#templeofbrotherlylove

Hello friends and family!

This week was so great! The Lord is blessing us so much here in the
PPM, we have seen so many miracles and tender mercies from the Lord!

Some of the highlights for me from this week were:
Having a meeting with Elder Kent F. Richards who is of the seventy
with all the sisters. He taught us about the priesthood, temples, our
roles as women, eternal families and more. It was such a spiritual and
sacred experience, I know there were many prayers answered while with
him.
Getting to see Elder and Sister Walker and Sisters Larsen and Francis
from the PRS! They came down to take a tour of the temple!
Three way exchange because Sister Kraft and I were scheduled to be at
the temple, but our companions were not.
Stopping by an investigator we haven’t been able to get in contact
with and she let us right in for a lesson and she really wants to come
to the temple!
Helping members move and an amazing sacrament meeting at church.
Discussing more the hashtag we are going to use for the public tours
of the temple! The missionaries in our ward have decided we’re going
to encourage people to post pictures and experiences of them at the
temple to social media using #templeofbrotherlylove spread the word!

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http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/open-house-begins-philadelphia-pennsylvania-temple

This week has been one of reflection, preparation, and love. Not
everything went as planned, but I could say that for every week that’s
happened for the past year and a half. Not everything that was said
was inspired, but that also could be said about the last year and a
half. Not every experience was life changing, and not every scripture
caused people to repent on the spot. Not every person held their
appointment and not everyone who lives in Philadelphia is coming to
the temple. There is still work to be done here!

There is one thing that has happened the past year and a half that I
will be eternally grateful for. I have been converted to the gospel of
Jesus Christ. I know what His teachings are and where to find them. I
know what the gospel can do to those who live it and let it become a
part of them. I have an understanding of the temple and why we go
there. I know the priesthood is on the earth. I know that Joseph Smith
was a prophet. I know that God answers prayers. I know that Christ has
a pure love for all of us. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and
that is testifies of Jesus Christ. I know that repentance is available
to everyone, including me. I know that our Father in Heaven guides us
through revelation. And I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I could
not make it through this mission or even this life without knowing
that. I love the Lord and I love His gospel. I have experienced so
much joy the past year and a half and I know the Lord will continue to
provide miracles for those who are faithful.

This doesn’t feel real, but I’m so grateful I have one more week to be
in Philadelphia! I love the people I have met here and the friendships
I have gained that I know will last for eternity. The Lord has been so
good to me here, I’m so grateful for everything He’s done. I love this
gospel, I love my Heavenly Father, and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.

I hope you have a great week! I love you to the moon and back, and
I’ll see you soon.

Love,
Sister Gomm

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These Were Days Never to be Forgotten

image1 (9)Hello friends and family!

What an eventful week we had here at the PRS! We had so many people
come in and we all gave so many tours! We also put on a concert for
the stake, we got transfer calls, we played with the fireflies, and I
took some of the CUTEST families on tours!

Our concert was on Saturday night and it was focused towards the young
women. All of the sisters at the vc briefly talked about why they
serve missions in between songs and after the concert we had a Q&A
with the young women. There was one song in particular that we sang
that is not really anyone’s favorite. It’s actually the song we sang
for President Nelson last fall. I personally, was confused about why
we were singing it again. I thought it was just because Elder Walker
really likes the song (and that may have been why it was chosen
initially). After the concert though, one of the young women said that
she has been thinking about going on a mission, but she hasn’t had a
definite answer, but while we were singing this song-that wasn’t any
of the sisters favorite-the Spirit told her that she needs to go on a
mission. As she told us this and tears filled her eyes I couldn’t help
but remember that Heavenly Father is aware of all of us. He uses one
thing, or person, or event to answer so many people’s prayers and to
touch so many people’s hearts. Even if that was the only thing that
comes of this concert, it was worth it.

After the concert President Anderson came up to me and confirmed what
I already knew, but told me that I will be getting transferred. There
are only a few changes happening at the vc, but I will be spending the
next transfer somewhere else! 😦

Although I am so sad to be leaving here, I can’t believe how blessed I
have been to be here. I’ve spent 9 months of my mission in the
Susquehanna branch, and I have made friendships that will last a
lifetime. At church yesterday a member of the branch presidency asked
if I would share my testimony. As I looked out into the audience I saw
so many of the people I have come to love on my mission: branch
members, missionaries, and even people who were there to take a tour
after church. I can’t imagine leaving these wonderful people, but I
know that the Lord will bless them and me. After church the branch
mission leader and his family told me that they love me and they look
forward to seeing me again, a branch member who has become such a good
friend, Alyssa, said that she can’t wait until she goes to byu Idaho
because we will be so much closer to each other then, one of the older
ladies in the branch drew me the cutest picture with a little note on
the back, and a little girl in the branch ran up to me and gave me the
biggest hug, one of the women in the branch told me she couldn’t even
look at me because she is so sad to see me go. As everyone kept
expressing their love I thought about how much the Savior loves us. I
can’t imagine Him loving everyone here more than I do, but I know that
He does. I know I don’t deserve the love that the people here give me,
but I’m so grateful that I get to represent my Savior and feel just a
little of the love that He feels for these people.

All of this being said, I feel like I’m leaving home. But not just
home, a place where so many amazing things have happened. A place
where I have been able to be humbled, a place where I’ve been able to
laugh and smile. A place where I’ve learned so much, like what my role
is with the priesthood, why we need a prophet today, and why the
little facts matter. A place where I’ve experienced so much heartache
but also so much joy. The Priesthood Restoration Site has been a place
for me to sing, testify, pray, and to come closer to my Savior. It’s
hard to believe that after today, I won’t be back here as a full time
missionary. I’m so grateful though, that I have learned so much about
the Prophet, Joseph Smith. I haven’t even met him, yet I feel as
though he is a close friend. I feel as though I understand Emma Smith
and Oliver Cowdery. I know that they had so much faith in the Savior,
and that they found so much happiness and peace while they were here.

Being here has taught me that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.
It was translated by His power, and there’s no other way this could
have happened. I’ve never confused so many people with talking about
things like the seer stone, but I’ve never had my testimony
strengthened so much of the translation process than I have here. I’ve
learned that standing in holy places doesn’t have to be the original
home that some significant, amazing thing happened, it doesn’t even
have to be somewhere where anything has happened yet, but we can make
the places that we are standing in holy because of the experiences we
have in those places and the Spirit we feel while there. I’ve learned
that the Lord speaks to us through things like revelation. He wants us
to succeed and He gives us all we need to do so.

Being here though, I’ve learned that the priesthood is the authority
from God. I have access to it and I receive so many blessings from it.
I have learned that I have a very significant role in with the
priesthood and we all need it to receive eternal salvation. I have
learned that holding the priesthood is such a selfless thing, it is
used to bless others. I have learned that the authority that Christ
used to create the earth is the same authority that was restored here
where I’ve been serving. The men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood
will never receive a higher priesthood than what they already have.

I think the most important thing that I’ve learned here is that my
Redeemer lives. Jesus Christ has saved me. It’s not a matter of if or
when, but it’s already done. My sins will always be forgiven when I do
my part. I will always have the gospel of my Savior to help me. His
mercy is extended throughout all of time and land. Although the fight
may be long, because we have a Savior, Satan cannot harm us. I don’t
need to fear death because my Savior has died for me. Jesus Christ has
given me hope and helped me feel loved. The most important thing that
I could have learned serving here is that Jesus Christ is my Redeemer.
What a beautiful truth I get to continue to share with the world!

Every week I try to make sure I don’t write a novel, and every week I
write a novel and a half…I’m just so grateful to be here, to be
serving Heavenly Father and to be representing my Savior. I love being
a missionary, and I know there are so many miracles waiting to happen
here.

I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Gomm

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Downingtown #18 – Goodbye d-town… :(

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

This week we went to a less active members house and met her and her
boyfriend who is not a member. They are awesome!! So we set up a time
to meet with them like two days later and went back and taught the
restoration. Halfway through the lesson C… (the one who’s not a
member), says, “Yeah, I just really want you to start coming over here
because I want to learn more about the church so I can become a
member.” Yay for C…!!

Another thing that happened this week was we’ve been trying to contact
this referral from the Elders in our ward and every time we tried she
wasn’t home! So we were going to be up in her area on Sunday and
decided to stop by in the evening and she was outside!! So we go over
and talk to her and she’s all, “Yeah, I would love to meet with you
and I’ll definitely come to church next Sunday!!” Yay! I’m so excited
for her!

We’ve still been working with a lot of less active members, things are
going well!!

On Friday we had transfer calls… I will be leaving d-town 😦 I’m SO
sad to leave here, but I am looking forward to what Heavenly Father
has in store for me and my next area and companion!! Something that my
district leader said that I agree 100% with was: “Everyone knows that
it’s hard to leave behind your family to go on a mission, but what
they don’t tell you is how hard it is when you keep doing it
throughout your mission every time you go to a new area.” I am
seriously so sad to leave this area, everyone here is like family, and
I am already looking forward to the day that I can come back and visit
loved ones in Downingtown! (:

I still have to finish packing so sorry this isn’t a long email! But I
want you all to know that I know that this church is true, that this
is the way to return to live with our Father in Heaven. And we are not
done after baptism, living what we believe for the rest of our lives
is just as important! Heavenly Father is just waiting to bless us, He
gives us those blessings when we live the gospel and follow the
example of Christ. Following the gospel of Jesus Christ will make your
life so much easier, I promise. (:

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

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

What a Crazy Week – Downingtown #15

Hello friends and family!!

First of all, I just want to say happy birthday Landon!! I love you so
so much and I hope your day is wonderful! I can’t believe you’re
almost done with high school!! Crazy!! You’re so old. (;

So this week was crazy!! I had to call and talk to a billion insurance
people about the car accident, which was soo lame!! (Okay, only like 2
or 3, but that’s still 2 or 3 more than I wanted to talk to!)
But this week consisted of meeting TONS of people and inviting
everyone to come closer to Christ!! We met with a lot of less active
members as well! I love getting to know people and talking with
everyone, it’s so fun and so interesting to hear about their different
backgrounds, beliefs, heartaches, triumphs, everything! I just love
talking to people!

This week we had dinner with the Kunz family (I LOVE THEM), and Elder
Kunz told us a lot about the Philadelphia temple; different facts and
things and how it’s going to look on the inside/how big it’s going to
be, etc. I always learn something new when with them! We read a
scripture with them and talked about how we can know Christ is our
Savior when we read the Book of Mormon, and both Elder and Sister Kunz
basically gave us a whole lesson right back about the scripture we had
read, it was such a great discussion and I seriously always learn
something new when visiting them!

Also this week we’ve really been getting the ward more involved in
missionary work! It’s been so helpful and it is so good when the ward
is involved, it makes things so much easier!! We had TONS of people
come to our various appointments with us, which was so great! But half
of the appointments fell through!! It was so frustrating, but it’s so
great to have members come teaching with you!

We met a part member family this week, and they have the cutest 6 year
old son!! His name is L…, and he told us all about how he is going
to be a body builder when he grows up! He’s so cute, we showed them
the Because He Lives video and halfway through L… was all, “I’m
bored, I’m going to my room.” Hahaha! well, that’s not the response we
were going for but…… What can you do? It was so funny though!

Also this week we met with P…, she is still preparing to go to the
temple which we are so excited about! But she didn’t come to church
this Sunday!! She was supposed to meet with the bishop, but obviously
that didn’t happen…. She’s preparing to go to the temple on June 13,
but that’s next transfer so I might not even be here!! 😦 I’m praying
that she will be able to go to the temple soon! I know she really
understands the importance of doing temple work, and she is planning
on taking her grandmother’s name to the temple! I’m seriously so
excited for her!!

This week we also met with N… (: we had him teach us the
restoration!! I can’t remember if I mentioned this already or not, but
we are having him teach us everything now!(: he did such a great job
teaching us!! He used the pamphlet, asked us great questions, and
shared his testimony of the restored gospel! It was funny because at
the end of the lesson I asked if he had a commitment for us and he was
all, “Uh…… Make me cookies?” Haha so needless to say, we need to
make some cookies soon! This upcoming week we are going to teach the
Plan of Salvation, and then after that he will teach it to us! I’m so
excited for it! He’s so awesome!! (: it’s so awesome to see people’s
testimonies strengthen, and to hear them talk about how they came to
know all of this is true(:

We have a new investigator named R…, we taught him the restoration
and invited him to be baptized! We are planning on his baptism
happening in July! He works on Sunday’s a lot though, so we are
praying that he can start to get Sunday’s off and that he will come to
church! He is so awesome though and we had the most random lesson with
him on his doorstep because he had friends over and didn’t want us all
to be in his house at the same time, but it was an awesome lesson and
we helped him recognize the spirit, and he really has a desire to know
that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ! We
are so excited to help him gain his own testimony of this gospel (:

I just want you all to know that I know that this church is true, and
I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that we did need a
restoration, and as evidence of that, we were given the Book of Mormon
which is another testament of Jesus Christ, it works with the Bible,
and that if we “Believe in Christ [we] will believe in these words,
for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and
they teach all men that they should do good.” (2 Nephi 33:10). That
when we read the Book of Mormon we will know that Christ is our Savior
and Redeemer, our Great Mediator. And if we know Christ, we will know
the Book of Mormon is true when we read it. This gospel is revolved
around love. God loves us, Christ loves us, and we show our love to
them by living this gospel, by making and keeping covenants, and
helping others to know love as well. And when we live the gospel, we
truly will know and feel the pure love of Christ.

I hope you all have a great week and I love you to the moon and back!
Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

A Week in the Life – Downingtown #8

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“What the desk of a sister missionary looks like.”

Hola friends and family!!!

What a week! So basically all of the day’s run together and I never
remember what happened when….good thing we have a planner to help us
out with that, right?! (:

On Tuesday we had a lesson with a new investigator who is a member
referral!! Whoot!! The investigators name is R…, and she is just
looking for some spiritual upliftment in her life. So we gave her a
Book of Mormon and helped her understand that it will help her so much
and uplift her. She is great!!

On Wednesday we met with A… (I think I mentioned her before). We
were going to teach her the plan of salvation, but once we got there
that just didn’t feel right and we instead talked about the Book of
Mormon. At first she said she had read some of it before, then she
said she hadn’t ever read it, but that she would be willing to read
it, THEN, she said that she’s never read it, and never will!! All
within fifteen minutes of each other! So frustrating!! So Sister Ipson
was trying to be nice and think of something to say that wouldn’t
offend her or anything, and I just said, “A…, do you even want to
meet with us?” She thought for a second, and said, “Well, I just want
to convert you to Catholicism… But, no. I’m not interested in
anything you have to tell me.” HAHAHA!!! Needless to say, we had to
drop A…, which is very sad, but she is hilarious and really nice!

 

Also on Wednesday we had to go get our oil changed because our vehicle
coordinator called us and told us that we were WAY overdue for an oil
change. So that was super lame that we had to take time to do that.
Afterwards the man working on our car came back to give us the keys
and told us that we needed our brakes replaced, and that he had called
Elder Rose (vehicle coordinator) but Elder Rose had said not to change
them yet. So we went out to our car and called Elder Rose. He just has
to get permission from Salt Lake to do anything on our car that costs
more than $175, so we are currently still waiting for him to get
permission for us to get our brakes fixed. Haha, hopefully we don’t
have to worry about it, but they REALLY need to be changed this week! 
ANYWAYS.

 

On Thursday we got to meet with L…!!!! So we taught her the
Restoration. She loved it! When we told her that there is a prophet
living on the Earth today, she was like, “WHAT?! Sister Gomm! You did
not tell me this the last time you were over here!! I NEED to see a
picture of this man!!” Haha! So we showed her a picture of President
Monson. Anyways, we invited her to come to church, and she said she
would! She didn’t end up coming because she had to to the emergency
room on Saturday night! We don’t really know what’s going on with
that, but we are just praying that everything is okay now!

 

On Saturday we went to our stake center to watch the women’s
broadcast. It was so good!!!! Plus we got to see all of the other
Sister missionaries serving in our stake there! That’s always fun(:
I’m seriously so excited for conference!!! It’s going to be so good!!
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General Women’s Broadcast at Stake Center

Funny thing that happened! So we’re at our apartment making lunch and
Sister Ipson was playing an “I’m a Mormon” video (she watches those
ALL the time) and for some reason she had her iPad sitting on the top
of the oven, standing up against the wall. Well, all of the sudden we
hear something hit the ground and look over and her iPad is gone!! So
we had to pull the whole oven out so we could get her iPad. Hahaha too
funny. Also, at sacrament meeting on Sunday, Sister Ipson takes a
piece of bread and the one she picks up is HUGE! Like a third of a
slice of bread, and she puts the entire thing in her mouth hoping no
one noticed. Well, needless to say, it was hard not to laugh while
watching her try and swallow it all!! Haha okay….maybe you just had
to have been there… But it was funny!

 

As most of you probably already know, the church’s initiative video
Because He Lives” came out this week! Watching that and thinking of
Christ and His Atonement, I’ve come to realize how wonderful and
simple the gospel is. Christ already performed the Atonement. He’s
already done it. He suffered and died for us. But “He rose on the
third day. He lives today.” He is here for us. He loves us. More
specifically, He Atoned for YOU. He loves YOU. He lives because of
you. it’s that simple. Help others to understand and live this. Follow
Him, be an example of Him. And you will have everlasting joy. Eternal
peace and happiness. Following His example and having faith in Him,
repenting, being baptized by someone holding the priesthood, receiving
the gift of the Holy Ghost and living these things throughout the rest
of your life (enduring to the end ;).. You will live with God again if
you do these things. It really is that simple. Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ love us. They really do want what’s best for you. They’ve
already given you what’s best for you! You just have to accept and
live it!! I know this is true. I’ve seen it bless the lives of others
and my own. I know it will bless your life as well. Just remember God
loves you, Christ loves you, they are always here for you! They’ve
given you the Holy Ghost so you may be comforted through your trials.
Go watch Because He Lives!(:

 

I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Sammy Gomm (:
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Snow storm from a week and a half ago.

Church was Cancelled – DOWNINGTOWN #3

This week was so weird! Seriously. We’ve had our cars parked a couple
of times, which is super super lame because everything is so spread
out!! Usually we just make calls and confirm appointments when we
can’t drive. This week, lesson after lesson kept getting cancelled,
whether someone was sick, or they forgot so they weren’t home, or
whatever other reason there might have been, SO many lessons got
cancelled. It was so sad! On Friday our zone leader doubled-in to
our area. We just gave them stuff to do so that we could get more
done. After they were done with everything we gave them, they met
us back in the lobby of our apartment and they were telling us about
everything they had done. They talked about how mean everyone was to
them! Which is weird because everyone is SO nice to us!!! Haha too
funny.

On Sunday church got cancelled! So lame. And it was cancelled
because no one plowed the parking lot!!!! Sister Johnstone
and I volunteered to get rid of the snow…. They didn’t think we
could do it in time… Haha ANYWAYS… that was super super lame,
because we were so excited for church! A… and J… were supposed to
speak in sacrament meeting. Needless to say we were
very disappointed that church was cancelled! Instead of church, we went
finding! Before that we stopped by our investigator L… house and
were hoping to teach her a lesson. But she was (still) sick! We had
stopped by earlier that week (twice) but couldn’t see her. We just
had a quick spiritual thought through her screen door and we gave her
a Book of Mormon. After that we tracted around her house and we met a
few people who we’re going to go see again later this week who will
hopefully become investigators! We had dinner at a member’s house that
night and their next door neighbors (who are also members) were there
too. During dinner, one of their sons, who recently returned from his
mission in Germany, was talking about missions and Utah and he started
talking about how he would not want to have served in the Provo Utah
mission. One of them looked at me and she was like, “wait, aren’t you
from Provo?” Haha needless to say, he felt super bad for saying that,
and explained that he wouldn’t mind living there, but that he wouldn’t
have wanted to serve a mission there. Then they all started asking
about what it was like growing up in Utah and how many wards there are
in Utah… Hahaha I just told them more than you could count.

Yesterday (Monday) was amazing!!! We had a mission wide conference,
which was super cool!! We learned about new ways we’re going to be
using technology and social media to further missionary work. We are
apparently the first mission to receive this ‘news’ but it is
continuing to go to other missions. It was all about missionary work
in this new era, specifically using technology and social media. 30
missions worldwide have been able to use iPads, but they’ve introduced
a new plan to make them more effective. David Evans from the first
quorum of the seventy and Steven Allan from the fifth quorum of the
seventy (both in the missionary department of the church) came and
addressed us in an all-day conference. They talked about how
technology is on this earth solely for the “hastening the work of the
Lord” and it’s not going anywhere. They talked about how the mobile
devices are used to hasten that work. The church, because of this
training, is trying to prepare young people to know how to interact
with technology in a productive way after missions so that we won’t be
trapped by the evils that can come of it. It’s very interesting and
they explained it better. They are adding missions that will be
using technology and more and more each day are missionaries becoming
more technologically advanced. We are getting new iPads this next week
and there are a ton of new manuals for missionaries by the church
about using technology and social media to further the work of the
Lord. Pretty interesting stuff and more will be told as I learn more
about what will be happening. I know that we can all use technology
and social media to further share the gospel! And you don’t have to be
a missionary to share it! Share the gospel this week on social media!
Bear your testimony, share the ‘because of Him‘ video! (My favorite
video:) but just share it!!! Your act of faith can reach out to
someone else! (:

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My MTC District (plus Sister Robison who also came out with us but was in a different zone)

Also at the mission conference it was so great because I got to see my
mtc district!! Sister Callaway and I sat next to each other (with our
companions, obviously! 😉 The worst part was not being able to hug all
the Elders though! But it was still great to see everyone!
Well, that’s all I have for this week! I love you all and I hope all
is well! 

Missionary tip: share the gospel everywhere!!!!!
Start now practicing bearing your testimony, even if it’s just in a facebook post! 
I love you to the moon and back!!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm

[email from Sister Gomm]

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Sister Maughan and I!! (friend from the mtc!)

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Everyone says I look like her….we met yesterday….and we don’t see it! Sister Steadman & Sister Gomm

 

Phone Call from the Airport x 2

fly to philly2“My flight leaves early Tuesday. We have to leave the MTC at 3:30 and our flight leaves at 7:20 a.m. I will call you sometime between those two times.”  [email message from Sister Gomm]

Not knowing when she might call made for a very sleepless night! This was also going to be the first time she has ever flown on an airplane!

She called from the Salt Lake City airport at 6:30 a.m. Luckily she called before her brother and sister went to school, so we all got to talk to her and listen to her bear her testimony. It was a great experience! She called again, from Detroit (after they missed their connecting flight). That was an unexpected bonus!

We had purchased a calling card at Walmart before she left. This is what she used to call from both airports.

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Talking to Sister Gomm on the phone.

 

[written by Sister Gomm’s mom]