Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas! - When you show up - He show out!


 This past week has been busy! We had new-missionary-training up in
Wilmette on Tuesday. That was forever long.

Then we had last-minute exchanges on Wednesday night. I went to Hyde
Park with sister "H"! I loved/really needed it. On Thursday we rode
the buses/train for a couple hours and had a couple appointments. It
was great! We went into this apartment complex in the city and it
looked like it was straight out of Star Wars, so I took a picture.

It's crazy how you fit 7 million people into one city.

Hahaha, and on the way back I was sitting across from this woman on
the bus. Her name is Dorothy. She's straight up baptist or something
'cause she was loud and proud and praising Jesus. I loved it.
I asked her what her name was and she said Dorothy, then she asked me
what my name was and I said sister Gallegos. She looked at me and was
like, "Shoooot, sister? Well I'm SISTA' Dorothy."
She gave me the best pep talk ever. I was sitting there smiling and
asking her a few questions and then after a few stops there was
silence. We made eye-contact again and she started her pep talk,
"Shoot girl, you just keep smiiiiiilin'. Girl you keep on smiling.
Even when you pissed, you keep a smile on that face. People may piss
on you, and people may frown, but you just got to keep on smiling,
because when you show up-*she points up*-He show out."

It should be a bumper-sticker. I also want it on the back of my
tombstone: "When you show up, He show out."
I wish I had a video.

Then on Saturday our district went caroling to the redline station and
passed out Books of Mormon & pass-along cards with candycanes. It was
freezing & fun! Then we came back to the church and had hot chocolate.
That night we went caroling to church members. And Sunday evening we
went caroling to some more church members.

This coming week we have a zone temple trip on Tuesday and then a
Christmas thing at the mission home. Wednesday we have a couple
appointments. On Christmas Eve we're going to go caroling at the
redline station again.

πŸŽ„Christmas will be fun. We'll be going to Sister "E"'s for dinner
and she's invited all 15 of her kids and their kids over for
dinner/for us to talk to. Haha.. So her sweet little home is going to
be PACKED. I'm hoping there won't be any bible bashing. I don't really
know what to expect. Hahaha, it will be great!

I love Jesus Christ and I know that He lives. He was born thousands of
years ago, so that He could bring us peace. He came to this earth to
provide us a way back to our Heavenly Father. I am grateful for this
time of year in which we specifically celebrate Him and His birth. He
loves us all!


Sister Gallegos

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec. 14 - Love the Scarf

Dec. 14 - I'm catching up on her posts


Can everyone do me a favor this week?

Please read Luke chapter 2, verses 4-20. They're short verses and so
powerful! On Thursday we went to visit a less-active member with "C"
and we read these verses with her. The verses that stood out to me the
most were 16&17. As I imagined the shepherds coming and seeing the
baby in the manger, the Spirit entered my heart so strongly and I was
reminded of why we celebrate Christmas, and why I am here in Chicago.
It's not easy, but it's worth it. Jesus Christ is worth it.

This week Sister M-H and I just WORKED. A lot more than we have
been. And it's made me so much happier. We called a lot of our
referrals this week and got miracles.

"L": She was contacted on a train by some Hermanas up north! They
gave us her information and told us to call her. They said she was
super interested in meeting with missionaries to see what we're all
about. So we called her and set up an appointment with her and then
invited her to the ward Christmas party on Saturday. She didn't end up
coming but she's awesome and we have a lesson with her tonight.

"V": We called and asked if she had ordered a bible or a Book of
Mormon. She paused and then said, "Mormon?" And we said, "yes! The
Book of Mormon!" She told us that her grandson was baptized two weeks
ago into the church and she figured he probably ordered it for her so
that she could learn more. She told us to come on by to drop it off so
she could learn more about it. Our lesson with her went well. She
wants us to come back for bible study.

This week I've been feeling very grateful that Heavenly Father
provided us with a Savior. I'm an imperfect person and missionary, but
it's because of Jesus Christ that we have new beginnings and a
never-ending supply of 2nd chances. I'm grateful to be here and to
share this beautiful Gospel with others. I know it's true!

* We were dropping by a member's house this week (in the sketchier
side of Chi-town) and on the other side of the street was a group of
kids. We were walking towards the house when we heard what sounded
like a gunshot. It was really just the kids popping one of those
stupid little chip bags, but it scared the crap out of us. We laughed
about it and then walked faster. Lol.
* We went up to Hyde park this week for two appointments. It took me
10 minutes to parallel park. Then I prayed and managed to do it
without hitting anything.
* I yelled at Sister M-H in my sleep when she was waking me up from
a nap. I don't remember it. Then we wrote out a list of procedures for
when one of us is taking a nap because naps are serious business.
* At zone teaching our whole district matched and wore red. Then we
did the wave.
* Sister"S" crocheted me a scarf for Christmas. I LOVE IT. It
means so much to me! I'm going to treasure it forever. :)) I love her!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dec. 7 - She didn't want to write

Dec. 7 - She didn't want to write

I'm playing catch up with her blog posts, she didn't want to write a long letter and just updated us that she was doing great and was excited for their ward party and getting her packages from home.