Monday, May 25, 2015

The Wonders of Buses!!

I love the buses!! I don’t know why I have been deprived of this opportunity my whole mission! But I am grateful to have it here at the end :D First of all, we had to run to catch the bus here this morning :) I love watching us run, we must look like weirdos!! Two girls in skirts and dresses running with about a 10 pound bag on our side.. OH it’s a joy :) 

Second of all, people are just so funny!! There are two different kinds of people on the buses.. There’s ones who will ignore you no matter how much of a conversation you will try to start and there are people who will just sit down and start telling you their whole life story whether or not you want to hear! I just sit and listen to those people and hear about their crazy hard lives.. And then I offer them a card and they think I’m crazy!! Like this one guy... oh so funny. He gets on and is on the phone and points at the seat next to me and sits down.. he has this long conversation to someone about how he loves her and how he doesn’t like the other girl anymore.. then after the phone call he tells me about the whole situation and how family is super important and that I need to remember that. (He has had a pretty crazy life) Well right before he got off I gave him a card and then he’s like oh boy!! You are one of those brain washed people.. I just smiled and said nope, but this will for sure bless your life. I love to hear about what people think about us as Mormons. It is nice to tell them that what they had heard was wrong and being able to teach them correctly. 

This week we had some fun food!! We got fed spaghetti a lot this week!! :D All super good. But we also got some yummy shwarma!! I love shwarma so much! We also had some yummy spicy rice from a family from Ghana! Next time we come over they said they will make us Fu-Fu! (I think that is how you spell it) So that is really exciting! 

On Saturday we were able to help this man we met on the street with some house work. We had a member come with us and it was really cool to see how much he appreciated what we were doing and how it helped him recognized us as servants of the Lord. As we helped we were able to talk about the gospel and we were able to testify how we are called of God. The spirit was very strong the whole time we were in his house helping him. We were able to make him a new investigator and he is excited to come to church with us next week!! It is fun using different finding ideas and seeing how well they work!! 

We also did service for another member! she was moving and she asked if we could grab some shelving for her from her old house... well we didn’t have a car so we had to take it on the bus with us!! Everyone thought we were lame.. but hey we were doing service!! 

But that is all for now! I love you all so much!! 
Sister Gillins

The key in this to laugh!

My companion is sooooo cute!

This is the bus stop we head to every morning...
We keep finding random things in our apartment...
like this wonderful
turtle neck sweater with leather lace up sleeves...IDK!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


So yesterday was Victoria day! Thats when we celebrate Queen Victoria. Like no stores or nothin was open yesterday. Thats why we have P-day today! But over the past few days there has been tons of fireworks!! It fun because we live at the top of our apartment building and we have these big windows, so right before we go to bed we just look out and watch the fireworks :) Its fun!! I cant wait till July 1st though! I am hoping there will be some pretty cool ones! 

So Sister Robison and I have been getting pretty crafty with our meals! We are sick of just sandwiches.. So we are making some fun stuff!! The other day we made some pretty sweet homemade stroganoff! We were lacking in a few ingredients.. but I was pretty proud of ourselves for how well it turned out!! We are also making some fun casseroles and pasta salads!! :D 

I don't really know what to say about this week .. Oh ya! I saw 2 red-headed Asians this week!! I don't remember if any of you remember how I was obsessed with finding a red-headed Asian.. but I finally did!! Dreams really do come true! 

So this week we found a sweet new investigator! We were out with one of our members from Kenya! She speaks Swahili!! So anyways.. our appointment bombed and we were standing in the lobby looking at our back up plans trying to figure out what to do.. then all the sudden a man walks by and starts to get in the elevator. Well he said something to our member in Swahili and then they just started talking!! He eventually allowed us to all come up to his apartment. We were able to teach him about the restoration! Then we committed him to read the Book of Mormon and to come to church!! He came to church this week and loved it!! :) The ward was really amazing at fellow shipping him and just being a friend! 
We also went and found 2 less active families this week!! We invited them out to church and they both came!! It was so fun to see the people you love come to partake of the sacrament and be edified by the spirit!! :D 

There is also this beautiful quote that I read this week!! 
"There is neither man or woman in this church who is not on a mission. That mission will last as long as they live, and it is to do good, to prompt righteousness, to teach the principles or truth, and to prevail upon themselves and everybody around them to live those principles that they may obtain eternal life." 

I am grateful for the work of many to help bring people to the gospel!! 
Sister Gillins

 The only ones on the bus!!
(Good thing the bus drivers love us)

Our yummy Stroganoff day!
Some funny and slightly yummy
 Canadian chips!! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mommy Day = Bestest Day

Moms day was the Bomb! so says every missionary in the whole world!! ;) But let’s be real here.. Who doesn't love to see their family?! My family is probably the coolest family though.. :D 
It was so much fun to see how they are all growing up! Both in the way of physically and spiritually! (my family is tall now, I am a shrimp) It is amazing to see how much we all have grown through the difficult times we have had! You can either take these terrible times and let them pull you apart, or use them to grow and step closer to God. My family has definitely used them to grow closer to God and I am sooo grateful for their example! 

I love my new area! It is different! That is for sure! I am getting use to all of this walking though! I am being healthy!! :D And I am starting to figure out the buses all by myself! I feel like such a big sister now!! The bus is interesting.. Many fun and interesting people. I know lots of people smoke weed here.. cause I can smell it all the time.. but I didn’t think someone would just whip out a joint and start smoking it on the bus! Now that was fun!! :) I probably should have given him a card.. Ill find him again and give him one! I am also starting to get somewhat tan!! Still super white, you know cause I am Sister Gillins, but a little tan!! :D You would all be so proud of me! 

This week we met this super cool guy from Africa! He has been all over the world though! He met missionaries in Italy and had a Book of Mormon while in Africa that he left. We were able to meet with him this week. He really wants his family to sit down and listen to our message.. which is hard. They will sit down then get up and get something and just not really care.. but it will work somehow!! We have been praying for a family to teach!! So it was really cool when he said he wants his whole family to learn the gospel! :) Prayers really do come true!! ;) 

This morning in my studies I was reading from John (John is like my most favorite apostle!) and I came across John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace . In the world ye shall have tribulation : but be of good cheer ; I have overcome the world. I love it!! I was able to understand it. Christ gives us peace. That is why He left us with the Holy Ghost. The world, all it gives us is tribulation. Sometimes it seems like it is too much to overcome sometimes! We are thrown a lot of curve balls, but Christ, He overcame this world! He was here, He went through it all. So He is someone we can look to when things get hard, when we don’t feel we can take it anymore. We can be happy and have peace. That is part of the gift Christ gave us! 

I hope you all have a great week! I love each of you so much!! Thank you for the prayers!! 

-Sister Gillins 

I captured this on Skype..
I made all of my family line up in height..
several of them were not happy..because they could not deal
with being passed up.. Kyle would not even Stand up all the way.
Sorry Kyle...Spencer looks like
 he is equal and will be passing you soon. one was really cooperating with taking a picture.
Hello Missionary People!

Look who I found again?
Sister Lindquist and Me...
Herriman Buddies!

Monday, May 4, 2015


I am sooo happy about Star Wars day! I am wearing my yoda socks!! Boo-Ya!! May the fourth be with you all ;) 

Sooooo transfer news! I knew you all thought this would be my last area.. me too, but surprise! They are sending me to the city!! Yay! I will be going to Etobicoke North. I am whitewashing again, so me and my comp have never been there before and it is a bus area!! yay the bus in the summer!! :D I will be sweaty and stinky and I'll be burnt to a crisp!! Oh ya!! Living the dream! My new companion will be Sister Robinson! I don’t know anything about her yet but she looks like the cutest little thing! She has only been out for 12 weeks!! So this will super fun!! :D 

We have seen some pretty cool miracles this week!! We had a former out of the blue just text us and say that she has stopped smoking and ready to learn more! So that was really awesome!! And a ton of ESL students came to church this week!! We were able to set up times to meet with them during the week to be able to teach them the gospel!! It has been a hard and rough transfer, but through hard work and patience we have seen miracles! It’s sad that our area is closing down though... but the Elders who will be covering this area will take good care of the new people we were able to find this week!! 

Not too many exciting things happened… I mean I am getting a little bit of a tan line but that’s all, having a good time breaking in some of my new shoes! It’s great!! This week we took the Elders bus passes to ride the bus and talk to more people. I am kinda scared at bus contacting, but it was good practice for what is coming up now!! :) 

Don’t have too much to say except for this very important tid bit… so, listen… the Lord looks after each of us. Sometimes I don’t understand why things happen the way they do but God does. He is looking after every little thing and is cheering us on from on high!! We just need to stop and listen sometimes. 

-Sister Gillins 

OH!! Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow!!!! 

I heard there is going to be a
Batman vs. Superman movie..
I don't know if I like that...
can't we all just get along?