Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, August 31, 2015

So we went in like dare devils :)

Today we went hiking! In Kansas!! Who knew that was even a thing?
Holy cow what a week!
I can't believe it's been a week already. This one just fleeeew by! And it was so full of miracles!!
First of all, the other day we were rushing to a dinner appointment and saw a lady on her back porch. So we didn't have time, but we ALWAYS talk to everyone we see, so we were like, "Hey, how are you?" and she looked all nervous for a minute and then said, "Oh, why don't you just come in for a minute?"
Well, that could mean any number of things, not the last of which to run through my mind being, "Are we about to die?" so we went into her apartment like dare devils and it turns out she has just been wondering for weeks who we were. She took a Book of Mormon and said she wanted to be baptized. She has to quit some things, but she is committed to baptism on the 12th and SO SOLID for it! She came to church with us the next day! :) The beautiful Lorraine!
We also met Katelyn who is so unbelievably lovely. She told us, "Sisters, I can't quit cold turkey, but I want this so badly!" so we asked if she'd be baptized on the 26th and she acted all sad, so we told her we could move it sooner and she was like, "Ok!" So fabulous. She has such an intense desire. She came to church before we'd ever met her with a bunch of member kids that she lives with. What a woman.
We also went on exchanges with two sets of sisters. I was with the beautiful Sister Gelabert and Hermana Nilson. They were back to back, but full of miracles! Hermana Nilson is brand new and a miracle worker to the tee. So humble. And she really recognizes that humility is NOT self hatred and self deprecation, but that humility is confidence - in the Lord! She's only been on her mission three weeks and is learning Spanish, and was totally willing to take over her area with me for a day even though I can't speak Spanish (Working on it, I promise! haha). She did such a good job because she was so sure that the Lord wouldn't let her fall.
What a spiritual giant!
In other news, We have MLC correlation with both sets of zone leaders, MLC, interviews, zone training correlation with both sets of zone leaders, and then two zone trainings this week! Pray for us!
Oh and side note, my companion in the most fabulous ever.
Love you all! Let me know if there's anything/one I can pray for!
Sister Siera Gomez

1. A pretty sunflower field
2. Us and the elders locked out so we sat on a curb
3. Stake p day with district flags!
Sorry that some of these are from weeks previous! I'll do my best to condense the ones I send!
4. Me with this puppy named George. His mom dropped us, but whateva.
5. Me and Sister Mertens on exchanges while Elder Whitaker photo bombs
6. Me and Sister Jensen :) She is fabulous. Sabbath day joy
7. On exchanges with Hermana Nilson and the cutest two girls ever
8. Chicken feet soup
9. Me kissing a frog I caught. Woop woop. Peed all over me.
10. Us and the other cutest girls ever.
11. Me and Sister Jensen HIKING IN KANSAS. Yep. Possible. And actually quite steep. So fun!

Monday, August 24, 2015

God is so good!

Hello hello hello!
First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY WESLEY!! I love you a lot and can't believe you're so old!
and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAMILLA!!!! I adore you and miss you and think you're so fabulous. Even considering the beef brisket ;)
annnd HAPPY BIRTHDAY SISTER BROWNING!!! Hope it's a fabulous one and you don't miss Kansas too much!
What a fabulous week it's been! I don't even know where to start!
First of all, one of the biggest miracles I've seen on my mission is the change in the wards I serve in. The members here are so on fire, and they've helped us so much. So for some highlights!
1. We are working with Julie still, who is absolutely amazing. She is so full of light and understanding. We took a tour of the church and identified some concerns and felt the spirit so strongly. She is still coming to our church ... she just wants to come for now as a visitor.
2. WE MET TONI. Oh my word, craziest thing. So we were walking around the lovely streets of Lawrence with pure desperation in our hearts. We needed new investigators and people on date and it was past 8 on a Sunday night. Sound familiar? So we prayed and promised God that we would be courageous and not pass up a single opportunity He gave us. We went to try this one referral and she wasn't home, and the uber-inspired Sister Jensen said we should knock on the neighbor's door. Well, we did, and we met Toni. She is Native American and she loved hearing about the Book of Mormon. We asked if she'd be interested and she said, "I would, actually." she wants the strength and protection it can provide her family. She is praying about being baptized on the 26th of September. We're seeing her again today, so pray for us!
3. We met Arwa, who is Muslim. Such a beautiful human who has always wanted to read the Book of Mormon and wants to come to church with us. The hugest miracle is that the elders happened to have a Book of Mormon in Arabic! Just lying around! So we will be able to give her one :) God is so good!
Anyway, that's all for today. I love you so much and I love this place! The atonement is real! I never realized how much it covers ... everything! Every hard day, every time we barely miss our goals, every time we really miss our goal, the mantra that runs through my head and brings me more joy than anything else is, "Thank goodness for the atonement." Thank goodness!!
Sister Siera Gomez

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Nutsiest week ever

Hello everybody!
It's been ... wow ... quite a week.
Just to give you a quick rundown, we had
Pday on Monday
MLC in Wichita (2.5 hrs. away) on Tuesday
District meeting and mutual on Wendesday
Zone training correlation (6 hours what even!) Thursday
and Two zone trainings (Also 6 hours plus drive time) on Friday.
So basically it's been the nutsiest week ever, but soo incredibly good. Wednesday we had one hour to proselyte and then dinner and mutual. Well, in those three hours, we ended up with a TON of stuff and it made up for any time we didn't have to work for the rest of the week.
One of the biggest miracles was that our member who fed us dinner on Wednesday night (in a bar, by the way) happened to bring her friend, LaRae.
Well, at first LaRae thought she needed to know everything about the gospel. She said she was hoping that eventually she could really feel the spirit. Then, by the end of the talk in the crowded bar, she was like, "What is this feeling? It's warm! I feel like I'm going to cry and I don't understand!"
It was such a miracle - the perfect description of the effects of the spirit. Later that week we gave her a church tour and she said, "Why don't all churches use this book? It gives so many more answers than the Bible alone! This finally makes sense to me!" and then she called us the next day to say, "Sisters, what's going on? I can't put this book down! I'm through the first two books."
So that's been incredible. She came to church and loved it and should be getting baptized on the 29th :)
So anyway, it's been a miracle filled week. And a crazy week. Jesus Christ is very real. I felt this week truly the atonement lifting us and helping us to take steps forward that were not our own. We saw miracles that were truly impossible considering the time (and lack thereof) that we had. What a life :)
Love you all!
Sister Siera Gomez

Monday, August 10, 2015

An extra nugget from Siera... act as new as I feel :)

So I had written to my missionaries about their friend in the ward, Ryan Robbins, who just got home from his mission and spoke in church yesterday.  I  told her how I loved the meeting, and shared some of what he bore witness of.   This is her response:  

This was so good for my heart. I can hear just from this email how much he's changed. That's so powerful. 
NEAT EXPERIENCE!! I was in Missouri the other day at the Independence Mission home to give them a referral. I looked up at the missionary board and saw "Assistants - Elder Jake Garrick" and I about peed my pants. I left a little note that just said, 'Hey Elder Garrick! Who knew you were an assistant? Good luck! -Sister Siera Gomez (Kansas Wichita Missionary).' I was just so thrilled and touched to see that silly Jake Garrick who was awesome but also kind of a punk is now an assistant and apparently one of the hardest working missionaries they've seen. 
Change is my favorite thing in the world. I used to hate change. I used to resist it with everything in me and I would dread every change that came up. I wasn't excited to go to college. It was in my brain, but not my heart. I dread things so much that I just want them to be over with. I even had some dread to come on my mission. I knew I'd like it, but I hated changing. 
Now I pray every day that I can change some more and that I can help people change and that the missionaries we serve with will change and that all together we can change Kansas and the world. I love love love the way people change. I have this desire to be a fly on the wall of all the people I knew in high school who went on missions because they were all so good but there's this amazing change that happens. And I pray every day that I'll change enough that I'll act as new as I feel. If that makes sense. 
Anyway, love you!

Serving the Lord is a portable calling :)

Well this has been the BEST and LONGEST week of my entire life. Not long in a bad way - long in a .... looong way. Like I feel like I've lived two lifetimes since last Monday. 
I'll give you all a list of things that happened. 
1. We saw lots of miracles Monday and Tuesday and got Sister Gunderson all ready to go home. 
2. WE WENT TO HUTCHINSON Wednesday morning. I had to go and get my glasses replaced and we got to see BREANNA!!! I'm not sure if any of you remember, but yeah. She's so fabulous. 
3. Transfers happened. Elder Hamelwright, Elder Waite, Elder Nield and SISTER GUNDERSON went home. Heart=broken. 
4. SISTER JENSEN CAME TO LAWRENCE. Oh my woooord she is so fabulous!! We have seen so many miracles!! I am loving every minute of this transfer so far. Things are happier than peaches. 
5. I have noooo time. Big shock. So I'll just share one highlight miracle of the week. 
We have this lovely investigator, Willow. She is twelve. Her mom and nine year old brother are also investigators, but she is so solid. Her mom didn't want to come to church so she called us and asked if we could come get her anyway. She loved young women's and asked if she could invite a friend to the activity Wednesday night. We told her yes, and she was so thrilled and wants to be baptized on the 22nd. She even asked her mom and her mom told her she could do whatever she wanted! 
So fabulous! 
I am so grateful to be here. So many of my dear friends have gone home from their mission in the past while and it has partially hit me that someday I really will have to go home, but also filled me with gratitude that I'm still here. I love this place! I'm very grateful that "serving the Lord" is a portable calling. It gets to go with us wherever we go! 
Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez 


1. Last day. Very sun-kissed. haha. We are wearing our awesome floral dresses. 
2. Two favorites. Hard, hard goodbyes. 
3. Happy hello's!! We had a very un-photogenic night. This is like the tenth attempt to get a good picture. I'll include some of the fails as well. We just had to take a companion picture. 
4. Us trying
5. To take
6. a picture! 
7. A pretty sight we stumbled into taking a wrong turn
 8.Us and Breanna in huuuutch
9.Us and the best elders

Monday, August 3, 2015

Birthday Week

Hey family!! 
It's been a crazy week. I left my little notecard with things I needed to say at home, but I'll see what I can remember. 
First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO MY FAVORITE OLDER BROTHER IN THE WORLD!! Thanks for all the times you saved my life in Provo. Or scared me to death as a child. You're such a good dad and brother and everything :) 
This week was wonderful. Soooo miracle filled. It's funny how being on God's team really helps in seeing miracles all the time. 
First of all, we are finding young women out the wazoo. It's been so fun. 
We were out walking and met Melissa, a seventeen year old who said at first that she didn't believe in Jesus Christ. I was on exchanges with the beautiful Sister Weaver who whipped out Alma 36:27 and testified of Christ supporting us. She leaned back and said, "Wow. That is powerful." and we asked if she felt something. She said yes, and that she would get baptized if she came to know it was true. Saaaahweeet. 
Then we went to dinner with this lovely family in our ward, the Robinsons, and they had a friend, Parker over. Parker is this gorgeous girl who is super shy and has low self esteem, but when we asked if she wanted to get baptized, she said yes immediately and said she would do what it took to prepare. The Robinsons were so shocked and excited. 
A million other things happened, but probably my favorite thing that happened this week was that Amber (not sure if you remember her - super prepared and then randomly didn't show up to church?). Well we went over to her house to try her and she cried and told us to keep coming back and told Sister Gunderson that she knew she would see her again because Sister Gunderson had people that she hadn't yet seen through to the end. If that makes sense. It was so great. 
Speaking of Sister Gunderson, SHE'S GOING HOME THIS WEEK. Which means we're both pretty heart broken. It's been rough. 
But that also means transfers - a sister I came out with, Sister Jensen (who is fabulous) will be my new companion and I am soooo excited! 
Also, as a side note, my birthday was great!! Thanks for all the birthday wishes! The missionaries and members took really good care of me. I got two cakes and balloons and lots of sweets! 
Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez 

1. A birthday cake from some of my favorite sisters
2. All our sisters!! Gaaah I love them so much. 
3. Some celebratory behavior :) Check the hats! Thanks to Aida! 
4. The best birthday card since forever. Harry Potter fans, look at this glorious thing. One of the elders who is a huge Harry Potter fan made it for me.