Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, February 29, 2016

Roses are red, violets are blue...

It's transfer weeeek! 
Woop :) We are getting a third sister which is sooo exciting, and so the Kitchens (the housing people...) (yeah ... that pun, though) are coming to give us another bed! So .... basically I have no time to write out a beautiful email. Also ... it's finally hit. My lack of motivation to write weekly emails. I did pretty good up until this point, but today I'm like .... naaaah. Haha why write about miracles when I could go and SEE THEM??? Hahaha. 
Ok but for real though....
Events of this week!!!
1. I got real sick. I'm only telling you this because it's hilarious, but I had a raging fever (probs not that bad, I just got rather delirious) and I was puking and what not, but I didn't know what was going on. So I woke up and I thought I would be on the couch at home and I kept calling for mom and then I saw Sister Gillespie and I was like.... "Where am I Who is she?" and she called me Sister Gomez and I was like, "Who is she talking about?" and it was actually funny. Now that I'm writing it it's less funny and more pathetic .... darn. It only lasted a day though, so that was very good :) 
2. We met VERONA who is Dustin's mom and who is so ready to have peace and healing in her life. We talked about repentance and she loved it and is on date for March 19th. 
3. Bruce came to church and was so fabulous. He is so excited for HIS baptism on the 19th as well! President Rawson (our inspired stake president) came to the meeting that week and shared a marvelous story about how this one great guy on his mission quit smoking, which is what Bruce struggles with. Pooooower. 
The Lord loves you and so do I! He loves you more, but I try. 
Here's a poem...
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Invite someone to church this week. 
I dare you. 
Sister Siera Gomez

All of these are basically just zone photos ... Enjoy
If you're wondering about the abundance of peace signs, they're actually V's and W's for Winfield Vikings. That's the school here. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

The work here is exploding. EXPLODING.

Like ... crazy good. 
1. So first of all, we met this guy named Chad. It was late at night and he got out of his truck and we walked over. The usual, perfunctory missionary conversation happens. "So, have you ever met missionaries like us before?" His response? "No, but I've researched your church. I wanted to know if it was true."........ us, "So, what did you think?" he told us that there were a lot of naysayers, but he didn't listen to them, and that this must be a sign that it really was true. We told him about Joseph Smith and he was AWE STRUCK because of how well he related to him. We told him what the Book of Mormon was and he was just flipping through. Preparing to be baptized on the twelfth! 
2. DUSTIN GOT BAPTIZED. Yeah. Baptized. Two men carried him into the font and a third man said the prayer and helped him go over. It took two tries, but everyone watching was weeping. President and Sister Bell came and said it was one of the best baptismal services they'd ever been to. 
3. Sunday night, after Dustin's baptism, we all headed to Wichita (about an hour and a half away) for a mission president's devotional! It was the coolest thing, because FIVE RECENT CONVERTS FROM ARK CITY BRANCH (my branch, in case anyone forgot where I'm serving) got to share their testimonies. Micah, Anita and Dustin all shared from Winfield (my town) and then Stella and Lane both shared from Ark City (where the elders live.) (Sorry if that's confusing. Our branch covers two small towns. ok ... it probably wasn't that confusing. Whateva.) 
The work here is just .... exploding. EXPLODING. I am so happy to be here! 
I love you all! Thanks for who you are! For those in the Big Canyon ward, I heard about Bishop Gomez's inspired challenge. I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts about 2 Nephi 32! I can't wait to read and study it myself. The Savior lives! He walks with us. He's intricately working in each of our lives. 
Love you! 
Sister Siera Gomez 

ONE MORE IMPORTANT THING TO INCLUDE: silly me I forgot about our other
fabulous miracle! Anita, Stella and lane all got to go to the Oklahoma
City temple on Saturday to do baptisms for the dead! This is a text
Anita sent when we asked if it went well. It's the longest text we've
ever received from her :) :)

Monday, February 15, 2016

incredible spirit of optimism

So some highlights ...
Duussstin! He came to the baptism and he has been progressing so well and is getting baptized this Saturday! He is just the greatest soul. He has had a lot of trials in his life, but he has an incredible spirit of optimism. My favorite Dustin moment happened earlier this week when he opened the Book of Mormon and said, 'yeah, I was reading straight through, but I stopped. I'd gotten to here..." and flipped to Alma 27. He loooves it! 
Let's see .... 
Elder Evans came to our mission and was just incredible. We had interviews with President Bell which were also incredible. I've learned a lot about how I need to change. 
Also, Anita hung up a picture of the temple on her wall so that she can maintain her vision :) 
Ok ... well ... hope you all had a great Valentine's day. There were so many other things that happened, but they're all running out of my brain at top speed ... so ... have a good week! I love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez 

Pictures -  A sweet Laotian woman with her grand baby

Monday, February 8, 2016

A holiday to celebrate nothing but LOVE :)

Hello everyone! It's a blustery, beautiful day in dear old Kansas :)
It has been an AMAZING week!
First of all, on Tuesday, we got seven referrals from headquarter,
made five of them new investigators, and all five of them are on date
to be baptized.
Second of all, there is this man named Dustin who is just the
greatest. He can barely get around, because he is in a wheelchair and
has terrible health problems, but when we met him he said the only
reason he hadn't gotten baptized before is because his ride moved
away. So Sunday he was planning on coming to church as long as he felt
up to it. THEN his mom went into the ER Saturday night and he only got
three hours of sleep. HE STILL CAME. and shared his testimony. And is
getting baptized on the twentieth. Pooooower.
THEN on Sunday I walked into the foyer and was shocked and ecstatic to
see a girl we had met at the library two weeks before who we hadn't
seen since because she'd moved to another city. Well, now she's back
and she brought her fiancée and they're getting baptized on the fifth!
Their names are Anastasia and Adam. During the sacrament she kept
opening to the verse we had left her two weeks ago and sharing it with
her fiancée. Perfection.
Anyway, so those are a couple of highlights. Life is so happy. And
tomorrow we have interviews with President Bell!! How exciting!
Goodness do I love the Bells. And then on Friday David F. Evans, who
was the executive missionary director guy not too long ago is coming
and speaking to us. Happy Valentine's Day to us :) speaking of which,
I love a holiday to celebrate nothing but looooove! My favorite thing.
I have never felt it more for others, or from Christ for me in my
life. And that is the root of joy, I believe. I heard once that the
love of Christ means love like and love for Christ. Good stuff.
And on that note, I sure do love you all!
Sister Siera Gomez

Us with the stls and our zone leader Whitaker friend. You're probably pretty accustomed to his face by now since I've served with him for like .... Seven and a half months

This is a sign at our church with a pretty morbid edit that I had to share.

We went on exchanges with our dear stls and I got to go with Sister Houston. But this is us reunited. So happy :) and matching. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

The gate is open in Kansas!

I have two minutes before my session ends, so I'm going to try and bust this out! 
First of all, 
Sister Gillespie is so fun and so humble. I just adore her. 
Second of all, one of my favorite ladies, Stella, got baptized! I met her at the branch Christmas dinner of last year, and talked the whole time. Unfortunately, she lives in Ark City and we live in Winfield, so the elders taught her, but each time I've seen her she just cries and gives me a huge hug and it has just been wonderful to see her progress. I got to speak at the baptism which was weird, since normally we have the members do that, but she asked if I would and it was a privilege.  
Then we have Laura, who is just the neatest soul. She is really, REALLY passionate about Jesus. She asked if we could spare some of our time to go out and preach the word with her. Well, naturally, we told her we could. She has a lot of questions, but she met us at the church and then stayed through the baptism.  She definitely felt the spirit at the baptism and is now praying about being baptized on the twentieth of this month. 
Finally we have Jessica who is so great and finally came to church! It's been a long time coming. 
It's been a phenomenal week. Last month in Kansas 66 souls were baptized! That's just an amazing miracle for us and we are rejoicing! So many of our brothers and sisters have now opened the gate on the way to eternal life. 
God is good. 
Also, it's been like seventy degrees in Kansas. Miracles upon miracles :) 
Love you all! Have the best week of your life! 
Sister Siera Gomez