After a long travel day, engine troubles in Quito, and missed connections in Miami, Elder Gomez is finally home and he has completed his two year mission!
His flight left Quito, Ecuador 50 minutes late on Tuesday the 16th due to engine troubles. When they arrived in Miami they had to go through United States customs and by the time that was completed he had missed his connection to Dallas-Fort Worth. He was traveling with a Hermana and the airline put them up in a hotel for the evening. Separate rooms of course. The missionary travel department booked them on a flight the next day for Atlanta, then onto Salt Lake City. The flight was scheduled to leave Miami at 6:30 in the morning. Elder Gomez was ready and waiting in the lobby of the hotel for the taxi to take them to the airport. No hermana! They called her room and knocked on her door and no answer. After waiting for more than an hour he decided he better get to the airport so he doesn't miss his flight. He arrived in Atlanta and went to the gate for the Salt Lake City flight. Minutes before the flight was to leave, the hermana that he was traveling with made it and boarded the flight. Apparently she had not slept for two days and was in a deep sleep and didn't hear the phone or the knocks.
He arrived in Salt Lake City at 12:45 pm. All of his family was waiting to greet him. And because this was his birthday, everyone sang Happy Birthday to him as he rode the escalator down. We are so happy he is home and are proud of him and the way he served and fulfilled his mission!
Congratulations Elder Gomez! Mission accomplished! We love you!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Hi everyone! I hope you´re all doing good back at home. We´re doing great here in Riobamba!
We have the baptism for M this week and A is still doing good for his baptism the 20th. Things are progressing well. All the missionaries in the district are bringing people to church and there should be more baptisms this month of June and July. Asistence in church hasn´t changed too much but we hope that that can change in the following weeks. We´re working hard to hasten the work here in Riobamba. We have a lot of ideas this week. Starting Saturday, we set out a table with pamphlets in front of the chapel and gaves tours of the chapel to the people passing by and it went well. This week we´re going to do it a few more times and also try contacting the people in the buses. We have a lot of things we want to do.
I´m coming home this next week and there´s a lot of mixed emotions. It will be nice to see everyone again. But I´m going to miss the mission and Ecuador so much. Yo he aprendido bastante en mi mision. Yo he podido crecer y mejorar. He logrado un testimonio y una conversion verdadero acerca de la Iglesia y de Nuestro Padre Celestial y Jesucristo. Se que esta es la Iglesia verdadera de Jesucristo y que este Evangelio nos ofrece una felicidad verdadera y perdura por toda la eternidad. Testifico que todas las personas que con sinceridad preguntan a Dios si estas cosas son verdaderas, reciben una respuesta por medio del Espiritu Santo, el cual nos ayuda a comprender y aclarar las cosas, quitar la confusion y duda y ayudarnos a tener paz y tranquilidad y guia en nuestra vida.
I´m thankful for all the support that you´ve all given me while I´ve been on the mission. God will bless you a lot. Well that´s about it for now. Hope you all have a good week. And I´ll see you next week in Utah.
Amo ser misionero :)
DyC 4 Nosotros somos parte de una obra maravillosa. :)
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Hi everyone! I hope you`ve all had a good week. We`re doing great here in Riobamba!
We went to a museum today. It was cool. They had a mummy that they discovered in ecuador. But they didn`t let us take pictures of it.
We`re starting to find some more investigators. We found one that asisted church yesterday. His name is A. He`s listened to the missionaries a few times before and almost got baptized many years ago but it didn`t happen. He was so happy to see the missionaries again and he accepted a fecha for the 20th of June. M still doesn`t have a baptismal date but just says that he`s going to get baptized before I go home.
We`ve been seeing a lot changes in the branch. We`ve started out a missionary plan for the branch and the goal of our branch president is to qualify for being a ward by the end of the year. We`ve put some good goals and plans that will help to encourage the members to start participating in the work. They asked me to talk about this in sacrament meeting on the in two weeks on the 14th, which will also be my last sunday in the mission.
That`s sad that the Apostol Elder L. Tom Perry died. I know that all of the prophets and apostols are inpsired men of God and that if we follow them, we will be blessed with success.
Well that`s all for this week. Hope you have a great week and stay safe! Pray for missionary oportunities and don`t be afraid to share the gospel.
Amo ser misionero. Se que esta es la Iglesia verdadera y que Jesucristo vive. :)