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 (:

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Susquehanna #9

Hello friends and family!! First of all I just want to say congratulations to my baby sister on making the varsity soccer team!! Whoo! I know none of us are surprised, but I’m so proud of you! And congratulations to Tara R…!! My mom sent me a picture, you look absolutely stunning!!

Wow. What a rough week here in Susquehanna. Our new investigator that I talked about last week, F…, dropped us because she had some things come up and she doesn’t feel ready for the gospel. I am so sad about her! It’s crazy, everyone keeps dropping us. It’s devastating, really.

On a better note, the D… family is doing amazing!! They are so excited to go to the temple to do baptisms at the end of the month! I just love them so so so much! The S… family, (they were baptized about a year ago) decided that they wanted to do something that would help them progress in the gospel, and they asked us if we would have family home evening at their house so that we could help them know what to do for fhe. It was so fun and we talked about gratitude and I know that they all felt closer as a family afterwards and that they will continue to grow closer!

Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

Another plus, we had zone training in Scranton this week and I don’t think I mentioned this before, but Sister Johnstone is one of my sister training leaders! So I got to see her! Also Elder Beckstead who was in my mtc district is in my zone now, so that was exciting to see him!

We met this family that we taught the restoration to and they invited us to come back this upcoming Saturday! I am excited to really start teaching them and helping them! It’s crazy because our investigators keep dropping us, but we are still seeing miracles and meeting so many amazing people!! I just love Susquehanna so much!

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site - New church building and visitor's center.

Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Site – New church building and visitor’s center.

Other exciting news that I actually found out a couple of weeks ago but never mentioned, I am going to be in the visitor’s center up here!!! It will be finished in September, but we have training that will start at the end of this month! No one really knows what’s going on still, and we are just telling everyone about it and inviting them all to come! A lot of people in the area are super excited to go and see everything when it’s done!

Youth Conference stop at the Susquehanna River.

Youth Conference stop at the Susquehanna River.

On Saturday we had a devotional with a stake that came here for youth conference! Our branch president gave their stake president our phone number and he called us a few days before and asked if we could talk about what happened at the Susquehanna River and talk a little bit about personal revelation because that was the theme for their youth conference. So Saturday morning we headed down to the river a little bit early and talked to some people who were down there who had been at the Palmyra temple the day before (funny because the youth conference group had also been there the day before), and waited for the youth group to get there. Once they all started coming down they ran right to the river and were all yelling and skipping rocks and splashing in the river. The leaders gathered everyone around and Sister Brown and I started talking about everything that happened there and how Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were baptized and received the Aaronic Priesthood there. The spirit was so strong and I could tell as I testified that the spirit was touching the hearts of the youth there. Afterwards we headed up to the cemetery and showed them Elizabeth and Isaac Hale’s graves and Emma and Joseph’s child’s grave. As we were leaving the river everyone was so respectful and reverent. It was so cool to see the difference from when they had arrived to when they left. The spirit was so strong and I’m so glad I could meet so many amazing people!

I love the people here so much, and I love being a missionary and I love Susquehanna! Even though almost all of our appointments fell through this week and we are struggling to find people I’ve never been happier in my entire life! The gospel brings so much joy! I was reading in Luke chapter 1 this morning and I love verses 46 and 47. In this chapter Mary finds out that she will be the mother of the Son of God. From the moment she finds this out she doesn’t question it. She has so much faith and in verses 46 and 47 she says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” I want to be like that. I want everything I do to magnify the Lord. I want people who know me to know my Savior because of what I do and how I act. I love this gospel, I’m so grateful for it! Mary is such a wonderful example to me of faith and diligence. She submits to God’s will and I’m so grateful for her example.

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

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

Everyone Here is Related – Susquehanna #4

Hello everyone!

What a crazy week it’s been. We met this family who is a referral from
one of the members here, which is so great!! But they only speak
Spanish! And since we are way far away from the Spanish Elders there’s
no way they can come and teach this family. But we found someone who
is from the branch next to us who speaks Spanish and he came to
translate for us! It was so amazing! We’ve only met with the family
twice, so we are still getting to know them! On Wednesday we had our
Sister Training Leaders double in to our area. They slept over here on
Tuesday night, then Sister Simmons and I went with Sister Barnum and
Sister Brown went with Sister Casey! It was so much fun and I learned
so much! We met with a less active member this week, J… who lives
in Windsor, New York. Wow! He is amazing!! We started the stop smoking
program with him! He is so great and he really wants to serve a
mission! He has such a sense of urgency to get his life turned around
so he can go! I just love the people here! We are working with him and
praying for him! He has such a great desire to quit smoking though, I
know Heavenly Father is helping him through all of this!

I’m sure you’re all wondering what we did for the 4th of July! Well,
missionary work! We weren’t able to schedule any appointments with
ANYONE so we literally went around finding all day and tried talking
to everyone! It rained basically all day. I keep waiting for it to be
super hot and humid as everyone says it gets in PA in the summer, but
so far it’s been more wet than hot! But needless to say, the Fourth
was just like any other day! Everyone was going to Thompson to watch
fireworks (one of the cities in our area), but the fireworks didn’t
start until 10 pm!

On Sunday we went to a baptism for the couple’s, who is over the
restoration site, granddaughter. The family invited us to come and we
were more than happy to be there! The baptism was in the Susquehanna
river! It was so cool to see her be baptized! I’m so grateful that
they invited us to come even though we had only just met her! Later
that day we went to teach M…. Wow, I just love her SO much!! She
is the cutest thing ever! We were teaching the Plan of Salvation and
she kept getting teary-eyed throughout the whole lesson and she told
us that it just all makes sense! She has a baptismal date for July 25
and during our lesson she’s all, “about my baptism… What time is it
going to be at?” Oh she is the best! I seriously love her!! I’m
praying that she will continue to progress in the gospel and that she
will recognize the answers to her prayers. I love her so much! (How
many times can I say that?) Also funny story, while at church in
gospel principles our branch mission leader was teaching and he went
around and introduced everyone because there were some visitors and it
was only M…’s second week. So he introduces M… and suddenly
one of the people in the class who is a recent convert is all, “Hi
aunt M…!” I thought he was just being funny and that he was
pretending to know her when in reality they had just met. But I really
shouldn’t let these things take me by surprise; turns out she actually
is his aunt!! They hadn’t talked to each other in a few years (he
lives in Windsor, New York and she lives in Oakland, Pennsylvania (for
all you church history people is actually what used to be Harmony, PA)
and those two places aren’t far from each other, but it seems like no
one ever leaves their own town so it must be far for them haha) so it
took them both by surprise that they were there! But this seriously
happens ALL the time!! It’s so funny. Everyone in our entire branch is
related… You think I’m kidding, but I swear everyone is related to
someone!! It’s the funniest thing ever. I guess once you go to a small
town you never leave, right? (: Just kidding, but it is strange how
close everyone’s relatives are!

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the Atonement and the Plan of
Salvation. I know that we all need a Savior. I’m so grateful for my
Brother, Jesus Christ, and that He was so willing to suffer for my
sins. I know that I need a Savior to return to live with my Heavenly
Father again. I’m grateful that I have this gospel so that I can know
how to return to live with Him again. I’m so grateful for the
knowledge of the plan of salvation. I know that I will see loved ones
again because of it. It’s amazing the peace and comfort it can bring
to each and every one of us. My testimony is simple, but I know that
this truly is Christ’s church. I know that this is the way to return
to our Beloved Heavenly Father. That Christ has atoned for all of my
sins. He knows exactly how I feel and He loves me and even if I was
the only person who needed the Atonement, that He still would have
done it. I strive to be an example of my Savior, and I pray that those
who know me will know Him.

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (: