Hello!

Hello friends and family!

This week was CRAZY!!!!! Being a missionary is the best thing! On
Tuesday and Wednesday we had training from someone from the missionary
department in Salt Lake. He helped us know how to improve our
missionary work and what to do in the busy months when we have
hundreds of people at the site at the same time. All of the things
we’re going to be doing this summer is going to be crazy!!

On Friday we had two bus tours of youth come in the evening and they
needed to get through everywhere really quick so one bus went to the
river while he other came inside and watched the movie. Once the bus
came back from the river Sister Martinez and I ran out to the parking
lot and talked to everyone. We took them in to the movie and then down
to the homes. Everyone was split and I took a bunch of people through
the Hale home, it was SO fun! They were one of the best groups that
has ever come here! They were all so prepared to feel the Spirit and
learn everything they could, it was the best.

On Saturday (or maybe Friday, I can’t keep the days straight anymore!)
Sister Martinez and I took a family on a tour and they were so great!
They were so prepared to have a spiritual experience. Lately I’ve been
thinking about what I could do to help people here. There were some
people who came into the site awhile ago who told me that they thought
other church history sites were “cooler because the buildings weren’t
reconstructed and you could just feel the Spirit because of how old
they were.” I was a little sad by their comment because I wanted them
to enjoy their stay here as much as any other place they were going
to. I knew that the Lord wouldn’t have a historic site built here if
He hadn’t intended for people to have converting experiences here. So
I prayed to know what to do so that people who come here can enjoy the
Spirit as much as they do in places like Palmyra or Fayette. Later
that day I went on a tour with Sister Eckman and she had so many
insights and things to say and great questions to ask, I knew that was
a step in the right direction! After our tour I pulled out Preach My
Gospel and studied a little then prayed for guidance on our next tour.

Fast forward to the tour I mentioned before with the people who were
so prepared. Obviously, them being prepared was a huge part of why the
tour was so great, but once we got to the Smith home we had one of the
sons read a scripture that has helped him in his life. He read Mosiah
24:12-15. He then expanded on the story for us and said that he had
been very stressed out one time and had an index of scriptures so he
pulled one out about prayer and it had been Mosiah 24. The Spirit was
so strong after that as he shared his testimony of prayer and how he
knew that God will help us from our afflictions. We then went to the
summer kitchen and had them all take a second to think about why they
were grateful for the priesthood. As we all thought in silence the
Spirit was overpowering the room. We then had some of them share and
they all ended up participating and inviting the Spirit more. Then I
told them about what I had been praying about and the Spirit was
encompassing the room. I knew right there that God was satisfied with
what Sister Martinez and I had said. The mistakes I’m sure we had made
earlier in the tour, in past tours, and in future tours didn’t matter.
The Spirit had made up for everything as this family contemplated the
events that took place here and how those events were blessing them.
It was a miracle that my prayer had been answered so soon and that we
had invited the Spirit into the lives of this family by simply
allowing them to talk so they could invite it themselves.

Sunday was crazy!! We had so many people come to the site!! At one
point Sister Martinez and I were up next for a tour and we were the
only sisters left at the center. We made an executive decision to go
on splits with the women in the tours who had both just come in. I
went on a tour with a cute family from Utah who was in a hurry so we
just decided to go down to the Smith home. Meanwhile it is pouring
outside!! It was crazy! We grabbed a few umbrellas and made our way
down to the home. We may as well have left the umbrellas at the
visitors’ center because we were still soaked by the time we got to
the Smith home. We went inside and started talking but then Sister
Larsen and Sister Francis came in and asked if they could join our
group because they didn’t want to stand in the rain. They all piled in
and marveled at the fact that the Book of Mormon had been translated
here. They were all so willing to participate and add their comments
the Spirit was again so strong!

Sister Martinez and I didn’t make it back to each other again until 7
p.m. It was the craziest day and we were soaking wet! Good thing the
FM couples really needed it to rain! I’m just grateful to be here and
feel the Spirit testify to everyone, especially me, that the
priesthood is real, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and
that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I love the gospel and I love sharing
it with others!

Have a great week! I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

"I love Sister Larsen! Happy days at the PRS"

“I love Sister Larsen!
Happy days at the PRS”

Home Sweet Home

Susquehanna feels like home to me!

This has been one of the best weeks of my entire life!

Tuesday was a day full of driving! We had to drive down to Broomall
then right back up to Susquehanna with my new companion, Sister
Martinez! We are both full time at the visitors’ center! Sister
Martinez is from Soledad, California and she has been on her mission
for 9 months! It’s so funny because we didn’t need to do the typical
‘get to know you’ questions because we were both up here in August,
and now we’re back, so we’ve known each other for basically forever;)

On Wednesday I gave my first tour back at the site! The Spirit was so
strong! We gave a family from Honesdale a tour (who I’ve already given
a tour back in the fall). It was so great to watch the video again,
and to get back into the swing of things! Wow, I love this place.

On Thursday we had a whole day of training! Elder and Sister Walker
talked all about things that are different now and what we are going
to expect the next few months for the summer. The whole time Sister
Eckman, Sister Francis, and I just kept saying how excited we were to
be here (We were the only three who were gone for the whole winter).

The biggest difference here is that Sister Simmons isn’t here 😦 (I
miss you!) and Sister Robison isn’t here anymore either. There’s a
golden and they pulled up Sister Cheret to take their places.
President just said the Spirit kept telling him that Sister Robison
needed to be in Philadelphia to help prepare for the temple open
house.

There was one tour we gave that was so tender. It was a father, and
two of his kids. They were so accepting of the Spirit and sincerely
wanted to know what happened here and what it means for them. While in
the parlor of the Hale home, the 14 year old boy, Hyrum, answered our
question, I don’t even remember what the question was but I just
remember him getting teary-eyed as he told us that he has a younger
sister who is a missionary in the spirit world. As he said this the
Spirit filled the room and I could feel Heavenly Father’s love for
this family and especially this sweet young boy. The father then
proceeded to make another comment that also answered the question. I
looked at Hyrum and watched as he wiped tears from his face and
watched his father with so much love. I could tell this boy’s father
has made such a difference in his life. As we walked to the next room
I realized that Hyrum was as old as Joseph Smith was when he saw
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I felt as though I could tell what
type of boy Joseph Smith was from the type of boy Hyrum is. So full of
faith and such a great desire to do good. In the dining room of the
Hale home we talked about family history. The Spirit of Elijah was so
strong and I could again feel of Heavenly Father’s love for this
family.

 Yesterday we gave a tour to this cute newly wed couple. They had both
served missions and were in New York visiting his brother and decided
to go to multiple church history sites. They loved the things that
they learned here and mostly just loved Sister Martinez and I because
it reminded them of their missions. I love when the Lord allows people
to come into our lives so that we can see the good in the world.

Sunday was the best! All of the branch members were so excited to see
everyone, and the Spirit was so strong! One of the best parts was when
Brother Hall came and shook my hand and said, “Welcome home.” I love
all of these people way too much. I felt as though my heart was going
to burst from feeling so much love. Susquehanna is such a special
place.

I’m grateful for the gospel and for the Priesthood and the Book of
Mormon. I’m grateful for people who listen to the Spirit, both in the
1800’s and now. I love Susquehanna and I love being a missionary!

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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"Road to Damascus ... Welcome to Susquehanna! Love this place:)"

“Welcome to Susquehanna! Love this place:)”