Monday, September 14, 2015

Southside Week 8 - Got our car back

Things I learned this week:

The Vow was filmed in Chicago and features the bean... The one with Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

Heavenly Father protects his missionaries, Ha. A black truck almost ran into our car because he was turning into us when his light was red. #SouthSide 

Some sisters came into our area to pick us up from an appointment so that we could go to dinner together. They got there a bit early and decided to do some contacting. They went up to a group of guys at a street corner and started talking to them. Hah... Thankfully they were alright and left pretty quick because it was skeeeeetchy. Don't go up to guys on street corners in southside Chicago!

I'm very grateful to be here in Chicago. 

We got our car back today, so we will be able to meet with a lot more of the people in our area. We are delivering cookies and enchiladas to people in the ward too. It's going to be a great week! I'm excited. Hahaha. 

Sisters Meeting (Conference)

And this past week sister H and I were asked to participate in a funeral service that was being held in our church building. It was for a woman named Helga. We went and sang to her while she was in the hospital on hospice. It was a very sweet experience. She wasn't really "there", but we sang hymns and prayed. Her sister in law was the one who called and requested sisters to visit Helga, and was also the one that coordinated the memorial. She and her husband drove down from Utah. I played the piano, and sister H gave a talk on the plan of Salvation. Then we sang 'I am a Child of God'. Helga was born and raised in Germany and Poland during World War Two. She had an amazing life! It was an honor to be a part of the service and to get to know about her more. It was beautiful and the Spirit was present. 

We also had zone conference that day and it was wonderful! I love president and sister  Woodbury. They're so inspired! They're true homies. We talked about having a change of heart and how our mission needs to have a change of heart and recommit ourselves to the work. Challenge ACCEPTED. I'm really imperfect, but I'm trying, and the love for the work grows a little bit more every day. 
Zone Conference

Being a missionary is a big blessing.

We didn't find a new investigator this week, but it's okay! This next week our fast is to pack our dinners and lunch so that we stay out of the apartment all day and do the work more effectively and strive to be more diligent! It's going to be great, and I'm sure we will find more people! The work is coming. 

I love you all!
Sister G 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SouthSide Week 7 - Don't Taze Me Sister!

I've been pretty sick since Saturday night so we moved PDay to today.  But on the upside, we got groceries this morning... So now we have food!  This past week was a struggle. It's probably because it was the first  week of the new transfer.

But ever since Thursday, sister H and I have had the BEST time ever. We had both been feeling really stressed and then on Thursday morning we talked about it and felt tons better. It turned out to be the best day ever. Haha.

We attempted to ride the elder's bikes, which was an adventure. It lasted about two minutes.

And our district has been bonding through a tazer we found in our apartment. A sister left
it, and the elders told us to bring it to district meeting. They all tazed themselves with it. Sister House tazed me at mutual on Thursday night, but I couldn't look. I had to face the wall. It felt like a bee
sting. The sound is the worst.

Our fast this past week was a struuuuuuggle. But we tried to be more motivated for exercise by striving to make it 'fun'. So we did push up challenges. And looked at funny videos. Hahaahhha. We are working on it. But this week, well, today, our car went into the auto body shop, so we are fasting our car! Woohoooo! We are getting our walk on in hopes to find a new investigator.

Worst part of the week - Her Pizza Flipped coming out of the oven

On a down day, I like listening to this CD called the 'Battalion', which has two talks, one by Pres. Eyring, and one by Elder Holland, it's so powerful. I love JHoll.  Anyways, his talk is from the MTC to mission presidents, and it's SO GOOD. In it, he says, "The Atonement will carry them (missionaries)".  And it's so true. Jesus Christ is who sustains me and helps me get from one moment to another. Missionary work isn't easy, but it has blessed me with so many great experiences. It has really brought me closer to Christ!

I love you all!
- Sister Gallegos

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

1 Down 11 to Go! SouthSide Week 6

Today sister House and I are in the city!! We greeted a few of the new missionaries. 


This past week was long, but great. I can't believe I've finished my first transfer already. Sister H and I will be staying together for this next transfer as well. I'm so excited! I LOVE Morgan Park and I LOVE Sister H! 
This week we went on exchanges with the Sister training leaders. I went to their area and one of them came to our area with Sister House. It was great!

Hermana Ct and I were walking down the street, and she was talking to some Hispanic guys while this lady came out and told me that her friend wanted to talk to us. Her friend was this 104 year old woman that she takes care of. She was the sweetest person I've ever met. She told us to come in and tell her about what we believe. We prayed with her and sang two hymns to her: I am a Child of God, and Families can be Together Forever. 
She told us how lonely she felt, and that she felt like God was punishing her, and as she spoke my heart was filled with love for her. The Spirit was so strong. I bore my testimony to her that I knew God was aware of her. And then I couldn't really sing through Families can be Together Forever cause I was bawling. But it was great. #TheSpiritIsReal

Then we had district meeting on Wednesday and took a lot of pictures of our zone cause Elder Drebing(one of our Zone Leaders) is going home. I love my district and zone.

Saturday we had a ward game night.
It was the BEST. 
Hahaha, I love this ward.

They started dancing towards the end of it, and all the boys were doing a dance called the 'naynay'?

I'm grateful to be a missionary. Sometimes people look at us like we are crazy, as if we didn't have a life before this. But I'm learning that it doesn't matter if people think we're crazy because I know that this church is True, and more importantly, I know that Christ lives! And I wouldn't be out here if I didn't. 

Haha, and no one here can pronounce my name. So everyone is starting to call me sister G. My ward mission leader repeats my name five times every time he sees me! I love him! Hahaha.

This transfer sister H and I are fasting something every week in order to see more miracles and progress in the work. This week we want to help our investigators progress and keep commitments, so we are getting up earlier every morning to be more diligent and obedient with exercise. Basically we are fasting sleep. Aka, my biggest struggle. HAH-Some things don't change. 😂 

I'll let Ya'll know how it goes! 
Sister G