house and we met this lady who let us
in, so we showed her the video Because He Lives. She had two of her
daughters watch it with us and both of them loved it! The woman was in
tears at the end of the video and then she says, “Someone gave me a
Book of Mormon awhile ago.” And she walks over to the book shelf and
pulls it out. We have a return appointment with her this Wednesday!
I’m so so so excited to share more with her!

Also on Sunday, we had a lesson with Brother H…. He had met
with the bishop at church and is getting ready to receive the Aaronic
Priesthood!! So much joy filled the room when he started talking about
it and he shared a little bit of his testimony! Wow, I just love the
gospel and I’m so happy Brother H… has found so much joy in
coming closer to Christ. He always talks about how he wishes he could
do his baptism over again because he didn’t know anything about the
gospel then, but it’s such a blessing to see the spirit work in him
and change that desire towards realizing all he can do because he’s
already a member. He is doing so well and I’m so excited for him! Is
knowledge of the gospel is expanding and he may or may not have told
us that he thinks people who go to the Telestial Kingdom only get to
eat fruitcake (don’t worry, he was kidding).

I forgot to mention another weird thing that happened while we were
finding on Saturday! We knock on this man’s door and literally all
we’ve said is, “Hi, we’re missionaries,” and he steps out of his house
onto the porch and folds his arms and starts praying. In his prayer he
says, “Father, please bless these two ladies, for they believe things
that contradict what I believe. Please bless that whichever one of us
is wrong will be brought to the light.” Needless to say, when we asked
him if he had any neighbor’s he thought could use an uplifting
message, his response was, “No. And if I did, I would refer them to
myself.” Bethlehem is such a strange place sometimes!

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about Heavenly Father’s will for
all of His children. Specifically what He wants me to do here, right
now. It’s really put things into perspective for me, and helped me to
talk to everyone and testify of Jesus Christ. At the meeting we had on
Wednesday after we all got our companions, President Anderson had me
and Sister Francis (fellow VC sister who’s also training!) share our
testimonies of the Book of Mormon. I stood up and very simply stated
what I know to be true. I testified of the Book of Mormon, and that
it’s through the Priesthood that we have this book today. I surprised
myself with what I said, not because I was surprised that I know the
Book of Mormon is true, but because everything all ties in and I
didn’t expect myself to talk about that. But it all does tie in,
because it’s all part of Christ’s gospel. Christ has always done the
will of the Father and we too are to do the will of the Father. That
is made possible through Christ, and we can know this because we have
the Book of Mormon. And since we have the Book of Mormon, we also have
the Priesthood, which enables us to do the will of the Father. Sister
Francis also stood up and shared a very, very powerful testimony of
the Book of Mormon. After that President mentioned something about how
we served at the Priesthood Restoration Site and I was again reminded
of how lucky we are to have the Priesthood on the earth today. Not
surprisingly, the Priesthood has been a theme throughout my mission.
Specifically the Aaronic Priesthood because it holds the keys of the
ministering of angels. There are people all around us who are here to
help us. Heavenly messengers who help us and others. I’m eternally
grateful for Jesus Christ and his Atoning sacrifice for me, so that I
can be with God again. And that we all have the Priesthood on the
earth to help us do the will of the Father. The gospel is true,
whether people are accepting it or not. I’m just grateful I get to
help them know it is true.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm