Hermana "Kels" Gillette
Well, Hello Everyone! How are ya? Man, oh man, am I really here writing for the 3rd week.. I will be 1/2 done with the MTC on wednesday. That is the most craziest thought ever. It really does feel like I am floating in limbo over here.. I can NOT figure out time. It feels so long and so short. I can't get over it. Well.. where to begin. Hma. Clubb and I have taught so many lessons this week. Seriously.. It frightens me because we teach 3 a day and by the end we are like holy crap.. that was insane. If I think 3 is a lot.. oh boy.. the mission field is gonna be insane haha but I am so excited because it is mostly the prepping for the lessons that wears us out. But we should be trained in that area by the time we leave. The actual lessons I love! Well, most of the time haha. I have been trying really hard this week to find a good balance in the lessons and I can't tell if it is just so easy that I am making it hard or so just actually really hard. I have yet to find the answer.. Dano have any answers? Well. Hilz wrote me and told me that I forgot to explain exactly what TRC is. I was so scared for it cause they told us that we were just going to go take with actual people in spanish off the street. Which is kind of true.. EXCEPT! They are all old people and the are members, most of them. But honestly it may just be my favorite part of my week now. We went and just visited with these two cute widowed old hispanic ladies haha for like a 1/2 hour then we talked to this couple that was probably 80 and the wife is just now trying to pick up spanish so they decided to come to the MTC for TRC to help her and the missionaries learn. I seriously love them! It is pretty much just like home teaching in spanish. Oh, so my letter is going to be all over the place! But did I ever mention that our group of missionaries has been the oldest group of missionaries at the west campus since last week! Everyone thinks we are so wisdom-ous and I am just like.. no. haha. So we are all the leaders and have to pray for everything and give the talks in church (in spanish) and stuff like that. But, this wednesday we got a new group of 5 hermanas come to our zone. One of the hermanas is from France, knows like 5 words in English, so she is having to learn english and spanish. But! Then she is going back to France for her spanish speaking mission! Does that make any sense? I told that weird. Point is I feel for her.. man.. i can't imagine. I got to spend all day with her yesterday. Let me explain. So early this week in the mail ALL of my district got letters that their Visas came and they had to go to Vegas on Friday to go pick them up. Everyone in my district but me. Not going to lie, I was super bummed. I know I shouldn't have been but I was. So yesterday we did a split while all of my district was gone. The French girl is in a trio so I was just her companion yesterday. It didn't take long for me to realize how dumb I was being for pouting about my visa... it's not like I am never going to get it. Hermana Jeaneau (the french one :) haha) was still so happy all day even though she couldn't speak with like anyone and just wow. I had two very awesome moments like that this week that just made me so grateful for my mission. I really LOVE IT! Man, it is just what I dreamed of, maybe even better.. seriously. Well, I feel like I am getting sentimental but I still have a lot to say.. shoot.. k.. like Dano would say: back to the normal news ;). I have seen George a BUNCH! while I have been here. Seriously the biggest blessing. It is just so nice to see a friend like I don't think you all understand just how nice it is. But he leaves on Monday, which I am excited for! It was so nice to see him at all! I also got packages from Abby and Debbie! Deb, the treats are seriously all gone. My zone loved them. Abby, oh my heck. Do I have the best friend ever? yes. I loved the scarf! I wore it right after I got it I couldn't wait! (You'll see in a picture!) But thank you. I love you so much. Um.. really here in the MTC it is SUPER easy to fall into doing the same thing every. single. day. But I think that is my favorite thing about the Hermanas I am withwe make sure everyday has at least a little something different everyday. We walk different ways to class, do different things for gym (still haven't been able to talk Hma. Clubb out of running though.. haha), We go by a snack at the bookstore or have night's where we just talk a few minutes to ask each other questions about our pre-mission lives before bed. I don't know just small things but they make me smile. I also got a lot of letters this week saying not to get stressed about the language. Don't worry I am not just some huge mess! I am just a little mess.. but for real. Things are great. The language can be confusing and frustrating but I honestly don't see how it could not be. One thing I know for sure is that the gift of tongues is a real thing. Because I stress and work super hard on a lessons for my investigators and then we go into our lesson and WITH OUT FAIL we ALWAYS talk about a completely different lesson than we planned and I have no idea the whole time how I am able to talk about something in spanish that I did not plan for. It is way awesome. Anyways, I think that is all I have to say. But it has been another successful week here in Provo, Mexico as most people call it. I hope you all are doing well! I miss you all so much and love you even more!
Hermana "Kels" Gillette
Super cheesy subject but I am in the MTC.. what can you expect. Well I can't believe I am here writing you for the second time already. This week has been SO amazing! I have to start with some thank you's to everyone for the emails, the letters, the Packages form Mom and from George's mom! (George I left you mom's email at my apartment will you forward this to her? Or I will just email her next week!) anyone! Mom we loved the bagels we ate them on our way to the temple this morning! (Saturday morning bagels :) It's still a thing!) anyways just thank you! George's mom sent me a costco box of candy's so my district was SO SO grateful for those snacks as well! And the sister's rings! Oh man so freaking cute! Thanks sisters!!! So where to begin.. last Sunday I ran into the Hartman's at church!! So sweet! I got some letters saying you all saw the video! That was seriously so awesome. I hope you all liked it. Cause I was excited about it. Then we had a devotional! I went to main with my comp. and I was keeping an eye out for george. right before it starts guess who I see.. :) GEORGE!! I booked it to him! I may have tripped going up the stairs and almost lost my skirt BUT that caught some missionaries attention included george's so we saw eachother! And we got pics! We even go to sit next to eachother during the devotional! It was seriously the best! Then in the devotional they had missionaries come up and share their conversion stories it was so awesome! Then on Monday We taught our investigator alejandra for the second time. Our spanish had improved and teaching SO much from the first time we taught. we left the lesson just singing: "we didn't totally suck!" over and over again hahaaha! Then on Tuesday, we taught again and improved a little more.. I love how we have investigators in the MTC. Expect TRC sounds so scary. We just go and talk to random people on Tuesdays starting next week in spanish! AH! The investigators we teach now are workers. Dano did you do TRC? Also on like our 4th week we will start to skype with people in Mexico that have contactedmissionary.org with question.. so crazy! Then tuesday night we had another devotional. (I saw george again! Yay!) But Hma. Clubb and I are in the choir of about 400 missionaries. It is awesome so we sang with the choir on Tuesday at the devotional which was awesome cause we sang for Elder Bednar! Our speaker! He gave every missionary a cellphone on christmas to text him questions I guess and he got over 1000 questions.. obviously haha so he came and answered some of the questions it was awesome! I loved it! The devotional was broadcast to every MTC arounnd the world.. kinda cool. K wednesday I had kind of my first breakdown.. haha the language can be just frustrating sometimes because they tell us not to focus on the language in the lessons but then I get caught up sometimes trying to form sentences anyways.. I know I shouldn't but sometimes I honestly just can't help it! Or so it feels like that. haha but I keep improving little by little so that is good. k thursday..I got mom's package and the ring! Best day ever haha love it. I love that mom sent me bagels. We keep getting food so at night in our apartment we just have food parties.. we are all going to be so fat by the time we leave this place.. thursday was also the last time we taught alejandra. I love her so much! She gave my comp and I Peruvian chocolates.. the sweetest! She is also from El Salvador so we bounded over papusas (i promise to NEVER mention papusas in a letter again hahaha) then on Friday she comes to our class we are like Alejandra what are you doing? Turns out she is now our teacher hhahaha! So awesome. Hmm.. on friday another Hermana in my district and I got matching Mexico shirts from the bookstore. There is a picture of us that I will send to.. I seriously am turning into a nerdy sister missionary already.. just wait for the picture. But yeah last night we had a "sleepover" at our apartment all the hermana's brought their food from packages and we shared stories from home. It was so much fun and we even finished in time for quiet time! (25 minute sleepover hhaahahaha) it really was so much fun though! We may just do it every week! Well family I love you all so much. I have dreams about all of you every night so I feel like I see you guys all the time haha it is kind of nice. I am loving it here at the MTC though. I love love love the Hermana's I am with! They are like family to me right now. Last night as Hma. Clubb and I were lying in bed she says "Love you, Hermana Gillette" "love you too, Hermana Clubb" It made me feel a little at home. It was nice. I love my companion. I have lucked out so far. Hope you all are doing amazing! I think about you all everyday! You are all in my poorly said spanish prayers! haha Glad to hear everyone is doing well!
Como Estan? hahaha.. yeah I still am not very good at espanol but I will get better! Well I am here! I made it! How is everyone? I was trying to remember everyone's emails since I left them all at my residence hall so you may have to pass it around the family a little! But where to begin! So much has happened! Well, the second I got into the MTC on Wednesday I saw Aunt Wendy! haha yup! She put on my name tag and we got to talk for a second. Then I went all over, got my tag, my keys, my books, just everything! Then I get on the bus to go to the West Campus (This MTC has it's own campus just for Spanish speakers!) there are about 500 of us! So cool and so crazy! Well, I get on the bus and sit next to this other Hermana who turns out to be my companion! Her name is Hermana Clubb! She is so nice! She even brought me cookies... like how can I not love her after that. She is 19 and is from American Fork sometimes she can be kind of shy but I am kind of loud sometimes so I am working on it. But we have gotten along really well so far so that is good! Well then we went straight to Spanish class, then to a couple of meetings and that night we taught 3 investigators (in English, thank goodness) but it was fun. Can I just say that I LOVE the West campus. We have to go outside to go anywhere. everything is kind of outdoors-y haha so I don't feel entirely trapped in a box all day. Oh and Gen!! Thank you so much for the letter! I wrote you back! Oh and Hil did you get my letter? The second day I was here we go to breakfast and guess what they have MAPLE BARS! hahaha It made me a little homesick... it's funny how the thing that made me feel the most homesick was a donut.. oh man... I am just embarrassing. So Thursday we got out district leader and met out Branch President. Pres. Bowen he is super nice and his first counselor Brother Doman totally made me cry.. (first time I have cried since I have been here.) We had an interview and he told me that the first day I bore my testimony he just knew I was exactly where I am suppose to be. That I just have that glow (made me think of Hilary's sunshine comment again.. oh boy) haha it sounds super cheesy but it was just what I needed. Then Wednesday Hma. Clubb and I had our first all Spanish discussion. They are getting a lot of new teachers around here so our teaching schedule has been kind of whack.. so we still had not learned how to prayer or say our testimonies. So in personal and companionship study we taught ourselves :) it was actually really fun and I feel I got to personalize it more. But then we met with our investigator (alejandra) and it was so.. interesting. It was a struggle for sure. such a struggle. We taught her how to pray or so we attempted to haha but we are meeting with her again on Monday to redeem ourselves! So pray for us.. the good outcome from that was that after it was over I laughed harder than I have this whole year. tears were streaming oh man.. Hma. Clubb and I just laughed about how we were just trying to be so serious talking Spanish and yet we knew NADA! Pero esta bien. Right now in the MTC we talk a lot of Spanglish we are just suppose to use what we know so I am trying not to write Spanglish. Oh so I have to tell you.. Hma. Clubb is a runner. That is the only time we have run into conflict. But I have been super good! We have come up with a compromise. I run for 15 minutes with her and she runs fast and then we play volleyball for 15 minutes. Other than that we are good. I feel bad that I suck at running but I should get better that really is the hardest part of my day because 11 hours of class and a sucky nights sleep makes for a tired Hermana Gillette so I hope she appreciates that run cause it wears me out. But I really think she loves it so I don't put up a fight. Oh so then last night an Elder in out district got Krispy Kremes delivered to him so we had a fiesta and ate krispy kremes (it's so sad that I get so excited about donuts right now!) But it was fun! Oh and then today at 6;30am my zone went to the temple together! We went to a Spanish session! It was awesome! I seriously loved that! We should be able to do that every Saturday so i am excited! So if this email makes no sense I am just trying to go fast and get everything in. But know that I love you all so so much and that I am doing super well I am trying to send pictures but I will see if it works out these computers are confusing. But I really do love the MTC I love the feeling of just being here. I love all the lessons we have. I was laughing really hard about that first discussion the other day and I told my branch pres. sorry if I was being rude or distracting and he said Hma. Gillette I am glad you are laughing because "those who laugh, last" Doesn't that make sense? It made sense when he said it.. anyways. I love and miss you all so much! Hma. Clubb and I decorated our room the first day with pictures from home. Oh and one night in the middle of the night Dano's bear went off cause I kicked it or something and it woke us both up we had a good laugh about that one! Keep me updated, my p-days are Saturdays in case you couldn't tell :) Have a great week!!
I just wrote a post then deleted it by accident. I'm new to this Weebly blog format. Gosh. Let's try this again. Hey, it's Kelsy's big sister Kristin. She's asked me to keep you informed on her happenings as she experiences new adventures, makes new friends and saves some souls.
We are all so lucky to have Kels as a sister, child, aunt, friend and example. We are going to miss her little laugh so much and her sunny disposition. Shine on Kels! You are going to be great! You are going to be amazing! You are going to be missed!
Come back often as I will be posting the letters she sends to this blog. Also, make sure to write her. If you have time to check this blog you have time to drop her a line. Every time you check in here, jump over to this page: http://hermanagillette.weebly.com/addresses.html click on the "Email HMA. Gillette" link and send her an email. Or better, save that page to your bookmarks then you always have it at your fingertips. It's so easy and will be so appreciated. Do it! Now!
A couple pics from today:
Well here we are! 5 days left! It has been a wonderful journey. I am so thankful for all the wonderful friends and family I have that support me. I have been just been receiving blessing after blessing recently and I just am so thankful for all the love I have been given. I had my farewell this past Sunday and it went really well. I really enjoyed getting to see everyone I love there and today I received my MTC address... so weird.. haha but here it is!
Sister Kelsy Rae Gillette
2023 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84602