Friday, August 22, 2014

Sister Training Leader

alright explanation time. so President has been keeping me pretty in the loop on this whole thing. which is way nice of him and not a usual thing. so he told me i was getting transferred back to portuguese a week ago or so. and then on wednesday he told me he wanted to make me a sister training leader. which for those of you who dont know is a position of extra responsibility and we are assigned 3-5 other companionships to take care of, teach how to be more effective missionaries, and watch over their emotional and spiritual needs. anyways, so im that now. he called me friday morning and officially asked me. he also said that i would be going to an area where i would be able to use all three of the languages i have so far been in (spanish, portuguese, english). and i was like alright.. theres only like two areas in our entire mission where thats even possible. dorchester or marlborough. so i knew it would be one of those two! then later on friday after district meeting transfer texts came out! and i found out that the Lord wants me in framingham/marlborough! which is only like 20min from here and closer to the Packards. my companion will be sister sorensen. its a zebra area which means its a mix of two languages. so the two of us will cover both spanish and portuguese. it will be fun!! i called siste hileman and told her and she was like "the Lord has been preparing you for this your whole mission! this is why youve had to bounce around the languages so much!

ALSO TODAY IS MY 11 MONTH MARK! where does the time go..
we had the most incredible zone conference with our entire mission presidency. the highlight was president christensen's testimony, president's haight's humor, and president packard's talk on pride. it was so good! "pride is the great stumbling block to zion!" sister hileman gave me a birthday present at it and it was an album full of funny pictures. after the day long conference sister francis and i got to meet with president, during which he told me all of the stuff i already talked about with being a STL and where to transfer me.  

on sunday sister francis and i got to speak in sacrament meeting! and what do you know... my topic was pride! so i pretty much regave presidents talk in a 5 minute version of what took him 2 hours to say. i wish they couldve heard the 2hour version. Tyler, Jon and Andrea's son, really wanted to come up with me so i let him start my talk by saying "God loves me" and then he went and sat back down. it was way cute!

we went on exchanges this week with our STLs here. i went to billerica with siste layton. and sister staley came here to littleton with francis. it was a fun day and for our dinner appointment we got to go on an airforce base!!! cause thats where the family lived. it was sweet!

i had a wonderful birthday! it fell on a sunday which was supe lucky because i got to be with everyone at church for it! sister francis was really good about telling EVERYONE about it and i was sung to several times throughout the day. natalie showed up with cookies and a big hug where she lifted me off the ground. it was the sweetest! we have the best ward. 

for birthdays sister packard sends out a mission wide text with a bio about whoever's birthday it is. and sister carone wrote mine! it was so cute this is what it said "Now a big birthday shoutout for the nicest person in the MBM: Sister Tantillo! She comes to us from sammamish. WA!!! Did you know she sang in the last General Relief Society Meeting broadcast? She is also a piano lover! she plays like an angel, not only the piano but also the ukulele and singing! she likes to make figure 8s with a car in the snow and to speak portuguese with a brazilian accent! she's almost been in all the language progams in the MBM!! from spanish to portuguese, from creol to english! she is also a great soccer player and used to coach before the MBM. but most important shes a really spiritual person and everyone can feel it when aound her!! we sure love Sist Tantillo!" haha isnt that the nicest thing ever? carone sent it to sister packard to send out to the entire mission! except they took off the nicest pesrson in the mission cause thats just not true :)
and then eveyone in the mission is allowed to text or call you on birthdays. even elders! so i got to talk to and text a lot of my favorite people in the mission!

we had some really cool lessons this week. peter came back alive! and we had a lesson with him and taught him how to relate scripture stories to his own life,. he like that a lot. and brother christensen referred us to his neighbor who is indian. we had a lesson with both of them about our purpose on earth and he is a new investigator now!

on sunday this guy Kent randomly walked into our building before church started and wanted help finding the Lord's prayer. we ended up having a really cool talk with him and he gave us his number. he couldnt stay that day but wanted to a different day. 

its so hard to say goodbye to the people here.  i love them all so much! natalie is going to be the hardest though... wish me luck! 

i love you all! hope you have a great week :)

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