Monday, December 19, 2016

🎄Feliz Navidad 🎄

We've been listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Feliz Navidad" and it's 👌🏼 on POINT. Michael himself is also on point 😏...

This past week has been SO much fun! I LOVE Sister Hafoka. She's Tongan and from Maui. She also has great hair. We laugh all the time and we've been so busy that I am exhausted at the end of each day. 

We've also been teaching each other slang words. Apparently, "sole" means dude in Samoan. I call her Chola...yeah, we are having a Great time! 

I LOVE BEING IN BUFFALO GROVE. It feels like coming home. This ward is my favorite. 


JANET: Earlier this year Shelby Copeland and I tracted into Janet Hursch. We started teaching her about the gospel and she'd say, "don't even think about asking me to come to church! I won't go!" Well, I was transferred away. Fast forward 6 months... Janet comes to church every Sunday...she almost got baptized in October...and she reads her dang scriptures all the time! We met with her twice this week, and it's difficult to describe how I felt as I saw Janet flip to Alma in the Book of Mormon without any assistance because she knew where it was. Or when Janet made comments in Relief society. Or when she knew the gospel inside and OUT. She has grown so much within these past six months, and I feel so grateful to be given the opportunity to come back and see it. 

President and sister Bingham came to one of our lessons with Janet and it was SO powerful!! I'm looking forward to seeing where Janet goes from here. 

MONICA: She is awesome! She hasn't come to church for several years and we went and visited with her. She just got foot surgery. We talked about Christmas and helped her decorate her fireplace. I love her! She and her husband are going to have us over for steak. 👌🏼👌🏼

I hope y'all have a wonderful Christmas. This is my favorite time of the year. 

This was shared during church yesterday and I loved it: "On that night in Bethlehem there was no room for him in the inn, and this was not the only time during the thirty-three years of his sojourn in mortality that there was no room for him. Herod sent soldiers to Bethlehem to slay the children. There was no room for Jesus in the domain of Herod, so his parents took him to Egypt. During his ministry, there were many who made no room for his teachings--no room for the gospel he taught. There was no room for his miracles, for his blessings, no room for the divine truths he spoke, no room for his love or faith. He said to them, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:20).
Even in our day, although two thousand years have passed, there are many who say the same thing that was said on that night in Bethlehem. “There is no room, no room” (see Luke 2:7). We make room for the gifts, but sometimes no room is made for the giver. We have room for the commercialism of Christmas and even pleasure-seeking on the Sabbath day, but there are times when there is not room for worship. Our thoughts are filled with other things--there is no room."

I know that Christ makes room for each of us in His heart and thoughts, and I know that as we do the same, our lives will be better. Not just at a Christmas time, but all year long. 

Sister Gallegos 








Monday, December 12, 2016

It's the final countdown!

I don't want to write a long weekly. So here you go.
I'm being transferred back up to Buffalo grove with Sister Hafoka. We
are going to be STL's. I'm so excited for this last transfer.
Here are pictures from this past week.
I'm going to miss Hermana RICHINS a lot!!!


Monday, December 5, 2016

The Christmas Spirit

Dear Family + Friends 

MERRY CHRISTMAS. The Christmas Spirit is alive and well over here in Chicago. The cold is also alive and well here. And it snowed yesterday. And I love service. And...this transfer has gone by way too fast! 

Zone Conference: We sat in the gym for 8 hours. I also saw mah BFF Shelby Copeland. 

Familia Robledo: This sweet family doesn't come to church often. But they let us come over, and they feed us. It's always the mom and her two younger kids. The older girl is always at work. I LOVE them. They had us over on Friday night for dinner. And to be honest, that whole day was difficult. It began rough and we were feeling down the whole day. Then we went over to their home. All their Christmas decorations were piled in their front room, taped in boxes. We offered to help decorate, and they happily accepted. We ate dinner, set up the Christmas tree, and listened to Christmas music. It made all of us so happy! It felt like we were home. Hermana Robledo said she never had Hermanas help her before, and she was so glad we were there to help! 
It completely turned around our day. 

Day 3 of #LIGHTtheWORLD: We wrote and placed encouraging notes around our area to try and help people see themselves the way God sees them! 

Habsa: We had a prompting to go to subway. Haha, jk. I was just hungry. And we went to subway. Habsa was working. We started to talk to her as she made our sandwiches. She asked us a lot of questions. After we had our sandwiches, she came out from around the counter and asked where our church was. We invited her to come to a service. Our conversation resulted in finding out that her grandpa had recently passed away, and she's been wanting to come to a church. We got her information and we've been texting. She told us she would come this next Sunday. It was an awesome miracle!! 

Shoveling Snow: Last night we had dinner and watched the Christmas Devotional with a family from our ward. They gave us a ride home. And when we were walking to our door, we saw our deaf landlord shoveling the walkway. We grabbed the shovel and started to work. It was about 9pm at this point. We shoveled the sidewalk, the stairs, the walkway of our apartment/house, the back of the house, and another person's stairs. We didn't go inside until 9:45. Sure it was cold and we were tired. But I was SO HAPPY. I was so warm. And maybe it was just because of the exercise. But I was filled with a peace and warmth that I can't explain. I didn't want to stop shoveling. I just felt pure bliss. I felt the Spirit. 

This week I've been reading all the December New Era's. Right now I'm on 1991. They have so many great stories, experiences, and Christmas memories that make me bawl. In each of these stories, it always ends with someone coming to know the true meaning of Christmas. 

I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here. I'm grateful that I get to be a missionary. It has taught me the true meaning of Christmas and my purpose here in life! 

I hope all of you are able to feel the Spirit of Christmas this week! 

1. Loly is AWESOME. She reminds me a lot of Alicia. She took us out and got me medicine. 
2. Shelby Copeland and I. 
3+4 Familia Robledo! 
5. Notes!
6+7 SNOW! It's the most wonderful time of the year! 







(She assures me, she's buying her boots today - her mom)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The sick life of Ami + Caroline

Like unto, "the suite life of Zach and Cody"

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving. We had three food
appointments, so we were FULL. And it was tons of fun! The next day I
woke up with the Black Plague. And I've had it the whole weekend.
We played the piano in the primary program on Sunday and then I got a
blessing, and the senior couple in our district drove us home. So that
was fun! NyQuil has been our BFF.

This week was a great week though. I am SO blessed. I love Hermana
Richins. She has such a big heart and is so supportive. She's a
keeper. Haha this week she has started doing this thing where a plane
will fly overhead, she'll nudge me and point at it and then say, "8
weeks". 🙄

It's great. And it's weird that Christmas decorations are all over the
place. It came a lot faster this year. We love this new Christmas
initiative to light the world!

I don't have tons to report on this week, but we are doing great. Life
is great. Christmas is great. Hermana Richins is Godsent. And we love
being missionaries!

We did a Finding activity on Wednesday. And we saw a lot of miracles.
I talked about her on FB, but meeting Joan was a tender experience for
me. She said that she gets lonely on the holidays without her family,
and even though our circumstances aren't  exactly the same, I know how
she feels! But we found joy and comfort in Jesus Christ. I gave her a
Book of Mormon and testified of the joy it brings me, and that it
helps me to feel close to Christ.
There's been a lot of tender mercies the past few weeks where I'll see
someone that we've contacted in past areas, or getting to hear of
people we contacted earlier in my mission, and how they were impacted
by that encounter. The Lord's work is so great.

And tonight we get to teach someone about the restoration of the
Lord's gospel. So, pray for Norma! I feel so blessed!
Hope everyone has a great week!

Happy December 1st

Me and my word mission leader, Tony. We took a picture because he
reminds me of my dad!

Monday, November 21, 2016



This week was a lot better. The español is improving. I love the ward.
I love Hermana Richins. I love Jesucristo. I love pollo. And I love
German Christmas markets.

We're down in the city today and it's so pretty to see the lights and
Christmas decorations. We also went to the German Christmas market
that comes to Chicago every year. It's so beautiful!

Also, the cold weather has come to Chicago. And we are so cold! Our
apartment is freezing!!! So we've been bundling up.

Also I just LOVE this Christmas' initiative to Light the World. I just
know that as we serve others and strive to come unto Christ and helps
others do the same, our world will be filled with more Light. I know
that Christ is the source of that Light!

God Lives and I LOVE being a missionary.

-  Hermana/Sister Gallegos

Monday, November 14, 2016

I love Tacos and Hostess Cupcakes

¡Buenos Días Hermanos! 

How's it going?? This week I got sick. So from Wednesday to Saturday all I did was sleep, eat, medicate, and repeat. But I woke up Sunday feeling BLESSED. I felt so much better. I felt like myself again. 


1. Hermana Robledo: She has three kids. We haven't met the oldest because she's always at work, but we're tight with her two younger kids. They're so cute! We speak Spanish to the mom, and English to the kids. Our Spanglish is on point. 

For the lesson, we had her kids do some silly challenges like drawing with their eyes closed, or hopping on one foot to the kitchen and back. And the last challenge was to give their mom a hug. We applied this to life, and how in life, we all have challenges. We can't do everything perfectly. All we can do is try. But Christ's arms are always open. He always stands ready to embrace us. So, Hermana Richins bore her testimony, and then looked at me. The typical non-verbal pass-off between companions. I bore a simple testimony that I knew that God loved them and that whenever I'm there, I feel that Spirit so strongly! 

As I bore my simple testimony, I felt God's love so powerfully. My testimony was not sophisticated or lengthy. But in that moment, the Spirit testified to me that it doesn't matter what my limitations might be, or how imperfect I am, all that matters is God's love. That's all that matters; the Love that Heavenly Father has for His children, and that I do my best to share it with everyone I meet. 

I've been coming to learn that it doesn't matter what language we speak, or where we come from. God loves each of us. The biggest lesson I learned this week is that Love + the Spirit of Christ transcend any barrier, language, or background

We also had Zone Training this week. So that was a 3&1/2 hour meeting. But it was full of great missionary stuff about planning, goals, and working with investigators. My favorite part was getting to see Sister Copeland!! #Blessed

We went out to lunch afterwards. It was the best. 

And a woman gave us a bag of free chicharrones con limón y salsa Valentina. #Hispanic 
And we got Pepsi. 
And I love Hermana Richins. 
And I Love Jesus Christ. 

Also, Hermana Richins and I are playing the piano in the primary program because piano players are slim picking around here! So that's fun. And we have a keyboard in our apartment, which makes it easy to practice! All the members are super friendly and patient with us and our español. I'm learning a lot. This week was a bit more difficult for me. But I'm grateful for the opportunity I'm being given to rely solely on Christ. Because I can't do any of this without Him. 

I know that no matter where we go or what we do, that the Savior would embrace us. He would accept us. That's been a message that's been weighing on my mind a lot this week.

I found this scripture yesterday in Alma Chapter 5: "7. Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word..."

It perfectly describes how I have felt on my mission. I really feel like I've been "awakened" and that my soul has been illuminated with light! Im so grateful for the privilege God has given me to be His servant. It's so rewarding. And even though it's hard at times, it's refining me, and bringing me closer to Jesus Christ. I know He lives and that His love is never-ending. 


I've gone from people who can't pronounce my name, to people who CAN and then wonder why I'm Latina and can't speak fluent Spanish.  
So if anyone knows what part of Mexico dad's family is from, that'd be great. Everyone keeps asking where I'm from and when I say Oregon, they're not satisfied. Then I explain that dad is from Texas. Which they're more happy about but they want more. Just tell me who I am. 

LOVE Hermana Gallegos 

3: We love Pepsi!
4+5: Sick selfies
6+7: On the way to an appointment pictures
8: when everyone stops at Starbucks to get wifi but we don't want to go in. And random stranger. 









Monday, November 7, 2016

Mi primera semana en Español

My first week in Spanish has been glorious!! I LOVE HERMANA RICHINS. She is from Ammon, Idaho and loves Taco Bell, Pepsi, and Chocolate. We are the same person and call each other "mission soul-mates." She's exactly who I needed. We've had a crazy/eventful week. My thoughts during the week:

"I hope someone steals our bikes during our appointment." 
"I wish I could watch the Cubs game..."

- We've been praying for "el don del lengua" a lot.
- We found a NEW investigator named Victoria!
- We gave Juan a Book of Mormon this week. It made me super happy. It was ALL in Spanish.
- We're in a biking area.  
- We have a couple on date for December 24th named Pablo and Ciri!
- There's a lot of creepy people in this area.
- Saw some drug deals.
- We were asked if we could give this guy's wife a blessing with these exact words: "Can't you lay your hands on my wife?"....... uh, NOPE. Bye Felicia! 
- We live in a huge apartment. That's awesome. There's a nice couch that we sometimes fall asleep on. 
- we contacted a guy named Albert. He was wearing a Dallas cowboy beanie, so I took it as a sign that we were supposed to talk to him! He was super nice. We took a picture and everything because I wanted to show you DAD!! Lol Albert said he wears it just because he needs a hat. He said that the Cowboys haven't been good in a long time. Oh well. :) 

VICTORIA: she literally fell into our laps. We were in Subway eating dinner. We started talking, and she said she's been looking for a church to go to!! She asked what bible we read. And when we said the King James Version, she said "I was meant to meet you guys!" So we are meeting with her this week! AHHH. 

This week has been full of a lot of tender mercies. I understand a bit more each day. And Hermana Richins is helping me a ton too! In those moments where I'm like..."I have no idea if I can do this" the spirit comes in and lifts my soul! I've gotten a lot of notes of encouragement from people this week that have come at the PRECISE moment I needed them. 
All I know is that God provides a way even when there appears to be no way. 

At the beginning of my mission I remember a sister bore her testimony and said, "It's not what I had in mind, but it's what Heavenly Father had in mind." That's how I've been feeling lately. 

Last night Hermana and I watched Meet the Mormons. 
My favorite story is the one at the end about Dawn and Anthony. It's so POWERFUL. As she bore her testimony, my own faith was strengthened that we truly are never alone. Especially in those moments where we may feel like God isn't there, I know we are NOT alone. 

I'm excited for what this next brings. Because I know with certainty that God will be with us each step of the way! 

Hermana Gallegos