Monday, August 14, 2017

No Group Email Today

If you didn't get an email from Sister Galli today, you're not the only one. I was able to email back and forth with her during the day, but I'm guessing 6:00pm must have come too quickly and surprised her so she didn't get a group email sent out. So, I am going to summarize a few of the things she and I talked about today.
First of all, she was shocked to find out at transfers last week that she would be in a new trio (because of an odd number of sister missionaries) for the next 6 weeks, and she would be heading back to Kentlands, her first area. She is serving with Sister Yancey who is from Firth, ID and has been out for 10 months, and with Sister Sheffer who is from Phoenix, AZ and has only been out for two transfers (12 weeks). She said they are "greenie-breaking" her, which means she has been trained and is on her first transfer not being a trainee.
She said out of the five areas she has served in, she will end up serving in Kentlands the most. She served there for her first 4 transfers, and might possibly serve there for her last two. That would end up being half of her mission in the same area. She said it is strange to be back where she started, but she had a warm welcome back to the ward on Sunday. She was happy that most of the people remembered her, but the best part of coming back to the ward (and probably the reason she was welcomed back so kindly) was because of Mireille (the lady from Cameroon who they taught and was baptized). She said she is still very active in the church and her two kids who are in high school have gotten baptized. She also said her 20-year-old son came back from college for the summer and he got baptized, and her husband is back from Cameroon and they are teaching him. How cool for her to see the fruits of her labors - many missionaries are not given that opportunity after they leave an area.
She is optimistic about her new companions and is looking forward to being back in the Kentlands area!

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Trio Terminates

This Wednesday is Transfers again. They roll by so fast nowadays. Oh well, two more to go!
Sadly, we know that the trio will come to a sad end this week.  It has been some of the best days of my mission to be in a trio--who would have guessed? Though sidewalks definitely promote third-wheeling, the rest is great!


We've had the opportunity to teach a lot this week even though we were in the VC 4/6 days since the last p-day. We taught a young man from Cameroon this week who just lapped up the Restoration, agreeing with almost every point, and even accepting to be baptized if the Holy Spirit told him to. We also had many doorstep lessons that could certainly turn into future lessons soon. 

Carrollton is where my heart will always be and it was good to come to labor here for a few extra days.

~Sister Galli
Tracting in the rain

District Activity
P-day party ( all of the food starts with P)
Post activity, outside playing games in the rain


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Temple Day!

Today is Temple day! You all know what that means---! Limited time to email.
But to put his week simply, Thursday night, we got a call from President telling Sister Yang and I to pack our bags because the next day, Friday, she'll be in Kent Island and I'll be back in Carrollton until the end of the transfer.
So since Friday, I've had a blast being in a trio with two wonderful sisters in debatably my favorite area :)

Here's some trio Temple pictures.

Peace out

~Sister Galli

Sister Galli with Sister Rawlins and Sister Wilcox



Monday, July 24, 2017

It's a Quick One!

Quick update this week!
A past companion and I became Visitor Center Trainers which pretty much means we're just the VC director's secretaries. But we're happy to have the opportunity to serve the visitors center and the sisters there! :)


In other news, after a series of events, I will be spending almost all of the rest of the transfer in the Spanish program with some Hermanas that need some extra hands in their area.  They're baptizing like mad and so with my very broken Spanish, I'm happy to help!

Love you all!

~Sister Galli


Monday, July 17, 2017

Video Week Again!

For lack of time and motivation to type up a group email, here's a video of me. Enjoy!

video

To summarize the video (for the sake of the book):
- Not a lot going on in her area
-Doing a lot of tracting (knocking on doors)
-Yesterday they had a 'Why I Believe' fireside at the Visitor's Center, which usually consists of recent converts giving the opening and closing prayers, and a couple more sharing a brief testimony. Then there is usually a main speaker who is a well-known and possibly famous member of the church. She said Mario (her most recent baptism) was one of the people who bore his testimony and it was great. (I'll include a video down below for those of you who are interested.)
- She said they will be knocking more doors this week and they have the faith to find, they just need to find.
-Zone Conference is this week and they have interviews with the Mission President, so maybe she will have something interesting to talk about next week.

Epitome of our area

Boredom leads to creativity
video
Mario's testimony, Part One

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Mario's testimony, Part Two

Monday, July 10, 2017

Another Day of the Grind

With this last transfer, our area got split in half and it was unfortunately not split evenly. We got the half with the mansions and mile-long driveways. It's beautiful and we never feel unsafe, but it makes slim pickings for missionary work.
But back in January, Elder Ballard gave an apostolic promise to our our mission that if we talked to 20 non-members a day, we would always have somebody to teach. So we've been putting that to the test.
This last Monday evening and Thursday evening, we did indeed find three new people to teach! 
This week has strengthened my testimony of living prophets and that their words are inspired. Not only that, but God can and will fulfill their words.  God isn't kidding when He says "prove me now herewith."
This week has been a lot of finding and and lot of Tracting, but it's been a lot of faithfully pushing through!

Hope you all have a great week!
~Sister Galli

Temple flowers
video
Video: Normal Maryland sounds

Monday, July 3, 2017

Baptism Number 4! 🎉

What an uneventful week leading up to an incredibly eventful weekend!

On Saturday, we were able to arrange so that all 7 sisters that helped teach Mario (back in Ft. Meade) could go to his baptism!  Sister Hadley and I swapped companions and we took the trek up to Ft. Meade Saturday evening.  After that it was a party. Once at the chapel, we began by taking pictures and smashing wine and other alcohol-containing bottles of Mario's in the parking lot (the video is included). Then the normal baptismal events took place.  All the sisters who taught him had a part in the program. Two giving the opening and closing prayers, three singing a musical number, and myself, I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost.  Apparently while Mario and the sisters were making the program a few weeks ago, he thought it'd be fun to hear a talk from me because, when I was his missionary, we would always have super deep discussions.  So I felt very honored :) The ordinance went smoothly with Elder Spencer getting it all right on the first try (always a win). After getting all dried off and changed, Mario came back into the room and bore a powerful testimony that everyone knew he believed with all his heart. When the program was finished, everyone gathered to the parking lot for cookies, noise makers, and poppers because Mario wanted it to be a celebration. He also had dinner catered for his family and his missionaries of authentic Greek food that we ate in the gym. All-in-all and 110.9 miles later, it was one of the best days on the mission and a day I'll never forget.

Some days are freaking hard, but it's days like Saturday that make it all worth it.

~Sister Galli

Sisters Galli, Hadley, Hampshire, Greenhalgh, Lemperle, Rawlins and Bingham
at Mario's baptism


Each of these sisters played a part in Mario's conversion


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Helping Mario get rid of his alcohol stash

Finding friends while tracting

District activity last week
Sand volleyball, frisbee golf, and lunch
Sister Galli and Sister Yang will be together for another transfer (6 weeks)