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!!
Sister Sammy Gomm (: