Thursday, February 28, 2013

Email received today 2/28/13 from Sorella Gillette!

So i had a super good convo with Sorella Bucco and Sorella Lopez last night, we are all super good buds. There's 6 of us in the room and 4 of us are in the same district. Sorella Bucco and Reichardt are in the neighboring district. Sorella Lopez, her collega Sorella Clawson, and then me and my collega are all like a quad since we are always together we usually just stick together. so it's really cool that i have like 3 companions. Anywho I am just so pumped that i get to make so many awesome friends that will hopefully last a long time. i love how my social butterfly-self gets to meet so many people all the time! i'll go upstairs in our residence halls to the vending machines and just stay there talking with different sisters and mingling. i met a girl who is in her late twenties like 28 or something who is actually going to the las vegas west mission! i got her address and told her hacienda heights is bumpin. haha. I ran into my friend Rebecca Tudman a little bit ago in the laundry room, I've been looking for her for a week! Super cool. Then my friend Jill Dallin lives on the same floor as me, and I have also seen my friends Emily Smith and Alyssa Witham and we took a picture together. Oh and Raquel Buckley, she lives above me. It's just so cool seeing all these girls that I knew before the mission and how we are all here working our tails off for the same cause going all over! They are all stateside tho. At times I am jealous of my english-speaking friends. I also ran into 2 different Russian speakers I happened to know. Not extremely well but one elder walked past me and I was like whoa! we had a class together, we were in the same group and you've been to my apartment before haha. he's on my floor in the classroom building. Ahh i just love it. I cant believe we have passed the halfway point. I AM SO EXCITED TO GO TO ITALY. I already know Anziano Fuller and Sorella Clawson will be on the same row as me on the long plane ride. I hear the plane ride is almost 24 hours but I am so stoked. I was so nervous about the language and wiggin out to myself, but I was really humbled by Sorella Bucco. I am able to give other people advice about not worrying about it but then if I wig out I can't give myself the same advice! haha I prob mentioned this in my letter but I can't do this without having faith in Heavenly Father. I still have so much to learn and grow in the gospel and my faith needs to continue to increase, but I have felt like I have learned so much already. i need to give myself a break! it's only been 3 weeks and i am teaching in italian haha. IT'S CRAZY! 
Oh btw I wanted to express my gratitude for the multitude of letters you have sent. i look forward every night to our dear elders! we live for them! and thanks so much for having dad write me, i was so excited! and he wrote alot too! I am so impressed with the testimony you are developing and how you are striving to feel the spirit. I share all my good news with my district and they are all so happy for me! even when they found out i got my package they all were super happy for me. i just love them. we all care so much about each other! 
in my letter i told you how ive been part of the mtc choir cause my collega wanted to, eventually our whole district joined so we can get seats for the devotionals. well it payed off this week because AN APOSTLE CAME. M. Russell Ballard spoke to us all on Tuesday. i actually think you can look at byutv and see the mtc devotionals, if so, you will see me in the choir haha for the past few weeks. anyways he had a ton of super good quotes that i would like to share. first off, he expressed how insane it is that the lord relies on the youth! Mary was 14 when she had Christ, Joseph Smith was 14, Sam, David, us as missionaries! We are just kids going out and helping people have an eternal salvation with the families for forever and rescuing their souls. NO BIG DEAL. Anziano Sorensen pointed out that the apostles have the title of Elder and so do the missionaries. They have the same title as the apostles because they are sharing the gospel. It's huge! 
"He's learning to trust us as we trust Him." "Remember you know an awful lot about the gospel of Jesus Christ." "You will not shrink 1 min from carrying out your work." "capture the vision of what you have to offer the world." 
He also talked about how our generation will lead the church eventually and how we are the ones experiences all these changes and are being prepared to serve him in the future. I guess every week the apostles get together in the temple and pray for us. I think they do it on thrs :) 
Last week the mission dept director spoke and said we are god's warriors. and to remember who's name we represent on our badge. HEAVY. 
Man there's so much to share and so little timeeee! 
Please continue to mail me these emails through dear elder, that was really helpful. I am excited to go out in the field and be able to have an hr to spend. BTW suitcases are 60 a pop, they are pretty nice and super lightweight! idk if i should get one or 2 and just leave my crummy ones here haha. let me know asap okay! time is flying by, only 2 and a half weeks left, maybe less. we find out next week our detailed travel plans. ahhhhhhh!!!!. 
Ti Voglio Bene! Io so che questo vangelo e vero, Io sono molto felice per che lo Spirito Santo auita me ogni giorni. 
Ciao! Sorella Gillette

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I got a letter from Sorella Kassandra Gillette in the mail today!

She wants to apologize to anyone that emailed her and she didn't reply, she ran out of time. She only gets 30 minutes to read them and reply.  She said emailing is a sick joke there and don't even bother emailing.  :)

so she can have the letters in hand to have time to read and maybe write a letter back to you.
NO MORE EMAILS PLEASE   :) You can also use regular mail if you prefer.
I have copied the emails and pasted them into a letter for everyone that had an unread email on her account. As she asked me to do.

*** SO GO TO ***
click on write a letter - choose   PROVO MTC MISSION  then enter your info then hers
Sister Kassandra Gillette
Mailbox # 237  Mission code  ITA-MIL 0320  estimated departure date is  3/19/13
It is free while she is at the MTC, once she gets to Italy I think it will cost $1.10 (same as mailing a letter I guess but faster delivery and easier)

She is very very busy there. Not time for anything!  Including going to the bathroom.. LOL

She also mentioned they aren't allowed to say Dude, Guys or Man there, so she is struggling with that. LOL

Anyone else about to go on a mission might want to take some things that aren't mentioned in the book. At least I don't think they are. (or she forgot to pack them to)  She is asking for me to send them to her.

SHOWER SHOES (flip flops)
SMALL FLASHLIGHT ( I don't know if she wants to use it for reading at night or what)
I just thought that might help the future Missionaries  :)
God Bless you ALL! And Good Luck!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

** 1st Email from Kassi at the MTC - 2/14/13 ** (I added the bold/italics / I did cut a few sentences that were for me)

 please just write physical letters instead
 I cant even print out any emails so its nice to be able to keep my letters and reread them if i want. letters are like GOLD around here. the first couple days i was like the only person to not get mail, bummy! not many have written me as much as my friends. I LOVEEEE THE MTC. it is so fun. i have already experienced so much in this passed week. feels like i have been here for forever. btw the keyboard is messed up so i am not really able to use correct punctuation haha. anyways i will try to tell you as much as i can about  this past week. i was having a hard time the first two days. such an emotional rollercoaster like i said. i prayed to have energy and to be able to do all the things i needed to. the next day i was so energized, and that has been consistent all week. such an immediate answer to prayer. i am not even tired at the end of the day. then the next day i wanted to have a really awesome spiritual experience to increase my faith. later on that day the anziani (elders) and sorelle (sisters) were all in the classroom during our personal study time and my companion, sorella Montognoli, her good friend who is in another district was crying in the hall. She found out from her mom that her friend committed suicide. so my companion was outside the classroom trying to console her friend. Montognoli was crying too. when she came back in the room it was just me her and 4 other anziani, one of them suggested we pray. another suggested we pray on our knees. we did and it was great. a few minutes later montognoli was back in the hallway hugging her friend and anziani gemmell (cool guy from new zealand) stepped out and brought them into the classroom and closed the door. right before this the other two sorelle in my district came into the room. anyway at first we didnt know what was going on. man i am getting chills writing this. but instantly all the anziani stood and grabbed a chair for the sister, they all got up to give her a blessing and i was completely shocked by just the fact that these goofy 19 year old boys instantly stood to use their priesthood power. anziani gemmell gave the most beautiful blessing i have ever heard. i was choking back tears. when they all stood i was washed with the spirit. it was such an amazing experience to be apart of. when he was done, he sat down and said he was exhausted haha. it really showed not only the power of the priesthood but how much they valued it. i have also had a lot of my questions and concerns answered through lessons and devotionals and stuff. we are all being constantly converted if we are striving for it. i know i am out here to help other families come to christ. we started teaching mock lessons with a fake investigator on day 2! and have been doing it almost everyday since. ya day 2 teaching in italian. at one lesson i actually bore my testimony in italian just winging it style. it was so awesome. when my companion and i walked out of the room we just hugged each other and were teary because the spirit was so strong. not to mention i was able to teach with the 2 other girls in my district, sorella lopez and clawson. we were a trio for the day long story short. anyways i was translating some things to them that they didnt pick up! ive learned a lot in a small amout of time and man it is hard work! theres no time for anything!! thats why an i really want you to encourage people to write me on dear elder or physical mail, i dont get as much lovin as everyone else haha.and i can read those anytime! emailing is so hard! my pdays are thrs like i said and we go to the temple around 1 ish for the 120 session. pretty nice to be out and about. i have been really proud of myself on a daily basis here. i have written in my journal almost every night. i know this is HIS church and the holy ghost testifies the truth to us. we are blessed with faith and miracles by just putting forth an effort!

 i have so much to tell you but not enough time. btw i have pics but i cant send em here, wont work.can you send me real photos:: love you!!!!!
Sorella Gillette!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Sorella Gillette's Mission Dates!

Arrived at Provo MTC on 2/6/13 @ 1pm- on time!
Leaves MTC  on  3/19/13 to head to * Milan, Italy! *
 The best part, but not soon enough for me--
DEPARTS from *ITALY* TO COME HOME! (est) on  8/6/14 !!    YAY!

Italy Milan Mission Map

Friday, February 8, 2013

Write to Kassi

Kassi now has a box at the MTC

The best way to write to her so she will have time to read your letter is to go to -

Her info is
Sister Kassandra Gillette 
MTC  237  ITA-MIL 0319

Her P-day is on Thursday's, she only gets a half hour to read and reply to emails. 
If you send her a letter from the website they print it and put it in her box 
Monday's - Friday's by 12pm
You can write every day if you want to and while she is at the PROVO MTC it is FREE!
(I think when she gets to Italy it will cost $1.10 to send it from the website above.)

Or you can use snail mail 

Sister Kassandra Gillette 
MTC  237  ITA-MIL 0319
Provo Missionary Training Center
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, Utah  84604

When she gets to Italy use the address listed on the Post below

If you have any questions you can email me at

Kassi at the MTC!

A very nice lady that works at the Provo MTC sent this to me today

Kassi and her MTC companion Francesca!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Mission Home Address:
Kassandra Gillette
Italy Milan Mission
Via Antonio Gramsci 13/2
20090 Opera MI

Thanks to all who came to my farewell and all those who have loved and supported me through our friendships. Love you all, see you soon!