Monday, August 28, 2017

Short Week

I'll skip the pleasantries this week and jump right into the meat.
This week's highlight was that we were able to teach Mireille's husband, Paul, the Restoration, and he happily accepted it all :) He's also been reading the French Book of Mormon that we gave their family and attends church every week with his wife and step-kids. I know I've said this a few times before, but it is amazing to be able to see the fruit of our labor being called back to my first area.  I'm so thankful for this opportunity.
Other than that, honestly, not a whole lot has happened.  Helen has been kind of MIA this week, but we hope to be able to track her down this week and find out what's up.
The weather has taken a strange turn here and is actually quite nice outside, when this time last year was so hot and muggy that I didn't know what to do with myself.
It's great being in a trio--never a dull moment!

~Sister Galli

The Trio

The Visitors Center has such nice glassware that never gets used..except by us :)

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Trio Transcends!

That sinking feeling you get in your chest when the clock hits 6pm on a Monday and you haven't sent out a group email for  that week. *gulp* Well, I'm alive and two weeks worth of missionary life to update you all on. How fun :)

So since I emailed last, we had Transfers! As expected, Sister Rawlins, Sister Wilcox, and I all parted ways, each getting a new companion.  However, what was the least expected of it all, was that I was transferred to be in another Trio, in my first area! So more likely than not, I will end my mission in the same area which I began. #LivingTheDream

My two new companions are Sister Yancey and Sister Sheffer.  Sister Yancey is from Firth, Idaho and has been on her mission for 11 months. Sister Sheffer is from Phoenix, Arizona and just finished being trained here in Kentlands, so I am greenie-breaking for the third time.  (What's funny is I also was the one greebie-breaking her I'm old).

I received a great welcome back into the ward with almost all the members remembering me and being genuinely happy to see me again. One of the main reasons they were happy is probably because I found a lady that got baptized, and since then, her three children have been baptized and her husband wants to be taught as well! It's nice to see the fruits of our work because it quite honestly doesn't happen all that often in life (and especially missionary life).

It feels good to be back on home-turf.

One of the Investigators now in this area is named Helen.  She's from Russia and the sisters knocked into her a few weeks ago.  We had a great lesson with her this week and she happily accepted the invitation to be baptized! It was especially cool because it was Sister Sheffer's first time inviting somebody to be baptized :) You can baptize in any area, people!

The weeks are flying by and they go especially fast when we work hard, which thankfully this transfer, I won't be dragging a companion along to do so.

Happy to be serving :)
~Sister Galli

This is an investigator named Thomas who we knocked into and he was great!
I believe he's on baptismal date now too :) 

S'mores in Carrollton before transfers.

The new Trio with Sis Yancey and Sis Sheffer

Solar Eclipse Day!

Bonus Pic from Sis Karren this morning!
Her grandson, Josh, is visiting and is friends with Hayden.

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