Monday, June 27, 2016

SouthSIDE, Northside, InnerCity!






First things FIRST: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAPA!! (And Dev

in!!!)

And, I'm being transferred to the Lakeshore 1st Family ward!!
(It's in the Citaaay!)

It will be perfect for "6 Months to Sexy" because,
1. I won't have a car, and
2. I won't have a car.
3. I'll get tan & tasty.

So we're going to be riding the trains! Plus, I hear that the Book of
Mormon Musical will be here from the end of June to the beginning of
August, so I hope that we will be able to talk to some people outside
the Chicago theater!! (Not sure if that's in my area...but I'll keep
y'all updated!) I'm excited to move onto this next phase of my
mission!

I'm sad to be leaving sister Copeland. She's helped me to grow and
become a better person than I was before. She's helped me to come
closer to Jesus Christ and I know that she's going to do the same for
those in BG. I'm also going to miss seeing Janet and Isabel, but I
know sister Copeland and sister McKee (her new companion!) will bring
about SO many miracles and continue to help them grow in their faith.

Speaking of, we were finally able to get in contact with Isabel. We
were driving back from dinner to go home when a thought came to mind
to go and visit her. The feeling wouldn't leave. But it was
inconvenient and I felt done. Then a quiet voice came to my mind,
"it's not over, til it's over." So we turned on her street. (This is
the apartment complex that is always locked now because of us) but
another thought came to drive to the other side of the building.
Sister Copeland got out to see if the side door was unlocked.

It was.

We spoke to Isabel and set up an appointment for this evening. I LOVE
her, and I know it's for a reason.

I'm grateful that Heavenly Father loves me enough to help me be
humble. I feel more happiness when I lay down my will for His.

We also saw a lot of miracles this week! An old man also bible-bashed
us this week. But he was 91. So I won't hold it against him. We simply
testified of Jesus Christ. It strengthened my faith in the Savior's
restored Gospel!

I know that this is all True. And I'm so excited to share this with the world!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

It's Like Being Cremated

It was really HOT this week. And as were walking out of our apartment, sister Copeland compared the heat to cremation. 

She's hilarious. And I love her. 

One Year ago this past week, Olivia hid my mission call in the dining room under the chair. 
Good times!
I had no idea that a year from then, I'd be in Buffalo Grove, Illinois with Sister Copeland. I had no idea that a year from then, I would know Janet or Isabel! 

We went over on Tuesday for our appointment with Janet. She didn't answer the door so we were a bit disappointed. But Thursday after Zone conference and after dinner, we decided to stop by. We rang the doorbell and there was no answer. Then we saw a friend she lived with, bringing the garbage to the curb. They told us that Janet was on the back porch. So we followed them around the house. It was so cute. Janet's face lit up when she saw us, and then said in her sassy voice: "you're two days late!" 
Hahaha, we told her we had stopped by, but she said she was probably in the back, and they don't hear the doorbell from there. 

Anyways, we sat down and started talking with her. Then she told us she HAD READ THE INTRODUCTION PAGE TO THE BOOK OF MORMON. #FutureCovenantKeeper
We talked for a bit about her son who had passed away approximately three years ago. Sister Copeland asked if she believed in an after-life, and she said that she was undecided. Somehow we ended up reading in 3rd Nephi 11:13. As we read about Jesus Christ I felt very strongly that one day Christ will extend that same invitation to us that He extended to those people. We shared that with her and testified that because of Him, we will see our loved ones again. 

There are a lot more details to this story that would take forever for you to read, and for me to write, but I just want to tell you all how much I love her. I see her potential, and it is so tender. I can literally see her dressed in white, and see her making people laugh in the halls at church. I can see her being called to serve in the nursery. She would LOVE it. She is so precious, and I love her. More than that, we testified that we knew God loved her.
We also invited Janet to pray about the Book of Mormon. She's pretty stubborn about it and didn't make any promises, so if you have a moment, please pray that she'll ask Heavenly Father! 

This Thursday was also our last zone conference with President Woodbury. It was uplifting, bittersweet, and a whole mess of emotions. We took "Goodbye" pictures with him and asked to take a selfie. We ended up having someone take it for us. Whatevs... 
I LOVE that man. 

Saturday we had a lesson with ISABEL. :) She is SO sweet. I adore her. She's a TEJANA. And We were both excited because I was telling her how my dad was from Brownsville. She grew up in Laredo. I was so surprised. I did not think she was Hispanic. Then we bonded. 

ANYWAYS- we are preparing her to be baptized on July 23rd!!! In our lesson, she kept saying how much peace she felt when we were there. She expressed that she wished she could carry us around wherever she went because she feels so stressed every day, but when we're around, it goes away. We talked about the Book of Mormon and downloaded the Gospel Library app on her iPad. We testified of Joseph Smith and the first vision. Then we showed her a 4 minute video of the first vision. Afterwards we asked her how she felt. She said, "you won't believe this, but when you guys came I had a headache, and as I watched that video, it went away." We testified that that was the Holy Ghost and that the peace she felt was also the Spirit. We invited her to be baptized, (then sister Copeland explained the priesthood like a boss), and Isabel readily accepted. It's going to be a little bit of journey to get her there, but we believe in her and love her. We will be taking her on a church-tour on Wednesday. Prayers on her behalf would be greatly appreciated too! 

Well y'all, I Love being a missionary. And my life has been so incredibly blessed and changed by being able to know Isabel and Janet, and simply serving the Lord. I love them so much. As I've envisioned who they can be, and as I've prayed for them, it's given me a little glimpse as to how Heavenly Father feels about me and everyone around me. 

I know that God loves us. 
I know that He believes in us. 

This quote helped me to be better this week! 

"Anyone can be pleasant and patient and forgiving on a good day. A Christian has to be pleasant and patient and forgiving on all days." - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Love, Sister Gallegos

1. ISABEL. ❤️🇲🇽
2. President And sister Woodbury! :) 
3. Terence. My spirit animal. 
4. Sister Williams is going home. I had to take a picture. I LOVE her. 





Monday, June 6, 2016

What'z Up!

Dear Loved Ones!

This week we were able to find another new investigator!!! Her name is
Janet. She's old and sassy and I ADORE her. We contacted into her a
few weeks ago while in Barrington. Then on Tuesday, sister Trowbridge
and I were together for exchanges. We prayed about where to go, and
Janet's name kept coming to my mind.



We drove to her house, and then sat out on the porch with her in
rocking chairs. She had been given a Book of Mormon several years ago but mentioned that it was buried in a trunk somewhere, so we gave her a new one. We started talking about the restoration and the Book of Mormon and it was the most natural teaching moment I've ever had. It felt so genuine and SO natural. It was sweet to see her heart and face literally soften as we testified of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. And she totally related to him! When we were talking about how confused he was, she kept saying, "that's what I mean!" Haha, she committed to read the introduction to the Book of Mormon and said we could come back on Tuesday!

It was a total miracle.

She also continued to say that she wasn't going to be a Mormon. But I felt so peaceful. And the words, "that's what they all say," kept
coming to mind. I LOVE Janet!

Other than that, this week has been rough! On the up side, sister
Copeland and I have gone 3 weeks without getting a cold!! #Miracles

And it's barbecue season.

So, that's nice.
Especially when members feed us. Mmmmm.

We are also in the city this morning seeing the Shedd aquarium! Woot woot.
(Not sure how to spell it!)

There's not much else to report,
But I LOVE the Lord.
There's so much joy when we give our whole souls to God's work!
(I'm still working on it. 😁👍🏾) But I feel greater peace and
happiness when I turn outwards instead of thinking of myself.

(Also I just realized that I'm wearing the same shirt in three photos. Whoops.)
#SisterMissionaryProbs
  
1. Sister TBridge and I!
2. The Reimann's!
3. Lylah and Alanna Madura :)) I LOVE them.
4. On the train!