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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“Welcome to Susquehanna! Love this place:)”

Susquehanna has my heart! – Susquehanna #24

*Disclaimer* I don’t know how this email got so long….. Sorry for
writing a novel!

My dear friends and family! What a crazy, fun, sad, exciting,
bitter-sweet week!! After spending six months in my very favorite
little country town of Susquehanna I will be leaving here tomorrow!! I
have learned so much and had so many crazy experiences in the past six
months! I’ve learned to love so many people, learned to try so many
things, and learned to follow so many promptings.

Since Susquehanna has such a special place in my heart, I thought it
would be appropriate to share 25 things I have learned while being in
Susquehanna.

1. Sometimes when three of you come brand new into an area and you
have absolutely no idea who is who or what is what, but it’s actually
really beneficial for the area and you start working with new people,
trying new things, and touching new hearts.

2. The 12 week program NEVER gets old!! The district videos are your
best form of entertainment and sometimes you just have to laugh at the
awkward law of chastity lesson, cry at the wedding, and smile because
you know the missionaries were inspired to say something. I’m going to
miss doing 12 week!

3. Sister Simmons taught me that even though you have every reason to
turn inwards, turning outwards will ALWAYS be more worth it.

4. Sister Simmons also taught me how to love my family
unconditionally. Her love for her family was so sweet, I couldn’t help
but think of my family and the love I have for them every time she
talked about hers.

5. NEVER judge a person by the appearance of their house. Every house
has potential, every person can progress, and repentance is available
to everyone. One interview we had with President while I’ve been here,
he told us to think of a weapon of rebellion to bury. Mine was
judgement. I didn’t want to pass by any house because I thought the
people living there wouldn’t accept the gospel. Everyone has potential
to accept it. I’m still working on this one, but it has made the
biggest difference so far.

6. Sister Brown taught me to be bold. If the Book of Mormon is true
then Joseph Smith was a prophet and the gospel has been restored to
the earth. If the Book of Mormon is false then everything about our
church is false. I was afraid to say this to people before I was
companions with her, and now there’s no doubt in my mind that this is
true, and I’m not afraid to say it to others.

7. We needed a Joseph Smith and a Nephi. Some people live up to that
role in their own way, but some people are Hyrum’s and Sam’s. Flying
under the radar is 150% desirable here because in reality no one can
fly under the radar in God’s eyes. Not everyone is asked to lead such
as Nephi did, but some people are asked to live like Hyrum Smith did.
Heavenly Father loves each of those people the same. You don’t need
approval from people here. God knows.

8. ANYONE can overcome any addiction. Don’t give up on people because
they give in one time. Keep trying! The Atonement is available to
everyone every time they need it! Even if they don’t think they need
it, or they feel like they can’t use it, they can!

9. The priesthood is in fact the authority to act in God’s name, and
it is here on the earth. We need that authority to perform saving
ordinances so that we can live with God again.

10. Loving everyone is so much easier than finding things to complain
about them.

11. We have prophets and apostles on the earth today. Meeting
President Nelson and getting to shake his hand, talk to him, and hear
his testimony; I can testify that he is called of God. He is an
Apostle and he has the authority to direct and guide us. The most
important thing I want to remember about meeting him is the feeling
that I had of the spirit testifying to me that he is called of God and
this is Christ’s church on the earth today.

12. Sister Larsen helped me understand that if you are sick you need
to take time to get healthy so you can more quickly give it your 100%
rather than just giving 20% for a longer period of time.

13. Sister Larsen also taught me to be reasonable and not try to do
everything at once. Lists are good, priorities are important and
enjoying yourself in the process is essential!

14. The gospel is such an enjoyable thing to live and when we do so,
we will be more in tune with the spirit and God will trust us to do
His will and help His children come into the fold.

15. Some spiritual promptings that you get lead you to something else
that was the real reason you needed to deviate from your plans in the
first place. One time Sister Larsen and I went to a lesson that fell
through, we were supposed to go right back to the visitors’ center,
but I had a feeling we should stop by someone. We went and they
weren’t home. Frustrated we got back into the truck and I was again
promoted to stop by someone else. We went and they. weren’t. home.
Confused and frustrated this time we made our way back to the
visitors’ center and within 5 minutes it was apparent why we needed to
delay getting back there. We gave a tour to a recent convert and her
family who none of them are members. It was so necessary that we gave
them the tour because I already knew them and they felt more
comfortable. The recent convert’s parents came to church the next day
and they are now starting to take the lessons!

16. Being a sister training leader taught me that everyone has their
own struggles and trials. That doesn’t mean one persons trials are any
less than another persons’, rather that Heavenly Father loves all His
children and desires to help us all, especially when we go through
trials.

17. Using the talents God has given you can change hearts and help
others feel the spirit. Our concert was such an amazing experience and
I’m so grateful we did it so that more people could be open to all
that we want to share with them.

18. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
(Our motto at the visitors’ center).

19. “Look unto [God] in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” Our
recitation this past transfer! Also quoted in the video we play at the
visitors’ center. (Doctrine and Covenants 6:36).

20. Faith. You can’t get anywhere without it. If you don’t believe it,
it won’t happen. If you don’t have faith, you’ll never know any of
this is true. Sadly, I learned this from examples of people who didn’t
have faith. It really won’t get you far though. It’s so essential to
the gospel. It’s the first principle of the gospel!

21. Joseph Smith. He is the prophet of the restoration. He truly did
see God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ’s church was
restored through him. He was called of God. God qualifies whom He
calls; but it doesn’t happen over night. Joseph was learning truths as
he was translating the Book of Mormon. He was learning how to be a
prophet when he lived here. That’s how he knew to ask about baptism
which led to the priesthood being brought back to the earth.

22. The Book of Mormon. So many people in this area thought the Book
of Mormon was a fascinating, cool book that had some good quotes in
it. But the Book of Mormon is much more than that. It is scripture,
another testament of Jesus Christ. It is evidence that Joseph Smith
was a true prophet. It teaches us how we can return to live with our
Beloved Father in Heaven again. It testifies of Christ and when we
know Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, we will know that the Book of
Mormon is true. When we know that the Book of Mormon is true, we will
know that Christ did all that He did for every single person. For you.
(2 Nephi 33:10)

23. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to us all. Christ’s
mercy covers everything. His grace is sufficient for all men. Through
the Atonement we can overcome the fall. We can be cleansed of all of
our sins. We can return to live with God again. Christ loves each of
us so personally, because He has felt every single thing that we have
felt. He loves us because He knows us. Our trials, our joys, He knows
it all. We can turn to Him always, and I know that even when we feel
completely and utterly alone, Christ is there. He has felt your pain.
He knows how to help you, you just have to turn towards Him.

24. God answers prayers! There were nights when I pled with Him to
help me understand His will. I asked Him for many things, and even
though I did not deserve it, He still answered me. He loves us so much
and He wants to help us. Often times we just need to ask Him for help.
We should pray about even simple things. One time Sister Larsen and I
were doing online teaching, and no one was getting on. We said a
prayer and had three people in a row to talk to and help understand
more about the gospel!

25. Although I have every desire to help someone and see them progress
and enter the waters of baptism, sometimes that is not what God has in
store for me or for them. Heavenly Father has His own timing, He knows
us all perfectly, and some people aren’t ready to accept the gospel
right away. Your mission is what you make it; if you have a good
attitude, you’ll have a good time!

I know that God lives. He loves us so much. He sent His Son, Jesus
Christ to atone for each of us. He gave us the Book of Mormon. He has
taught us how we can live with Him again. He has given us prophets
today to direct, lead, and guide us. I know this gospel is true. The
priesthood is on the earth today. The Doctrine and Covenants are
revelation from God. The Book of Mormon is here for us to apply to our
own lives so we can CHANGE and become better. I’m so grateful for all
that I’ve learned here in Susquehanna and all of the friendships I’ve
made. I’m grateful for the people I’ve met, and that they’ve touched
my life and changed me to become a better person. I can’t wait to be
back here at the Priesthood Restoration Site in the spring. I’m so
excited for what the next three transfers have in store for me until
then! I love being a missionary! I love the gospel! I love
Pennsylvania! I love Susquehanna! And I love you to the moon and
back!!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Concert Week – Susquehanna #23

Hello friends and family!!

This week we were basically at the visitors’ center all hours of the
day. Any second we had we were trying to find people to teach,
inviting everyone to our concert that we were having that weekend, and
trying to meet with our less active and recent convert members! It was
crazy. I’ve never sang so much in my entire life.

But wow. Hearts were changed this weekend. Our concert was on Friday
evening. We had tons of less active members, members who are just
getting reactivated, President and Sister Anderson came, almost all of
the active members of the Methodist church, some other people who we,
and Great Bend (other proselyting sisters in our branch) had invited,
and our investigator, R… came!

It was an interesting week, because for numbers it was not a good
week. We were scheduled to be at the visitors’ center from 2-9 every
day, but it was all worth it because of that concert. It’s an amazing
thing to feel the spirit because of how strongly someone else is
feeling it. I have mentioned a lot of times how I think there were
ministering angels around us; and maybe that’s just because ever since
I’ve been in this area I’ve been studying the priesthood, so I’ve been
more aware of it. But I really do feel as though there have been
continuous times when there were ministering angels among us. The
concert was one of those times. The spirit was just so strong. On the
last song I was standing next to Sister Simmons and halfway through I
can tell that she’s crying. I grab her hand and see in the audience
other people crying as well. After the closing prayer a member of the
Methodist church came up to us in tears and hugged us all. When she
hugged me she couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful it all was and
how she felt so good and she thinks we are so great. Although I
definitely, definitely, definitely appreciated her comments I couldn’t
help but pause and think of all the gratitude I have for the
missionaries who served in this area before us. If they hadn’t had
such a great relationship with so many of the people in this area,
these people wouldn’t have felt the need to have relationships with
us. This community is such a unique one, but I’m grateful for the
unity that it has and the fact that we can go to the Methodist bible
study class on Mondays and feel welcomed and people of other faiths
can come and feel welcomed at our church.

Nothing may happen right now with that lady, but somewhere down the
road she might come across two girls in skirts with black name tags
and a white truck and remember her experience that evening and invite
those two in. All my mission all I’ve done so far is plant seeds. But
how important that is! If you don’t plant seeds you won’t have
anything to harvest. Sister Larsen and I have made sure that we talk
to everyone we come across, and not just talk to them, but help them
feel of Heavenly Father’s love for them. Because somewhere in the
future they may have someone offer them a Book of Mormon, and they’re
going to think back to how the last two missionaries they met made
them feel.

That being said, transfer calls are this Friday. All I know so far is
that Susquehanna has my heart.

The gospel is true. President Monson is the prophet on the earth
today, he receives revelation directly from God. He has the authority
to act in God’s name, and God loves us. That’s why He gave us a
prophet; the Book of Mormon; the gospel; His Son, Jesus Christ, our
Savior and redeemer. The knowledge and opportunity to live with God
again is available to all of us, we just have to live worthy of it.

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

Love,
Sister Gomm (:

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 (:

Craziest Week!! – Susquehanna #11

Hello friends and family!!

Wow. This week has been the craziest week! I know I say that every week, but I really mean it this time!! SO many of our appointments fell through, it was so sad!! But on Wednesday we went on exchanges with our sister training leaders!! Sister Johnstone and I went to Tunkhannock and Sister Brown stayed in Susquehanna with Sister Nielson! I LOVE Sister Johnstone!!! It was just like old times, my first transfer in the ppm (: it was seriously so fun to go on exchanges with my trainer!! We literally didn’t have a quiet moment. I just love her so much!!

This week was super stressful and everyone kept asking us things about the visitors center and about everything that’s going to be happening up here and we didn’t have any answers so I was super stressed out! Our district leader had been in Montrose for the afternoon so we called him to ask if he was still in Montrose and if he was if he could give me a blessing. So we call him and he’s all, “I’m actually in Great Bend right now, where can I meet you?” Ah I was seriously so grateful that he was so much closer and it wasn’t out of his way to come here! So we’re trying to think of somewhere he can meet us and Sister Brown is all, “Meet us at the Susquehanna river.” So we drive down to the river and Elder Moriera gave me a blessing at the river in the pouring rain. I love the priesthood. I love it so much, and I’m so grateful for it! I felt so peaceful after that and despite the fact that we still had no idea what was going on I knew that Heavenly Father had it all under control and I didn’t need to worry about it! (:

On Friday morning we went and did service at the restoration site and pulled weeds. It was actually so much fun to get to talk with everyone there (Sisters Simmons, Francis, and Elder and Sister Lingman (senior couple) were all there), We barely had any time to do our weekly planning because we had so many people to see! It was crazy.

On Sunday we went to church and during Sunday School we went to the Branch President’s office with the D…s’ and the Richardson’s (other senior couple) and worked on their family history for names to take to the temple for baptisms! Then during the third hour the D…s’ had their temple recommend interview and throughout all of relief society I am wondering about the D…s’ and how it’s going for them. Then finally, K… walks in and sits on the opposite end of the room from me so I mouth to her, “How did it go??” And in response she holds up her temple recommend!! I seriously almost started crying tears of joy!! I am SO excited for them!!!!!! We are still trying to figure the details out with the temple, because we were supposed to go this Saturday, but another surprise! The visitor’s center actually opens this Saturday!! So we don’t know if we can go to the temple with them or not…. We’re figuring out the details with the visitor’s center director. Needless to say, either way I am SO happy they got their temple recommends!! It has been a long time coming, and I cannot wait for them to go to the temple to do baptisms!!

So after church Sister Brown and I went to our appointments, and one of them fell through, so we were just going to do finding up in the area we were in.. But right after the appointment fell through the Assistants called us and asked us if we would be at our apartment at 3:30 because they had all of the other visitor center sisters with them. We look at the time and it’s already 3:10 and we were a half hour away so we get home at about 3:40 and wait for them all to show up. We sat on our landlord’s porch and talked to her as we waited… and waited… and waited! So 4:10 rolls around and we call the assistants and ask them where they are!! And they say, “Sisters, we are so sorry! We’ve been at the restoration site for the past 40 minutes, we’ll be to your apartment soon!” So we go back in our house to go to the bathroom and as we’re getting ready to go back out President Anderson calls us and tells us that I’m going to be moving out of the house I’m in and Sister Brown will be staying there with three other sisters who have been in the mission for about 5 weeks. And I am going to be training one of the GOLDENS who just got here from the mtc on Saturday!!!! YAY!! So about 15 minutes later, Sister Anderson, President, the Assistants, and 8 sister missionaries show up!!! We all go into our tiny house and drop off luggage and President comes up to me and says, “Sister Gomm, this is Sister Larsen, she just got here yesterday, and she is your new companion.” Oh my goodness. I LOVE Sister Larsen!!! She is the BEST!!!!!!!! She really is golden!! So we are part time visitor’s center missionaries and the rest of the time we will be proselyting!

So we all walk over to the Biesinger’s (senior couple) house and had dinner with all 12 visitor center sisters, 10 senior missionaries, President and Sister Anderson and the Assistants. Can you say too many missionaries in one house?? It was insane.

So we still don’t know what’s going on really, we just know that we are starting visitor’s center training tonight!!!!!!! I am so excited and I love being a missionary! I’m sorry this is so long and everywhere, but I hope you all have an amazing week!! I love you to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Gomm (:

I want a truck!! – Susquehanna #7

Hello!!!

What a CRAZY week it’s been!!!! Wow! They split our area, so now
Sister Brown and I are together in Susquehanna and Sister Simmons and
her new companion, Sister Francis, are in Great Bend! It’s crazy to
have two sets of missionaries in our tiny little branch, but it is SO
fun!! Sister Simmons and Sister Francis haven’t gotten their new house
yet, so there are four of us staying in our house right now!! It is SO
fun!!

Sister Francis, Sister Simmons, Sister Gomm & Sister Brown

As for our area, how we have it split right now is pretty rough. Great
bend has everyone that we were teaching besides 2 investigators, 2
recent converts and 1 less active member. Basically it’s going to take
A LOT to reach the goals we have set for this week! But I know that
Heavenly Father will help us! We’re also going to fix how the area is
split to make it better for us!! But until then we’re doing a lot of
finding!! (: it’s seriously so fun! This area is amazing!!

One of the best parts is that I’m now driving the truck!! And wow! I
LOVE it!!! It’s very essential for this area too, because there are so
many hills, dirt roads, and pot holes!! Seriously, they’re
everywhere!!!!!

truck

We had interviews with our Mission President this week! They are
always the best! President gave me some WONDERFUL advice on how to
help the people in this area, and I’m so excited to put things into
action! It’s going to be an amazing transfer in Susquehanna!! I can
feel it!! (:

Since we’ve been doing mostly finding I’ve really come to love talking
to people! It still scares me most of the time, but I love getting to
know others and being able to help them feel the spirit and help them
understand that God loves them. We met this woman named F… this
past week. She is so sweet!! She lives a few streets up from us and we
knocked on her door and the conversation was just rolling from then
on!! She is searching for truth and is really interested in reading
the Book of Mormon! We are meeting with her tomorrow and I am SO
excited!!

I’m sorry I don’t have a lot of time this week! But something I’ve
really learned this week is that you truly can’t judge anyone. You
can’t assume that someone you pass by won’t accept what you are going
to share with them, you can’t judge that no one is home because all of
the lights are off in the house. We need to let everyone have the
opportunity to hear the gospel! It just brings so much happiness and
joy, it really is for everyone!!

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

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

6 weeks down in THE Susquehanna!!

Wow. What an insane week. On Monday we had an amazing lesson with a
less active member, J…. He is so cool!! (I’ve mentioned him before)
He’s been struggling to believe that there is a God, and that He cares
for J…. So we decided to talk about Heavenly Father in our lesson.
We showed a video and the man in the video had a different
circumstance than J… is having, but it was the perfect thing to
show, the spirit was so strong and J… was getting teary-eyed when
the man in the video was talking about how he came to know that there
is a God and He does love each of us. After the video we talked a
little and the members that were with us shared their testimonies of
Heavenly Father, and I just kept getting the feeling that I should
tell J… that there is a God and that He loves him and wants what’s
best for him. But as soon as the member was done talking my companions
started talking and the conversation got a little off track from what
I wanted to say so I decided I wasn’t going to say it anymore, but I
just kept feeling like I needed to. So I simply told J… that often
times Heavenly Father answers our prayers through other people, and I
don’t have the answers to everything, but I do know that God exists
and that He loves him and He wants what’s best for him and that’s why
he’s been given the gospel. Both J… and I had tears in our eyes and
I could feel so much love from Heavenly Father for J…! I really do
know that Heavenly Father loves each and every single one of us, and
that’s why He sent Christ to the earth to atone for our sins and to be
the example for us, so that we can return to live with Him again. I’m
so grateful that Heavenly Father trusts us with His children, to help
them and make them feel His love.

On Wednesday we went to see M…! (The investigator who had a
baptismal date for the 25) We taught about tithing and fast offerings
and M…’s daughter (she lives with her daughter) had a complete
blow out about what we were teaching. She’s never listening to the
lessons, in fact, usually we have them outside, but she heard part of
the lesson and listened in for a good amount of time before she
started getting upset. She was so upset that we pay tithing, it was so
sad to hear someone say such mean things. Sister Simmons and I
literally both started crying, but good thing Sister Brown was there
and M…, the member who came with us. Sister Brown bore such a
strong testimony and Misty talked about how things kept going wrong
right before her baptism but it was so worth it, and M…
apologized over and over for what happened, but we cut the lesson
short and left and rescheduled to have the lesson the next day at a
member’s house. Well M… wasn’t doing well the next day and had to
go to the hospital for a few days so we weren’t able to meet with her
or get in contact with her. It was the worst! Plus throughout the rest
of the week we had ten of our lessons cancel and members who were
supposed to come to lessons just didn’t show up and didn’t get back to
us until after the lesson was over. It was so frustrating! Then this
morning M… FINALLY called us back!! But she told us that she is
moving to Florida on Thursday to live with her brother. We asked if we
could come and see her tonight and she said she still didn’t feel well
and when we asked if we could come another time before Thursday she
said she didn’t know. I am so devastated that she is moving! I love
her so much and I don’t want her to lose contact with the church!!
We’re going to get her new address and have the missionaries in
Florida go visit her though. I am just praying that they will be able
to continue to teach her!! I really don’t even know how to express how
sad I am about the whole situation, it’s been so hard though!!

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week we had Hometown
Days, the carnival that goes on every year in Susquehanna! We had a
booth set up and got to talk about the new church and visitors center!
Plus two senior couple missionaries who will be in the visitors center
arrived this week and we met them at Hometown days!! It was so fun to
talk to everyone passing by and just share my testimony with each of
them! We have so many new potential investigators and so many people
who are going to come and visit when the church is done!!

Also this week was transfer calls!! (No surprise here) all three of us
are staying in Susquehanna!! We’ve known since the beginning of the
transfer that the three of us would only be together one transfer and
that they would be adding a 4th person into our apartment. So on
Friday we called President Anderson to ask him what we are supposed to
do with our house to prepare for the new missionary. It was so strange
because President starts off with, “as you know, another missionary
will be joining you next transfer.” Then when we asked him what we
should do he didn’t really give us a direct answer on how to prepare.
Towards the end of the call he’s all, “Sister Gomm you will be-well,
maybe I should wait.” And wouldn’t tell us anything else! So during
transfer calls none of us were surprised that we would all be staying.
On Saturday the assistants called us and told Sister Simmons to ‘make
herself moveable’ but she doesn’t have to bring her stuff to
transfers, but they wouldn’t tell us anything else. So now we still
don’t know if she will be in our house or in another house that’s
still in our area or anything… It’s all been so confusing!! I’m just
so grateful that I get to be a missionary and I am staying in
Susquehanna for at least another six weeks!! I LOVE it here!!! It’s so
much fun!!

Well, I’m about out of time, but I love you all to the moon and back!!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (: