Happy Days at the PRS

Hello friends and family!

We’ve had so many happy days at the PRS! I love being a missionary!
This week we took some super fun tours!! One of them was to two groups
of people, one group was 4 members of the church from Utah, and the
other was a couple from Alaska visiting the other couple from
Montrose. I was super nervous about combining the groups but it turned
out to be great!! The couple from Alaska had some friends who were
members of the church and they had so many questions, it was great!
When we were in the kitchen of the Hale home we were talking about the
gold plates and the woman from Alaska asked about the translation
process. We talked about it and then walked to the Smith home and
explained it more and talked about the breast plate and spectacles and
the seer stone. After we were done explaining the translation process
the woman from Montrose says, “So Joseph didn’t even need to look at
the plates to translate? Wow.” It was so cool to see the Spirit
working in them and testifying the truth to them. After the tour we
took them to see the chapel and talked a little bit more about the
church. We got onto the subject of temples and making covenants with
God. After that we started talking about the Book of Mormon. One of
the women said, “Well, maybe you just need more help than we do
because you have a whole other book of scripture.” I was trying so
hard not to laugh! It was so funny! But you know, I do need a lot of
help and I’m so grateful for the Book of Mormon to give me that help!

On Sunday we had stake conference. We sang The Lord is my Shepherd for
one of the musical numbers. It was so fun! Afterwards President and
Sister Anderson spoke and Sister Anderson put so lovely how I think
everyone should talk about our singing here. She said that we have
been given amazing gifts from the Spirit to help others feel the
Spirit and she hopes we recognize that and that we thank our Father in
Heaven for blessing us. I loved that because it’s true! The Spirit
gives us gifts so we can help others feel the Spirit!
On Monday evening President Cooper (from the stake presidency) pulled
up to the site with his wife and daughter. He came in and told us that
there was a woman who came up to the bishop in one of the Scranton
wards after stake conference and told him that because of our singing
at stake conference she felt prompted by the Spirit that she needs to
serve a mission! It was a miracle from the Lord that she received an
answer to a prayer and is beginning to prepare to serve Him!

President Cooper’s daughter, Kimberly, also had some questions for us.
She asked us how we had decided to serve a mission and/or what answer
we had received. It got us all thinking and as I thought back to two
years ago when I was trying to decide if I should serve a mission.
Along with other experiences, one stood out to me specifically while
we were talking to Kimberly.
In my last semester of seminary one day I walked into the room and a
friend’s older brother was standing in our classroom. He had just
returned from his mission a few months prior and had come to say hi to
some of his seminary teachers. My teacher invited him to stay and he
agreed and then talked to all of us at the end of class. I remember
him sharing his testimony and encouraging all of us to serve missions.
He said some things to the boys in the room, then he looked at all the
sisters and said, “Sisters, you don’t have to serve a mission. But I
know that if you prepare yourself as though you were going to serve a
mission, whether you go or stay, your preparation will not be in
vain.” I remember at the time this really stood out so me and from
then I decided that I was going to change my life and prepare myself
in such a way that I would be ready to serve a mission. Little did I
know that that preparation wouldn’t stop and I would actually serve
the Lord full time, but I’m so grateful that happened. I told Kimberly
this experience and felt the Spirit remind me that I have my own
agency to choose what I’m going to do with my life, but if I am always
preparing to do as the Savior did, I will know what the Lord wants me
to do and my preparation will not be in vain.

I know the same can be said for everyone. Any preparation we make
today to come closer to the Savior and to do as God would have us do,
will not be done in vain. The Lord wants to help and bless us, when we
come closer to Him he is able to bless us more.

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

Love,
Sister Gomm

"As if we don't spend enough time with each other already, we all run to each other's house to exercise together!"

“As if we don’t spend enough time with each other already, we all run
to each other’s house to exercise together!”

One day we were an hour and 20 minutes late getting home – Downingtown #7

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Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Hello family and friends!!! What a crazy week it has been!!!!

So last Tuesday we went to transfer meeting and they went through
their little presentation of announcing everyone that is being
transferred and who their new companion is! So they get to me and my
picture shows up on the screen so I go out to the middle and they put
my new companions picture up and………she’s not there!!! The
assistants look at each other and announce that she must be on her way
still. Haha okay, no big deal. So we go through the rest of transfers
and afterwards everyone is saying goodbye and President Anderson (our
mission president) comes over to me and says, “Sister Gomm, I am so
sorry, there was some confusion with your new companion so she was not
informed that she was being transferred. She was in a trio this past
transfer and thought she was staying, but she knows now and is packing
her stuff, she will be here later today.” HAHAHA!!!!!!!! What?? Nobody
told my companion she was being transferred?! Too funny. So I hung out
in Broomall for hours until my new companion got there. The assistants
apologized to me like eighty times and they invited me to go to the
trainers meeting for the missionaries who just got their goldens this
transfer. It was a really great meeting and I learned a lot even
though I’m not training! So FINALLY my companion makes it to Broomall
at like 4:30 pm! (We left that morning for Broomall at 8:30ish). And I
love her!!!!! Her name is Sister Ipson! She is so great!!!

On Thursday President and Sister Anderson came to our district meeting
and it was SO good! They are awesome and I love them so much!!!
District meeting was weird because only three of us were here the
transfer before so hardly any of us knew each other when we got there,
I miss the missionaries from my old district, but I love my new
district! They are all so amazing!
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3/19/15 – District Meeting with President & Sister Anderson

On Saturday Sister Ipson and I went and stopped by one of our
investigators, A…, the one who said she wouldn’t come to church
when we had asked her if she would. Oh man, she is hilarious! We
showed her Because of Him and she LOVED it! We gave her a plan of
salvation pamphlet and asked her to read it so we could talk about it
when we go over on Tuesday! We’re taking baby steps with her, but
we’ll see how it goes! So after meeting with A…, we headed over
to L… house. L… is the one we invited to be baptized my first
week here. We dropped her a few weeks ago because we could never get
in to meet with her. So we knock on the door and her son answers, (as
usual) we ask if his mom is there and he tells us to wait a second and
he’ll go get her. (Usually at this point he comes back and tells us to
just come back later). So we wait while he goes and gets her..and L…
comes to the door! Whoot! So we talk with her and introduce Sister
Ipson and we ask if we can come in right then. She said she was super
busy but that she wants us to come over on Tuesday! Okay whoo! Then
she’s all, “I’ve been reading the Book of Mormon you gave me and I
really want you to come back so we can talk about it.” What?! She’s
been reading the Book of Mormon!!!!!! I’m seriously praying and
praying that we will be able to meet with her tomorrow!!! 

 

Later that night we had stake conference at our stake center (also the
mission office) in Broomall. We rode down with a member and man, it
was so good!!!!! They talked ALL about missionary work and what
members can do to help the missionaries!! Elder Kunz, the area 70, who
is also in the Downingtown ward, asked all of us missionaries to stand
up. So we all stand and he asks us what the members can do to help us.
A few missionaries talked about feeding us (poor West Chester Elders
never get dinner appointments), fulfilling their callings, continuing
to have the ward council help, etc. I said that we need members to
come to our teaching appointments with us. Elder Kunz gave me a little
shout out for being in his ward (super funny because he doesn’t know
any of the other missionary’s names so they all made fun of me for the
fact that the area 70 knows my name), Elder Kunz then went on to
explain what a member present lesson is. After the meeting was over
tons of the members in our ward came over and told Sister Ipson and I
that they would love to come teaching with us and what times they are
available and everything. I was like, okay great! Where were you the
past six weeks? But hey! I’m not complaining! So everyone, GO TEACHING
WITH THE MISSIONARIES IN YOUR AREA!!!!!! They need you!!!!! You
contact them and let them know you can come with them! It’s much
easier for one hundred people to let two missionaries know their
schedule than for two missionaries to ask one hundred people when they
are available! Seriously go, you won’t have to teach or anything,
you’ll most likely just have to bear your testimony at the end. You
don’t even need to wear a skirt or tie! Seriously, call them. Right
now. They would love to have you!!!!

 

So stake conference on Saturday night didn’t finish until after 9 pm
(When we’re supposed to be home). But President and Sister Anderson
were there so obviously they already knew! But it’s still about 50
minutes from Broomall to Downingtown so we didn’t get home until about
10:20. So basically we didn’t have time to plan for the next day or
anything! But Sunday was super great and stake conference on Sunday
was SO good!!! J…, a recent convert in our ward (they were the ones
who took us to stake conference so we sat by them), was asked to share
his testimony. (Elder Kunz had asked him the night before so luckily
he had some warning!) it was so awesome!!! Then after the meeting
three recent converts in our ward received the Melchizedek
priesthood!!!! It was so so so great!!!!! One of them is from our
area, I’ve taught him a couple of times for his reteaching, and he is
awesome!!! He sent us the sweetest text that night and told us how
grateful he is for missionaries and for Heavenly Father and for the
fact that he is a Mormon. (: he’s seriously the most amazing person
ever!!!!

 

After stake conference we went to J… and A…’s for lunch and J…
basically bore his testimony to us again and talked about all the
things he would have said if he hadn’t been so nervous and forgotten
to say them!! He’s awesome. So after that we concluded our day with
finding, whoo!! We found a few potential investigators so we’re
stopping by them later in the week to hopefully meet with them and
have a lesson!! Yay!!

 

I love being a missionary and this work is truly amazing!! What Christ
did for us is so humbling. We are so blessed beyond belief to have a
Savior. I know that He loves each and every one of us. He did all that
He could for us, and because of that, we are blessed eternally. The
blessings we can receive from the Atonement are never ending. Sharing
the gospel is something we can do to show our love for Him. So my
commitment to you this week is exactly that! (Is this the same
invitation I extended last week, I can’t remember?!) Share the gospel
this week! Go teaching with the missionaries! Have them over for
dinner! Tell your friends about Jesus Christ and your love for Him!
Show them Because He Lives this weekend!!!!! Have a great week!!I love you to the moon and back!!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

 

Missionary tip: if you are in a mission that uses cars, pray your
companion has a good gps! Or get one yourself!! No one wants a faulty
gps….trust me.

 

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