Hello!!! – Susquehanna #19

Hello friends and family!

What an interesting week! We met with our investigator K… this week!
We taught her the restoration, and it went pretty well! The best part
was when we asked her about the scriptures we had committed her to
read. She loved Alma 32:21 so much that she had to read it to us. Once
she was done reading it she’s all, “In fact, I love this scripture so
much, I would get a tattoo of it!” Hahaha! Totally caught off guard
and I had no idea what to say…. I think I just said, “Isn’t that
such a good scripture?? It’s so important to have faith…” Haha,
needless to say…. K… might have a tattoo of Alma 32:21 sometime
soon…… All joking aside though, I am really praying for K… that
she continues to read from the Book of Mormon and that she gains a
testimony of it and a desire to act on the faith she gains from
reading it. I don’t know where things are going to go with her, but I
have faith she will progress!! We’re meeting with her again on
Wednesday!

This week I went on exchanges with Sister Brown! It was fun, just like
old times…. (8 weeks ago…) haha! But we went to visit the S…’s
and it was so great!! We shared Because He Lives and read a scripture
from the Book of Mormon. Sister Brown talked about a talk from general
conference and committed them to read it and the spirit was so so so
strong! It was one of the best lessons I’ve ever had with them which
was so great because I’ve really been trying to figure out what to do
with them and how to help them.. I think things will be looking up
from here!

On Saturday we went and saw R… and D…. Their daughter is L…,
the recent convert who is at byui (I know I’ve mentioned L…
before, and I think I mentioned R… not too long ago). But we talked
with R… and she is so so so awesome. She is so ready for the gospel
to be in her life, she’s just waiting for her husband! D… was there
when we went over, but he didn’t talk to us very much. R… came to
church though, and we are going over sometime this week to help her
with caramel apples for her reading class she teaches at the
elementary school. I’m so excited to get to know her better! I’m just
praying her husband’s heart will continue to be softened and he will
start taking the missionary lessons! I just love them so much!

The visitors’ center was SO busy this weekend! Everyone out west had
fall break (obviously, since that’s where basically all of you who
read this are), and they all decided to come here! It was seriously
insane, I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like next summer,
especially around the time of the Hill Cumorah Pageant. It’s going to
be so fun!

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about this week is having a sense
of urgency. In the video we show at the visitors’ center you can tell
how Oliver Cowdery is so anxious to to get to Harmony and help however
he can with the restoration of the gospel. Samuel, Joseph’s brother,
even calls Oliver a white-tailed deer because he basically runs there
from Palmyra because he is so excited to meet Joseph. I think Oliver
is such a great example of acting on promptings we receive; and acting
quickly. God’s timing is often so important, and things could have
turned out differently if Oliver had waited. But he didn’t. He left
right away. He didn’t even give Satan any time to persuade him
otherwise. I think that’s something we can all apply to ourselves too.
Oliver acted as soon as he received his prompting. How often do we
wait too long to do what the Holy Ghost tells us to do? How often do
we ignore those promptings? What if Oliver had ignored those
promptings or waited too long and Satan had convinced him to stay in
Palmyra and not make the 135 mile journey here? What if Joseph didn’t
act on the prompting he received when they were translating about
baptism? What if they never followed the Holy Ghost to ask how to
return to live with God? What if we don’t talk to someone at the
grocery store when we feel like we should? What if we don’t try the
last door at 8:45 when we’re tired and cold, but we know the spirit is
prompting us to go there? How can you create a sense of urgency for
the gospel in your life? Who can you share it with? When will you
share it with them? Will you do as Christ did and talk to everyone,
even when you’re tired and in a hurry? We wouldn’t have the gospel
today if people didn’t act on the promptings they were receiving. It’s
an amazing blessing to have a member of the godhead directing and
guiding us every moment of every day if we let it. What will you do to
recognize and act on those promptings?

I hope you all have an amazing week! I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Look unto me in every thought; – Susquehanna #13

Friends and family!!

Wow. This week started out rough… but ended so great!!!!

Just about every one of our appointments cancelled this week! Which I know happens a lot, but it’s hard when you’re only proselyting half the time AND all of your appointments fall through! One appointment that did hold was still heartbreaking, it was with M… and K…, the people we had invited to be baptized last week, so we go to our appointment and we’re eating pizza and talking and the whole time Sister Larsen and I could tell that something was off. So once we asked them if they had read the chapter from the Book of Mormon that we had given them to read they both told us that they had prayed about it and God answered them, and they felt like this isn’t something they should pursue anymore. They told us they didn’t want to talk about it but that they were happy we came over and told us if we are ever in the area that we can stop by and talk, but there is no way they are changing anything. It was so sad because last week they were so open and willing to learn!

The D… family also cancelled on us a bunch of times this week. They’ve been having a lot going on but we did get to see them! We rescheduled their temple trip and it is now set for September 26!!! I am so so so excited for them! But I actually can’t go to the temple with them anymore. It’s a bittersweet situation because N…, from my last area is going to the temple for endowments and President Anderson told me that I could go with him because Sister Johnstone’s companion at the time that N… was baptized is home now, so she needed someone to go with her! Since Sister Johnstone and I are both closest to the Palmyra temple, N… is going to come up here and go to that temple!! (: since I’m going to the temple with N… I can’t go with the D…’ but I know they will still have such a great time and Sister Larsen will be able to go and I think Sister Brown will go with her! I just really really want the D…’ to get to the temple! They need it! (:

The week did end very very well though!! On Sunday after our meetings and right before sacrament meeting started A… comes up to us and tells us that she saw us from the other side of the room and had to come and say hello! (I just love her!!) and she had brought her friend with her and wanted to introduce her to us!! So we introduce ourselves to her friend J…, who I actually met my first night in Susquehanna at our branch mission leaders house! Wow. J… is so cool! Sacrament meeting was AMAZING!! M… bore her testimony which was huge because she does not like talking in front of a lot of people, and we had over 80 people in sacrament meeting!! (Lots of visitors because of the Priesthood Restoration Site and the long weekend). AND A… also shared her testimony!! It was hers and M…’s first times!! It was seriously so good!! So Sister Larsen and I taught gospel principles and the only people there were A…, J…, three others, and Brother S… who is in the branch presidency. It was so great because we could really help J… understand what we were teaching and she was participating and asking questions, it was so great!!

At 4 on Sunday we went to the visitors center and A… and J… showed up!!! We gave them a tour and when we got to the Smith house we sat on my favorite benches and shared a scripture with both of them. J… told us that A… had given her a copy of the Book of Mormon a few days earlier and that they were going to start reading it together!! So awesome!! So we talked about the Book of Mormon and I just kept feeling prompted to ask her if we could meet with her. So we asked and she said she would love that! A… even suggested that we have the lessons at her house!! I am so excited!!!!! We took them both to the chapel and showed the Because He Lives video in there on the big screen and afterwards the spirit was so strong! J… talked about how she really liked church and she is excited to start meeting with us!!

On Monday (yesterday), we had exchanges! I went with Sister Francis all day!! I took her out finding with me and we went to a dinner appointment at the S….!! It was SO fun!! I love Sister Francis!!

This week I’ve studied a lot about diligence. Being diligent is so important! I love what it says in Preach My Gospel under diligence: “Diligence is steady, consistent, earnest, and energetic effort in doing the Lord’s work. The Lord expects you to work diligently–persistently and with great effort and care.” I’m trying to make this place better than I found it. Also in Preach My Gospel it states: “You are assigned to do the Lord’s work in a specific area. He wants you to watch over your area with love and great care. Your purpose is to help others come unto Him through baptism and confirmation. Do all you can to leave your area stronger than you found it. Meaningful goals and careful planning will help you accomplish what the Lord requires of you.” Doing all we can to help others shows the Lord our commitment to Him. I’m so grateful for everything I’m learning here!! I love God’s counsel to Oliver Cowdery in Doctrine and Covenants 6, specifically verse 23 and 36, “Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?…. Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” Oliver had prayed to know that all of this was true, he wanted to know that everything Joseph Smith was claiming to have had happened, really did happen. Later, when he came to Susquehanna County, a while after being a scribe, he questioned it all because he could not see the golden plates. When Joseph asked God to bring peace to Oliver’s mind God asks him this. Oliver had already received his answer that all of this was true, he had just lost sight of that or forgotten, God reminded him that he already knew this was all the work of the Lord. I think it’s so important to remember that. “A marvelous work is about to come forth,” it is coming forth now! I’m so grateful that I get to testify of truth to everyone I meet! It’s such a blessing to be here, my testimony is growing every day! I love this gospel, I love this work, I’m so grateful for my Savior and Brother, Jesus Christ. This is His work, and I’m so grateful I have this time to serve Him.

I love you to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Susquehanna #9

Hello friends and family!! First of all I just want to say congratulations to my baby sister on making the varsity soccer team!! Whoo! I know none of us are surprised, but I’m so proud of you! And congratulations to Tara R…!! My mom sent me a picture, you look absolutely stunning!!

Wow. What a rough week here in Susquehanna. Our new investigator that I talked about last week, F…, dropped us because she had some things come up and she doesn’t feel ready for the gospel. I am so sad about her! It’s crazy, everyone keeps dropping us. It’s devastating, really.

On a better note, the D… family is doing amazing!! They are so excited to go to the temple to do baptisms at the end of the month! I just love them so so so much! The S… family, (they were baptized about a year ago) decided that they wanted to do something that would help them progress in the gospel, and they asked us if we would have family home evening at their house so that we could help them know what to do for fhe. It was so fun and we talked about gratitude and I know that they all felt closer as a family afterwards and that they will continue to grow closer!

Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Another plus, we had zone training in Scranton this week and I don’t think I mentioned this before, but Sister Johnstone is one of my sister training leaders! So I got to see her! Also Elder Beckstead who was in my mtc district is in my zone now, so that was exciting to see him!

We met this family that we taught the restoration to and they invited us to come back this upcoming Saturday! I am excited to really start teaching them and helping them! It’s crazy because our investigators keep dropping us, but we are still seeing miracles and meeting so many amazing people!! I just love Susquehanna so much!

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site - New church building and visitor's center.

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site – New church building and visitor’s center.

Other exciting news that I actually found out a couple of weeks ago but never mentioned, I am going to be in the visitor’s center up here!!! It will be finished in September, but we have training that will start at the end of this month! No one really knows what’s going on still, and we are just telling everyone about it and inviting them all to come! A lot of people in the area are super excited to go and see everything when it’s done!

Youth Conference stop at the Susquehanna River.

Youth Conference stop at the Susquehanna River.

On Saturday we had a devotional with a stake that came here for youth conference! Our branch president gave their stake president our phone number and he called us a few days before and asked if we could talk about what happened at the Susquehanna River and talk a little bit about personal revelation because that was the theme for their youth conference. So Saturday morning we headed down to the river a little bit early and talked to some people who were down there who had been at the Palmyra temple the day before (funny because the youth conference group had also been there the day before), and waited for the youth group to get there. Once they all started coming down they ran right to the river and were all yelling and skipping rocks and splashing in the river. The leaders gathered everyone around and Sister Brown and I started talking about everything that happened there and how Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were baptized and received the Aaronic Priesthood there. The spirit was so strong and I could tell as I testified that the spirit was touching the hearts of the youth there. Afterwards we headed up to the cemetery and showed them Elizabeth and Isaac Hale’s graves and Emma and Joseph’s child’s grave. As we were leaving the river everyone was so respectful and reverent. It was so cool to see the difference from when they had arrived to when they left. The spirit was so strong and I’m so glad I could meet so many amazing people!

I love the people here so much, and I love being a missionary and I love Susquehanna! Even though almost all of our appointments fell through this week and we are struggling to find people I’ve never been happier in my entire life! The gospel brings so much joy! I was reading in Luke chapter 1 this morning and I love verses 46 and 47. In this chapter Mary finds out that she will be the mother of the Son of God. From the moment she finds this out she doesn’t question it. She has so much faith and in verses 46 and 47 she says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” I want to be like that. I want everything I do to magnify the Lord. I want people who know me to know my Savior because of what I do and how I act. I love this gospel, I’m so grateful for it! Mary is such a wonderful example to me of faith and diligence. She submits to God’s will and I’m so grateful for her example.

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

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (: