Week 97: The Lord Has A Plan

Hey guys!

I hope this email is catching you at the end of good week! Out here in Germany we have had some awesome stuff going down. Definitely been busy but it’s been awesome!

On Tuesday we had a meeting with T and President Fingerle to see when T should get baptized and we met for 3 and a half hours and it was intense. It started normal and we taught using the story of Lehi and Nephi in Helaman 5 and it was really good and then we starting talking business aka visa status and baptismal dates. Well, president has a policy for the required visa status to get baptized for safety reasons and T didn’t quite meet those requirements but we ended up all kneeling in prayer and president asked for inspiration to know what the Lord wanted to do and after the prayer he said that T should be baptized that Saturday. It was so cool to see how the Lord answered the prayer right then and there and T thought it was awesome! Anyway, we then realized that we had a lot to plan so we got started but the only problem is that T lives in the Tiergarten ward and we needed to plan it all through people that we’ve never had contact with. Now I’m not going to spend too much time on this because it’s not that important but the members in Tiergarten were not happy to hear about a baptism that was such short notice. I mean they said hey that’s great but it’s impossible to plan and we can’t do it. Anyways, we went forward with faith and it was stressful but it worked out! We ended up having the baptism on Sunday so they could at least announce it but that meant we did splits with the zone leaders for church so Elder Cakir could translate. So Sunday after church we went to a church building in Dahlem and got everything ready and then T showed up with his wife and he looked so happy! He showed up in a white shirt and brown sweater and he looked great! So we set everything up and tons of people came! There were tons of Iranians there and even members from Tiergarten and it was such a special service. Elder Cakir baptized T in Turkish and I even got to stumble through a talk in Turkish! T just kept telling us how grateful he was and he was on cloud nine! I feel really really blessed that I got to whiteness this wonderful day in T’s life.

Today is pday and we bought a deep frier and we managed to eat 2.5 kilos of potatoes in about an hour with two other elders and it is amazing. It’s safe to say that we are all severely addicted but since we have the church addiction recovery videos I think we’ll make it through.
Hope everything is going well. I love you and will talk to you next week!


Press on,
Elder Gallacher




Week 96: Discovering Charity


Well here we are at the start of another week and I’m still wondering where time is going. I hope you all had an awesome week and you’ve got some good stuff planned.

We had a whole lot of stuff going on but the highlight was by far our trip to the temple with our friends T and his wife M.
Waking up at 5:30 was hard but it was one of those mornings where I was excited enough that I didn’t feel too tired. Walking to the station was freezing but we were in a train by seven headed to Berlin. We met T and his wife and walked together to the central station
and got the 9:16 to Elsterwerde, then on to Dresden and from there to Freiberg. We touched down at 13:25 and by pure luck the AP’s were there dropping missionaries off so they drove us to the temple which meant we didn’t have to walk two miles or so in the cold snow. That was a tender mercy for sure. T and M were so excited the whole time to just see the temple. Their greatest desire is to be baptized and then sealed in the temple. It’s seems as though they have put the temple as their biggest priority. We had a lesson with the temple sisters and president and his wife and it was amazing. It was in English, Turkish, Farsi and Spirit. Yeah, the spirit was so strong. At the end of the lesson we all knelt as T prayed. One thing I’ve noticed about T is that every prayer is precious to him. Growing up Muslim all he knew were memorized prayers in Arabic and he had no idea what he was even saying or to whom he was praying. During his prayer the spirit came to my heart and enlightened my mind as to the relationship that has been built up between T and his Father in Heaven. I felt an overwhelming feeling of love from God not only for me but even more so for T and M. This feeling was then combined with a sense of gratitude. Gratitude that I got to witness this relationship blossom. I think I’m learning a little bit more about what charity is.

I believe that every person already has this relationship with God because He is our Father and He has known us for eons. This life is not about God building a relationship with us, it’s about us discovering our relationship, made long ago, with Him. This discovery is a life long adventure and I feel so privileged that I was able to see the beginnings of this process with T and his wife.

I’m so grateful for my relationship with Heavenly Father. My discovery started young and had a bit of a pause but this past time in Germany has been like an Indiana Jones movie of discovery. It’s been amazing and I am filled with joy for what I have discovered and even more so for those I have seen and helped do the same.

Have a wonderful week and know that I love you.

Press on,

Elder Gallacher



Week 95: Don’t Be Scared of Lions

Hey everyone!

Well I sure hope you all had an awesome week. As for us here in Potsdam it was nuts just like always! We met with T. twice this week and they were both really good appointments.
One was even a joint teaching with President Fingerle so that was pretty cool! President wants to take T. and his wife to the temple for a tour so we will all be going down to the temple this week! T. also came to a baptism with us and loved it! Sadly he can’t get baptized yet because he needs a better visa but we are praying that he will get one soon! We had a meeting at the mission home with all the trainers and trainees it was really good. We learned lots of basics but it’s always good to freshen up on those things! We met again with M. and he’s still doing well but he really just doesn’t want to come to church so we are going to have to move his baptismal date and we will set a new one hopefully on the 6th of February.

At church we had B, O. and his mom, and H. at church so that was seriously awesome! The members are all so excited that so many people are coming. It’s great that the Potsdam branch is growing! Potsdam should be a ward by the end of this year! Well I mean that’s
the goal but we’ve got a lot of work to get there! Sorry if this email is scatterbrained but I left my planner at home and can’t really remember what we did last week so your just getting the small bits that memory can hold on to.

Something funny did happen on Sunday though! So J. and H. love to discuss and some might say argue and because they are African it always gets weird and off track and after church they had a classic argument and it all started with H. showing me a picture of him
petting a lion while he was a tour guide in Africa. Awesome right? Well then here’s how the conversation goes after this,
J: you are crazy, why would you do that?
H: what do you mean? It’s totally safe!
J: no that is not safe that is a wild animal.
H: yeah it’s wild but it’s just like a dog or a human for that
matter if you tell it what to it will do it.
J: no that’s crazy. You should not do that!
Here where H gets a little heated,
H: are you scared of lions?
J: yes.
H: if you are scared of lions, you are not a Christian!
Haha at this point I’m laughing hysterically at the ridiculousness of the argument and it goes on for another 5 minutes and finally ended with biblical prove that lions are dangerous. So just so you all know lions are bad but if you are scared you may not be Christian.

As for spiritual stuff I really don’t have a whole lot of insights to share… Well at least not insights that can be summed up in a few lines of an email. I love my mission and I love serving. There is nothing greater than this work. God is at the head of this work and I
feel blessed to play a small role here in Germany.

Love you.

Press on

Elder Gallacher


Week 94: Becoming Christlike

Howdy everyone!

Well I hope you all had an amazing week. This week here in Germany was
really great!

We met with T. twice and he is doing so well. We taught him the gospel of Christ and he loved it! It’s so great to see how much he loves to learn. He is ready to be baptized we just need to get permission from President. He loves to pray with us and even though my Turkish prayers are pathetic he always says that he’s thankful that I’m trying to learn. He’s super nice and we really love him. We’ve been teaching a guy named D. English for about 3 months now and we’ve got a really good relationship built up and we decided to ask him on Wednesday if we could teach him and his family the gospel and he gladly accepted so we are excited to teach him this Saturday.

Thursday we had an appointment with J and H and we had to bring a ton of stuff because we would be staying in Berlin for the next two days and we missed our bus so that meant a 4K walk in -10 weather that felt like -20 because of the biting humidity and I can honestly say that my hand has never been so cold haha. My hand was exposed because of the suitcase that I was carrying and I had forgotten my gloves and by the time we got to the appointment the skin felt frozen and if you pinched it, it would stay in that position. Pretty nuts but we had a good appointment so it was all worth it!

We then headed off to Berlin to help the office elders with a Turkish
appointment but it fell through so we just got some dinner and spent the night at the office flat and we had a great time! The next day we had zone training meeting and it was fun. Elder Çakir and I got to give a theme and it felt really good to teach again! We stayed the night again in Berlin because we had another appointment late that night and one in the morning.

Sunday we were back in Potsdam and we had an awesome day at church!
C, a less active came and our friend B from Madagascar and O and his mom from Poland! It was a pleasant surprise for sure! That night we had an appointment with our 15 year old friend M. I was pretty worried because I wasn’t sure how to relate to him and how to get him excited for the gospel and then we got there and got to talking and I started sharing my experience when I was at school and it actually ended up being the same situation that he was in. The spirit was really strong and he opened up and we had just had a really good real talk and we were able to relate it to the plan of God and he really liked it. He’s such a good kid and he wants to do what’s right and he wants to do more with his life and to begin he set a goal of being baptized on the 6th of February! We are so excited for him!

I’m so excited for what this year has in store for all of us. My overarching goal for every year and subsequently for my life is to become more Christlike. It’s the grandest of all adventures and at the beginning of the year we just have so many opportunities. We are children of God! God is in our very nature! Think about how much God loves his children and how God will help you overcome your weaknesses if you work with Him! That’s what I’m excited for this year. I was reading in doctrine and covenants section 38:14-15 and it says, “14 But now I tell it unto you, and ye are blessed, not because of your iniquity, neither your hearts of unbelief; for verily some of you are guilty before me, but I will be merciful unto your weakness.
15 Therefore, be ye strong from henceforth; fear not, for the kingdom is yours.”

We can be strong starting now! God doesn’t expect us to start from some place we are not. He just wants us to start. To get into gear and to do something that will bring us closer to him. I’m excited to see what I can do this year in order to come closer to Him!

God is good.

Press on,

Elder Gallacher




Week 93: God Knows Our Hearts

Happy New Years!!

I sure hope that you all had a great week and start of your year. Make sure to set some good goals that will help you this year to be a little better and more importantly come a little closer to Christ! To be honest I had something that I wanted to share with all of you about being more like Christ but I left my notebook at the flat so I guess I could share it next week!

Over here we sure had a long, full week but it was great! We had some really good appointments including one with T! He is doing so good and it’s fun to be able to understand a little more of what’s going on! I was also able to share a testimony in very broken Turkish but we got the message across!
My best friend out here, Elder Winter, came and stayed the night on Tuesday and that was just the best! I swear both our voices go up a few octaves when we see each other because we get so excited! We had a good time reminiscing of the days in Hannover and sharing such good laughs! The friends you meet on the mission are truly special.
Wednesday: Elder çakir got really sick and literally slept from 9:30 am until around 18:00 so I just read Jesus the Christ and called tons of random people and actually got an appointment with a guy so that was neat!

Thursday was New Year’s Eve and it was awesome… And crazy! We had a great appointment with an awesome member family and we stayed there until they drove us home at 21:30 and then we just did some stuff at home. The fireworks were nuts. It sounded like a war zone the entire day and I didn’t think it could get any crazier but then the hours from 23:30 to 1:30 were absolute chaos! There were fireworks going off everywhere. Some would fall and shoot at and hit our building! Several cars got hit and sparks even came into our window! Haha we had a perfect view from the window of our a six story flat and it was a night to remember! The new year really came in with a bang and it made us think about all that has happened in the past year. I mean babies were born in the family. People moved, graduated and started their lives! More has happened over here that I can even begin to say but I can say this, it’s been a dang good year and I’m so excited for what this year has to offer!

To start the new year right the whole Berlin zone joined the traditional New Years run at the Brandenburger Tor and it was awesome! Thousands of people were there and we got to run a 4K in the freezing cold! It really was fun but it was funny because Elder Fitch and I made our way to the front of the group before the race started and we were ready to full out sprint the whole way but then it started and turns out we weren’t allowed to pass the old farts at the front carrying flags of all different countries which meant that we had to run at the pace of a lazy flock of goats the whole way but it was still a good time!

As for a small thought I would just like to share something that I read this morning in doctrine and covenants section 33:1;17 and it
says, 1 Behold, I say unto you, my servants Ezra and Northrop, open ye your ears and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, whose word is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow, soul and spirit; and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
17 Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom–

So these two verses don’t have a whole lot to do with each other but something I learned today is that the word of God discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart (as stated in verse one) and at this time we all have a lot of thoughts and feelings in our hearts and sometimes we wonder what our intentions are. My testimony is that the scriptures will tell us those things because they are the word of God! In verse 17 I learned what God wants me to do this year. It is a personal answer to me of what it means to have lamps trimmed and burning having oil with me. This was opened up to me because it showed me the thoughts of my heart and gave me clarity. I’m so grateful for the scriptures. They truly give us exactly what we need to move forward and come closer to Christ.

I love you all and hope you have a great week.

Press on,

Elder Gallacher


Week 92: Christmas!

Howdy hey everyone!

Well this week we had Christmas and it was great! Our time somehow got sucked away and we had very little time to do actual missionary work but we still had some cool stuff happen!

On Tuesday we had our Berlin/ Turkish day! We went right after studies and stopped by the office to get some stuff then went to Neuköln for an appointment with a less active man and can I just say I was completely lost the whole time haha it was good though! We then went to Tiergarten for another appointment and we did a double teach thing with the Spanish sisters because their investigator is Turkish. Anyways the appointment ended up being in German because a friend was there who was German so I got to say a bit more in this one haha right after that we went to another area of Berlin and taught a new guy named T. and he is awesome! He is not originally from Turkey but lived there for a while and knows Turkish super well. Anyway, he met with the missionaries back in Turkey and wants to get baptized and his whole family is interested! The only problem is the that the whole family only speaks Farsi so we’ll have to find a solution. During the lesson I had know idea what the heck was being said and I figured I’d pray real hard for the gift of tongues so I did and nothing happened… Haha it reminded me of when I used to do that at the beginning of my mission. Anyway, then I figured if I’m going to pray real hard for miracle I gotta work real hard for the result so I started focusing a lot and I probably looked like something had bitten me and I was trying not to show the pain but I actually started picking up the topics of what was being said! In no way did I start understanding all the words but I would get a word here and a word there and then I felt like God was enlightening my mind to at least get the basic idea of what was being said! It was a really cool experience for sure!

We had three awesome dinner appointments for the three days of Christmas and I ate myself full each time! It was some seriously good food that’s for sure! The members here are so great and generous. They all gave us little things as presents and took such good care of us! All we really had to give back was a handwritten letter and a box of chocolate sugar almonds but not once did I feel like they didn’t want us there. It felt like being with family and just having a good time! It was so awesome to skype with the fam but it was pretty lame that the video quality was bad. I was happy to see that you are all doing so well and you all look so great!

This Christmas week really was awesome and I felt very loved. I’m glad
that we have Christmas to remember the Savior and spend some
meaningful time with Him.

I’m sorry this email is so scatter brained but we got bombarded with 4
hours of service this afternoon and now I’m trying to squeeze out these emails while I wait for my hair cut!

Alright I love you and wish you a happy new year! Set some good goals and we’ll talk about em next week 🙂

Press on

Elder Gallacher

Week 91: Even As Thou Art

Merry Christmas everybody!
I sure hope that you are enjoying the season and time with family. Christmas time is the best and Germany does a great job celebrating.

As for us here in Potsdam we had a crazy week. For a quick overview we had a full street of contacting on Tuesday so Elder Çakır got his first real taste of the that part of the work. On Wednesday I ordered döner all in Turkish which was awesome! Oh side note for those that don’t know, döner is a sandwich thing that was invented here in Berlin back in the 70’s by the Turkish immigrants. It’s got this shaved meat stuff and vegetables and really good sauces and you can find them everywhere in Germany. Anyway all the döner shops are run by Turkish guys so they all got a kick out of me trying to speak Turkish haha.

We had our very first Turkish appointment on Thursday with a less active in Neuköln and I felt pretty good about the fact that I understood them say the word’s, “Holy Ghost” haha it’s weird not being able to understand anything but I hope it gets better and I will be able to get a little more in each lesson. We did service at the Berlin exhibition building which I swear is straight outta Star Wars! Anyway, there are a bunch of refugees living there and we built these shelf things and set up tons of tables! We also had a zone caroling day on Alexanderplatz and it was fun! Our position was horrible though and it was just a little chaotic but it was a good time! We had an awesome lesson with the son of our friend M. and it was really cool. MA., the son, is 15 and we just connected really well and had a good time together! We hope that he will be baptized in January!

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about a Christ-like character and how I can develop a deeper one in myself. I feel like a child learning to walk. I’m excited and I take a step and I feel like I could run and then boom I’m back on my tush confused and wondering what happened. But I’m ok with feeling like a child because the best part is feeling the immense love and support of Jesus Christ. He told us to be like him and He’s not just going to leave us to our own devices to figure out how to do it. The path is clear and light and He is there to help us along our journey. For me that is what the Christmas story is really about. Christ was born to show us how to live and be happy. It’s simple and His wish for us is simple. He asks us to be like Him because being like Him is the only way to truly find joy in this life and in the life to come. President Ezra Taft Benson shared a great thought and I want to leave you with it. While talking about developing Christ-like attributes he said … “I pray that these qualities and attributes of the Savior may abound in us so that when we stand at the Judgment and He asks each one of us, “What manner of man are you?” we can raise our heads in gratitude and joy and answer, “Even as thou art.”

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Love you,

Elder Gallacher

Week 90: A Crazy Week

Wow! What a week.
I sure hope that you all had a good week and that you’re gearing up
for Christmas! Christmastime in Germany is great but there’s nothing
like Christmas at home so enjoy this time with your loved ones!

This week we sure had a lot going on so I think I’ll just give you a classic play by play! On Monday Elder Headley and I went to Berlin and saw some sites and museums and had a good time!

Tuesday, we went to Berlin spandau and I put Elder Headley on a train to Hamburg and I made my way to Berlin central station where I met up with some of my best mission friends who are also training! We all boarded a train to Leipzig and had a grand time! I have all the videos from Brittlyn and tons of pictures of the fam on my iPad and I just love to show them off to the other missionaries! Haha I feel like a proud parent or something because I just show anyone and everyone! In Leipzig we changed trains and went to Dresden and let me tell you, it was fantastic! We got there and had nothing to do so we spent some time in the Christmas markets and they put the ones here in Berlin to shame! They were so amazing, full of lights and cool wooden trinkets and good food! Elder Bretzing and I both ate a 1/2 meter bratwurst! Splendid!
The next morning we had some time before we had to go to Freiberg for training so we just went power finding and wandered the city. We talked to so many people and it was incredible how receptive they all were! We found two sweet new investigators who we got to turn over to the Dresden elders and sisters! Really an incredible morning! That afternoon we took a train through the beautiful, hilly countryside of Sachsen all the way to Freiberg where the temple is. Oh boy I can’t say this enough, the temple is beautiful!!! I’ve been waiting my whole mission to see it and it’s incredible!

The next couple days were wonderful! At the temple the first night we had dinner with all the trainers and trainees and Elder Çakir totally knew I was going to train him because he brought my new name tags with him and all my Turkish books with my name on it so it was a dead giveaway! Oh well. We played it off and acted like it was a surprise when we got put together! Elder Çakir is awesome! He was born in Utah and has lived in Istanbul for the past 7 years. His dad is Turkish and his family seems awesome! We get along so well and we are both so excited to be together. We’ve got a nice little back and forth of German/Turkish teaching as well so hopefully when I get home I’ll be able to speak a little Turkish!

We got back Thursday night and Friday we got a call from the office asking us to come to Berlin to translate something for the mission into Turkish so we went and elder Çakir did his thing while I tried to make myself busy in the office. I did manage to find my file and get a copy of the picture that was taken of me while getting a speeding ticket in my first area haha. We had stayed the night at the office because we had a ZTM the next morning and by the time we got home on Saturday the day was over. I figure that because of the crazy nature of this week it is fitting that my email is a little all over the place and I think I have accomplished that!
Sunday was our only normal day and it was great! Church was great and we had dinner with a wonderful member family. We talked about Christmas (of course) and the spirit was just so strong! Brother K and I were both in tears as we shared our testimonies together of the Saviors birth. The Christmas season is so wonderful and it is such an amazing time to come closer to Christ and remember why He, a Savior, was born. I am thankful that God sent us His Son to us and I know that He Lives!

Love you and wish you the best!

Press on,

Yaşlı Gallacher



Week 89: Live Rock Solid In The Gospel

Hello hello!

It’s December again! Hope you all are doing well at the start of this month and the most wonderful time of the year! It’s crazy how fast everything is going. This transfer feels like a flash but it was a good one for sure. We had a good little lesson with O and his daughter and they are both excited about the Book of Mormon! O reminds me a lot of Eli and has dreads just like he used to have. We got a call from a young married couple and they said they had come into possession of some really good meat called “kasslebraten” and wanted us to come eat it with them. With some persuasion on their part, we were obliged to join them 😉 we had a great time cooking together and eating some amazing meat and potatoes.

In other news we got transfer calls and Elder Headley is going to Lauenburg and I will be training. It’s been exactly one year since the last time that I trained and I’m excited to do it again!

As much as I would love to regale you all with funny/awesome stories
so that you can see how awesome I am, my time is short. I’ve already become car-sick in this train while writing so I’ll have to leave you with a small thought.

I just want to share two little things that President Monson quoted in
a talk given in the 70’s. He talked about how we need to be, “finishers” and he shares,

“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”
–“Maude Muller”

My friends, we’ve got some serious stuff to do and it’s called living. I don’t just mean having fun and laddy da I mean living rock solid in the gospel of Christ and never giving up on His cause! In order to do this we have to have courage! Pres. Monson goes on to share this poem:

We need to have the courage…
“To dream the impossible dream;
To fight the unbeatable foe;
To bear with unbearable sorrow:
To run where the brave dare not go.

“To right the unrightable wrong;
To love, pure and chaste, from afar;
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star.”

I love you and wish you all the best! Christ lives and he’s on our side.

Press on,
Elder Gallacher


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Week 88: Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey hey hey!

Well this week was pretty awesome!

First off I sure hope you all had an awesome thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is for sure one of my favorite holidays and this year was a bit strange because my companion is from Canada so there wasn’t much holiday spirit haha we ended up eating noodles and fish… Not very traditional but that’s how it is! It was a cool day though because it was the only day this week that we were really able to work and didn’t have other things to do and we were able to find three new friends and have 3 other really good appointments! One member also said that their friend wants to be baptized so we will meet this week! Members are the key, my friends. Speaking of baptism out friend D got baptized on Saturday and it was wonderful! He was so happy and said after that he felt freed. He also gave an awesome testimony and it was great to see how happy he was!

This week we also had zone conference in Berlin and it was awesome! We talked a lot about the churches new Christmas video and how we can use it better! Saturday, we were in Berlin again for a special musical evening put on by the stake and the missionaries were doing a little choir so we had to practice and during the down time we all went to the middle of Berlin and sang Christmas songs and talked to people! It was fun because a lot of the people were tourists so we ended up setting England up with lots of referrals!

Quick funny story this week. I was on exchange and Elder O’keef and I found this massive slide so of course we decided to go down but the only thing was that there was a bunch of water at end and we both got super wet. No big deal though it was well worth it. I just realized how lame of a story that was… My writing skills are not able to articulate the true humor of the situation so please bare with me.

All in all this week was truly awesome and we saw some great things! I’m so grateful to be here in Potsdam. The Lord has prepared so many great people here! I was reading in 2 Nephi 26 and I would like to share a few verses

23 For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you that the Lord God
worketh not in darkness.

24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for
he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may
draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall
not partake of his salvation.

25 Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Behold, I say
unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth,
buy milk and honey, without money and without price.

26 Behold, hath he commanded any that they should depart out of the
synagogues, or out of the houses of worship? Behold, I say unto you,

27 Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his
salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for
all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade
all men to repentance.

28 Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of
his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged
the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden.

Christmas is just around the corner and Christ truly came into this world as a savior. His gift is for everyone and no one is excluded from his atoning power. All that God does is for the wellbeing of His children. He his light and His works are good. Let us start now accepting His invitations to come unto Him! I love the Christmas season! And I love all of you!
Have a great week

Press on,
Elder Gallacher


Here is the new church Christmas video