Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Life has been quite eventful since leaving Missouri. I suppose the easiest way to write will be to chronologically categorize the events since my departure.

I must admit that I cried a bit after reading the two letters left in my backpack. Brindi's in particular was quite touching, while Mother's was deeply inspiring. I naturally saw through your feeble attempts at concealing their presence and opened them while traveling. The plane ride to Salt Lake and bus to Provo was uneventful.

Life became much more interesting when I entered the MTC! We were enthusiastically welcomed by a group of hosts and given an address in a crowded hall (there were probably 1,000 new missionaries that day). We were then instructed to drop off our stuff and go to class. I entered my class in a surrounding frenzy of Portuguese words and phrases. I learned later that this was intentionally done to promote the idea of urgency in the classroom. I immediately started memorizing the basic phrases. My teacher, Irmao Cannon, is a very kind and intelligent man. He has an innate friendliness and likability that instantly draws people towards him.

I met my companion a little later. Elder McCrea is a large 19 year old Texan who spent a year at BYU before deciding to serve a mission. He is very friendly and prays more than anybody I know. He has been LDS all his life, and he took 6 years of Spanish beforehand.

My district is wonderful. Almost everybody has taken 3-6 years of Spanish before coming here. Despite that disadvantage, I am keeping up with the pace of the class fairly well! The Elders and Sisters are smart, capable, and oftentimes hilarious. I have received an interesting reputation since arriving. One of my nicknames is "Elder Dictionary", because I have a reputation for always correcting people on the correct pronunciation and spelling of Portuguese words and of the Missionary Rules. I told my district that this was not ok, because it says in the handbook not to give nicknames. For some reason, they just laughed at me. Huh.

My other nickname is Gali-Mama. My companion was chosen as the district leader, and with his distinctively masculine qualities, he was unquestionably the Papa of the group. As his companion, I naturally accepted the motherhood role, and I have grown to love all of my little filhos (children). They all call me Mama now. It's great.

The days are fairly monotonous, but that's okay. Because I'm doing the same thing every day, time gets to be a little weird around here. I both feel like I've lived here my whole life and that I just walked in yesterday.  We study Portuguese effectively 10+ hours every day (except Sunday and P-Day). 2 days after we arrived, we were informed that we would start teaching a 30 minute lesson every other day to an investigator named "Antonio" as a companionship...entirely in Portuguese. I basically had a long conversation with a stranger entirely in Portuguese. I did very well! We have since taught 3 other lessons and I think we will baptize him pretty soon (I actually asked him to be baptized the first lesson...nope).

I wanted to recommend a talk by Elder Bednar given to the missionary population a couple years ago. It is fairly long and titled "The Character of Christ". One word description? Life-Changer.  My P-Day is on Tuesday, and I will email again next week! I will write a letter in which I address everyone personally.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


I've  had such an awesome first day in the MTC!  I love the power that resonates from having a common identity and purpose with all of the MTC missionaries.

The people are so kind and welcoming.  Everywhere you go, you hear:  Hello, Konichiwa, Hola, Ola, Bonjour, etc.  It's refreshing to hear such a mix of language and culture.

I really enjoyed my first Portuguese class.  We really hit the ground running!  As soon as you walked into the class it was Portuguese only (which no one knew).  I learned a lot my first day, and I can tell it will go quickly.

I'm exhausted, so I will keep this short.  Our P-days are on Tuesdays (today was a special case), so you can normally expect a letter from me then.

Actually, I need to mention this amazing turn of events!  The MTC auditions musical numbers for large firesides (we are talking 1,000+ people), and they accept violin entries!  Guess who is trying out!!!  :)

Thank you all for that wonderful send-off, and Mom and Brindi for your notes.

My companion's name is Elder McCrea, from Texas.  He's super chill and has an awesome spirit!


Elder Gale flew to Utah in the early morning hours on Wednesday, July 24th!
Our family enjoyed our last day and night together playing sports, 
eating our favorite foods,and sleeping all together in our living room!  
We had a wonderful testimony meeting and cried throughout our last family prayer 
that will have all of us for several years.
Loved it!

Sunday, July 21, 2013


His Farewell & Open House were 
wonderful!  So many great 
friends and family came to join us.
 The Brazilian Super Hero--
 ready to go!

We loved having Grammie here for 
all of the great experiences this week!
       President Morgan set him apart 
      Sunday evening, July 21st.
Our family at the Kansas City Temple one last time!

His eye is on the right target!

Friday, July 19, 2013


Elder Carson Gale's 

Mission Farewell & Open House!

Sunday, July 21st
Sacrament Meeting:  11:30 am - 12:40 pm
1004 Clayview Drive, Liberty, MO

Open House at The Gale's Home:  1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
1450 Honeysuckle Drive, Liberty, MO

We'd love to see you at church and at our home 
to enjoy refreshments and visiting with friends and family!  
Carson would love to have the chance to say goodbye!  

Hope to see you there--