Sister Gomez

Sister Gomez

Monday, March 28, 2016

Nice try Satan....

Ok so .... I have some CUH-RAZY stories for y'all. 
First of all, I'm actually coming home this week. APRIL FOOL'S. Ha. Annnyway,
Remember last week when I told you about our gnarly car accident Sunday afternoon? Yeah well, the very day after I wrote that to you, we were driving our brand new 2016 car around and got T-BONED. We were in an intersection and another car just ... didn't stop and drove right into us. Both cars (both mission cars - not the other cars.) totaled. Fifteen minutes before a super important appointment with the boys preparing for baptism! 
So .... Sister Gillespie's door was too crushed in to open, so she climbed in through my door after we called the cops, called the mission and did all that, we rushed to our appointment, went over the baptismal interview questions with the boys, ran to a member's house and filled out our second incident report in three days. 
So THEN we were in doctor's offices (nothing major, esta bien), on the phone with a whole bunch of insurance people, ("Yes, this is Sister Gomez .... uh, yes, I was in an incident. Which one are you referring to?") and madly working with these three adorable, crazy, wonderful boys to be baptized on Easter! (All the while pointing dramatically at every vehicle that came near our THIRD car of the week and saying, "Don't hit my car, don't hit my car, don't hit my car!") and figuring out a baptismal interview for them with our district leader who came down from Derby (45 minutes away.) 
Ha ha ha .... what a life. And THEN Saturday night at 8:50 (ten minutes before we go inside) we got a text from Tosha, the boys' mom saying that she didn't want anything to do with us anymore and that they, in fact, were not getting baptized. 
Talk about a blow that's worse than a car! Sheeesh, people. And THEN my companion got bit by a dog. (we call that the cherry on top.) 
But guess what is just awesome. None of that actually matters, because Sherry, who was super solid for baptism in January and then dropped off the face of the Earth? Yeah, that lady came to the women's broadcast Saturday night, and then her and her son came to church the next day. Jeremiah, who turned eight this month and is now getting baptized this Saturday between conference sessions. And his mom is getting baptized the next weekend. HALLELUJAH!!! 
Nice try, Satan. Better luck next time. 
Trials of faith proceed the witness. That is for sure :) And even though this is already tooooo long, I'm still gonna tell you one more neat thing that happened this week. I was asked to be on a panel of six missionaries at zone training that President Bell had the other missionaries ask questions. One missionary asked me how I took trials and was able to laugh and stay positive about them and another asked me how I was able to come to the point that my mission and this work truly meant everything to me. I laughed and said that cars could hit me left as right as long as I got to stay a missionary in Kansas for another few weeks and I wouldn't even care. Because I am the luckiest person ALIVE to be here. To have had the mission I've had, met the people I've met and to be some tiny part of this great work that I LOVE. For the Savior that I love more than ANYTHING IN THE UNIVERSE. 
Anyway, so yep :) It's been a glorious week. Lots of laughing. And head scratching. And now President affectionately calls us the "Demolition Derby." Hehe :) 
Love you guys!
Sister Siera Gomez 

Monday, March 21, 2016

A baptism scheduled for Easter Sunday :)

So much to update and so little time! 
First of all, a couple of weeks belated, happy first year of existence to my sweet niece Lucy!!! I love you to pieces ... can't wait to meet you :) 
Second of all, what a weeek it has been! Some miracles...
1. Long story. Once upon a time in January, we met this family street contacting. They gave us their address and we tried them a few times, but their house appeared empty every time we went. There wasn't even furniture or anything! So we stopped trying them a few months ago. Then, one day, I had an impression to try our investigator Ticia even though she had moved. It made no sense, but we went to her old house anyway (that happens to be directly across the street from this random family we'd met months before) and we noticed there were some lights on. We went over and contacted Tasha, Ernest, and their three sons plus one nephew. Kayden (11), Tyler (11), Mathew (10) and Jay (9) are all preparing to be baptized EASTER SUNDAY. Um ... wow. Miraculous. 
2. So Erin and Sherry are two ladies I've mentioned a few times and both are preparing to be baptized on April second. They have just about the hardest time getting to church, but I adore them both. Two of my best friends I've met. Well, Erin has this little niece, Lennon (3) who had never heard the name of Jesus, and we taught her about Him and now she sings "I am a child of God" for her whole family and ALL OF THEM want to get baptized on the second of April. So ... that's so exciting. 
3. We got in a car accident and the girl that hit us has a return appointment this Thursday at seven ... at a coffee shop (Cross that bridge when we come to it, haha). 
So yeah. Fabulous week. This place is gorgeous. 
Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez


Our car, some classic Kansas signs, and my hair that day I decided to
do ombré because my investigator had some extra bleach and I'm going
to chop it all off anyway :)
Some group shots of happy things. One group of some of the elders and
sisters I came out with after our last zone conference, and a picture
of me and some of the boys on our way to a church tour!
Me and a sister in my district celebrating st. Pattys day :)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Long story very very short....

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACOB!!! And wear green e'erbody.
Long story very very short .... I love you all. And it was such A GOOD
WEEK. And l have no time at all .... At all. Because I'm singing in
zone conference and we had to practice all the day long. Miracles are
Love you!
Sister Siera Gomez

Rainbows, classic and semi scary Kansas signs and some other random
happy things especially that one picture of me, a bunny, Erin and a
little girl named Lennon

Monday, March 7, 2016

Nutsiest Week Ever

Folks. Nutsiest week ever. 
1. Called in and found out we'd be getting a third companion. 
2. Got a call from the Ap's Tuesday night at EIGHT asking if we could please come to Wichita and pick up our companion a day early, thanks. So we got there at 9:15, picked her up and got home at 11:00. 
3. Next day found out that we had to drive BACK to Wichita for her to sign papers. And because my DEAR mission president wanted me to be able to say goodbye to Sister Houston. Who, by the way, went home. 
4. Thursday we saw A TON OF MIRACLES and helped people understand why they needed to get baptized, I got my glasses adjusted, we settled in as our new trio (we absolutely ADORED each other, by the way) annnnd then Thursday night we got called and informed that there was going to be an ET and they were taking our dear sister away from us. Soooo 
5. Friday we weren't supposed to go to district meeting, but then the Ap's called us Friday morning and told us to go to district meeting after all (we had to leave in fifteen minutes) and so we went. And they told us we'd be getting a new sister.  
6. Saturday we drove to Greensburg (three hours away) and picked up a new companion, drove home, went to the adult session of stake conference. 
7. Sunday was the best day. Stake conference day. We hadn't had too much time that week to focus on church ... or on breathing ... or on thinking, so we drove Sunday morning to our investigators house and Jessica was all dressed for church, Chad was getting out of the shower, and they followed us for forty five minutes to the stake building in Derby and LOVED it and the branch all came up to them even though it was stake conference and wrapped their arms around them. 
SO that was a crazy miracle at the end of the week. Now we're kicking it together in Winfield, just me, Sister Gillespie and our new sister, Sister Seaman. 
BEST WEEK EVER. Nothing better than when there's craziness all week and INCREDIBLE things happen and you justknow that it wasn't your planning or your diligence or your awesomeness as a missionary that did it, but that only by the hand of God could these things happen. 
Love you all! 
Sister Siera Gomez 

Our trio on our way back, plus a crown I stole from the zone leaders,
plus a picture of a really neat sign we found
saying goodbye to Sister Houston and saw my sweet recent convert Sabrina at stake conference