Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, April 27, 2015

strong pair of brotherly arms

Hello hello hello! 
Everybody! It has been a wonderful week to be sure! 
So some very important things...
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD!!! Hopefully it's wonderful, as well as the next day, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!! 
This week has been incredible. We found six new people to teach, and a bunch of them are really serious.
 A couple of my favorite experiences happened with Mark - I believe I told you a little about him. Him and his mom came for a tour of the church. The spirit was so strong and his mom opened up about some concerns. She says we have "beautiful hearts" and she wants us to visit anytime. Mark really wants to get baptized and says he feels peace when he reads the Book of Mormon. Also, our twelve year old team up, Lucas, after the church tour was over was like, "I can't WAIT to go on a mission!" His mom definitely cried. 
Also, on Sunday afternoon, our ward mission leader asked if we might be able to come with him to pay a visit to a recent convert, Re'nae. We didn't have any solid plans, so we said yes and tagged along. Well, come to find out, her sister, Re'anne (I know ... crazy parents) has since moved in with her, along with Re'anne's daughter, Neveah (Heaven spelled backwards). Are you lost, yet? Anyway, we testified to Re'anne about the atonement and she told us that she's a stripper and her life is a mess, but that she wants to change. She just cried and said she wants to believe God can help her, and that she knows it wasn't a coincidence we came over. 
Also, the ward mission leader had prepared to share Elder Holland's talk from last conference about the "strong pair of brotherly arms" which is perfect, since she said that her little sister, Re'nae is just like that for her. She just couldn't believe we came at such a perfect time with such a perfect message :) It was wonderful!
Anyway, sorry this one's pretty long. Also, I never really know what to put in these! If you have any questions or requests, please let me know!
Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez

1. We got french toast cereal and I made a mini peanut butter sandwich. It made me so irrationally happy. 
2. A dog that smelled and looked just like Kallie
3. I got a Kansas sweatshirt from a wonderful member!
4. The coolest clouds I have ever seen. (Then the tornado sirens went off. Hahaha)
5. Us after interviews with President Bell! 
6. Us and the cutest kid ever
7. And another cute kid

Monday, April 20, 2015


Hello everybody! 
First of all, my heart's with the Ellises and Bays this week! I'm very grateful for forever families! 
Well it has certainly been a miraculous week in Kansas! I feel like I say something along those lines every time I write home, but seriously. Miracles are everywhere all the time, and this past week has been especially fantastic! 
First of all, we found four new people to teach this last week and two of them are preparing for baptism on the ninth of May. First there's 
Mark - who is twelve years old, whose parents love us and are super on board for all of it. He said that he feels happy when we talk about the Book of Mormon and the gospel and he is really hoping that baptism can bring him greater happiness because he hasn't had happiness in his life since he was ten and his dad passed away. 
John - who is really awesome. We only met him for a few minutes, but he was like, "Sure I'll definitely read the Book of Mormon, yes I've been wanting to get baptized but only if I know the church is true, sure you can come back, tonight? Tomorrow?" So he's awesome. 
Sabrina. Oh my word. Sabrina. So when she was fifteen or so, her best friend in Idaho introduced her to the personal progress program which she thought was just amazing. So before ever coming to church, she did all of personal progress. Then she started going to seminary EVERY MORNING (dedication, much?) for another year or so. Then, finally, her friend invited her to church and since then she's come every week, gone to mutual and earned her young women's medallion. 
However, her parents are avidly against it. So coming to church has always been insane - she's had the cops called on her dozens of times and been reported as a runaway. For a year she's  been sneaking out to mutual, church, and all of those things. Her dad calls her any number of verbally and emotionally abusive things and has kicked her out on the streets because of it dozens of times. She's had to go through the state to get them to force her parents to let her live there. Finally she's graduating, and so, after all of that, she can finally be baptized. 
OH MY WORD, RIGHT??? She's absolutely incredible. The other day she was crying and told us that she was so exhausted of fighting, but that she knew she could never stop fighting for the gospel. Love, love, love her. 
Anyway, I love you all so much! Hope your week goes grandly. 
Sister Siera Gomez 

1. I random statue we found while walking of two slightly looking children
2. Me and a 5 month old St. Bernard. Nope, not 5 years. 5 MONTH. Camilla, that's for you. 
3. And the fully grown one too. Wowza. 
4. Us and Sabrina :) She tried so hard to keep her eye open haha. 
5. A truly lovely picture of us loving life in a convertible. 
6. Us, just before knocking a stranger's weirdly reflective door. Because how often do you get to see the nitty gritty of mission life in action? Ha ha ha ha. 
7. Pouring rain, even if you can't tell :) My favorite weather to tract in
8. Us like two seconds ago, just so you know exactly what we look like when we email on pday. I think I wear a bun/ponytail on top of my head every single Monday :) 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tornado in Kansas!

Hello everybody!! 
First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY CARLITO HERMANITO!! I just love your guts. I can't even tell you. So many incredible things are getting ready to happen this year as you embark on the greatest couple years of your life to this point :) 
Second of all, miracles are ABOUNDING in Glen Hills! It's been an amazing week :) 
We were trying to figure out what to do, and we went to try this one potential. He didn't answer, but we were committed to finding one new person to teach that day at least. So we were standing on his porch and all of a sudden this girl appeared across the street. We looked at each other and we were like, "That's her. She's our new investigator." so we went over and knocked on the door. It was Heather, a wonderful fifteen year old who feels lost but felt peaceful when we were talking to her. Woohoo! Accepted baptism and all. 
Then, the next day, everyone was talking about golf ball sized hail and a tornado warning starting at 5pm. Well it was a bit of a storm, but not horrible, so we were still out working. Then, it was getting pretty bad, so we were just going to try a family of investigators and then head back. However, instead we saw Angel and Angela, their next door neighbors, sitting on the porch. We went up and talked to them and the storm around us calmed down. It was actually warm, while we could see clouds and thunder all around. We didn't even get rained on! They told us they knew we were servants of God and that's why the storm didn't fully hit us. They said they will definitely read and pray about the Book of Mormon and baptism. Then, right as we said "Amen" to the prayer, tornado sirens went off! What perfect timing :) The Lord's timing always is. 
Those were two of the biggest. I also had the craziest exchange ever with the amazing Sister Delos Santos! She is so bold and bears just the most powerful testimony. 
It's been so wonderful :) I love you guys so much! 
Sister Gomez

1. A horrible picture of my new zone! 
2. Me and my companion accidentally matching at zone training
3. Exchanges! Waiting for an appointment to show up who we were meeting at a park :) 
4. With Caitlyn, the world's most wonderful recent convert
5. Us and the STL's after exchanges. So fun, but so glad to be back with my companion :) 
6. A moth the size of my fist. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

New area and companion

Hello everyone! 
Well it's been a crazy, wonderful, fantastic week here in Glen Hills! 
Second of all, change is crazy. I can't even express how grateful I am that the Lord is so mindful of His children. Just think - the first HUGE change on my mission was the MTC, and I got general conference there. Now, six months later, I'm dealing with the stress of my first new area, and boom, general conference again! Perfectly timed. 
I learned so much! It was a powerful reminder of the truthfulness of the fact that we have living prophets on the earth who are inspired to receive revelation for the world and for us as individuals. 
There isn't too much to report - just trying my darndest to learn the ropes around here! I've met some incredible people! 
Re'Nae who was baptized in November and, because of her example, brought three more of her friends to join the ward. She is so incredible and full of faith. Her and her sweet boyfriend (who was also baptized because of her) are definitely going to be an eternal family in a year or so! 
Anyway, sorry about the lack of things to report. Mostly, I'm just grateful to be here. Grateful to be on a mission, grateful for all of you, and especially grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. 
I love you!
Sister Siera Gomez

1. Goodbye #1 to Tiffany Casquino
2. Goodbye #2 to Morgan
3. Morgan and Maddie
4. Me, Breanna and her son. Hardest goodbye :(
5. I got to see Sister Gunderson! Tender Mercy! 
6. Goodbye to Bobbi
7. Goodbye to Sister Browning 
8. A random cute picture by a tree
9. 1st day with my new, wonderful companion Sister Houston :) 
10. I found an easter bunny. It was less scary looking in person, I promise. 
11. Us and my new Easter friends Todd and Stella from mom and dad :) Love them!
Sorry for the surplus of pictures! I didn't even realize how many there were!