Monday, December 19, 2016

πŸŽ„Feliz Navidad πŸŽ„

We've been listening to Michael Buble's rendition of "Feliz Navidad" and it's πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ on POINT. Michael himself is also on point πŸ˜...

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. 

~HIGHLIGHTS~ 

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. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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. 

Love,
Sister Gallegos 


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Monday, December 12, 2016

It's the final countdown!

HEY YALL.
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!!!

LOVE YALL








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! 

HIGHLIGHTS of the WEEK:
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! 

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