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

O Little Town of Bethlehem – Bethlehem #1

Hello friends and family! What a crazy week! It started early Tuesday
morning! Sister Larsen and I went to the other sisters house and made
a car switch and the ones who were staying got their new companions.
Sister Larsen and Sister Robison are now companions in Susquehanna!
After saying goodbye, Sister Brown and I drove the van three hours
down to Broomall! Apparently everyone and their dog already knows
where I went though (social media is dumb). But, I get to spend
Christmas in Bethlehem!! Whoo!!! My companion is Sister Torres! She
has been on her mission for a year (one transfer more than me)!

Bethlehem is so cute! It reminds me a lot of Downingtown, which is
funny because when I was in Downingtown with Sister Ipson, she would
always comment on how Downingtown looks a lot like Bethlehem. Needless
to say, there are so many cute houses, nice people, actual stores, and
no dirt roads! I miss driving a truck! (Dad, I still want one when I
go home!)

We share the area with another set of sisters and Sister Agado is one
of them!! (She was at the priesthood restoration site with me).

On Thanksgiving we went and visited TONS of people! And we only had to
have pie twice! (Gross) There are two less active ladies who live in
the other sister’s area, but are staying in our area at a rehab
center. We’ve gone to visit them a few times and wow. They are SO
funny!! This week we’ve done a lot of trying to find inactive members
because we have SO many in our area!

A miracle that happened this week was, a few weeks ago the ward
council had asked the sisters to go and try to find an inactive man
whose records had just been transferred over to our ward from the
Nazareth ward. The sisters hadn’t been able to find him, so Sister
Torres and I went over. We parked the car and prayed before getting
out. While we were praying they pulled in to their driveway!! So we
get out and this man comes out to greet us. We ask him if a man named
T… lives there. At first he wasn’t too sure about us, but then we
got talking and he talked to us for awhile. He is SO cool! T…
joined the church when he was 15, but when he was almost 17 he stopped
going. He loves he church and wants to come back; but he feels a lot
of pressure from his family and his wife belongs to another religion.
He has experienced a lot of trials with his family believing something
different than him, but he said that now his family doesn’t go to
church at all. We gave him our number and the address to the church
building, and he is hoping to be able to come to church soon. Wow. He
is so cool! I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes him!

This week we also had a man come to gospel principles and after class
we were talking to him. He was baptized when he was younger, but
doesn’t know anything about the church. He had met some elders and
told them that he wants to gain a testimony and he thought talking to
the missionaries would be a good place to start. After Sunday School,
he went to sacrament meeting with the ward that meets after us. We are
meeting with him later tonight, and he is SO excited to learn more and
‘gain a testimony.’ It’s funny, it feels like teaching an
investigator, but he was already baptized! I don’t know all of the
details of his story, but I am excited to get to know him better!!

I am excited to make a change in Bethlehem! We don’t have any
investigators right now, but I am excited with what this Christmas
season will bring! It must be good, right? I’m spending Christmas in
Bethlehem!! I can’t wait to develop a greater love for the people
here! That’s actually something I’ve been thinking about a lot. Christ
and God’s love for each of us. If there is one thing I know for sure,
it’s that Heavenly Father loves all of His children. I know I can’t
teach these people unless I love them. Christ is our perfect example
and I’m so grateful I get to learn from His example and follow in His
footsteps.

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

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (: