Monday, November 30, 2015


Hey Everyone! 

Thanksgiving was alright. Food was somewhat lacking... I made an awesome Green bean casserole. It was pretty good. Lacking here meaning not like home... We make some good food. We just set the bar high. 

Interesting enough we have been pretty warm here. Only recently has it gotten down to the 30's at night. First time I saw ice was last night on the way home from the mountains.

We have no investigators as of yet, but have a potential.  Our work is mostly focused on the Less actives.

This week was been a little rough like most weeks in ASL but we are doing good still, slowing improving ourselves. I finally start to text like a deaf person... Which is good for here, but not so much for home... I doubt anyone will understand me, and deaf people text like this.

"Me Galloway visit you next week Tuesday time 5 night Maybe eat night have You Roy good day Smile keep keep"

Yeah, that is fairly easy to read but that is a pretty good text-er, one of the better. trust me, it takes a minute to learn how to read it.

Anyway. Yeah.
I found a quote for both my mission and my life. Which is a question my companion asked me a while back several times. "What are you waiting for?" Meaning God helps those who help themselves. Why are we waiting for someone else to make the first move, including God, we know what is right. Now lets do it. Let us be teachers of the word, not just hearers or doers, but teachers. How? By relying on God. For doing something and then asking for his help, not just asking. "You took no thought but to ask" We are things to act and not be acted upon. I am finally beginning to understand what that means.

Well, I think that is it for this week. Love you all! Ingat po! (Some tagalog to share with you means goodbye)

Elder Galloway.

PS: 'Member to smile. It helps. 



Hey, everyone!
How are you all doing?
I'm doing awesome! Lots of learning about just about everything in life. It is weird how much you learn in so short a time and truth be told it can be overwhelming sometimes. The biggest thing I have learned is that if you don't have the spirit with you for whatever reason then you are free to have other unwelcome spirits there and that can cause problems for missionary work and life in general. So, you need to have the spirit with you at all times by being exactly obedient and it doesn't help to be stressed. So do what you need to, to be worthy to have the spirit with you. Trust me you don't want something there instead of it. Just doesn't sit right. 
The work is going better we are starting to get home teaching up and running and that pretty much takes up all of our time but we feel it is the best way to help the Branch grow so it can become a ward. Thanksgiving is just down the way and I can't help but think of all the pies back home I'm going to miss. But we have some plans for it that look pretty good so I think that this my first one away from home shouldn't be so bad. At least I don't have to do the dishes right? That is something.
Just remember who you are and what you stand for! Love you all and I am thankful for each one of you.

Love Elder Galloway!

PS: 'Member to Smile. It helps.

PSS: So does pie!


Hey Everyone,

What's up? I am doing pretty good.
A bit of a struggle this week. It is the hardest week yet, and trust me. In ASL the weeks get pretty hard. I am learning so much. Hopefully it stays in my head rather than leaking out.
Well, the rain is here. All of it at the same time. Which is a lot. A LOT! So hard driving in it. People DON"T EVEN SLOW DOWN! Crazies, driving 70 mph in 4 inches of water.
So the south area is actually not the one I was talking about before, it is not that bad. But, it could be better, the apartment is super nice, if only it didn't smell like pot half the time from the people above us... Just makes cooking a little more fun. Which by the way we finally get a little more money each month to make up for the lack of member meals. Helps when we are 3 hours from apartment and need to eat something.
We started teaching an ASL class which is super fun, in DEC we are supposed to have like 20 non-members coming so that is good. My signing and deaf culture awareness is improving little by little. As is my companionship. I love it. Anywho. Quote for today:

"Remember who you are and where you came from, Never forget who you can become and where you can go!"

I love quoting myself. I sound so smart sometimes. It is nice to pretend. Well, that is it for this week. Have a good day. KEEP KEEP. 
(KEEP KEEP  means Take Care in ASL.    I had to ask Elder Galloway, and was given a quick lesson in texting in ASL.  Apparently you text the same way you sign.  Similar I imagine to texting or speaking in Spanish where the sentence structure is different than English.  Anyway it is interesting.)
Elder Galloway.

PS: 'Member to smile. It helps.  


Hey everyone.
How is it going? Pretty good? Alright, perfect. 
I'm doing well, being in a companion ship with only one other person is still a bit weird. But I like it. The south area we are serving in is pretty cool, lots of new faces to meet and a lot of work to do but we will handle it. I don't think we will have any problems getting the ball rolling. 
This is a bit random. Just something that has been on my mind recently. You know. People say that we are who we choose to be. It is just sometimes I feel like I can never quite make the right choice. You have one experience and you think you have learned from it so the next time you have the same choice you try better and still it just kind of blows up in your face. I don't know. Life never works out quite the way you wanted does it?  I guess that is where trusting the lord comes in. No worries. I'll be alright. It is just something I have been thinking about. Some song lyrics I have been thinking about recently. I know it is not a hymn but I felt it shared a good message. 

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name,
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what You've done.
Not because of what I've done
But because of who You are.

I am a flower quickly fading,
Here today and gone tomorrow.
A wave tossed in the o cean.
A vapor in the wind.
Still You hear me when I'm calling.
Lord, You catch me when I'm falling.
And You've told me who I am.
I am Yours, I am Yours.

Just something to think about. Catch you guys on the flip side.

Love Elder Galloway.

PS: 'Member to smile it helps. 


Hey everyone!

I figure I'd start with that.
So, interesting enough this week is ASL transfers. I say ASL because ASL Missionaries come like half way through the normal transfer. And finally we are getting a new Elder! Tomorrow! YAY! Elder Hess.
So, who is where you might ask? So while we will all still be working very closely together Myself and Elder Gerber are moving down south to an area called White Center. Which from what I hear is somewhat sketchy. Sister missionaries are not allowed to serve there it is so sketchy. So looking forward to that.
And then Elder Taylor with Elder Hess will be up north still in Shoreline. So that is awesome! I cannot wait. AAAAHHHH! Anyway.
Halloween was good, first one away from my family. We had to be in at 5 o'clock and got to go to sleep at 8 which was super nice. As I tend to be super tired all the time hopefully it helps me catch up on it a little bit. 
What else? I have actually gained weight. (Hopefully from the working out part) but since I started my mission I have gained 15 pounds. In about 3 months now. So, That cool. Again I hope its from the working out and not the eating. But who knows. We'll see in about two years.
Well, I think that is it for this week. Love you all. Keep keep.

Elder Galloway

PS: 'Member to smile. It helps


Oct 26, 2015

Hey everyone.

How are you all doing? I hope everything has been going well. Recently my mind has been drawn to the fact that there is one person that stands in our way from progression. Who might you ask?
Ourselves. We are the only people that stop us from becoming what we want to be. We can literally do anything we want, yet we stop ourselves from trying because someone else is better, or we "are not good enough", or simply because it looks too hard.
Want to know a secret? Life is hard if you want it to be or not. Might as well make it hard for the right reasons. Don't be afraid. God will support you.
I don't have much to say this week. The work is going slow. We are expecting it to pick up soon.
But other than that, my advice is just keep going. Don't let Satan slow you down. Don't let yourself slow you down. Be better than that, because you are better than that. You are Children of God. Act like it. Believe it. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

Keep Keep.

Elder Galloway.

PS:'Member to smile. it helps.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hey everyone.

So, few things. Don't be weird-ed out if you get random phone calls from people with questions about me. Yeah, it is a little strange. The deaf community is very different then any of us have experienced before including Devin. The thing about it is unlike hearing missions then the people I meet and become friends with will not go away after my mission I will have them for life. If that makes sense like hearing people will be friends but over time it will degrade, unlike Deaf people.  Once they make friends they normally keep that connection for life.  I not sure what the difference is.  My companions have even had people from the mission stay over at their family's homes. I don't expect that for you as we live in the middle of no where. Just be warned. 

 Anyway. we have a few interpreters in the branch. I do end up doing it sometimes, as well as most other meetings for my deaf companion so I get plenty of practice for that. As for voice interpreting I use that some times as well to voice for my companion for nightly phone call as he is the district leader. So, I am learning. Am I good? depends on the day. 

What is up? I'm still doing good. Food is in short supply. Mainly because I eat so much but. That just means I'm working hard right? Maybe it's the working out. Who knows right? Anyway. The work is actually kind of slow as we tend to be boggled down doing some thins that may or may not be part of missionary work. It is church work just maybe not missionary work. But, no problem. We solve that problem. So, our investigators are running few but we have seen some progress in members helping with the work so hopefully soon we will see the benefits of that. I actually have a surprise for all of you. I have another poem to share. Hope you like it. My companions love it, here goes:

Faith in ever footstep that is what they say 
But the amount required increases day by day. 
Sometimes it is impossible to keep moving forward.
You must sink to your knees and seek the Lord.

How others do it you ask yourself again.
No matter what happens they always win.
But yours is not the case you usually fail.
It seems no-one is listening to your silent yell.

Stuck on your knees gasping for air.
Caught in the mist of the temper's snare.
You pray with all your fading might.
Right before the darkness wins you see a light.

So what do you do with this chance given?
Arise once more to the call of the world you live in?
From my soul to yours comes this simple plead.
When in fear or doubt, let the Lord lead. 

Hope you like it. Anywho. That is all for this week. Love you.

Keep Keep.

Elder Galloway. PS: 'Member to smile. It helps!

Oct 12, 2015

Hey everyone! How is it going?

So I'm still alive. I'm doing pretty good. I'm so sore because we have started doing P90X in the mornings so there's that. I'm getting pretty buff so that the important thing right? I'm still so skinny. Anyway. This week had been pretty good. Lots meeting new people, we need the new Elder soon there is plenty of work to go around. I love it! I'm meeting so many cool people here. My signing is actually improving so that is good. Maybe one day I'll get the hang of it. I felt to share part of a page of my journal from 9/20/15 it reads:

"I feel everyone has that one topic that they can relate very personally to. Something they can explain really well, why can they? Because maybe they have a lot of experience with it, or maybe they just understand it well. 

This often begs the question(s). What is mine? What is it I have a lot of understanding in? What can I help other people understand? Faith? Hope? Purpose? Life? 

How do we find what we we're good for?"

The answer is very simple. Lose yourself. Serve others. Do as Christ. Remember simple does not mean easy.  Christ taught that "whosoever shall lose his life for me shall find it." Or something like that. I'll look it up later. The point being. God will help do not doubt this. EVER! But I promise you that as you lose yourself in helping others you will be happy in life, and you will understand what it is you are good at and what you can help people with the most. Once you find that talent. Try your best not to bury it. That does not help anyone. 

Hmm, the scripture for today is Alma 5:49-51. Read it. Love it. Live it.

Keep Keep.

Elder Galloway.

PS: 'Member to smile. It helps.


Wednesday October 5th, 2015

Hey guys!

Well, Oh boy. Sorry I'm late with the letter transfers and all. Interesting thing with that, as it turns out I will be learning Spanish as well. Guess the Lord felt the need to transfer me to  the Spanish branch. Just kidding guys. Totally ASL all the way. But, yeah transfers puts us back a little bit because we help out because we have the most miles so we help out and drive people to their areas. 

Yeah, we are allowed to eat with members four nights a week. We usually meet with members Sunday and Monday night, the Brand President and Ward mission leader, the other vary. We also have a set lesson/dinner on Tuesday night with a member family that lives super far away like 1.5-2 hour drive. so we do that every Tuesday. And we eat pretty healthy. Just recently we got a bunch of MRE's from a member in the Army. So we eat those sometimes. And no worries about the package it gets here when it gets here. I'm doing awesome. 

We found out the new ASL Elder's name is Elder Hess he'll get here in NOV so looking forward to that. It has been a long week this week.

General Conference went pretty good we only had to interpret for most of it. For our deaf and blind nonetheless. So that kinda hurt afterwards. It gets super tiring after signing for so long with someone else's hands laying on your the whole time. But the talks were really good, we learned a lot. It's interesting the Wisdom they give us a lot we have to look for but most of it is right there. Makes you realize what you can do to become better, which ties in with what we have been teaching this week that is Christ like attributes. Which is something everyone needs to work on. 

Also this week I have started a book of everything I need to do after the mission, there is a lot to do in this world. No worries I am staying focused most of the stuff I put down is church related. My journal is getting huge. I have so many thoughts about the Gospel during my mission that I have never had before. I can't wait and have a hard time waiting to share them with everyone. I think in the last 30 days I've been here I have written like 45-50 pages those are full pages. So tons of learning going on. I'm keeping up with my reading and just finished the book of numbers like two days ago. It is soooo boring. But, It must be important right? Well, I'm doing awesome. I love all of you! 

Elder Galloway

P.s. 'Member to smile.

Sept. 28th, 2015

Hey Everyone!

A bunch of stuff this week. It has been an awesome week. Our numbers have just been super high in pretty much all areas. So that is amazing. We found two new investigators, both of which show promise. I have also set up and started this crazy study plan because we drive around in cars all day so I have all that time. The plan is this I will read
-Old Testament
-New Testament
-Book of Mormon
-Doctrine and Covenants
-Pearl Of Great Price
-Joseph Smith Translation
-Joseph Smith Matthew
-And the Bible Dictionary

All in 125 days. So, That is a huge amount of reading. Day four today And I'll already finished with Genesis. So another thing this week is we had our deaf blind members pass the sacrament yesterday. Which was super cool. I helped with that and guided one of them along. It was AWESOME. So this last week as been the best week in the mission (for ASL) in a long time. Just so much of everything. Didn't I tell you things were going to pick up? I plan to keep it this way. We'll see how that goes. Something I have notice while serving is people have so many different problems. SO MANY! How do we fix this? How do we overcome the problems we have? It so simple! SO SIMPLE! Just be like Christ. Stop focusing on yourself and doing something for someone else. Serve. Turn outward. Stop turning inward. This will solve so many problems. Of that I have no doubt.  The quote for today. Because I have a quote for every day is this:

 "He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free!"

 I beg you guys. Just do it. Live like Christ. Do for others what you would do for yourself. I promise if you do that then most if not all your problems will either disappear or cease to be important to you. I heard some where. Maybe I thought it but whatever the case it says:

 "It is easy to give your life for the Lord, to die in his name. It is harder to live for him."

 Let us be worthy to bear his name. We already do if we are baptized. But we need to be worthy of it. Let us do what is needed to have him be proud of us. This is my simple plead: "Come unto Christ and be perfected in him." Do as he did, walk as he walked, follow him, find the lambs, feed the sheep.

Just some of the simple thoughts of a growing young missionary.

Elder Galloway.

PS: 'Member to smile. It helps.


Sept 20th, 2015

Hey Folks.

What is up? I'm having tons of fun out here. I love it. This last week has been the best one yet. We have had some really good days. REALLY good days. And some awful ones. I haven't fallen asleep in any more lessons yet... Which I did the first week if I never told you that. Luckily it was with a member and they've seen a lot of missionaries so they understood. Apparently it's not uncommon to fall asleep during your first week here. So a little bit more about the area I'm serving in just so you can understand a little bit more about how huge it is.

The Deaf population is all over the place that's why we have such a huge area. Most of the members live outside the mission. That's why we don't stay in it. And my companions. One is deaf with an cochlear implant. (<--- District leader) The other is hearing and is showing some signs of Carpal Tunnel. Which is not good for signing, So he may be pulled from ASL for a little bit.  

Right now my area is from the Canadian border down to Shahalais (A town) and from the Ocean to Rocky Mountains. So yeah, and there is three of us to cover that. Luckily we will get a new elder on Nov 3. So we'll split North and south again. When we split the half way point will be in about Seattle area. So still huge areas.There's only one Branch in the Seattle in all of our area with about 25-30 active people. So that's a little sad. But all in all the Deaf community is huge. Tons of people. I've met a lot of cool people so far. 

Driving is crazy here. So terrible. But, I'll get the hang of it. I think I want to be a race car driver at some point in my life. You guys need to see my journal it's so much better of a report of what has happened. I'll put it on the blog after my mission. It's pretty good. I've been told it's very poetic. So there's that. Hopefully soon I'll be able to send pictures of everything. 
That's it for now. Have fun.

Elder Galloway

PS: 'Member to Smile. It helps.  

Sept. 14th, 2015

Hey guys.

What's up? This is my second week here in Seattle. It has been a little better than the first one. We are getting settled in the place now. Everything back to normal. I've had my first interpreting experience, as we had zone conference which is a 7 hour meeting with lunch in the middle. I interpreted not the whole time thankfully, but a lot. It's a lot harder than you would think. So remember I mentioned we might be able to go to a Deaf Expo in Portland? Well, at this point in time it looks like a no. So, there's that. So our investigators are doing pretty good. They are all progressing pretty well. Our Branch is still super small. We get maybe 30 people every week. But it's our goal as a Branch to become a ward in the next few years. So I will be helping with that. I'll be excited to see how that works out. I'm not as tired as when I first got here. But, I still tend to be pretty tired. Shocker. It's a hard life serving the Lord. Some of the missionaries before me didn't quite make the cut from what I hear. Anyway. I recently wrote another poem I thought I'd Share with you guys. Here goes:

Oh be faithful, Oh be wise.
When the world calls: Arise.
The task at hand is not for fun.
We are to do what must be done.

Set apart to do his great work.
Laboring wherein Satan doth Lurk.
Forget not Obedience is key.
For the Lord God workth in mystery.

Rather let us say "I will go and do"
than "I'm slow of speech and tongue too"
Open your mouth and it will be filled.
For even Jesus did what the Father willed.

So let him be our guiding light.
Go forth forever trusting in his might.
The end.

It's pretty simple. But I hope it helps with something. I think that is it for this week. Have a glorious week. Talk to you next time. Later. 

Elder Galloway

PS: 'Member to smile. It helps. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brenden left this morning for Seattle!  He arrived safely and is doing good.  He's ready for his next big adventure.  I updated his Mailing Address on the blog.  I know he'd appreciate a letter or two.

Thanks for supporting him.

Hey everyone,

Whats up? No one is writing or emailing me! I have no idea what has happened over there for the last month and a half. I don't even remember what the world is like. Just kidding. I remember well enough. But, still guys. Write me. Just do it. 

I'm about to leave the MTC so email is probably a better idea. By the way. in case you missed it. I'M ABOUT TO LEAVE THE MTC!! Right? It's crazy. I've been here for a month and a half already. It does not feel like it. Maybe a week, and in other ways like the whole two years already. I'm excited to leave. I'm ready for it. I cannot wait for the mission field. We had in-field orientation yesterday. It was pretty cool. It just made me even more excited for the field. To go start helping people. I cannot wait. 

This is my last P-day here at the MTC. That's a little scary. 

It's funny sometimes I hear people complaining that 6:30 is too early to get up and I think to myself. "Ha, this is great I get to sleep in for like a extra hour and half" I swear sometimes it feels like the standards I live by being a Galloway are slightly above that of the Lord's. Which I'm grateful for. But, Anyway it does not feel like I'm on my mission yet. I only have 23 months left. It does not feel like I've started it yet. I'm so ready for that. 

I checked the other day I have not gained any weight since I got here and I have been eating a ton. I'm not sure how I feel about that. The food here is questionable but. I just get hungry sometimes. I eat a lot. 

Class has been interesting as we have switched our focus to learning about the Deaf community, which I love! I cannot say enough how ready and excited I am for the field.  I think my favorite part about the MTC was not the nine hours of studying everyday. But rather the actual teaching of our "investigators". I think that's where I learned the most. I don't exactly miss home. It's just different here. But, then again I still have 22 months left. 

Bring on the rain. Quite literally. I hear it rains a lot. I'm ready for that. Hopefully I get a car. That'd be nice. And Hopefully I get to start off signing rather than english. And maybe even a deaf companion. That'd be cool.

 I get to go to the Temple today. We're doing initiatories and then a session today. I'm excited for that. Thanks everyone for your prayers. I think that's it for today. More from the field. Can't wait for that. Later.

Oh and 'member to smile. It helps.

Elder Galloway.


Hey Guys,

Missionary life is pretty good. Lots of learning. Everything is going pretty good. It's hard for me to realize I've left. It feels like only days since I left home. But, I've been here for almost a month. I only have 10 days left this is my second to last P-day before I leave the MTC. That's crazy. I can't wait for the field. It's weird. I've never been one to get home sick. But, maybe two years will change that. 

It's crazy how much you learn here, not only about the gospel but about yourself as well. It can be very challenging. It seems the harder you try to stay focused the harder it is to do so. It's hard when you're trying to learn and things just keep popping up in your way. 

So signing in the choir with the Nashville Tribute Band was awesome. How signing looked a little bit like dancing. Everyone else got a little jealous. Another thing I think is kinda cool. Something that we probably take a little too much advantage of, is they always save seating for the ASL missionaries in the front. Every devotional or meeting we always get to sit up front which is pretty cool. 

We also get to go to the temple today, I'm excited for that. It's pretty cool going through in a ASL session. I'm also working on my interpreting. Which is a crazy hard skill to master. Something, I'm having trouble with, since I grew up in the hearing world, is expressing emotion. Just like facial expressions even. I can't do it. It's hard. I'm not used to it at all. But, I'm improving day by day. 

A scripture that I've shared this week that has helped a lot of people out, it's one I want to share with you guys. It's D&C 101:16 "Let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion... Be still, and know that I am God." It's easy to forget why we're here on earth. Where we came from. I think that as members sometimes we make light of that.I think we need to remember who we are. Children of God. 

Hmm. In other news. I'm getting my first haircut today. By the way shaving everyday us weird. Somedays I have to shave in the morning and right before bed just to keep up with it. Not to try and impress anyone. I just thought I'd share that. 

So, I've been here a month, I've gone through the food cycle a few times now. The feed is getting bland. But, it's whatever. Only ten days left!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE FIELD. And also, I'm playing volleyball everyday, so I'm getting pretty good at that. It's fun. 

Well, I think that's it for this week. Love you guys.

- Elder Brenden T. Galloway    

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hey it's me again.

So, not a whole lot to report on this week. The days just kinda blur together. It's interesting how fast they go by. It's easy to get distracted and miss a few of them. Sometimes you can see people who are just letting them pass away. You can see those who understand that now is not their time, but the Lord's. In Alma 34:32 it says "For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day is the day for men to preform their labors." It's easy to get caught up in the fun and games of life. But, while having fun isn't bad. We need to remember why we're here, and that applies to everyone.

So, what else.-- My companion and I are becoming more fluent teachers together. He gospel background isn't very deep. But we are working on that and he's getting a lot better, as am I.
Just this Wednesday we had some of our roommates leave, they were English missionaries. So they were only here for like 12 days. It was interesting because for the first week I didn't talk and we had them convinced I was deaf. They freaked out when I found out I wasn't. It's interesting. There have been a few days when I decided I wouldn't say anything, and it's weird how many people think I'm deaf. I mentioned last time my teacher thought I was a CODA.

It's nice to know I've been picking up the language so fast. Sometimes you don't or can't see the tender mercies from God until after the fact. I want to end this post/email/whatever with my testimony. I know we are all here for a reason. I know everything we go through we can handle and it was given to us for a reason. I know no matter what we lose what we're going to gain from it is so much more. I know it's important that we trust in God. Because in him we can do all things. I know he has helped me with my problems, with my struggles, my weaknesses, I know he'll help you if you ask. With the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

'Member to smile. It helps. Oh and don't worry, it'll all work out in the end.

- Elder Galloway. 

Sunrise over the mountains

I don't remember the last time that Brenden was at home that he was up this early!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Hey Everyone.

It's been like 17 days since I got here. It's been pretty crazy. I've learned a lot and have had some interesting things happen in my district. Well, first off don't play volleyball with Tongans. One of our sisters fractured her wrist. So there's that. Another has been having problems with her appendix. 

Thanks for sending me stuff. I swear I'm the only missionary who hasn't gotten like 9 packages from home. But that's alright. I don't really have anything I need or anything like that. Besides I just take snacks from theirs anyway. (Disclaimer: We really have sent him stuff.  -just not 9 packages worth.)

We did get to listen to Elder Nelson of the Twelve. He talked about how missionaries were epistles to the world. It was super cool. Another cool thing the MTC choir, which I'm in, gets to sing backup for the Nashville Tribute Band in a few weeks. That's pretty cool. I'm excited for that. 

Other than that we've just been learning a lot. There have been several people struggling with why they are here and it's not only hard to feel something like that but to watch other people go through it as well. It's easy to judge yourself against others and feel like you can do nothing right. But. With God on our side we can do all things. 

So interesting thing -Our Deaf teacher thought I was a CODA (Child of a deaf Adult) Which means I must look like I know what I'm doing when I sign as CODA tend to be some of the best signers next to the actual Deaf. I thought that was pretty cool. 

A word of advice to all those who need it. Stay close to the Gospel. Even if you have to step away from it for a minute don't push it away. It can always help. It's funny, sometimes I think how much God must love people compared to me. As you start to serve people you have to love them. As you understand them you have to love them. It's intersting to see that. I think that is it for this week.

'Member to Smile. It helps.

-Elder Galloway

Friday, July 31, 2015

7-31-2015 Ten days in MTC

Hey Guys! It's been ten days since I got here. Ten days. It does not feel like that, it feels both like three days and nine weeks. The days are so packed. But they fly by fast. It's interesting the stuff you see here, You can almost literally see the hand of the adversary. The most tempting thing is to be distracted. For nine hours a day I sit in a room full of people who have since become my friends. Unadvised, unsupervised. Studying, It's nearly impossible to focus. Okay, I guess the teachers are there for six of those nine hours but still. It's strange nearly everyone in my district reminds me of someone back home. It's hard not comparing ourselves to others.To look at them and say I can't do that, I can't become that. But one of the more important things we learned this last week is that "by small and simple things do great things come to past" if we keep trying, we will improve, In my journal I wrote this I feel it expedient to share it says: "Arise from the dust my sons, and be ye men" let us put away childish things and become men of God. This is my hope. My prayer. My soul's desire."  A word we use a lot that we shouldn't in the MTC is "guys" everyone says it. But, we are told we should use "Elders" or "Sisters" instead. Anyone can be a guy but it takes something more to put off the natural man and become something more, a servant of God, a missionary. It's not easy, trust me, I've only been here ten days and it's been tough. But, I know if we try every day. We can overcome the problems which we face. I promise you that.

'Member to smile. It helps.

Elder Galloway

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kaia says the dark suit makes Elder Galloway look really tall.  Standing next to someone short helps a bit too. ;-)
Hey everyone,

Elder Galloway here. So where to start? What to say? Well, it's only been almost 48 hour that I've been here at the MTC and man has it been busy. But, The food is pretty good. Not as good as home but good enough. That's the important thing right? So my companion is one Elder Smuin. While he was born deaf he was raised in the hearing world and has cochlear implants.He started signing about three years ago. He is going to the Washington DC north Mission. I happen to be the only one going to Seattle right now. So interesting thing, Right now they have the biggest group of ASL missionaries in the MTC ever. In our Zone we have 31 signers. That's pretty cool. We only have three deaf people. Most of  my district can sign pretty well already, I am one of the better signers still but no where near the best. Yet. My class has been going pretty good. It's interesting learning about how to share the Gospel in ASL. We'll start teaching "Investigators" tomorrow in ASL so hopefully my companion and I are ready for that. I feel we are. One of the most important things we have been learning about is about teaching people, not lessons. We as missionaries aren't there to teach, we aren't there to force people, but simply to guide them, to invite the spirit. I think that is hard for some missionaries to understand. If there was one great pearl of knowledge I want to offer the world it's "fix the future, not the past." meaning while we need to repent for the things we're done wrong then it's best to resist then to repent. That is what missionaries see in people, not what they are or what they've done, but what they can become. I feel that's an important lesson we can all use some help with. No one is prefect. So we all need to help each other on the path to perfection.I think that's it for this week. Sorry it's short. More next week. Oh and by the way P-Day is on Friday. I'd love to hear from you guys! Thanks.

Elder Galloway.

PS: My email is and my mother should have my physical address. Talk to you later.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Farewell Talk

So for those of you who missed my farewell talk. I thought I'd throw you a bone and post it on here. The talk I gave was pretty much like this, changes while speaking happened as directed by the spirit. Here you go;

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Brenden Galloway. I have been called to serve in the Washington Seattle mission preaching in American Sign Language. I head off to the MTC in ten days. So I have been given a topic to talk on today, but I figured I’m leaving for two years. I can talk about what I want to first. But don’t worry, it all relates in the end.

So as I have been preparing for my mission, though all the interviews and every time I told someone I was serving a mission it caught my attention that there was a question that was asked quite a bit. People always seemed to ask me “why”. You know. Why I wanted to serve? Why would I give up two years of my life? Why would I leave my family and pretty much not talk to them for two years? Trust me that last one was pretty easy to answer. But as people asked this I’d stop and think to myself. “Why am I doing this? Am I doing it because it’s what’s expected of me? Because my parents want me to? Because it’s what people told I needed to do as I was growing up?  Because, as my friend said before he left on his mission, that girls always seemed to think missionaries are cute? Or am I doing it because I actually want to?”

As I thought about this I found a scripture that has since become my favorite scripture. Alma 29:1-10. The chapter starts off with Alma making a wish. In verses  one and two: “O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people! Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.” Which seems like a pretty good wish right? He wants to go and tell everyone about the Gospel. But then later in verses three and four it says: “But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me. I ought not to harrow up in my desires the firm decree of a just God, for I know that he granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life; yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills, whether they be unto salvation or unto destruction.” Which I thought was a little odd, he wanted to tell the whole world about the gospel how can that be a bad thing? He answers this with a question in verses six and seven: Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called? Why should I desire that I were an angel, that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth?” He answers his own question in the last three verses: “For behold, the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true. I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy. And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.” And when I read this then to me it says while it’s a good thing to want to tell everyone in the world about the gospel, to help everyone repent and come unto God. It’s impossible. I can’t talk to everyone, I can’t preach to the world. But that’s alright because God knows what he is doing, because while I can’t reach everyone there are those I can reach. There are those in my path that I can help. This hasn’t answered the why yet but the reason I want to serve a mission is because I know that what I have, the things I feel, the blessings I get, and the gospel itself makes me happy. And I want to share that with everyone, I want them to be as happy as the Gospel makes me. And while I can’t reach the whole world, there are those I can reach. And I want to give them the opportunity to learn about it. Because I know it will make them happier.
So the actual topic I was given to speak on is the restoration and Joseph Smith as a modern day prophet and my testimony of that. Which goes hand in hand with missionary work as it tends to be the first thing a missionary teaches someone. Because without Joseph Smith we would have no restoration, no church, no Book of Mormon, no Doctrine and Covenants, nothing. The restoration all started with him, when he was reading the bible and decided to pray about which church is true. We all know the story of the first vision. Joseph went into the sacred grove and tried to pray and at first when he started praying then Lucifer came and tried and tried to get him to stop but Joseph was able to say a prayer and then God and Jesus appeared to him. And in his own words he describes it this way: “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” and they talked and Jesus told him to join none of the churches for “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” And so after this happens Joseph is left a 14 year-old boy who has seen God and only a handful of people will believe him. Mostly his family. But by the rest of the world he is ridiculed and shunned. So he puts it away for a while then the angel Moroni appears to him and he starts learning about the Book Of Mormon, he gets to see it every once in a while but he doesn’t get it for four years. And then he starts translating and setting up the church and the entire time he’s doing this then he is still being ridiculed and shunned by the world, more people are believing him but not a whole lot. Throughout his life he is beaten, tarred and feathered, people try to kill him, he loses almost all of his kids, and he endures this all the way until they finally martyr him in Carthage. So why would he go through all of that, it would have been so much easier to just renounce his vision, to be like “Just kidding guys!” So why?

One of the other things missionaries teach a lot is Moroni’s promise. Which is found in Moroni 10 and in verses four and five it says: “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.”

I testify that I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and the Book of Mormon is true. I think Joseph went through everything he did, because as it says in Joseph Smith History verse 25: “who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.”  That’s another reason I want to serve a mission. As it says in James 2:17-18 “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” I have a testimony of the restoration, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. I have a firm faith in Jesus Christ and God. And seeing the world in the condition it’s in right now. I cannot sit back and watch it fall apart. I know that it’s my relationship with God and Christ, the atonement that is the cause of my happiness. And that’s why I want to share the gospel because it’s what gave those to me.

I want to share a few things that we wouldn’t have without Joseph Smith and the restoration. These are a couple of my favorite things about the church. The first thing is my favorite hymn number 221 the second verse: 
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd, Dear are the lambs of his fold;

Some from the pastures are straying, Hungry and helpless and cold.

See, the Good Shepherd is seeking, seeking the lambs that are lost,

Bringing them in with rejoicing, saved at such infinite cost.

 I like that hymn because it talks about how each and every one of us is important to God and that he cares about us as individuals. I want to share a few scriptures that have helped me in life. Doctrine and

Covenants 101:16 which says: “Therefore, let your hearts be comforted concerning Zion; for all flesh is in mine hands; be still and know that I am God.” And Joshua 1:9: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” These have really helped me in life because the world is getting darker every day. These tell me that it’s all going to be alright. God has things under control.

I want to end with my testimony that I know God is our Heavenly Father and loves each and every one of us, that he is aware of what we are going through and will helps us through it. I testify that the Gospel is true and that it had blessed my family and countless others. I know that Christ came down and lived and died for us that we can return to live with God again. I know that we can all use the Atonement when we need to, and we will need to. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that God restored his church on the Earth through him in these latter days. I know that through Joseph we got the Book of Mormon and that it is true. I know that if we have any questions or doubts we can pray and learn the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that we can’t reach everyone on the earth but there are those we can reach and we should be afraid to try.

 I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.