In and Safe at 10 – Susquehanna #21

Hello friends and family!!

Wow. What a crazy week! The week went by so fast, but looking back on
it, it feels like last Tuesday was years ago! (So…basically it’s
just like any other week).

This week was interesting. It’s always heartbreaking to see people not
living the covenants they have made with God. We found out that a
family (they’re members) we’ve been teaching started smoking again.
Despite those things though, there were positive things that happened!
We got in contact with a less active man, C…, that we’ve been trying
to get in contact with for weeks!! We are hoping to help him get back
to church and to start teaching the lessons to his girlfriend, S…!
We are seeing them later this week, I can’t wait to see where the Lord
takes them!

On Thursday the other half of the mission came up to the Priesthood
Restoration Site!! It was so fun to see so many familiar faces!
Including a new golden, Elder Campbell!!! Whoo! I’ll attach the
picture we took (: something that I really noticed the past two weeks
with our whole mission coming up here is that you can really tell
which zones are being obedient back in their areas. The feeling from
different groups of missionaries was so transparent; and it’s not that
certain groups were being disobedient… But the ones who are exactly
obedient carry the spirit with them more abundantly. I thought a lot
about that, and what I am going to do about it. Now that I’ve
recognized it, how am I going to let it affect me? How do I come
across to others? Can they tell that I have the spirit with me? DO I
have the spirit with me?

After everyone left on Thursday Sister Larsen and I had interviews
with President! In my interview we talked about how I want my mission
to affect the rest of my life. My mission isn’t a separate part from
the rest of my life, but rather, I’m learning things here that will
help me forever. So many people come into this visitors’ center who
are members of the church, but they do not have a testimony of this
gospel. It’s crazy to see the difference in those who do understand
Jesus Christ and His Atonement, and those who do not. Wow. I just love
President and Sister Anderson, they are the best!

On Halloween since we all had to be in by dark unless we were with a
member, all of the visitors’ center missionaries went to the Walker’s
(the site director) house and had dinner and sang hymns while Elder
Walker played the guitar! It was super fun! On Sunday we went to the
visitors’ center and had a lesson that evening at 8 with the S…’s.
Well we didn’t get out of the visitors’ center until 8:30 so we were
super late to their house, but we had a great lesson with them! It was
kind of crazy, but it was awesome! Then Sister Larsen and I were
trying to wrap things up because it was almost 9:30 and we needed to
be home by then, but it just wasn’t happening. It was great though
because we all committed to helping the S…’s strengthen their
faith and I think it was exactly what they needed. So finally we say a
closing prayer and head home. We’re on our way to our house and look
at our phone and we had 5 missed calls from our district leader, so we
go to call him but before we can get it to start ringing we get a call
from our zone leaders, so we answer.. “Hello, this is Sister Gomm,”
“Hi Sister Gomm, this is Elder Margetts. We heard that you have not
reported in and safe yet this evening.” “Well, we can’t report ‘in and
safe’ if we’re not in and safe!” “Wait, what? What happened? Where are
you?” Needless to say, our district leader called us two other times
while we were on the phone with the zone leaders, but finally he got
ahold of us and was so relieved that we finally answered so he didn’t
have to drive all the way out here to make sure we were in. So
basically we were just causing a lot of unnecessary stress….and the
lesson to be learned here is don’t be disobedient and not get home
until 10, or else your district leader will be very stressed. (Sorry
Elder Foster!)

The past two transfers since the visitors’ center has opened have been
so interesting for me. I’m really learning that Heavenly Father has
specific plans for all of His children. And your plan is not the same
as anyone else’s. It’s not even the same as your companion, even if
you’re with them 24/7. Sometimes it’s okay that we don’t have a lot of
time to proselyte. It’s okay that we don’t get to go finding every
hour of the day. It’s okay that we are constantly talking to people
who are already members of the church. Because that is what God has
called us to do. He does have a plan for each of us. What is your plan
and what are you doing to fulfill God’s plan for you?

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’m sorry this is so
scatter-brained! I love you to the moon and back!

Love,
Sister Sammy Gomm (:

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