Monday, September 26, 2016

And Another One...

Have any of you seen that video with the black dude who's like, "and anotha one...and anotha one..." I saw one a while ago, but there were pictures of tamales on the video, and I Laughed-Out-Loud. 



This week was so much fun. I LOVE this ward with my whole heart. We were fed almost every night this week too 👏🏼. We love getting to know the members here. They're so great & down to earth. 

A couple highlights of this week included: Being able to prepare two lessons, two nights in a row, that each family really needed. It was humbling to see the Spirit take over and help us know what the sweet families in our ward needed. And what We needed! 

This week I watched the Bible Video where Jesus Christ heals the lame man on the Sabbath. I hadn't watched it since I've been in the city. (So, like 3 & 1/2 months now.) But when I watched it, something really startled me. 

In the city there are lots and lots of homeless people. We pass by them every day. And in the video, the people sitting around the pool of Bethesda reminded me so strongly of the individuals we see all the time. I saw the video and this story in a new light:

Christ was not bothered by their smell, their appearance, their story, their condition...anything! He loved them, healed them, and lifted them up. 

So last night when we were walking home, we passed by a couple individuals who were sitting alongside tall Chicago buildings and stores. And we felt prompted to go back and testify that we knew God loved them. We handed out some pass-along cards, and each of them accepted them and our words with appreciation and kindness. We promised them that we'd pray for them. 

Sometimes it's really hard to see people living this way and not be able to do more for them. But I'm so grateful for the opportunity we have to be the Lord's hands and seek to lighten the burdens of others. I am grateful that He's teaching me that His love has no boundaries, and neither should ours. 

It reminded me of a quote by elder Holland: 
"Perhaps some have created their own difficulties, but don’t the rest of us do exactly the same thing? Isn’t that why this compassionate ruler asks, “Are we not all beggars?” Don’t we all cry out for help and hope and answers to prayers? Don’t we all beg for forgiveness for mistakes we have made and troubles we have caused? Don’t we all implore that grace will compensate for our weaknesses, that mercy will triumph over justice at least in our case? Little wonder that King Benjamin says we obtain a remission of our sins by pleading to God, who compassionately responds, but we retain a remission of our sins by compassionately responding to the poor who plead to us." (October 2014, "Are We Not All Beggars?) 

I know that God lives and that we are His hands. I'm so honored & grateful for the opportunity we have here to learn how to be more compassionate, submissive, meek, and more like the Savior. Even though it's hard. 

I hope we can all seek to lift up and bring help to those around us this week! 

Sister Gallegos 

1. Selfie after District Meeting
2. Selfie during nightly planning. Ignore the awkward placement of my hand. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Good Morning America

This week I experienced one of the BEST days of my mission. It was Wednesday, September 7th. 
I didn't hear a Beyoncé song. I didn't eat a taco... We just WORKED
The morning was rough. I was so tired. We took the train up for district meeting, and on the way, Sister Veale was being a boss missionary, and talking to everyone. I was having a difficult time. 🙏🏽 - but then district meeting came around. We talked about faith. We talked about Jesus Christ. And the Spirit was so strong. President Bingham sat in on our district meeting too! He shared the following quote:

"Paradoxical as it sounds, more diligence actually brings more relief. Any selfishness, on the other hand, magnifies our weariness. Selfishness not only shrinks the quantity of service we render but also provides none of the needed renewal....If living our religion can at times make us physically tired, not living it brings a worse weariness, a weariness more pervasive, dark, and constant." Elder Neal A. Maxwell “If Thou Endure It Well” 113-114

I know that this is true! 

This quote helped me to realize that disobedience is a symptom of selfishness. 
The more selfless we are, the freer we feel. I noticed this particularly after District meeting. Sister Veale and I left, and started talking to EVERYONE. 
We were pretty hungry and tired, but as we rode the train and walked home, stopping to try and talk to more people, we both felt so Happy. We didn't feel hungry or tired anymore, we just wanted to keep going. 
Wednesday has been one of the best days of my mission. We had 40 diligent contacts that day. At the end of the night after we got off another train, it was 8:10. I asked sister Veale how many contacts she thought we could make within the next 40 minutes, and she said 11 (talk about strong faith!!). Making the total number of contacts that day, 40! 
I noticed that I wasn't counting down the minutes until the day was over. I wasn't praying for strength to get through the night. No, I was anxious to talk to more people. We wanted to meet.that.goal! It all clicked for me that day. The power of goals, faith and hard work. My goal this transfer was to make the time count and not count the time. And the Lord showed me how to do that this past Wednesday. I want to try and make every day, for the rest of my mission, like Wednesday, September 7th! 
I felt the joy of missionary work. And I want to continue to feel that way. Obedience + hard work = pure joy.

This week I've been studying chapter 6 in PMG, and specifically, faith in Jesus Christ. 
It all began with 1Nephi 17:50-51! It stood out me very powerfully. It strengthened my faith. No wonder God chose Nephi to be a leader. He had the faith to make things happen. He exercised his faith, which allowed God to exercise His power. 

I want my faith in Christ to be strengthened to the point in which I can testify as Nephi did that, "If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done." 

I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers the prayers of His children, and that He exercises His power in the lives of those who exercise Faith!
I love that. 

I'm looking forward to what this week will bring. 

I want to invite you all to share the gospel this week. With a family member, a neighbor, a friend, or/and a stranger. Anyone & everyone. I know that as we strive to do the Lord's work, we will be happy. We're all in this together! All of us are missionaries. 

Sister Gallegos 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Hey Y'All - Miracles

We had some great miracles this week!

Do you guys remember Janet? Up in Buffalo Grove, Sister Copeland and I
tracted into Janet on a hot + humid day in Barrington Illinois. She
was sitting out on her porch, and we started to chat. We came back a
second time on exchanges, and sister Trowbridge and I taught her the
first discussion. There was such a great feeling about her, and we
felt so confident that one day Janet would get baptized! When we first
started teaching Janet, she was so stubborn. She kept saying that she
wasn't going to go to church and that she was NOT going to get
baptized, (even though we hadn't brought up the topic yet...). But
Saturday we got a text message saying that sister Harding and sister
McKee put Janet on date to be baptized on October 29th!!!!!

Please pray for her!

Also, my weekly's haven't been too on point lately. But when Monday
rolls around, it's getting harder and harder for me to want to write
an email!!

But one thing I do want to share is something I learned from my studies.
I've restarted the Book of Mormon again and I've been reading +
thinking about the tree of life. In chapter 11 when the Spirit is
telling Nephi what it's all about, I wondered why God's love was
represented by a Tree! Then I thought about how the branches of a tree
grow and reach out in every direction, and how the roots of a tree
grow down in every direction. The Spirit taught me that God loves us
ALL. He reaches out in love to each of us. (In every direction!) Even
those who were in the Great + Spacious building! And I thought about
how the roots may symbolize God's love reaching to those who have
already passed on.

I know that Heavenly Father really cares about us. And He wants the
best for us.
And that's why He sent Jesus Christ! So that we could become the best
that is within us.

I love you all!
And I hope you have a great week. :))

1. A member took us out to lunch, and we were instructed to order the
hot chocolate. We did, and a silver tray was brought to us! It was
real good!
2. Library selfies
3. Made cutouts of the plan of salvation!
4+5. Hershey company!
6. A big building.
7. Selfie W/ Hershey