Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

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


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 - 
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 

Pictures from the past two weeks :