Monday, August 29, 2016

Selfies!

August 29, 2016

We saw so many miracles this week! 

On the way into the city, (via the train) there was a cute old Hispanic man sitting behind sister Veale. We started talking to him and gave him a Book of Mormon. We testified of it, and got his contact information. His name is Celso and he's from Guatemala! I told him that he looked like my dad. We laughed and then took a selfie. He was the sweetest! The next day he texted us and said, "Thanks sister. You are so sweet and nice. Felt something nice when You and Sister Valerie (lol) talk to me,"  It was the sweetest message. We testified that what he felt was the Spirit!   Hopefully we will be able to meet with him soon. 

Another night we were contacting in a park. Sister Veale stopped to compliment a guy on his artwork. He had a lot of his paintings set up on a bench. He gave each of us a free painting. He was so thankful for us and our kindness. We then gave him our card and a Book of Mormon! We also took a selfie with him! 

And a couple days ago we ran into Jackie. He's a homeless guy who knows EVERYBODY. He's hilarious. I really like him. But we gave him a Book of Mormon and testified. He was really appreciative and said he would read it. 
We took a selfie with him too! 

On Friday we had a long missionary meeting with Elder Grow from the seventy! That was dope. 
I felt like knowledge & the spirit was being pushed into my brain. 

Yesterday in relief society, the teacher shared this scripture: 
1Nephi 21:16: "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me."

And then I looked at the verse before:
"15 For can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel."

I was really touched by both of these verses. The Spirit reminded me that I am not forgotten. I don't know if any of you need this message today too, but I know that none of us are forgotten and that God is mindful of each of us. "We matter to Him." 

I hope you all have a great week! 
Love, 
Sister Gallegos 

1. Jackie
2. Jesus, (the guy we met in the Park) 
3. Celso! 
4. Our zone!
5 & 6 - the best cupcake I've ever had! From Molly's cupcakes! 
7. Selfie 










Monday, August 8, 2016

It's been a while!

Greetings!
I feel like it's been a few years since I last sent an email out.
#ThatCubsGameTho
And a LOT has happened since last Friday:
Exchanges, mini-missionaries, & transfers...

I'll start from the top.
Exchanges: This past Tuesday we went on exchanges with the STL's. I
went with sister Parke. (MTC companion). The best part was when we met
with Pippa-a member in their ward! She's from South Africa and is
SUPER awesome. She also spent some time in Beaverton last summer and
LOVES Oregon. Anyways, she has recently returned from inactivity and
was telling us about her story. She grew up with the Gospel in her
life, eventually left, and then returned after attending a stake
conference. There, she said that there were saints who walked 4 hours
to be there just because they knew it was the right thing to do. They
started to sing "the Spirit of God" and her heart was touched.
The spirit was strong as she shared her heart with us and I felt that
familiar feeling that God wanted us to testify of His love for her.
And as we did, the Spirit flooded the room.
Words came to my mind: "This is why you're here: to be an instrument
in my hands."

It was a simple reminder, but one that I really needed.

I'm so grateful that I got to meet Pippa. I adore her. She's Amazing!

Mini-Missionaries!
We received a mini-missionary this weekend, name Reagan Trapp. A
mini-mission is similar to a job shadow. But she was the one showing
Us how to be an A+ missionary. I LOVE her. We all meshed so well, and
it was sad to part on Sunday.
We started walking outside, and she talked to EVERYONE. Meili and I
looked at each other, and then tried to keep up. I'm pretty sure if
you looked up "Greenie Fire" in a Mormon dictionary, you would see a
sweet picture of Reagan. She helped us SO much. We even started asking
people to take our picture, Reagan would hold up a Book of Mormon,
then we'd try and talk to them about it. It was the BEST. :)) It was
definitely one of the best weekends of the mission!
And on Saturday she got to witness one of the most stressful parts of a mission:
Transfer Calls.

So, sister Meili is going up to Buffalo Grove (the Holy Land), and
I'll be staying here with sister Veale.
It's a little nerve-racking because I've only been in the area for 6
weeks, but I know that Jesus got me!


At our mini-missionary meeting, president Bingham addressed us. He
expressed that missionary work is Not natural; it's not natural to
wake up at 6:30, or wear a skirt every day, be with someone you didn't
choose, or go up to complete strangers and talk to them about Jesus
Christ. He said:
 "Missionary work is not natural, because the "natural man is an enemy
to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and
ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and
putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement
of Christ the Lord..."
That really hit me.
He then invited us to "flourish in unnatural conditions."

I can feel the inner battle between the "natural man" and yielding to
the Spirit. And being here has given me a greater awareness of that
struggle, because I am pretty imperfect. I know that God wants us to
succeed-that He will always prepare a way-and with Jesus by our side,
we can do All things.

I love you guys! And I'm excited to hit the streets of Chicago this
week and invite everyone to Come unto Christ. I invite y'all to do the
same!

Love,
Sister Gallegos