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!


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
Mario's testimony, Part One

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: 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

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)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Picture Week 📷

Howdy all!
Not too much in the way of exciting news this week, but I do have a
fair amount of pictures from last p-day.
Tonight is call-outs which means I'll know this evening who my 9th
companion will be.  I can never hold onto them for very long, can I?
Haha, stay good and keep pressing on!

~Sister Galli

The zoo with the trio

Lunch at Shake Shack off Dupont Circle, my treat

Off to the mall 

I caught a firefly and put him in a jar. I'm now a true American. (Don't worry, I let him go shortly after)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No email this week 🙁

Last week, Sister Galli mentioned that they had been given permission to go into DC on this p-day for Sister Yang's birthday. Because of this, they left early and got home after their p-day time had ended, so no official email this week. However, I have received pictures via text message from two different people this week, so I thought would post them here:

This picture of Sister Galli and Sister Yang was sent to my by a family from Ephraim, UT
who were on a road trip and visiting DC
So funny to see Hannah as the 'tall' one at 5'4" :)

Sister Galli with Sister Karren
(she was my kids' elementary school principal who is serving a mission in DC now with her husband).
I get these selfies from Sis Karren every time she sees Hannah at a meeting, etc. and it is such treat!
Definitely one of the perks of having a friend who is serving in the same mission as your daughter.

These three pictures were taken at a meeting with a visiting general authority  (Elder Brent H Nielson).
I'm guessing the VC sisters are singing, but I'm not sure.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Service: It's Why We're Here

We got an interesting call this week from our roommates.
"Hey Sisters. Our car won't start. Can we catch a ride with you to Zone Conference?"
Um, sure. 
So they have been our passengers for the past 5 days while their car is being fixed.  
This has been a bit of a challenge as very little of our areas overlap (they're Spanish, we're English) and they have back-to-back appointments (because we're half convinced that they've committed every Hispanic in their area to be baptized).
However, a few melted jumper cables later, they have traded out their new 2017 Subaru Legacy for a...less nice car.

In life, we don't always get to choose some things--either because of others' agency or just because we live in an imperfect world--but every day we can choose our attitudes and perspectives. 
Sister Yang and I could have been incredibly upset and annoyed with our inconvenience (and it was an inconvenience) or we could have looked at this as an opportunity to serve our fellow missionaries.  And though we aren't baptizing, they are, and now that we've helped them be able to teach those people, we've helped their investigators come closer to baptism, too! We all have a part to play.

On an only semi-random note, since we are serving in the VC for full days now, we can sign up to feed all the sisters there (11-12 sisters) on one or two nights of the month and people have been really generous and also gotten very creative.  On Wednesday, we made fried rice. On Friday, the sister from Korea and her companions made Korean BBQ.   It's been fun to serve and be served in a delicious way :)

Service is in the air, people!  It adds meaning to our lives. So do it!

~Sister Galli

P.S. There will either be no email or a short email next week as we will be going into the city for Sister Yang's birthday! 🎉


Monday, June 5, 2017

What's the Point?

Howdy Howdy Y'all!

Over the past few weeks since this transfer began, I've been having a bit of a trial-some period--feeling really down with no real explanation of why.  It's been difficult to find joy in the work lately.

However, after fasting and praying about it yesterday, I received an answer to why I've been feeling this way--I didn't feel like I had a purpose, or at least I was unaware of my purpose in being sent to this new area with this new companion and going back to the VC. Long story short, through talking with some of the other VC sisters last night, I realized what my purpose is in being sent to this area. Knowing the 'what' and the 'why' has now given me the motivation to do my best to achieve what I have been sent here to do.

This must be how everyone must feel if they do not know the Plan of Salvation: the Plan that God has for each one of us.  To be sent to earth with no clue on how one should conduct their life or find any meaning from the day to day, it must be a challenge to have the desire to continue sometimes.
I feel so blessed to know what God expects of me in the long run (and now in the short run, too!).  I'd like to challenge each one of you to share God's plan for each of His children with somebody who is not as fortunate as we are.  And if you're questioning your purpose, be it big or small, ask God, and He will let you know.  He wants you to be happy and He wants you to have meaning in your life.

Love you all!
~Sister Galli

That awesome moment when your area resembles Book of Mormon geography

Made a sock cat for one of the sisters in the VC

Ah, it's always so beautiful!

We cleaned out the keyboards at the VC, and afterward I 'fixed' the keys ;)

Got Dippin' Dots from the mall