Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, October 27, 2014

Siera in word AND PICTURE!!!

Hey everyone! 
First of all, before I forget, my focus scripture for the week was Alma 37:34-35.  34 Teach them to never be weary of goodworks, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls.35 O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom inthy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.
Ok so this week has been wonderful! Like all other weeks really ... 
So much happens. The overarching theme is that Hutch members are AWESOME. We have so much help from the ward and it makes all the difference. I am seriously so spoiled here. My apartment is great, the ward is great, my trainer is WONDERFUL my district elders are so fantastic. Oh ... my district leader sent that email out to you mom and to a few other people. I was turned away talking to Sister Engebretsen my lovely companion. He's a goof. 
Anyway, I went on my first exchanges this week! I went with the Sister training leaders and that was really good. Much better than I thought it would be. She was sweet and incredibly complimentary. I rode a bike for three hours and couldn't hardly sit at all the next day, but it was all worth it. Biking is actually perty fun. 
We got to do some service, loading grass and things for this wonderful family. Sadly I met them on the exchange, so I'll probably never see them again, but it was my favorite part of the day. 
Did you folks get my poem? I hope so. I poured my soul into it. 
Also, I'm not going to lie, sometimes things remind me of Gilmore girls and Harry Potter and Mulan and all these things. One family in particular, the Bensons, reminds me so much of us Gomi. It's wonderful. 
I really do love it here in Kansas. It has my heart. I laugh so much and I just feel so much love for these people and this place. The field (s and fields and fields) are white already to harvest here! Sometimes I find myself thinking of the day I have to leave and I get really sad. I miss you all though ... Christmas is coming up! 
Oh and a little more about my companion! (I am so sorry I'm all over the place. Next week, I swear, I'll make an outline or something so I can organize my thoughts). Sister Hannah Marie Engebretsen is her name. She has been out sixteen months, so this transfer is her last. She is from Sacramento California and she is super hilarious and outgoing and she worries a lot but in a good way. She is wonderful and really cares about making sure I have a good experience and learn the things I need to. 
Ok I feel like I'm leaving a bunch out, but for now that's all. I love you so much! 
I figured out pictures as well, but there are a whole bunch so I'm going to make it difficult and send it separately. 
I love you all! 
-Sister Siera Gomez 

1. I found Lyssa Brown!
2. And Vivian Gardner!
3. Cliched map photo
4. First comp - the beautiful, wonderful Sister Westwood and I
5. Best district ever! Temple day - the furthest elder on the right is the one that's just like Jake
6. More temple goodness
7. FAMILY!!!
8. Also saw Taylor Johansen. Best. Ever. Tell Sadie!

9. Annnd I saw Brandon! He is so great. 
10. The WONDERFUL Sister Oliphant, one of our fantastic teachers. 
11. I also saw Nicole Donahoo :) 
12. While trying to get back to the MTC when our flight was cancelled, us four got left behind and had to take the train after the rest of our group. What an adventure. The super blond one closest to me is now in my district! He's the one who reminds me of Carlos. 
13. The whole lot of us stranded at the SLC train station for an hour. Planes should never be cancelled. 
13 a and b. Pictures Pres and Sister Bell mailed me -  when this group first got to Kansas!
14. In Kansas! Me and the delightful Sister Engebretsen! I love her. 
15. Two of the Bensons. They're the best. 
16. Cute kid, Lincoln, who looks like Wes. It may not seem that much like it from this photo, but he did. His mom took us to lunch on exchanges :)
17. Sister Engebretsen and the CRAZY spider we found. Shudder. 
18. Me and the CRAZY spider we found. 
19. Cute Alexia and I - you might recognize her. She used to live with the Cunninghams! So ... crazy! She's with her mom again now, and they just happen to be in Kansas. 
20. Both of us with cute Alexia
21. Sister Benson who reminds me of mom :) 
Ok sorry for the photo overload! Glad I finally got a card reader. Everything will be a bit easier now. Tell me if there are specific things you want photos of. I love you!

Monday, October 20, 2014

She made it to Kansas!

Thanks so much for the detailed email mom! I loved it. 

First thing's first - write me at my apartment instead of the mission home! It's much more convenient. I can get letters and read them all week, but I can only write you back on pday. But I STILL WANT LETTERS. They're just the icing on the cake of glorious days in the field :) SO my new address is 807 E. 15th Circle Hutchinson KS 67502
Speaking of that address, I'm in HUTCHINSON. Oh my word it's the best. The members are incredible - we have three sets of missionaries just assigned to this ward because all of the work we're doing with less actives and recent converts and investigators. Me and my companion, and two sets of elders who are also awesome. Our apartment is the best ever - it's three stories and the bottom story is a basement laundry room which is neat and it's just a super nice place with just us two. I'm so blessed to be here in this area that's on fire with missionary work and a companion who is patient and hilarious and wonderful. These are her last two transfers, so I'm her last companion and she's a total veteran of missionary work. She has already taught me so much and her name is sister Engebretsen.
My plane rides were perty cool. I wrote a poem that I will send you in a letter sometime soon. I forgot it today. We've already taught so many lessons - since I've been here, one lady has a baptismal date and a bunch of inactives came to church last Sunday and just so much is happening. The days are good - the weather, for a few more days or weeks is PRIME. Loving it.
Speaking of church, I finally "broke down" if that's what you want to call it. We were sitting, minding our own business in sacrament meeting, enjoying the sweet primary program when all of a sudden they started singing a song that has grown very close to my heart - "God gave us families." Well, I've only ever heard that song by three people - Wes, Owen and Eli Blake - and my reaction was pretty instantaneous and violent haha. Sister Engebretsen looked over all worried as I wept and wept listening to the kids singing. One of the boys totally looked like Owen, too. Ha ha ha ha ha. So awkward. But sweet.
Ok .... also ... oh yes, my district leader is in the coolest video of all time! Look up "Shawn Hamelwright, the call" on youtube. It's a missionary video and he's the star. He's the coolest. All the missionaries here are amazing.
I love you all so much! I hope Halloween is awesome and I pray for you all all the time. I'm so sorry this is so lengthy - I do love my words. I'm going shopping today for a card reader so I can SEND YOU SOME PICTURES because all you get today are my chunky blocks of words. Hopefully President Bell sends the picture soon. We definitely took it and OH tell Sister Maxfield that Sister Bell says, "Don't do anything I wouldn't do," with a little cheeky wink :) I adore them. 

My focus scripture for the week was .... Mark 7:34-36 - And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, 'Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?'" 
I am working hard to lose myself in the work of the Lord and to forget any of my own concerns. Not that I have many - the Lord has MORE than multiplied any sacrifice I have made. I am truly blessed and see His hand every day. 
Love love love you and thank you SO MUCH for the letters you sent before I even left the MTC from you mom and dad - I got them while in the field and they were my first mail here. I want you both to know that I have used all the things you taught me before I left. I pray for humility and the ability to be taught every day and I have learned so much from my companion - and having dad as a bishop was such a tender mercy and I learned so much. 
Ok bye!
I love you so much! I hope you're all listening to Christmas music!
-Sister Gomez

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1st email from Siera in the MTC

Hello everyone!
The MTC is absolutely wonderful!! The only not wonderful thing about it is my lack of device to get my photos onto the computer, which means no pictures this week. (Except the one of me and Mark and Carol - what a huge tender mercy!)
I have an amazing district with the most lovely people. We have all gotten really close. We have had a few struggles in the district, but we've worked through them. Me and my companion are sister training leaders, which means we are impressively in charge of the training of TWO WHOLE SISTERS ... but they're both superb as well :) 
The room we're in is great. Waking up early hasn't been too tough since, first of all, dad encouraged me to live the schedule before I came out and, second of all, because we go to bed early enough to get plenty of sleep. They take good care of us here!
Working out has been one of my favorite parts of the MTC - every morning we go to the fitness center (we avoid the team sports gym like the plague) and lift weights (only every other day, because that's healthiest, mom :) ) and work out on the bikes and watch the movies they have playing and do some stretching and yoga stuff. SO MUCH EXTRA ENERGY. Which, let me assure you, is greatly needed. Especially because our classroom is on the fourth floor and we run up all the stairs each day. 
All of the sisters in my district got priesthood blessings the other day. Our sweet elders fresh out of high school were incredibly nervous, but they handled it like true servants of the Lord. So far, that was the strongest I've felt the spirit here with the possible exception of
GENERAL CONFERENCE!! Man oh man - conference has never been so personal or powerful for me. I loved it so very much, and was focused on my own growth, and also our investigators. 
Also, today we went to the temple which was absolutely wonderful. Nothing in the world beats the temple. 
Ok so for general life living things, my companion is WONDERFUL. Her name is Sister Cheyenne Westwood and I can't imagine how difficult it's going to be to say goodbye to her. We work incredibly well together and are on the same page with our investigators. Interestingly enough, we have very little in common as far as interests, personalities, etc, but we have the same purpose and calling and that is enough! We tend to laugh a lot which is wonderful and helps the days pass happily - not too often though :)
I'm sorry my thoughts are so scattered! Because we're here for only a short time, we only get one P-day in the MTC, and it's only for a short period of time, so I'm zoooming through this email so that I can hear from everyone. 
Anyway, I've taught five lessons so far. 3 to my teacher (Sister Oliphant who is delightful) posing as an investigator and 2 to a girl who really is an nonmember who I think is paid to come here. I learn so much every day from the lessons and my fantastic teachers. I have already grown so much - the MTC is hands down a place of miracles that I see and experience constantly. Especially as far as personal revelation goes. I just have a question, pray and study, and I always find the answers I need. 
Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TALI!!! I don't know if I'll get a chance to tell you that closer to your birthday, so there it is. I hope 21 treats you right. It's weird that I won't see you at all while you're twenty one. 
Also, Naomi, all the sisters in my district were ooohing and ahhhing over how beautiful pictures of you are. And thanks so much for the wonderful handwritten letter!
Ok, I love you all very much. I am so happy in the MTC - the days are long, but it's all right because they're so good that I don't mind them lasting forever. In fact, leaving our Elders and one sister who are all going to South Dakota feels like it's coming too soon. The MTC is wonderful, and every day we prepare a little better for the field. 
Ohh and my focus scripture of the week is not with me ... awkward ... but it's in Doctrine and Covenants (72 maybe?) and I know it says for Sidney Rigdon and Joseph Smith not to worry about their families, because their families are in the hand of the Lord and will be blessed. And then it says that they were commanded to follow the counsels and commandments of the Lord? I wish I had the reference with me, but I've been reading it over and over, especially when I heard that grandpa is going to have open heart surgery after all. I'm praying for him and for all of you always. Love you!
-Sister Gomez