Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, June 22, 2015

Surrounded by Kansas

Hello everybody! 
I am running really short on time today, so I'll probably do the bulk of my weekly emailing updates as I caption the photos of our many crazy adventures this week. But just a few things before then ..
1. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY YESTERDAY TO DAD :) Also Abuelito, Grandpa, Dallin, Steve and Jacob :) Thanks for being wonderful men in my life! 
2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK AMANDA PANDA! You'll be twenty. Too crazy. 
3. It's been an absolutely ridiculous week. It's been full of totally unexpected twists and turns! I am excited to tell you about the mishaps, but I wanted to share a real quick miracle. 
So the zone has had a push for calling/visiting members and asking them to pray for us to see miracles, and then following up with our members the next day and letting them know what happened. So we had a few member families praying for us, and that night we set up an appointment with a lady, Liz, over the phone who we had never met before. She was really struggling - just having a hard time with depression, anxiety and other health struggled and was on the verge of suicide. It was really a miracle she even set the appointment. Then, as we were praying about the perfect fellowship for her, the name of a lady, Kim, who hasn't been to church in years popped into our head, so we called her and invited her along. 
Well, it turns out that Kim and Liz were long lost besties from a previous job. They were so excited to see each other and we had such a powerful lesson. Kim (hasn't been to church in years) actually invited Liz to come to church and promised to pick her up and bring her. 
Prayer and faith brings miracles! 
Anyway, that was a huge highlight, but another huge highlight is that me and Sister Gunderson get to stay together for one more transfer. What a huge tender mercy :) 
Well, I have just enough time to send photos. Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez

1. Eating chicken on the side of the road because we took the wrong exit and ran out of gas on our way to do role plays with the other sisters in our zone. 
2. Posing with Elder Cota, the kind soul who brought us a gas tank
3. The most accurate, hilarious bumper sticker about Lawrence. Did I mention Lawrence is super green and hilly and full of people who are not at all affected by the surrounding bible belt? It really is like a tiny piece of the rest of the world surrounded by Kansas. 
4. The driveway of a house we contacted. Just to give you a picture of how gorgeous this place is.
5. All the sisters in Topeka. Love these ladies. 
6. This life size beaut was in the house of one of the members I met on exchanges. 
7. We tried to go mulberry picking, since a member told us that his nonmember wife and kids would all be there. We pictured a picturesque scene of bushes and bright, cheery conversation about the gospel. What we got was a mulberry tree whose berries were all on top of this sketchy shed and a family of people who wouldn't even come out and say hi. Haha. So we partied on our own and got enough mulberries to make a mulberry pie. Sister Gunderson just climbed up on the shed. What a woman.

Monday, June 15, 2015


Wow wow wow!
It has been one crazy week. To begin with,
ZONE CONFERENCE!!! We had an absolutely revelatory zone conference. It was so inspiring and helpful and something that I really needed. I'm not even sure what it was exactly that I took from it, just that the spirit was so powerful. I love the Holy Ghost, but it had actually been awhile since I'd had a spiritual experience THAT powerful. Not to mention, Sister Gunderson bore her last zone conference testimony which was emotional, to say the least. And I got to see some of my other faaavorite missionaries, so that was a party. I sang in a musical number, I am a Child of God, which was a party. Even though I'm not the world's greatest singer, having the spirit bear witness to those words is always moving to me.
Then, we had three back to back exchanges. It was crazy. I was with Sister Gelaburt, Hansen and Westwood. All of them are absolutely wonderful, and I learned a lot. Sister Gelaburt is absolutely FULL of passion, Sister Hansen is one of the most on top of it missionaries ever, and Sister Westwood (my MTC companion, for anyone who forgot) is a power house.
Me and Sister Westwood went on exchanges on her birthday. One of my favorite miracles of the week was finding two new investigators and putting both of them on date to be baptized in less than an hour. We had so much fun - we were talking and laughing the whole day.
Then, best part of the whole dang week, FAITH GOT BAPTIZED. Beautiful Faith, nine years old, who has been wanting to get baptized since November, finally got baptized. Then she left the next day to New Mexico for the whole dang summer. So I'm praying she'll come back before I leave this beautiful place. The second best part of the day was that evening as it began to pour rain, a brilliant rainbow appeared. So me and Sister Gunderson took a cute emotional moment to sing "I like to look for rainbows" and ponder on the beauty of an earth made clean again :)
I love you all! Watch for those miracles each day and you'll see 'em :)
Sister Siera Gomez

1.Faith's baptism :) :) :) 
2. Our district + Faith. Such a happy day :) 
3. Us and the rainbow that you basically can't see. Haha. 
4. Saying goodbye to Faith :(
5. And of course a real attractive one
6. Some p-day lazy goodness.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Book of Mormon is super duper true

Hello hello hello! 
So it's been a fabulous week here in Kansas! We had three days where me and Gundy were feeling really strange. We just had constant head aches and were really weak and tired. Ironically, it was still one of our best weeks ever! So many incredible miracles! 
First of all, the Heatwalls. One of our marvelous member missionaries gave us a referral to go see their family friends. We went over and at first Julie Heatwall, who was there alone with her daughter, Arianna, was pretty firm in her own church but polite. However, after a few minutes she expressed some things she was unsatisfied with about her own church and by the time we got to the first vision, she agreed to meet with us again and consider baptism. The spirit is real :)
We also had this random name on a teaching record from long long ago, Tonya Masem that we've randomly felt the need to keep trying. Finally she was home and her and her husband let us in to talk. She told us that since the very first sisters who she'd loved SO MUCH about two years ago, she hadn't let sisters in again. Until us - and we promised her it was because Heavenly Father knew that she was ready. She asked if we could keep doing bible study and is now considering baptism and committed to reading and praying every day :) What a great lady! 
And finally Naoma!! Remember her? She's so fabulous. We are super excited about her because SHE FINALLY GOT AN ANSWER. She's been reading and praying every day for months and the other day she was praying and read in her bible and then asked for a confirmation that the Book of Mormon was also the word of God, opened her Book of Mormon, and read a chapter that directly corresponded, supported and clarified the chapter she'd read in the Bible. 
So, it turns out that the Book of Mormon is super duper true. 
Otherwise, every day is so good. If you can believe it, I'm getting more emotional. I weirdly lost that for a while, but now everything is just a little more important. Also, the fact that like ... twenty of my favorite missionaries (including Sister Gunderson ahhhhh) are going home real soon is really helping me to realize how very very short this time is and how very very blessed I am to have it. 
I love you all so much! I'm so excited for YOU Carlos to feel all of this in a totally different part of the world. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me :)
In all my excitement about all the people we are teaching I forgot to
mention that I had my first ever MLC and my first zone training where
I actually had to plan and train on a good chunk of it. The MLC was
real good. It took all day but I learned very very much. Mostly I was
just struck in amazement by how very much this mission is not led by a
man but by Jesus Christ.
And zone training was spectacular and PACKED FULL of the spirit. So
much good stuff :) anyway love you much!
Sister Siera Gomez

I have to include her response to my weekly email, where I talked about Carlos going through the temple and his mission date change:  
This is just the cutest email since sliced bread. Carlos is such a studly human. 
Do you realize I haven't done any ordinance in the temple with anyone but you, grandma and grandpa in our family? Sometimes I day dream about the day I can be with everyone in the temple. Seeing my family in white :) Just gives me the chills! 
So it is for sure July 15? That's good though. It's kind of exciting that the time got moved, since that means that God has suuuuper specific purposes in mind. I can't wait until he finds on his mission the number of things that wouldn't have played out just right if he'd come a month earlier. Or probably even before he goes. He'll meet someone or help someone that needed him. I always like super random changes in scheduling like this. Something big always comes of it :) 
I pray for our family a lot as well. I try to pray for everyone by name every day, but sometimes I don't because I always end up crying when I say some of your names. hahahaha :) Such a sap. They're really happy tears. I can't even imagine how it feels to be parents - even just hearing about the good everyone's doing makes me so happy and gets me all emotional. Hahahaha :) Such fun things.

1. Us and the Baltazar children :) 
2. Me and Gundy
Sorry I've been really bad at taking pictures! I'll try to take one of us in Lawrence later today!

Monday, June 1, 2015

A week of miracles for Siera

Well hello people :) 
It's been a grand, glorious week. 
So shall we begin with some miracles? 
First of all, best week of my mission EVER and it's the week I had the very least amount of time to proselyte. Numbers don't really matter, but by the end of the week we had quadrupled, tripled or doubled standard in almost every indicator. And here I was terrified of being a sister training leader and not having very much time to work! Ha! THE LORD ALWAYS PROVIDES. 
I am trying to be selective about the stories I tell so I don't bog down all of your emails, but, in short, this week was absolutely bursting at the seams with miracles that we in a million years couldn't have seen happen by ourselves. 
I'll start with Janelly :) SO this woman from Mexico City was meeting with the sisters before I came here to Lawrence. She dropped them pretty hard core. Like, "I'm Catholic, I've always been Catholic, please never come back." But the other day we were in her apartment complex and it was time to go home, so we were walking to the car. Then, suddenly, Sister Gunderson spins around and starts walking away and is like, "We're going to see Janelly." So me and our team up, Katie, look at each other like, "What the..." and we go see Janelly. She invited us right in, came to church with her three kids the next day, and is preparing for baptism on June 20th. WHAT THE. And one of the turning points was hearing the story of Carlos and Yolanda Gomez :) 
Then there's Naoma who almost dropped us because she didn't feel like she was getting an answer. Then, out of nowhere, she got super sick. So we had the elders come over and give her a blessing and afterwards she was weeping and said that God was telling her she needed to keep reading and keep asking. She came to church yesterday and asked us when we can come by and tell her what she needs to do to get baptized. WHAT EVEN IS HAPPENING. 
Lawrence is a land of miracles. Any more of them would take way too long. It's such a gift and a privilege to have a front row seat to the Marvelous Work and Wonder of Heavenly Father. 
Life is lots different being an STL, but I feel like my whole mission has just gotten better and better and it's not slowing down anytime soon. I love the sisters here and all the mission leaders we get to work with. These zones are on fire, and I can feel the literal hastening and gathering that's happening here in beautiful, beautiful Kansas! Sorry for all the gushing, sheesh. I'll stop, I'll stop. 
Hope you have a marvelous week! CHALLENGE! Invite someone to church this week! Or find someone who really needs it and tell them you love them.
Love you all so much! 
Sister Gomez 

1. After I finished my hot chocolate, this chocolate mustache was left in the bottom of my mug. Pure happiness. 
2. Exchanges with Sister Hansen! Anyone from Stansbury High may very well recognize her beautiful face :)