Hello hello hello :) So first off, just so everyone knows, my inspired mission president nixed the reading emails not on pday thing, even though church headquarters had said it was ok, so I'll only read emails on pday again. He really is very inspired. He said, "There's no need to go home for a couple minutes every day." Ha ha true that.
Second off, and much more importantly, HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY ROSIE JANE!!!! I can't even believe it's been a year since I first met your sweet face!
This past week has been fabulous! I got to go on two exchanges with some of my favorite sisters. I also got to witness a lady, Susan Murphy, getting baptized.
Other than that, we've just been working as hard as we can. We've seen so many miracles!
One of the craziest was Amos, Amanda and their kids. They are so cute. Amos is this tall black guy with a grill and chains who loves the Book of Mormon and wanted us to come back and meet his wife, Amanda, who is fabulous. We had a few lessons and then they came for a tour of the church and we met twelve year old Elijah who also wants to get baptized. When we asked Elijah if he could feel the spirit as we were looking at the font, he said, "Yeah - I could feel it the minute we walked through the doors.
It was so great.
Other than that, it's just been a regular, miraculous, hilarious, fun (I wish there was a more intense word to describe "fun"), missionary week.
Love you all!
Sister Siera Gomez
1. Us matching with all the Young Women at church
2. One of my favorite sisters from the office came and went on a team up with us for the day :)
3. The sister in the middle is a returned missionary who came back to visit :) The elders are our ward elders and also the fabulous zone leaders. Two of my favorites.
4. The RLDS temple .... I think I'll go ahead and hold out for one of ours.
5. Faith came home!!! After she got baptized she left for the whole summer and it was so sad. But now she is back back back!!!
Pictures to come
Monday, July 20, 2015
Wowie wow wow. I don't even know where to start! So I'll start with HAPPY PIONEER DAY THIS WEEK!
I have fairly little to update you on, so I'll say fairly little. In short, we had so many miracles this past week as we strived (strove? haha) our hardest to work with members! We have seen so much progress in the attitude of those we work with - members, nonmembers, missionaries and especially ourselves.
A few fabulous things, though...
Amber. Remember her? She's the one who at the end of May was like, "Yes I want to get baptized, A.S.A.P!" came to a church tour, we made breakfast at her house before church and then an HOUR later she didn't come to church????
Yeah. That Amber. She's the greatest. Well, we haven't had contact with her in awhile, but her kids still run out to us anytime we're in the apartment complex and tell us all about their Book of Mormon reading. So the other day they were like, "our mom's really home this time, please come talk to her!" but she'd been hard core avoiding us, so we told them no, that we could only talk to her if she wanted us to.
WELL SHE CAME OUT AND TALKED WITH US. We invited her to church and she said she'd try. She said she'd been sick but it was almost completely normal. So that was huge for us.
Also, we had a mission president's devotional which Anna was able to speak at. She feels so at peace and knows her husband, Aaron will join the church someday soon. She bore her testimony and shared that she had been in a dark place, and that only the truths of this gospel brought her home. There were probably twelve recent converts that bore their testimonies and it was so powerful. They all went through so much, and yet each of them witnessed that they knew that this was Christ's only church. Most of them mentioned something about finally finding home.
I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude every day that I'm here. Last week I hit my half way point. How and when did that happen? I can't believe it - I don't want to believe it. I think I thought I'd have eighteen months forever when I first came out.
My favorite thing about a mission, really is CHANGE. In myself and in those around me and everything I've become since I really got to know Jesus Christ.
So much joy is found in this gospel.
Posted by ellisgomez at 11:07 AM
Monday, July 13, 2015
Hello everybody!Two super ultra important things...
Oh, also, I got to go on exchanges with the incredible Sister Christensen. She's pretty brand new, but she's the coolest. She's super chill and hilarious and verrrry hard working. I kept taking wrong turns and such silly things. But she was very patient :)So yep. Crazy week. And it sounds like I'm not the only one! What a great gift it is to be here in Kansas. On Wednesday Carlos will start his mission and I'll be half way done with mine. What. Craziness!
Sister Siera Gomez
1. Exchanges and the first of the Kansas sunflower season :)2. A picture we let two little boys take who really like messing with people's stuff haha. Hence the strange angle.
Posted by ellisgomez at 11:58 AM
Monday, July 6, 2015
Hello friends and families :)
So emailing has gotten super difficult since getting an ipad. Since everyone just decides they can email wherever they go since they take their ipads with them everywhere, we no longer sit down for two hours and just get it all done, so .... such is life :) It's become very scatter brained haha.
Anyway, I'm loving Lawrence as much as ever.
We had MLC which was really fun.
I also got to go on the most CRAZY miracle filled exchange with SISTER HOUSTON!!! Ahhh I got to go on an exchange with another of my past companions whom I absolutely adore! (Kudos to you if you immediately know what movie that's from). The best miracle of the day was ...
ANNA. So basically the elders found this incredible lady who thought she'd probably get baptized but wasn't sure when. During my exchange with Sister Houston, they called us and told us to meet them to give her a church tour, since they thought that we should probably teach her since she was a single woman.
Welll, we met them there and had the most powerful church tour of my whole mission. And then at the end she wanted to get baptized as soon as possible. Like if it were up to her, she would have been baptized yesterday. But we had to wait, and so she's getting baptized this Saturday instead :)
WOW. What a great lady. I don't know that I've ever met anyone so prepared in my whole life.
Also, a sweeeet bit of revelation from my district leader. So during district meeting, he talked about this flea experiment. Basically, you can keep a flea in a jar and it will hit the lid and then the bottom again and again. However, if you leave the flea in there for long enough and then take off the lid, the flea will still hit where it thinks the lid is.
Basically he likened this to us and the limits we put on ourselves and our own potential. We just keep mindlessly hitting the lid of our own creation, even as at any moment we could jump right out of the jar.
So yeah. It was really huge for me - I need to increase my vision so much and stop hitting the lid.
I love you all!
Have a fabulous week!
Sister Siera Gomez
(7011 E. 13th St. N. Wichita, KS, 67206). If that wasn't an obvious plea for mail, I don't know what is :) hahaha.
1. Me, Sister Gunderson, and two kids who love to pound on our jeep windows every time we pull up.
2. Beautiful Lawrence that does not at all resemble the rest of Kansas <3
3. The cutest dang picture I've ever seen from a primary child.
4. Our fourth of July outfits outside our cute house. (Actually our member's house.)
5. Exchanges with this beaut
6. Me, Sister Westwood and Sister Houston. We've all been companions with each other :) SO cute.
7. Me and Elder Nield at district meeting building a marshmallow structure that taught us a moral of some kind :) Also they were pretty tasty
8. Us saying a fond goodbye to some kids we taught :)
Posted by ellisgomez at 2:53 PM