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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Bethlehem!

Hello friends and family! This one is going to be short!

Conference was so good! I loved every second of it. I’m so grateful
for a prophet to lead and guide us today. Being obedient to him is so
important.

This weekend we’ve been trying to get everything ready for this area
because they’re doubling Sister Brunsdale and I out and putting elders
in! It’s basically an answer to many prayers, this area needs elders!
I’m excited to see where the Lord takes them!

I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had here in Bethlehem and all
of the things I’ve learned. It’s definitely been tough, but I’ve come
much closer to the Savior because of it! I’m grateful for the
companions I’ve had here, Sister Brunsdale has been wonderful! I’m
excited to see where she goes!

The church is true! I love the gospel!

I love you to the moon and back!
Sister Gomm

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Not today, Satan. Not today. – Bethlehem #6

Wow. I think this has been one of, if not THE craziest week of my
entire mission! Sorry for the novel!

So Tuesday. We went finding all day and in the evening we had planned
stop by a potential investigator that the sisters before us had talked
to a bit, but never really taught her. She seemed very promising so we
decided to go over. We knock and a woman answers. Before we can even
say hello she’s all, “Hello Sisters!! Please, come in!” Sister Torres
and I look at each other and I’m just thinking, okay this never
happens, something good has got to come out of this! So we go in and
get to know her better. She was making dinner and offered us some
food. We decline a little at first because we had a dinner appointment
in 2 hours. She’s all, “No, I want you to have this food!” So she
starts pulling food out of the fridge and dishing it onto plates for
us. Then she pours us some of the green smoothie she had just made.
After a few minutes her daughter comes down and starts talking to us.
It’s fine at first and they’re telling us about themselves and asking
us questions about the church and everything. Then the daughter is
all, “My mom has some crazy stories. If they wrote a bible today,
she’s be one of the prophets to write in it.” Meanwhile we’re eating
and suddenly I realize that neither of them are eating anything. So
her mom starts telling us this story about this man she used to date.
It was crazy, one minute were sitting there and everything is fine.
Then suddenly the spirit is gone and I’m trying to make a game plan to
get out of there. Now, I will be the first to admit that I get scared
easily, so I’m basically freaking out while she’s telling us this
story about her boyfriend who was involved in some satanic stuff.
Luckily she didn’t go into detail about this and I’m thinking we’re
getting to a stopping point where I can intercept the conversation and
we can get out of there! So I start thanking them for having us over
and feeding us when the daughter interrupts me and tells us her mom
has this other crazy story. So I’m thinking okay, if it’s anything
like the first story we’ll just get through it quick and get out of
there. The mom proceeds into the next story and wow. If the spirit
wasn’t there before, it definitely, definitely, definitely wasn’t
there now. I’m literally about to make a beeline for the door as this
woman begins to tell us this crazy story from the job she used to have
and these people she met who were into voodoo stuff and I’m literally
about to cry because of how terrible all of this is and I’m just
praying she won’t start doing voodoo stuff to us. This whole time I’ve
been looking at my watch and it’s been about an hour and a half since
we first got there, if we don’t leave now we’re going to be late to
our dinner appointment. So again, we try to wrap things up, but she’s
not done telling us her story, so she keeps going for another
forty-five minutes! Sister Torres and I keep making eye contact and
finally, finally she’s done telling her story and before anyone can
jump into another story we tell them we have to leave and we get out
of there as fast as we can! We call the people we’re going to dinner
with and apologize for being late but tell them we’re on our way!
Luckily the members we had dinner with are so amazing and we just
talked about the Book of Mormon the whole dinner appointment.

The next day we went out finding in the morning and ran into some
Jehovah Witnesses. We had just finished talking to someone they were
going to talk to so they were waiting for us on the sidewalk until we
were done talking to the person they were supposed to see. So once
we’re done one of them waves and says, “Hello Sisters!” So we go over
and start talking to them. Then one of them who is new to the mission
field (or whatever they call it.) starts telling us that everything we
believe is wrong and just goes on and on so we can’t say anything
(this happens to us WAY too often). He’s basically trying to throw our
beliefs to the gutter, but we just smiled and thanked him for sharing
his testimony with us. Then of course, I can’t help it and I’m all,
“Can we take a picture with you?” Haha so whoot, selfie with the
J-Dubs.

That same day we had a lesson with our investigator we’ve been working
with and we had planned on teaching the second half of the plan of
salvation because we hadn’t finished it during the last lesson. So it
starts off pretty good, he tells us about what he read in the Book of
Mormon since the last time we saw him. He asks us a few questions
about the plan of salvation then he’s all, “I don’t have any problems
with any of this, I just have one problem…” He then starts talking
about all of the problems he has with temples. He read and saw some
anti material and went into way too much detail. The same feeling we
had had yesterday while at the other lady’s house is back and the
spirit is gone. He just goes on and on and on without letting anyone
say anything (we had two members with us). I literally have tears
falling down my face by now and Sister Torres so beautifully explains
the difference between secret and sacred but he was just not having
it. Needless to say, we didn’t finish teaching the plan of salvation
but luckily, we ended with the spirit there.

Literally right after that lesson we go straight to another lesson
with Brother H…. We taught him the plan of salvation and we ran
out of time before we could finish, so we stop and set up a return
appointment to finish the lesson and Brother H… is all, “Sister
Gomm, if you died today do you think you’d go to the Celestial
Kingdom?” I was so taken off guard by his question, but I just told
him it isn’t for me to decide. But he would not take that as an
answer. He kept asking me and by this point I’m just laughing at
everything that has happened all in one day.

Thursday we had district meeting then went to lunch with the south
side sisters. Later we had a dinner appointment with our neighbor and
in the evening we went to a members house until 10 because we were
given permission to stay out late if we were with a member!

Friday we had transfer calls and found out that I will be staying and
Sister Torres will be leaving. Saturday Brother H… called us
five minutes into personal study and asked us what was happening with
both of us. He was so upset Sister Torres is getting transferred and
he talked to us for 45 minutes!! It would have been longer but our
mission president started calling us so we just cut him off finally
and told him we had to go. President was calling us because I’m going
to be training again!!!!! Yay!! Sister Torres will get her new
companion on Tuesday, we’re driving down to Broomall in the morning.
Sister Foster and I will then spend the rest of Tuesday together (She
was my sister training leader when I was in Downingtown), and we’ll
get our goldens on Wednesday!!! Whoo!!!!

Later in the day on Saturday we had a lesson with the investigator who
had looked at the anti material. I was so nervous for the lesson and I
was scared it would turn out just like the last one had. When we got
there though he was listening so intently and the lesson was so
wonderful. At the end, he pointed out how he could feel the spirit so
strongly and so far everything he’s learned he thinks has been good!
I’m so grateful the spirit worked with him and helped us to know what
to say and do to help him.

For the rest of Saturday we went finding and we went to this one
specific area that we weren’t having any luck in. We knocked on this
door and a boy answered and went and got his dad. Sister Torres asked
him if he believes in God. He told us he didn’t and we asked what led
him to that conclusion. He then went into a full on rant about the
priesthood, Joseph Smith, the Hill Cumorah, literally anything and
everything. After about ten minutes of him yelling at us Sister Torres
interrupts and says, “You’re obviously not interested in what we have
to say, have a great day.” We turn and start walking away and he keeps
yelling at us about how there’s nothing in the Hill Cumorah and we
don’t have evidence. For a solid minute he keeps yelling at us and we
start laughing because of how ridiculous this all is. I mean, he’s
right. There’s nothing in the Hill Cumorah now. But the Book of Mormon
is the evidence that Christ’s gospel is here on the earth. I’m not
here to convince people of this, I’m just here to present the
information to them and they do the rest. It just made me so sad for
that man. I’m not saying he has to believe what I believe, but why
would anyone think that God would be proud of you for yelling at
someone and being so rude to people you just met? No matter your
beliefs.

To finish the week church was cancelled on Sunday because we didn’t
have heat in our building. Luckily we went to the Nazareth building
for the Easton ward’s services and Brother H… came! Some others
from our ward were there too and it was actually the perfect end to a
crazy week! Plus it was my birthday so Brother H… had dinner
and a cake for us! The cutest couple came with us and Brother
H… shared his testimony and talked about the priesthood and how
he wants to get it as soon as he understands more about the gospel!

The number one thing that has stood out to me the most this week is
that the Book of Mormon is true. It answers questions of the soul and
helps us understand God’s plan for us. Satan is tempting people so
much because he knows great things are about to happen. He’s working
so hard, but as we live the commandments, we will have peace and
surety in our lives and we will be able to withstand satan’s
temptations.

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

These are the days of Harmony – Susquehanna #12

Friends and family!! Hello! First off, happy birthday to my older brother Keyan!! You. Are. Old. (; I hope you have a wonderful day! Just so you all know, my pday has officially been changed to Tuesday! So the rest of my stay in Susquehanna I’ll be emailing on Tuesdays!

Wow. This has been the best and craziest week of my entire life! Last Monday we had “Susquehanna” golden retraining! Whoo!! It was so good! As always (: on Tuesday it was just a normal proselyting day, which was great except we had 5 companionships in our area alone! Crazy. I don’t know how we didn’t all run into each other every five minutes! But needless to say, a great day of finding! Wednesday is when everything got CRAZY!

So we show up to the visitors center Wednesday morning and I went over to President Anderson to ask him a question then he told me he needed to tell Sister Robison and I something, so he calls her over and asks us if we will be the sister training leaders for the visitors center! Whoo! Except how does that even work because Sister Robison and I aren’t even companions?? Don’t ask, we’re still trying to figure it out ourselves… And we’re apparently supposed to go on exchanges every Wednesday. Crazy! So after that visitors center training starts!!! Brother LasVarde (don’t ask me if that’s the correct way to spell his name because I have no idea!!) from Salt Lake came and did our training. We talked a lot about preach my gospel and he complimented us because he can really tell that we are a preach my gospel mission. We also got to see the video that they are showing at our site and the video they will be showing at the Whitmer Farm. Wow. The video they are showing here is amazing!! Seriously, everyone needs to come here! So we had training from 9 am until 6:30 pm! Once we finally left we saw we had a missed call from our branch mission leader, so we listen to the voicemail he left and he was inviting us over for dinner! So we call him back and ask if they already had dinner, luckily they hadn’t, they were just getting ready to eat! So we go over and they’re literally finishing setting the table right as we get there! So we eat and share a message and are out the door all within 35 minutes! Talk about fastest, best dinner appointment of my life! And there wasn’t even dessert! (I’m so tired of having dessert every meal appointment!)

So Thursday we are at the visitors center again by 8:45 am and we go right in to training. We talk more about missionary work and helping people and talking about preach my gospel, etc. then around 5 they give us our study guides for the visitors center and tell us that we need to study this and get to know all of the information in it! Sister Larsen and I had to go to an appointment after that, so we left and taught this couple M… and K… the restoration! It was so great! You know when you have that moment of everything just clicks and from then on you and your companion teach in unity and everything goes great? Well that happened at this lesson for Sister Larsen and I! And! Sister Larsen invited them to be baptized and they accepted a date for October 17!! I am so excited for them! They invited us over on Thursday for a lesson and pizza!! K… put a reminder in her phone that says “Mormons and pizza” haha! So after the lesson we go back to the visitors center and ask the visitors center director, Elder Walker, what we missed, and he said that we didn’t miss anything but we are free to go and study for the rest of the night, that he wanted us doing that rather than going out finding (it’s so different being in a visitors center). So we break into our study guides and wow. I feel like I’m back in school! There is so much to study and learn and know! It’s crazy.

Friday consisted of more training and then our first tour! Local people (as in members from our branch) had volunteered to be the first ones to have tours so that the missionaries could practice. Sister Larsen and I had the branch president and his wife, their friends, and two members of our branch in our group! The spirit was so strong when we were with them and at the end of the tour we took them to the chapel and watched Because He Lives on the big screen there. After the video we had such a spiritual conversation with all of them and it was one of the best experiences! After all of the tours were done and we all came together to discuss what happened we were free to go home and sleep and study! That would be great except literally every night since Tuesday we have to make so many calls and we don’t have time for anything! Friday was also transfer calls, and there are only three elders in our whole zone being transferred! Crazy.

Saturday was amazing.

These are days never to be forgotten.

Saturday was our opening day! Wow. It was so crazy and so great! Sister Larsen and I were in the back where we put our bags getting ready to go out, and we said a prayer right before and after we finished our prayer we saw Sister Simmons and Sister Anderson waiting for us and they told us that F… (one of our investigators that we’ve had a hard time getting in contact with) was here and wanted a tour from us!! So we go out and see F… and two of her kids with her! So we go and give them a tour and when we got down to Joseph and Emma’s house we sat down on some benches and just talked. We talked about what F… is going to do with her life and what God wants from her. She told us that she thinks this might be true, that this could be the pathway that God wants her to take! Sister Larsen and I testified of truth to her and promised her blessings and shared a scripture with her, the spirit was so strong! The Smith home has become one of my favorite places. (: after that we did a tour with the cutest family from New Jersey! After that we had to go to a lesson but once we got there the lesson fell through! 😦 I had a prompting that we should go to someone’s house but they weren’t home.. Then I felt like we should go to someone else’s house but they weren’t home either! At this point Sister Larsen and I were trying to figure out what Heavenly Father’s intentions were for sending us to two different houses where no one was home. So we drive back to the visitors center feeling confused about why that would happen. Then right when we got back we did a tour with L… and her family. L… was baptized a little over a year ago and she is the only member of her family. She came with her parents, her aunt and uncle, her grandmother, and another aunt. Wow. This was why Heavenly Father directed us to go stop by those two other people. If we had been any earlier or later we would have missed L… and someone else would have given them a tour, which would not have been a problem, but it was definitely inspiration that we were with them. They had SO many amazing questions and insights! It was great! When we got to the Smith home I quickly asked L… if she would be willing to share her testimony of the Book of Mormon. She happily agreed and we went into the room with the benches. We sat down and talked about the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, and faith. The spirit was seriously so strong and then L… shared her testimony of the Book of Mormon and it was so great!!

Days of Harmony.

It’s funny because no one who lives here knows that they used to call this place Harmony, but all of the members who come here think that it still is called Harmony. But these are days of Harmony! On Sunday we had 5 investigators at church!! We’re still meeting in our little house on the prairie building until the dedication, but L…’s parents both came to church!! It was so great! At 4 pm we had to be at the visitors center and when we walk in L… and A… (she was baptized at the same time as L…) and E…, the branch mission leader’s daughter were waiting for us so we could give them a tour! So we go and it was another amazing experience!!

Days of gratitude.

As we were going through the Hale home E…’s brother, C…, joined us and finished the tour with us. When we got to the Smith home we all sat down on the infamous benches and talked about the gospel and A… shared her testimony and talked about how she recognized her answer to the Book of Mormon. L… talked about how she felt when she received her answer and then we asked C… to share his testimony of the priesthood. Wow. What a great experience!!

Days of hope.

The spirit was so strong afterwards and none of us wanted to leave so at L…’s request we sang “Praise to the Man”. It was beautiful. Sister Larsen and C… were singing different parts and L… was singing descant for part. The spirit was wrapped around us and it was testifying to each of us that this is true. The things that happened here in Susquehanna were key to bringing the church back to the earth. This place has such a special place in my heart. It’s true. The gospel is restored. The priesthood was brought back to the earth and we have it today. Yesterday we got to give a tour to a few of the Manhattan temple missionary temple workers. Seeing them watch the video for the first time and talking about the Book of Mormon with them helped me strengthen my own testimony. I am so grateful for this time that I have to be a missionary! It’s been such a crazy week, but so many miracles have happened!

“These are days never to be forgotten. Days of harmony. Days of gratitude. Days of hope.”

I love you all! I’m sorry this is an eternity long, but it was such an amazing week! I love you to the moon and back!

Love,

Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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 (:

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 (:

2nd Transfer Down – Downingtown #12

Hello friends and family!!
I can’t believe I’ve been out here for two transfers already!! Time is
literally flying by!! Anyways, Sister Ipson and I are both staying in
Downingtown!! I am SO happy I get to stay here for another transfer!!
I love this area(:

So this week was crazy. The first part of the week was SO rough! Haha.
But we had an AMAZING district meeting this week! Elder Kunz, the area
70 (I’ve mentioned him before I’m pretty sure), and his wife came to
our district meeting and they talked about the Plan of Salvation and
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was SO amazing!! I love them so much!!

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Our district and our zone leaders, Elder and Sister Kunz, and two members from our ward.

Later that day Sister Kunz came with us to one of our new
investigators, C…’s house. We shared a short message because they
had originally said that now wasn’t a good time, but then had actually
let us in! We showed Because He Lives with her son (C… has
already seen the video), but after showing it we all talked about
Christ and all the things he has done for us. The spirit was so strong
and I could just feel Heavenly Father’s love that He has for this
family! They are so special. (:

After that, we went to a less active’s house. Her name is S…, so we
go and her roommate answers and tells us she’s not here, so we start
talking to her roommate instead, her name is C…. We go in and
showed Because He Lives and talked about how God loves each of us. It
was great and C… wants us to come back again this week! So
we’re standing up to leave and S… walks in the door!! So we sit
right back down and talk to S… about the Restoration! It was so
great! (:

So we were supposed to have a member come with us to teach a less
active man in our ward on Friday afternoon. But on Thursday evening
the member called us and told us she wasn’t going to be able to come!
So Sister Ipson and I are calling everyone we can think of! And
there’s no luck!! So we’re calling and texting people until way late
and we decide to just wait until the morning because it’s almost time
for us to go to bed anyways. So first thing in the morning we are
calling and texting EVERYONE. And no one can come!! So finally after
talking to FORTY women in our ward, yes FORTY! Someone FINALLY said
they could come! And she offered to pick us up early and took us to
lunch beforehand! It was seriously a miracle!! So we go to this less
active’s house and we talked about the restoration. The spirit was SO
strong!! And he made a commitment to go to the temple in June!! We are
so excited for him and are looking forward to helping him get to the
temple! (: After that we had another lesson that another member was
coming to, but when we got there the lady we were supposed to teach
said now wasn’t a good time, 😦 so we took the member finding with us
for a bit!! Then after that we met up with our district leader because
him and his companion were doubling into our area. After we finally
got to start our weekly planning we went to visit N…! (The recent
convert who got the Melchizedek Priesthood a few weeks ago). Oh man, I
LOVE N…! He is the best!! When we got there he asked the three of us
(Me, Sister Ipson, and the member who came with us) if we wanted a
glass of water. After I said I didn’t, he was all, “you’re right, you
don’t because I bought you apple cider!” Haha! He gave us apple cider
and doughnuts and told us about how “being a Mormon is the best thing
that’s ever happened to me.” Oh, I seriously love him! He’s the
greatest.

So Friday night was when we heard that we would both be
staying!! I’m so glad we have another transfer together so I don’t
have to get another new companion! Sadly, one of the Elders in our
ward and our district leader are both being transferred! 😦 I’m so sad
our district leader is being transferred!

This week I have really come to understand Christ’s and Heavenly
Father’s love for each of us. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan
for us. And He has made that plan easier by giving us things for us to
do to show our faith and to return to live with Him again. I know He
loves me. I know He loves the people I’ve met. I’ve felt that love.
It’s so crazy to be able to see people as Christ sees them. To love
them unconditionally, even when they don’t accept what we have to
share with them. I seriously love the people here! I love being a
missionary! And I love all of you! Have a wonderful week!
I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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Sister Ipson and I and the Elders in our ward!

 

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Sister Ipson, me, Elder Blume, and Elder Owen. This was right after Elder Blume and I talked about how my mom and his step-mom know each other and both told us about each other.