Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, November 24, 2014

LOVE PEOPLE

Hello everybody! 
How's it going in Utah? Or anywhere else you might be reading this from .... 
So to start off, the craziest story of the week was when one of our members Tonia, got stuck in Newton (shout out to Brittany!) and called us. We were with our relief society president, so she got another sister, Sister Olsen, to go get Tonia. Well on the way, cute Sister Olsen got in a car accident. It was like 9pm and she was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital when she called our relief society president and kept apologizing for "letting us down." What a lady. 
Anyway, the situation got figured out and Sister Olsen got a blessing from our admirable zone leaders in Newton and she's doing well now. 
For the first time since I've been here, we hit standard in every area - basically mission wide goals for each week. Which is kinda strange, considering how many things fell through. Especially Saturday. Our investigator, Taylor, was supposed to meet with us but had to go to the hospital. She is ok but it was very scary. We had all our appointments cancel, and as a back up we were going to fill out a mission incident report because our front bumper is about to fall off (and was that way before we came) but even the website to the report was down. However, a bunch of people we didn't plan on contacted us and we still saw miracles, but for the first time yet, I really was like ..."Well .... we could twiddle our thumbs." We knocked a bunch of doors of people very not interested in the church, I got my first door literally slammed in my face, and we bought a rake! We also laughed a whooole bunch. 
We had a wonderful, edifying conference in Wichita and I got to see my beautiful, wonderful MTC companion again for the first time which was fantastic. 
Now for weekly highlights...
Taylor - Taylor has had just about the roughest childhood you could imagine, but she just radiates light. She is so funny and warm and really has never had people there that love her. She's sixteen and lives with her grandma and she got a church tour and cried and cried and accepted a baptismal date right there. WHAT? She is an incredible person. 
Kristen is the daughter of one of the recent converts here and on her birthday SHE CAME TO CHURCH! That's one person at church twice in a row which is huuuuge. Hopefully the ward members can really do a good job about loving people. 
Let me just step up onto my little soap box here - LOVE PEOPLE. Make sure they know you love them. There are a lot of lonely people in the world!
Ok, that's pretty much all the noteworthiness. I love you all so much! I feel like I must be forgetting something .... 
Ah well :) Until next time!
-Sister Gomez

Oh, I forgot to tell everyone HAPPY THANKSGIVING THIS WEEK!!! Silly me. 

pictures
1. Our grand old district 
2. On the way to the conference thingy ding
3. Two of my favorite ward member girlies, Maddie and Maggie. (I know, right?)
4. Seeing Sister Westwood again! So happy :) 
5-7. I did Sister Engebretsen's hair - these are mostly for cute Naomi's benefit, but I french braided it back, then looped it under a bun. This was after a whole day of running around, so tell her to imagine the bun was neater and flatter against her head. Annnyway :)







Monday, November 17, 2014

ROLL FORWARD WITH GUSTO



Heeyllo everybody! 
How are you doing? I really feel awkward every time I go to start these emails because I never know how to begin them. But I hope things are going well! 
Happy birthday to sweet Eli this week! I hope it's positively wonderful!
First of all, we had our first snow fall! Unfortunately I don't have winter boots, so that's been an adventure to say the least, but I'll get some today! Kansas, weirdly, hates snow. It's like they don't even know what to do with themselves even though they get snow every year. We had like an inch and everyone was like, "Do you think church will be cancelled?" I was like ... "WHY in heavens name would we cancel church for an inch of snow?" Luckily it wasn't because
OUR INVESTIGATOR CAME TO CHURCH!! I never appreciated Dallin and Tali enough when they would write home and say that, but that was definitely the highlight of the week. Michelle came and it was marvelous. She is such a beautiful person - she was commenting and making friends with people. Good stuff. 
Also, the other day, Sister Engebretsen and I were pulled over talking on the phone to our zone leaders about stake reports or something equally as exciting, and suddenly THREE COP CARS pulled up behind us. Apparently we looked suspicious and someone reported us. So the cops had to scan our licenses, but I tell you what, they were pretty amused when they saw that we were two young women with wide eyes telling them we went around and talked to people and Jesus Christ. Apparently that's not very threatening :) 
We had a lot of fantastic progress this week. One new investigator, Jean, is on date and she is golden. She has an incredible singing voice and a wonderful light about her. When we asked if she would be baptized, she said she wanted to be prepared but, "When can we get started?" and I was like ... thiiis doesn't happen. So that was awesome. 
We felt like we'd been hitting a wall the past few weeks - like we were teaching lots and getting nowhere with anyone. This past week was opposite. We had fewer lessons than usual, but they were much more effective and productive, and things are finally starting to roll forward with gusto. 
I truly love Kansas! I could do without the wind ...... I really could do without that :) but otherwise, I'm loving this work and this state and ESPECIALLY these fantastic people. 
I love you all very much! Email me! Do it! 
Have a wonderful week!
-Sister Gomez

Pictures
1. Our "we hate weekly planning" faces
2. Area above my desk. Thought you might like it :) 
3. Kansas is already in the spirit of things! 
4. FIRST SNOWFALL. 6:30 in the morning we rolled outta bed and had a snow party!
5. More snow happiness
6. Our backyard
7. Young single adults that come on team ups with us and were at dinner the other day
8. Morgan, the one who I think sent you a picture mom?? 
9. Cooking dinner with the Bishop's daughter :)
10. Leaf raking! 
11. Pretty Kansas sunset





















Monday, November 10, 2014

happy happy happy

Hello everyone!
This week has been splendid, for the most part. I really am so spoiled to be in Kansas. Especially because we have an investigator at this lovely lil shop called Bogeys, and if we occasionally take one for the team and get Bogeys shakes so we can talk to her, that's fine by me :)
Some highlights of the week (besides Bogeys, mm mm good) were Michelle and Dianna. Let me explain. So Michelle is this GORGEOUS black woman who, sadly, has gone mostly blind. We taught her and every time we do she weeps a little. She's baffled that people would be so willing to help her, but we've come out and done service for her and we're also teaching her and she is on date for the twenty ninth of this month. Plus she's a sass to the core, she she and I get along real well :)
Dianna is such a lovely human being. She is around sixty and just glows she's so wonderful. We asked her to be baptized on the twenty ninth and she also said yes. She has about a hundred dogs, and the tiniest one looks like a baby puppy but he's actually nine. He just cuddles up on my lap and purrs like a cat. But less annoying - it's super cute.
We taught a bunch of other cool folks and had some excellent zone training that motivated me in so many ways. More than any other week, I've really felt the spirit as a constant companion this week. So many times my brain was fuzzy and tired (I've been sick, but just a leetle bit) but words came out of my mouth that I didn't plan. My stellar trainer Sister Engebretsen (Anguhbretsen, for anyone wondering) has been letting me take the lead more often, and I tell you what, I would have fallen flat on my face if it weren't for the spirit helping and filling all the gaps.
Weather here, because an alarming number of people have wondered, is not bad at all yet. Although (humor time) the other day at zone training I was wearing that fantastic gray skirt from Naomi and I stepped outside and the wind just about blew my skirt up to my ears. Luckily the elders hadn't come out yet, but they did just a few seconds later. I was holding my skirt down, but the situation was very dire, and I finally fell to my knees and had to tuck my skirt under myself and wait for the elders to leave. Kansas wind, man. It's the life. Yoga pants under skirts from hence forth and forever. The other missionaries laughed so hard at me. I was laughing pretty hard myself.
Anyway, weather = awesome, except for the random, severe bouts of hot (yes, still randomly some hot days) or cold. Fall leaves = gorgeous, wind = not so fun, and church = true.
I love you all! Have a fantastic week, sorry for the novel of an email :)
-Sister Gomez

Monday, November 3, 2014

so much happens EVERY DAY!!

Hello everyone! 
Wow ... it's so difficult for me to write these emails because it's hard to sum up everything that happened because so much happens EVERY DAY. 
This last week was a little different, however, because Monday we had Pday, Tuesday we had Zone Conference, Wednesday we had weekly planning, Friday we had district meeting and then we had to be off the streets by 6 because it was Halloween and Sunday we had church, so Thursday and Saturday were our only two real proselyting days. 
Some highlights of the week....
We had a FANTASTIC lesson where my companion and I really worked in unison and followed the spirit. I would think of something to say and then feel that it wasn't me that was supposed to say it, and Sister Engebretsen would jump in and say it way better than I could have. The whole time everything just fell into place like that.
Also, we do so much less active work, and that's really exciting for me. We had four less actives come to church this last week, one of whom hasn't been for like .. more than a year. We've been working with her and doing service and it was so wonderful to see her. 
Another POWERFUL miracle was when this one kid, who is a friend of a few of the young single adults in our ward came to church. He had no belief in God as far as we knew, and only ever came to a few FHE's because he was hanging out with his friends. Well he came on fast Sunday and bore his testimony and said (because I wrote it down haha) "I came here today to bear my testimony. I haven't believed in God or Christ for a long time, but I started reading the Book of Mormon my friend gave me and I read the whole thing last week and I'm half way through it again. And I feel something. I don't know what, but I know that Jesus is here." WAAAAAAAA????? Power. 
Anyway, other than that, we're pretty busy. I love Sister Engebretsen - we laugh A LOT and she is an incredible trainer. She's very patient and very kind. 
I wish more crazy funny things happened .... mostly we're just goofs so we laugh a lot. At one point we knocked on a door and no one answered, so we turned to the side and knocked on the apartment door right next to it, and like a minute into talking to THAT guy, the other dude answered his door, so we awkwardly were like, .... "Uhhhhhhh" and the guy we were talking to was like, "Help him!" and slammed the door in our face. But the other dude who took forever to answer his door became a new investigator so ... the Lord's hand is in this work :) 
Haha anyway I hope all is well in Lake Point and Sandy and Logan and Provo and all the places where the people I love are. I'm loving Kansas - genuinely, the Lord has major plans for this place on the outskirts of Zion. We hear all the time, "Now my family's in Kansas ... we didn't know why ... but we knew we needed to be here," from bishops, stake presidents, etc. Our mission a couple months ago was leading North America in building the church ... not sure if it still is haha but it IS moving forward. 
Anyway, I love you all so very much! I hope the new school year is going well and that it snows soon and that the Christmas decorations are UP and making your day!
-Sister Gomez

Hey hey hey! So ... 
1. Me and Sister Engebretsen with glasses at the store. Random ... but thought you might enjoy. 
2. Elder Hoak and Elder Capener trying to get our silly bike rack off of our car so we could take it through a car wash! It turned out to be an all day affair because it's a lot harder than you'd think. I wanted to call home the most right then of my whole mission because I knew dad could help. 
3. I can't remember if three is the one of me and Elder Capener or just me, but the one of just me in the pink robe is the day our dishes stank like crazy and our heater broke, but I didn't have an apron, so I wore my robe over my dress with lovely socks. Sister Engebretsen thought it was funny so ... there you have it :) 
4. The one of me and Elder Capener was taken on November 1 - in celebration of both of our month marks! Happy birthday to us :) 
Sorry there aren't any more awesome photos this week! Love you all!