Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas week !


First and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY OWEN!!! I can't believe you're five. That is craziness! Hope you have a wonderful time and love all of your presents. 
So hello everybody! 
Can you believe Christmas is over? I can't. It was a typical, miraculous, Christmas week, though, so that's grand. 
First of all, we had our wonderful Christmas zone conference/ugly Christmas sweater party. I'll include the photos from that. WE TOOK FIRST PLACE! Well, me, my companion and the elders down here. It was awesome. 
Second of all, I got to see my adorable family! You guys all look so great! I love you to pieces. 
Also, later on in the week I got to go on exchanges back to my old area, Maize, with my dear last companion, Sister Houston. We had a blast. Minus her having to go to the doctors and then the car getting a nail in both back tires. 
Some MIRACULOUS people. 
First of all, Sherry! She is progressing so beautifully! She wasn't able to come to church, unfortunately, because it was cancelled, so she has to wait a week for baptism. She is so chill and ready, though, so she was a little sad but all right with it. 
Then this other amazing lady we met! We were trying the apartment of one of our less actives on Christmas and her friend, Anita was the only one home. At first she said she didn't believe in whatever it was that us Mormons believed in, but we taught her the restoration, she felt something and is now preparing for baptism as well on the sixteenth. The cool thing is is that Carol (her less active friend) is getting so excited about the gospel now that her best friend is interested. They're working together to quit smoking, come to church, etc. 
It's been CRAZY and WONDERFUL and I wouldn't trade this area for anything. 
I have loved this time of year. I love love LOVE the fact that more than any other time, pictures/statues/images/conversations of Christ and his miraculous birth are abounding. I was thinking the other day about the angel appearing to the shepherds - just them. No one else but humble shepherd's got to hear the angelic good news of the birth of the Savior of the world. I want to be a shepherd! Humble and willing to seek and obey whenever I am led closer to the Savior! I love Him - He's my very best friend in all the world, and I'm so grateful to serve him every day! 
Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez

Pictures:  
Ugly sweater winners... We and the two elders on the left are in the ark
city branch.






Monday, December 21, 2015

Siera at the Oklahoma City Temple!!

Hello hello family and friends :)
So it's been an incredible week here in the most beautiful heartland
in the world! First of all, Tali made eternal covenants with Jesse and
Carlos helped all his peeps make eternal covenants and Jacob and
Camilla had their eighth anniversary (holy smokes when did that
happen??) and they are for real graduates!
In other news, it was a miracle filled week here as well! First of
all, the temple. So much happiness. I walked through the front doors
and just cried ... Haha the poor temple people were so confused. They
had to guide me along because I could barely see. What a blessing!
Now some people...
Sherry ... So great. She came to a church your and said she felt so
close to the Lord. She reads the Book of Mormon every day and is
bringing her mom and friend to church. She is so excited for her
baptism on the ninth!
The Sutton family - they actually brought us to them. They clicked
accept to some church ad about a bible and so we went over and the
next day they came and took a tour of the church And felt the spirit,
and now they are all preparing for the ninth as well!!
There are lots more people here -amazing people. Winfield is the most
prepared area I've ever served in. The members in our tiny branch are
also awesome. And I'm just so happy to be here :) Sister Winsor, my
companion, is also great.
Anyway, I love you guys!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! There is no better birthday to celebrate than the
Lord's :) I hope we all think about what we can give back to Him!
Sister Siera Gomez



Monday, December 14, 2015

GOING TO THE TEMPLE!

Hello everybody!
First of all, HAPPY WEDDING AND ETERNAL COVENANT MAKING TALI AND
JESSE!!!! I love you guys more than words can express.
Second of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTIN!!! Have fun being legal ;)
It's been a glorious week here in my beautiful Kansas! To begin
things, I'm sure you all know how important focus is on a mission. We
are expected to keep our thoughts centered on the work. That being
said, I have been SO DISTRACTED the past few days. My thoughts keep
straying to day dreaming about tomorrow ... Tomorrow .... I'M GOING TO
THE TEMPLE!!! For the first time in fourteen months. This is a huge
miraculous blessing :)
Otherwise, it's transfer week so it's been absolute craziness. I am
with Sister Winsor in Winfield and she is awesome. We have been
running around trying to find people and get to know anyone since we
are white washing in, which is also crazy.
I'm emailing from my iPad today instead of a computer, so to make up
for my lack of details, I'll just send a bunch of pictures.
Just know that I love you, this gospel is real and working and
eternal. I was heart warmed to hear about dad's experience and that
you get to go to the temple with one of your converts. How many tender
mercies we get every day!!
Love you all! I'll be EAGERLY AWAITING PICTURES OF THE WEDDING!!
Sister Siera Gomez

A picture of a nativity at a Christmas event in Wichita. It reminded
me of grandmas :)
also Goodbye to Bianca and her cute boy










Monday, December 7, 2015

The Lord doesn't give up...

So this has by far been the craziest week of my mission. I know. How many times am I going to say that? Well I really do believe you'll see that this one truly takes the cake. I'll share some quick quick things that happened. 
1. My last MLC .... man I will miss that seven hour long meeting. Shocking, I know, but it's true. I love it. 
2. We planned, executed and trained at two zone trainings with our two wonderful sets of zone leaders. 
3. We went on two twenty four hour exchanges with a couple of our fabulous sisterships. (sister companionships. I'm making it a thing.) 
4. We saw miracles and hit our goals in the last five minutes of Sunday night. 
5. I hit a car. I just backed into it. President laughed at me and said, 'Don't worry about it - those things happen." then he called back and said, 'By the way, you're being released as a sister training leader. Don't worry - it doesn't have anything to do with you hitting a car." 
Hahahaha :) 
6. I got released as an STL and I'm going to ARK CITY with one of my favorite sisters, Sister Winsor. I am SO pumped. 
Mama, feel free to disregard number five. He he.
So anyway, miracles have been ABOUNDING. Remember that one lady, June, that I told you about last week? So we went by on Wednesday night with our INCREDIBLE recent convert Cora. Cora was baptized in February and is going so strong. She found all of the "Teachings of the Presidents" manuals at a thrift store and she is reading through them cover to cover, one by one. 
Anyway, she came on this team up with us to see June (the one who loves family history, has a million family members who are LDS, has original print Book of Mormons and just hasn't been baptized yet) and they hit it right off. June mentioned that with all of her exposure to the church, she had never read. Cora (who, by the way, is 68) said, "Well, this is my testimony, I guess, to you ... I KNOW this book is true. I KNOW this gospel is true. And I KNOW that when you read this, you will find out that it's true for yourself." 
And then June held up the Book of Mormon and said, "Sister, if I know this Book is true, nothing is going to stop me." 
AHHHH SO GOOD!!!! 
Also, we saw Hattie, one of our other lovely investigators who we just had a marvelous experience with. She told us how badly she wants to be a Mormon (she's sixteen by the way) and how she just feels like she keeps failing. I told her that I had no doubt she would be baptized and she said, "Really??!!" thinking I would have given up on her by now. OH PLEASE. The Lord doesn't give up. Especially not on solids like Hattie. She thinks she's ready to be baptized super soon, so that's great. She said, "I feel like I just need to read the Book of Mormon so that I can feel the way I do when you're here all the time." 
Um ... yes. Do that :) :) So good. 
Anyway, that's all for today I believe. The weather has been lovely. Highs are in the sixties, so it's been just brisk enough that we know CHRISTMAS IS COMING but not too bad at all. 
Anyways, love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez

Monday, November 30, 2015

two Gomez girls - both excited for December 19th!

Wowie wow wow ... I was thinking about what happened this week, but I feel like it'd be easier to answer what DIDN'T happen this week. 
First of all, Thanksgiving was a blast!
I got to see Tali, which was really fun. Weird how normal it was ... like she was just chilling in Kansas. Except now I'm an awkward missionary. Plus we ate DELICIOUS food - the Newmans are incredible cooks, and just the easiest people to be around. It was so great. 
In other news, my poor companions were still pretty sick, so they weren't allowed to be out in the cold or Sister Houston's bronchitis would turn into pneumonia. So I went on a couple team ups each day and just went to town, doing everything I could to hit our goals. Our team ups were such troopers - just willing to go to a million different houses of a million different people they'd never met. 
There were only a few hours each day to actually proselyte, but this week ended up being the best week we've had since I got to this area! It was amazing! 
Two of the CRAZIEST miracles, for your viewing pleasure:
1. I was with this fabulous YSA member, Jessamyn, and she said, "I feel so bad - everything seems to go wrong when I go on team ups with the missionaries!" and I told her that the craziest miracles always happen in the last second, and that we would find someone. Well we had ten minutes left and she suggested we start heading back to the apartment to meet my companions and head to dinner, but I asked if we could try one more person. So we went and met Cathy who is AMAZING. She had seen missionaries before and the first words out of her mouth were, "Are you guys from that church on 29th street? I've been meaning to call you. Do you have services I could come to?" and the next day was Sunday and she CAME! We went to meet her in the morning and she was dressed and ready when we got there! 
2. We met this lady who is AMAZING the last few minutes we had to proselyte Sunday night. We went out to find one more person to talk to, and the first house we knocked on we met June! She LOVES Mormons, LOVES genealogy, has family that came across on the plains and has a bunch of ollld, beautiful Book of Mormons already. Also has a bunch of Mormon friends she's loved over the years. The only thing she's missing is baptism. But on December 19th, she's committed to fix that! Holy guacamole, where do these people come from??? 
Anyway, it was a wonderful, WONDERFUL week! So many miracles have been abounding. 
Have a happy December everyone! 
Love you! 
Sister Siera Gomez 

Tali in Kansas! Last time I'll see her single!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Lots of ER visits

Hello family and friends :) 
Well it's been a CRAZY week. I feel like I say that always, but here's a little glimpse...
Monday - pday
Tuesday - went to our other zone (about half hour away), Derby to drop off a treat for one of our sisters who was sick. I ended up splitting with her companionship and taking her to an ER in Ark City (an hour and a half away) and then another ER in Wichita (another hour drive, plus a half hour home.) She's fine, but it was a long day, and we had five sisters crashed at our house that night. 
Wednesday - Sister Houston got really sick and Sister Bell ordered her home for the day. 
Thursday - We had INTERVIEWS WITH PRESIDENT BELL which were such a highlight :) He is so good. Minus the part where Sister Houston was crashed asleep on a couch for all of interviews. The nice AP's dragged her in a couch and we brought her a pillow and a blanket. The rest of the day we spent inside. 
Friday - finally took Sister Houston to Urgent Care. They told her she would have pneumonia if she didn't rest. 
Saturday - Sister Mertens also felt super sick. So I was busying myself with making hot tang for throats, immune system builder packets in water, food since neither of them felt like cooking, phone calls to cancel all of our dinners, etc. 
Sunday - Took Sister Mertens to Urgent Care. 
BUT in the midst of it all, through some splits with members and what not, we actually saw a TON of miracles. 
Angelica, who is WONDERFUL, still wants to be baptized. We were stressing, because she lives forty five minutes away and we were inside all day, but it turns out that a FABULOUS recent convert in her area happened to know her and found out she was investigating. So he messaged her on facebook, and he and his girlfriend took her to church without us even knowing until they texted us! 
God is so good :) 
Anyway, that's all for today. Sorry it's scattered and drawn out. 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING THIS WEEK!!! Hope it's splendid!!!! 
Sister Siera Gomez


Monday, November 16, 2015

God is so aware of His children !

Hello everybody! 
Ok so first of all, 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK ELI!!! Hope you have a great day :) 
Second of all, it's been a wonderful week! 
First of all, I had the honor of going back to Hutch (my very first area) to speak at a funeral for Jean Talbot. For those of you who may not remember, she was my first baptism last December. I got to meet and see a bunch of her family members who thanked me and said they loved the message. It was really emotionally exhausting, but just after that, we met a potential investigator who is suuuuper prepared named Angelica. She said she knew that God needed her to be baptized and she was willing to do whatever it took to get there. 
Second of all, I had the other honor of going to El Dorado, a branch about forty minutes away, to do a training with Sister Bell ... just because she randomly asked us to :) It was so fun. She took us to Freddy's and then afterwards we got drinks. So we had a really fun time with the Relief society ladies there. 
Now a fun story! 
So I had the other honor of speaking in sacrament meeting. Saturday night, however, I had prepared a talk - or at least an outline. Sunday morning, I felt like I had to change the whole thing. It was pretty stressful, but I changed it. I figured it was for our investigator Angelica who was coming. 
Anyway, I get to the ward, and PRESIDENT AND SISTER BELL WALK IN. They just felt like they needed to be there that day, I guess.
So anyway, I gave my talk freaking out, and Angelica didn't even come. It was just a bunch of members and President and Sister Bell. So I was like, "Great. That was terrifying because President Bell is here and pointless." 
Well then I saw a lady I didn't know, so I went over and she was talking to President and Sister Bell. She's from Salina, which is a ways away, and she just so happened to come to our little YSA ward with her friend from Utah. She is actually a Lutheran, but has been questioning her faith. Apparently, the message I shared answered her questions. Then, meeting President Bell (who is literally the most bold, powerful missionary in the world) also solidified things. She left the building crying and saying, "I'm supposed to be a good Lutheran but I'm here and I'm so happy." and her friend from Utah, who had just felt a few days before like she needed to reach out to her about our faith was crying as well. President Bell said, "No wonder we felt we needed to come here today." 
So anyway, WHAT A MIRACLE. God is so aware of each of his children. I can see Him just getting so excited, "Yes ... ok ... and if she's asked to speak on this, she'll use this quote from this general authority which will be the right one ... ok and now if President Bell shows up, he'll be the one to introduce himself and invite her to be baptized no matter what ... hm ... it's a little out of the way, but they can just go to that random meeting in Wichita ... ok, perfect." BAM ... miracle happens. 
Anyway, that was a testimony builder for sure :) 
Love you all! Have a fabulous week!
Sister Siera Gomez

Sister Bell is hilarious and thought it would be great if we got a
picture coordinating in the president's office

Our recent convert came to an activity! Sabrina!






Monday, November 9, 2015

weddings, baptisms, funerals, training meetings....

Wow ... it's been a FABULOUS WEEK! 
Tons of miracles have been abounding, especially considering the fact that it was MLC week again, and if you have been reading my emails the last five months, you'll know how that goes. 
Basically we spent the bulk of our week in meetings with zone leaders to coordinate for MLC, in MLC, in meetings with the zone leaders to plan zone trainings, or actually at zone trainings. 
In the meantime, miracles fell from the sky in any of the tiny bits of time we did have. 
We also had a stake youth activity where they went on team ups with the missionaries and Rachel came with us, and she was amazing! Since we are in a trio, we were able to do splits, and during the hour she and Sister Houston were together, they found a new investigator and taught two lessons to investigators with a member present. Meanwhile, Sister Mertens and I talked to a bunch of cool new people. 
One of the people that they found on that team up was named Bianca. She is INCREDIBLE. We went back for our return appointment, and her, her boyfriend TJ, and TJ's mom all sat in and talked with us. They said that they knew this was the will of God and TJ said that he actually had grown up with some amazing Mormons (he actually said Normans, but who's listening that close?) and that they were some of the best people he knew. Turns out that now they're in the NFL. He texted them and was like, "Man, they're gonna be so excited that you're here teaching us!" and we asked them about baptism and all three of them were SO excited. 
His mom giggled and said, "You can have a baptism and then a wedding that evening!" and we laughed and explained that they would have to be living the law of chastity before baptism, and so TJ said, "Ok, how about a wedding and then the baptism?"
AHHHHH what a prepared group of humans! The spirit was so strong and we cannot WAIT to throw a wedding and then have a baptismal service. 
In other news, our investigator Nikki who used to do this fun thing where she didn't progress, is now PROGRESSING SO WELL. She has almost entirely quit smoking, and it was quite an addiction. She wants to be baptized so badly. 
Haha ... annnyway. Aside from weddings and baptisms and cigarette snatching, it's been an intensely busy week. I LOVE busy weeks when getting into bed is exciting, but not nearly as exciting as waking up the next morning to go again. Yeesh, that sounded cheesier than I'd intended. 
Anyway, on one very devastating note, my recent convert Jean passed away this week, which was really difficult. I have the honor of going back to Hutch to speak at her funeral, though, so I'm grateful for that opportunity. Luckily, right after I found out, the zone leaders zipped over and gave me such a powerful blessing. It was so inspired, and left me thankful for the priesthood in my life. 
Anyway, hope everyone has a great week! Invite a friend to church! 
No, seriously. Do it. 
Sister Gomez

Chalk doodle I made while trying to stay on task coordinating




Monday, November 2, 2015

An apostle visits !

Hello everybody! 
I have this itching feeling that I'm missing some important event this week to shout out, but I can't remember, so, if so ... my apologies! 
My brain is completely blanking on this week. Transfers'll do that to you. Haha ... so can I take an entire email to just GUSH about how Elder Stevenson was so incredible and one hundred percent a prophet of the Lord? 
Ok, so for anyone who wasn't aware, Elder Gary E. Stevenson came and spoke to our mission on Saturday merely six months after Elder Holland came. Who came merely a year or so after Elder Bednar came. Seriously. Things are happening in Kansas. 
So anyway, I said the opening prayer at the meeting, so when he did the meet and greet with the rest of the missionaries, I was still sitting in the stands. We (the chorister and I) finally, at the very end, got up the guts to go around and shake his hand. Well he thought he was finished and then we appeared and he jumped and was like, "Oh! Where did you come from? No wonder we were waiting here! We were waiting for you!" and everyone laughed and we should his hand and it was awesome. 
Anyway, he changed everything as he spoke. He talked about visions and controlling thoughts and distractions and extending Christ centered invitations. But the best thing was his whole presentation. he got up to the pulpit and said, 
"How many of you were here when Elder Holland came?" 
A bunch of us raised our hands, and he said, "Oh dear!" and we all laughed, and he continued, "You'll never again hear an apostle say to lower your expectations, but for now, LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS! Please!" we all died laughing. Then he said, "Can you imagine being called to the quorum of the twelve apostles? Think of Elder Holland! Think of Elder Bedar! President Uchtdorf!" and then he had all the new missionaries raise their hand and he said, "I literally know exactly how you feel. No, never mind, I can't even give you empathy, because I guarantee you'll get over your anxiety about your new calling much sooner than I get over mine." 
Anyway, it was the perfect way to begin, and then he went on to testify of how it felt to truly be qualified by the Lord and how it is so important for us to focus more on what we CAN do than what we CAN'T. And he told us how it felt to have the prophet look you in the eye and say, "The Lord qualifies those whom He calls!" and then asked us to try to feel that same way. 
What a wonderful reminder :) 
The most lovely thing, though, was that I had prayed about a question to bring to the meeting and it was controlling my thoughts to make sure they're always filled with the BEST things I can be thinking about, instead of just good and better. So anyway, he was talking about speaking a foreign language, and then he randomly said, "I feel inspired to go back and talk about obedience. Part of obedience is controlling our thoughts. It can be really hard to understand how...." and then proceeded to perfectly answer my question. I'm sure many other missionaries needed to hear it, but it was a perfect testimony builder that Heavenly Father knows ME and sent an apostle of the Lord to answer my question ... and I know that the 200 other questions in that room were answered as well. 
Anyway, there truly have been so many other miracles that I'll try to catch you up on next week, but that was certainly the highlight. 
I love you all! Life is so good here in Kansas! Fall is here which has been magical, and Sister Houston and Sister Mertens have been fabulous companions! 
Hope you have a love/happiness/joy filled week! 
Sister Siera Gomez
We went on exchanges and the next morning we came back together and
these were our outfits. What the.......



Monday, October 26, 2015

Children are the best missionaries!

Hello everyone! 
I've realized that my weekly emails are getting steadily more and more lame.
Ok so the transfer document came out this morning! I'm staying for another transfer in Maize with Sister Houston! She is so great. We are definitely rooming together after the mission. We will also have a third sister, the lovely Sister Mertens! 
By the way, for anyone who hasn't followed my sporadic updates, I went from Hutch to Glen Hills to Lawrence and now to Maize. My companions were Sister Engebretsen, Sister Barrera, Sister Gunderson, Sister Moser, Sister Browning, Sister Houston, Sister Gunderson (again), Sister Jensen, and now Sister Houston (again) and Sister Mertens! 
So yep, there's my mission so far in a nutshell :) 
Anyway, this past week was glorious! It's turning into fall, and miracles are falling as quickly as the leaves! 
I just wanted to talk about one of the BEST miracles of this past week! We went to do a service project for one of my FAVORITE ladies, our lovely recent convert Cora. I need to get pictures of all the sweet recent converts in this ward. They're amazing. 
But anyway, we went and her daughter was there who hasn't come to church or thought about it or anything. Sister Houston and I were helping her in the garage and started talking to her about her life. She told us that she has been through a lot (and sheesh, she really really has) and that she has never found a church that felt right. We asked how she'd felt at her mom's baptism and she said that she felt something she had never felt before. She also mentioned that ever since, her mom had been a completely different person. 
Well, hello PERFECT opportunity! So we testified that it was because it was true, that her mom was so different because of the gift of the Holy Ghost, and asked if she wanted that. Well she said YES and is committed to church. Plus she's bringing her other friend who also feels lost. Her name is Betty. Wooooohooo!
Oh and one more miracle that just makes me so happy. SO Sunday comes around and it's the PRIMARY PROGRAM (the very best Sunday, clearly.) Well a whole family of nonmembers walks in and sits next to our ward mission leader's family. Turns out that their five year old, Alice, invited her friend to come and watch her perform. After sacrament meeting, she was like, "Do you want to come with me to class?" and the parents were like, "Not this week, Alice, we weren't prepared." and Alice was like, "Oh, that's ok! You can leave, and she can stay with us!" Also, picture her with a thick lisp and she also can't say her r's. SO great. 
Three cheers for children who are the best missionaries. 
Anyway, sheesh, sorry these have all been so long! 
I love you all to pieces! 
Sister Gomez

Pictures: 

We matched
This is me and all the sisters I came out with :) Look at how we've grown! 
a few more of us at the zoo








Monday, October 19, 2015

One year ago this week

Hello everybody!
Well it's been a crazy week! 
It's really weird, because from now on, I have less than six months of my mission. and I still feel SO BRAND NEW. And I've just been thinking about all of the experiences I've had on my mission and how different I've become.
A year ago I'd been in the field for four days and I didn't know left from right. I was scared and excited and more exhausted than I'd ever been. 
Well, not much has changed there. I'm not as scared - I'm about ten times as exhausted as I was then, but I'm also much more energized somehow, and I'm even more excited :) I think the most glorious thing about this gospel is eternal progression - I have been happier every transfer. I have loved every area more than the last. I'm just so pleased. 
Ok, stepping off my soap box :)  
This week was crazy hectic! Lots of miracles happened, but my brain is blanking on them. So I'll just tell you about the one thing I can remember from last week, since I spent mostly all of my time thinking, praying, planning and preparing for it - 
SISTERS' CONFERENCE!
It was so fun! All the sisters from the mission came down for it! I was hoping more of them would have sent out their weekly emails by now, since I feel like everyone took pictures except me,  but alas. I'll send out the group ones though. It was so nice. We did zumba (best thing ever.) and then we heard from this amazing woman, Tracy Lahem, from FORTWORTH (I told her about Tali and she was like, "Oh cool, I'll be sure to tell President Ames!" and she was amazing!!! She told us her conversion story. Some highlight quotes: "Relief society, visiting teaching, primary, young women's, seminary - do you know how impossibly lucky you are? I lived forty years of my life without these things - so don't ever drag your feet or think they're burdens! You are so privileged!" 
"I am here because I believe it. Not because it's a blast. Nothing matters except that it's true."
"We must procure, protect and preserve our testimonies. I do not choose to expose my testimony to things that would hurt it. Because if you go looking for things to tear down your testimony, you will find them. If you look for things to build your testimony, you will find them. You always find what you're looking for." 
Then the best thing - she went to a doctor, and he found out she was Mormon and started trying to convince her that she was going to hell. #BibleBelt. She didn't want to discuss that with him at a clinic, so she finally said, "Well, sir, that's the beauty of my religion. In yours, I'm going to hell, but in mine, you're going to heaven." 
Hahaha :) 
Anyway, this is ridiculously long, so I'll close on that note. 
Love you all! 
Sister Gomez

1. Sisters' conference
Are you tired of all the random group photos of missionaries you don't know? Hopefully by now there are maybe a few you can pick out? :) Haha



2. Sisters conference funny 

Monday, October 12, 2015

The gospel changes EVERYTHING

Hello everybody! 
First off and foremost, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TALI!!!! I hope it is full of Taylor Swift's 22 and exciting wedding plans!
This week has just been so fun. That's all I have to say about it. 
Monday we had pday - always a good time. 
Tuesday we had the most wonderful specialized training ever from 1-4. 
Wednesday we had mission leadership council from 9-5. 
Thursday we had district meeting from 11-2:30, and then we coordinated, coordinated, coordinated to prepare for ...
Friday, when we had two zone trainings to plan, train at, and attend. 
Though there were many meetings, they were FABULOUS and really helped in our missionary efforts. We found five amazing miracle people this week who are so prepared to hear the gospel. I wanted to share about one of them. 
So there is this sixteen year old girl who hasn't progressed at all. Her dad is a less active member who the elders have been trying their darndest to work with. 
Well they sent us over to try her, and we went inside and it was a night and day difference! She had five minutes, but she told us she'd cut some of the horrible influences out of her life, and the only reason she hadn't gotten baptized before was a lack of commitment and that she was ready now and asked when she could get baptized. We were so shocked, but also incredibly excited, and we were laughing and just connected so well. I love her. She said that we are her favorite missionaries she's ever met :) Also, she reminded me of Naomi. So there's that! 
Also, I got to go and see Jean, my first baptism almost a year ago. She is in the hospital. They don't think she'll make it much longer, and it was really devastating. She has a horrible memory and doesn't remember most of the missionaries that have been there, but she saw my face and started crying. She could hardly speak, but we had a really sweet time. I promised her that Heavenly Father loved her. She kept apologizing and I told her He was proud of her, and she cried a lot. I'm just so grateful for the gospel. It means everything. Not just as a band-aid to soothe the hurt, but because it changes EVERYTHING. It changes the meaning of death and sickness and reunions and goodbyes and hello's and endings. Everything is different because of God's eternal plan and that fills me with peace that isn't my own.
Anyway, I love you all so much! 
Sister Siera Gomez

Pictures from MLC


Monday, October 5, 2015

A blast of a week!

Hey, hi, hello to all my favorite humans! 
Well it's been quite a week! One of the best so far in Maize :) I loved it so much and my companion and I have had a BLAST. 
We got to go on two exchanges this week and I went with two of the best sisters in the mission, I swear. Both were hilarious and powerful and love the people in their area. 
One of the best miracles from this week came from one of our exchanges. I met a girl named Liana who is fourteen years old. Apparently they've struggled because every time they go over, all she'll do is play on her phone and ignore them. So we went over and Hermana Dingman, the sister I was with, asked Liana if she had been reading the Book of Mormon. She said she hadn't because of homework, so I shared a couple of the sweetest experiences I've had finding answers in the Book of Mormon. Haha - at first she was like, "That's creepy! Things like that don't actually happen!" and I testified that they do, and that she could find answers to her questions. 
We asked if she prayed, and she said she didn't because there were too many people for God to hear her prayer. We taught her about God's love and that she is His literal daughter and that He wants desperately to hear from her. We asked if she'd ever felt God's love, and she said no, and we promised that she could. She said she felt something even as we were talking and then was like, "What will it take then?" and we said, "To feel God's love?" and she said, "No, to get baptized."
Whaaaaaat even??? Haha so we prepared her, taught her the law of chastity and the word of wisdom and committed her to be baptized on the 24th. Then she looked at the calendar and pointed at the 18th and said, "Can I get baptized on that date instead?" 
It was such a spirit filled experience :) 
Not to mention the MIRACLE that is general conference! Holy cow, what a powerful, powerful weekend. I am so incredibly grateful to have been able to watch all of the sessions and to hear from prophets of God - especially President Monson. 
I love you all! Let me know how you're doing! 
Sister Gomez 


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