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.

 

[email from Sister Gomm]
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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

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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

 

Our Car Froze Shut – Downingtown #2

So funny story. No one here knows how to drive in the snow! Crazy
right?? So there must be a ton of snow or something right?….. Try an
inch and a half. Haha I’m serious. We had a member coming with us to
teach a recent convert and the member was just going to meet us there,
but about a half hour before the lesson it started to snow (as in,
there’s no snow on the ground yet, it’s just in the air) and she texted
us asking if we were still planning on going out. She was really
nervous about driving. And we had a few people ask us if church was
going to be cancelled because of the weather. Hahaha. Too funny. But I
mean, apparently it’s happened before. Don’t worry though, we still
had church.

A few days ago Sister Johnstone (my companion) and I had gone back
to our apartment to eat dinner. After dinner we had a less-active
member that we were going to go visit and hopefully have a lesson
with, so we head out to our car and what do you know, it’s frozen.
There was a layer of ice over the whole car that would not come off no
matter how much scraping and defrosting we did. After trying
everything we could think of to get our car defrosted, we just decided
to go back inside and go through our area book and make sure
everyone’s info was up to date.
On Tuesday we went to an assisted living center and watched a
performance there with some of the people. Sister Johnstone and
I each walked someone down to the area that the performance was going
on and sat with them and sang songs with them. It was seriously SO
fun!!
On Saturday every single one of our lessons fell through except
one with a recent convert. Seriously, like five lessons got cancelled, including
our dinner appointment! So sad! But it’s okay, we went to
this place called Wegman’s and got dinner and saw everyone on their
cute valentines dates.
On Sunday in ward council we had members from the stake presidency
there (because it was also ward conference) and they talked about how
we can all help investigators and less active members. One of the
counselors in the stake presidency talked about (actually he pretty
much chastised everyone, honestly haha) how as ward members (and
missionaries) we need to step it up and make sure everyone is doing
visiting and home teaching and ward members should go out of their way
to fellowship investigators and less active families because they
can’t only have a relationship with the missionaries otherwise once
that missionary is transferred to a new area they won’t know anyone in
the ward anymore, and may feel uncomfortable. Members seriously play
such a big role in missionary work.
I love being a missionary! It is so hard and there are some days where
you don’t want to do anything, but I promise that if you keep going
and turn towards the Lord, and help others turn towards Him too, that
it will all be worth it and you will be blessed greatly because of it.

Missionary tip: if you’re going somewhere cold you will want tights
and leggings and good socks! I have a bunch of fleece lined leggings
that I wear under my skirt and they are amazing! I also got a bunch of
socks that are ‘smart wool’ socks. I usually wear tights with those
socks over the tights and they are so great! I got the smart wool
socks (and smart wool tights) from this store called ‘Modern Shoe.’
It’s in Provo on center street! So if you’re going somewhere cold go
check that out! I’m not sure if they’ll still have those because
they’re more of a winter thing, but it’s worth a shot!

Pray for L… and Z… and also C… that they can all know of the
importance of being baptized and so they can know that their Heavenly
Father loves them.

I love you to the moon and back!

-Sister Sammy Gomm

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The moon is bright and the air is cold in PA! – Downingtown #1

Hello friends and family!!!!
I am officially in the mission field!! I am in Downingtown
Pennsylvania! Flying from Detroit to PA on Tuesday the moon was SO
bright! It was so cool! And it is a lot colder here than Utah! Not
that Utah is cold right now..but you get my point! There’s no
mountains, but there are tons of trees so I just pretend that the
mountains are still there but I just can’t see them because of how
many trees there are.

Write me letters! I would love to hear from you all!

Being a missionary is the best thing ever! I love my companion Sister
Johnstone, she is awesome and we are so similar it’s scary! Okay not
THAT similar, she’s SUPER crafty and well… Remember how long it took
me when I made a wreath at Christmas…. Yeah… But anyways, I love
her so much, she is an amazing trainer! (Side note, I am in the area
that Elder Prestwich just left! His last companion, Elder Skeen, is in
my district, also Elder Prestwich, thank you for your note! President
Anderson made sure I got it).
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Sister Gomm & Sister Johnstone

I am so sad I am not companions with Sister Callaway anymore:( I miss
her so much! I also miss the rest of my district from the mtc! I know
they’re all doing great things though. Also, Elder Crowther had to go
home the day before we left to PA because he was having heart
problems. BUT I got an email from him today saying that his heart is
getting better and he will hopefully be able to come out in the next
two weeks!!!! Yay!!! He doesn’t know if he’ll come to the ppm
(Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission) or be reassigned, but I sure hope he
comes here!! Elder Crowther also told me that Elder Pule (also from my
mtc district) invited 4 people to be baptized! And he had a shotgun
pointed at him!!! So crazy! Elder Crowther also told me that …..
is having a hard time and has been thinking about going
home. Please keep ….. in your prayers!

 

On Saturday Sister Johnstone and I went tracting. We were going to
see one of our investigators that hasn’t been contacted in a long time,
but he wasn’t home, so we knocked on a few doors, and without any luck
we decided to go somewhere else to tract. Before we left, we took one
look at all the houses around us and decided to stop at one more
house. We go to this cute little house and start talking to the
woman who lives there, sharing a small message about how Heavenly
Father blesses us. We asked if there was a time we could come back and
share more with her and she said she would like that because she
thinks her son needs to come closer to Christ. Sweet!! We planned
to go over Sunday at 4:30. Sunday comes and we go over and we
taught her (her name is L…) and her son (Z…). We only taught
them like a fourth of the restoration, but we showed the bible video
(or whatever those videos are called) of Christ being baptized (Perks
of an iPad mission). And after that we invited her and her son to be
baptized, and they said YES!!!!! We have a date set for March 8!
Everyone pray that everything will work out and L… and her son will
be able to be baptized!!!!

 

I love doing missionary work, and I know that this experience will
strengthen my testimony so much! It already has. If any of you are
considering going on a mission; DO IT. it is the best! I know every
missionary says that… So it must be true, right 😉 but seriously, if
you’re thinking about it email me, and I will give you all of the
reasons of why you should go!

 

Sister Johnstone and I have a movie night every night where we watch
mormon messages on our iPads as we get ready for bed. Those videos are
so powerful! While at the mtc we watched the ‘Because of Him‘ video a
few times and I’ve watched it like three times since being in PA. Haha
it’s just SO good! Seriously so amazing!

 

Missionary tip: if you can, buy shampoo, conditioner, etc. in the
mission field. It’s way better to get it there and
not worry about your suitcase weighing too much! Plus I’d use that
space for more clothes! You can’t have too much of that! (:

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Pray for L… and Z…, and
other investigators! Also pray for ….. and any other
missionary in the world who may be having a hard time.
I love you to the moon and back!
Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:IMG_0127
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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]

 

Greetings from the MTC! – MTC #2

Hello everyone!!

 The MTC is crazy…. I’ve never had so many highs and lows in one single day. Seriously every day is so spiritually amazing and then the next you feel like there’s no way you will be able to do this for a year and a half. BUT I would not change it for a thing!

Elder Fernandes, one of the Elders in my district, said something after our Tuesday devotional that really stood out to me. He served in the Marines for four years before coming on a mission (he’s 22). On Tuesday he had said, “If I can choose between fighting for my brothers and sisters and saving my brothers and sisters, I would choose the latter every day.” And that is exactly what he is doing. We are here to share the message of Jesus Christ to SAVE our brothers and sisters. So awesome. I love my district. 

Sister Gomm's District at "The Map"

Sister Gomm’s District at “The Map”

So, classroom instructions have been going well. Those are the main thing that are so awesome one minute and then so frustrating the next. But they are SO essential to training to be an effective missionary. 

You know how everyone says, “just make it to Sunday and you know you can make it the rest of the time here.” Or, “Once your first Sunday hits, everything passes by so fast.” Well, it’s true. Sunday was so amazing. Taking the sacrament is obviously very important and so amazing. Going to the temple grounds and taking a million pictures and a million more ‘selfies’ was so fun. And Sunday devotional. So awesome! We had Brother Stephen B. Allen and his wife talk to us. It was so great and we got chastised and built up like 8 times. Something that Brother Allen said that I really liked was, “Was the Holy Ghost the Sr. companion, the Jr. companion, or was He even in our companionship today?” This especially applies to me and my companionship, but it can apply to you to! Is the Holy Ghost with you today? Yesterday? Will the Holy Ghost be with you tomorrow? You can have the spirit with you ALWAYS if you are mindful of it and have FAITH that it will help you. Faith is something that is very important to this gospel. In fact, without faith you cannot progress at all. Seriously, if you didn’t read Ether 12 last week, read it this week. It is SUCH a good chapter. So after the devotional you have the option to watch different movies/videos. We watched a talk from David A. Bednar that he had given at the MTC a few years ago. And wow. Every single person who is going on a mission needs to watch this video while at the MTC. It was another one of those ‘get torn down so that you can be built back up all within the same talk’ things. They happen a lot here. One of the things he said was, “WHO CARES WHAT YOU WANT” As a missionary, we should not be focused on ourselves. You will not progress if you are focused on yourself. And the same can be said for someone who is not a missionary. The point of service is to SERVE OTHERS. While serving others it does not matter what you are thinking or feeling. And, you will NEVER regret doing an act of service. 

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Okay so Monday, Monday was crazy. In the morning everyone (my district) was doing so well and we did role play with the other district in our zone, and it went SO well. And then as the day went on it just got worse and worse. It was sooo sad. Seriously everyone was having a bad day. It was really eye opening and so good for us to learn faith and to trust in the spirit. Even though it was so awful, we are all so grateful it happened so we could grow from it.

On Tuesday we had a devotional from Larry S. Kacher of the seventy. It was so amazing! Something he said that I loved, “Do not go forward in your own strength, but in God’s strength.” Also, “You get to decide what manner of missionary you will be.”

Something I wrote in my notebook, 

“Reading the Book of Mormon will make you want to come unto Christ.” 
So…. haven’t read it? Read it. ESPECIALLY if you are planning on serving a mission!

So on Thursday we had “in-field orientation” where we learned how to find investigators and what to teach them when you just run into them on the street, (or wherever else you may be). It was suuuper helpful, but Sister Callaway and I had to leave it for three hours because Sister Callaway had to go to the doctor. So we got into a van, they drove us right up to the door and we went into the doctors and had to wait what felt like forever for Sister Callaway to see the doctor. But once she left I had to sit in the waiting area by myself. And, family, if you remember what President Campbell had said when I wasgetting set apart about how on his mission he had been without his companion for hours during one transfer, but he felt that whole time, that there were two people to theside of him.. Even though I was just sitting in the waiting room of the doctors office, I could definitely feel that. That someone was with me as my companion wasn’t near me. And then… when she got back, it was gone. It’s so amazing to know that people are looking out for you, that Heaven is looking out for you. Because I know that Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of us. And He is looking out for us always. And, if you have faith, He will always be with you by having the spirit be with you.

Okay, that is all I have time for! I love you all! Please pray for the people in the first area I will be serving in, that they will be ready to hear the gospel!

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Also, missionary tip: Girls planning on serving missions, my messenger bag that I got is AMAZING! I got it from ogio.com and they give 50% off to people who are serving religious missions! (they’re based in Utah, go figure) You just have to email them and fill out the info so they know you are actually going on a mission. I got the ‘midtown’ bag in the terra color, and it has been wonderful so far! So if you’re looking for a bag, I would definitely recommend that company!

I love you all to the moon and back!
Sister Gomm

I can’t believe I fly out to Philadelphia on Tuesday! I am so excited and nervous!

 

[email from Sister Gomm]

State & Country Flags

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Take a flag with you. The missionaries at the Provo MTC like to take pictures with their district and the flags at the temple on their p-days. Out of the 8 missionaries in Sister Gomm’s district, not a single one of them brought a flag. Since we live in Provo, my daughter sent me a letter asking if I could please get them a flag before their p-day. Luckily there is a great flag store on University Avenue in Provo. I went to another store first, but they did not have any Pennsylvania flags. I should of known to go to this store first, since their flags are cheaper and there is a huge selection. I also received a missionary discount (even without the discount their flags were cheaper). If you are from out of town and end up with some extra time before dropping off your missionary at the MTC, I would suggest stopping by and getting a flag. The regular price of a 3’x5′ flag is just under $10. I also picked up a small flag for each of the missionaries in her district.

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276 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah

[written by Sister Gomm’s mom]