Saturday, August 31, 2013

Week 4 photos in mtc

Sarah's companions email (because it has a story Sarah wanted to share)

Okay after reading Sister Hirz's email home (we both printed ours off and read each others' this week) we realized we both told like two separate stories in our emails this I had to hop back on real quick to forward this to you before my Pday was officially over! LOVE YOU! enjoy!

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From: Maren Hirz<>
Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 9:27 PM
Subject: Fwd: ONE week til take offf! Week #4!

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From: Maren Hirz<>
Date: Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 5:14 PM
Subject: ONE week til take offf! Week #4!
To: Jackie Hirz <>

Oi minhna familia! 

How is everyone doing?! I miss ya'll like a sister missionary misses her boyfriend...HAHA. ANYWAYS...thank ya mama and pa for your emails and Dear Elders this week--they really helped me out. And I love that you two have so much faith in me. 
Also, I'm such an UNGRATEFUL little missionary! THANK YOU MA for the package like two weeks ago! It was exactly what I needed! And the footies are perfect...they're basically already brown and crusted...I might need some more. LOL.
Thank you, thank you to Ma and Julie for the cookies! I will tell you though....they lied when they said they're homemade....didn't taste nothin like the real thing! But Elders in my district couldn't tell a difference. So, thanks for making their day... ;) Haha. Also, Juju for the DIVINE cake pops! One of my teachers just got back from his mission in brazil like two months ago and he was like what the stink is a cake pop? Needless to say, he is now a big fan. And thank you Michael for the cupcakes! We got fat one night and ate them ALL. :) And thank you, thank you Tara and the boys for the awesome package! Emil is quite the betty crocker! And Jakob is quite the picasso! I love you all! Thank you for always thinking about me! muah muah muah!

Okay, so this was GREAT. Probably the best week I've had so far here at the MTC. And it's probably just because after a month of being here and finally seeing an end to my stay here...I CAN BREATH. Haha. But really, it was good! I was a lot more focused this week and we had some awesome things happen. 

Last Saturday we broke through the gates and just RAN. It was wonderful. Of course, Sister Kron and I stayed within sight and sound of each other but we ran around the mtc fields and the mountains were lookin quite majestic and I wanted to die. I loved it.
Sunday Evening we had an AWESOME devo. I don't even remember his name but he just LAYED IT DOWN for the missionaries. I loved it. 
Sunday night we watched The Legacy....jeez you would have NEVER thought the missionaries here in the mtc has seen somebody kiss before! Haha. The place went WILD! LOL. 
On monday, class got started super late and it was Sister Kron and my turn to teach our investigator "Sidney" we busted out a 5 minute lesson on the palavra de sabedoria and it was hilarious. 
Tuesday was the best day ever. We had devo at the marriott center and rumor was there was going to be another apostle but we didnt believe believe because Elder Scott JUST came and talked to us. But when we got there they had the big comfy throne chairs on the stand and yup that means APOSTLE! Elder Anderson came and talked to us! It was sooo good. He talked about love and sacrifice. He said "Sacrifice for the things you Love....And Love the things you Sacrifice for..." Think about that. I've been thinking about it all week. After the devo, they informed us that it was pouring rain and thunder and lightning outside and we were going to sit a while and sing hymns because they didn't want us to be struck by lightning (they must have forgotten wer're the lords missionaries and He protects us....) But anyways, during this time Elder Anderson walked around the marriot center and shook missionaries hands. He didnt get to us but he did get to some of the elders in our district! they were so pumped. I know I said this last time and I'll say it again....JUST being the presence of an Apostle of the Lord is incredible. You can just feel something different about them. And I love it. Anyways, suuucurity finally exercised their faith and let us ran back to the MTC. Sister Kron and I were dying laughing all the way there and yelling, WE'RE IN BRAZIL, WE'RE IN BRAZIL!!! Haha...every puddle was worth it.
So, in class we started teaching over companionships. They act as investigators and we're missionaries. (obvs!) But they told us to play a true role and think of someone in our life to act as an investigator. I'm actually pretending to be someone in our family. It's kind of a really cool experience. 
We were so sad to find out the other day that with BYU starting our teachers schedules are changing and they're leaving us this week! :( So for our last week here, we're getting different teachers. Broke our hearts. I seriously LOVE my teachers. 
SPEAKING OF LAST WEEK HERE....we should get our reassignments next week! I've never been more excited for something! The MTC is's time to gooooo. Lol. Plus, the food is DESTROYING in my insides. tmi? disculpa. :)
I ran into Christian Manly and Mitch Hill the other day! Way good to see a familiar, smiling face! 
We talked to a Tongan and Tahitian missionary the other day. Both are learning English for the first time and they rocked our socks off with it. They wanted us to bear our testimonies to them in English and I realized that I havent done since my farewell! It was so strange but I was able to actually say what i wanted for once! Haha. It was super humbling to listen to them talk though. I wanted to help them as they struggled to find English words and looked at us really confused if we spoke too fast in English. I hope that's how Brasilians will be! Cause I'm gonna need a ton of help. But it was super cool. They were awesome. 

Okay, Story time. Someone asked me in an email (I think it was Aunt Julie) what we do for fun around here. We made an MTC Bucketlist. And although it only has two things on it, it's basically what we do for fun. #1: we want to hear as many testimonies as we can in all the languages offered here. So we made a list of the languages and we go on a mad hunt every day to find people we want to bear their testimonies to us. And in return we bear our Portuguese testimony so we get practice and what not. It's actually way cool.....and FUN. we've heard probably about
15 different languages so far and there's like over 50...Hahah but we're determinded! Also....#2 on the our bucketlist is to go the bathroom in every bathroom here in the mtc! haha and with sis kron and my companion we will definitely succeed in this one! she was to pee ALL the time. she's kind of like mom. ;) Haha.

Funny story about Sister Kron and I....haha. Today we were walking back from breakfast with a few of our Elders...and we were just being ourselves. We were laughing and being weird and one of the Elders looked at us and said, "You two really strengthen my testimony of God." And were like, uhhh why? haha. And he was like, "Because ONLY relevation would have put you two together as companions!" Haha. We died. It was hilarious. 

Well, I hope all is well at home and everyone is being good! 
I've been thinking about Grandpa alot this week and I know he's soo close to us. I've neevr been so grateful for my testimony of the plan of salvation and for what this Gospel brings to our lives. FAMILIES ARE FOREVER. Today, Sister Kron and I got to to the temple and we did sealings. It was sooo wonderful. I pictured how it was for mom and dad to kneel across the alter and make that covenant. And this was the first time I've heard all those beautiful promises and blessings that are made during a sealing. I'm feeling SO grateful today. And I can't wait for my day to be with my best friend across the alter and be sealed for time and all eternity. 

Well, my wonderful time is getting low and I should probs scadadle. But I love you all! And really, thank you so much for all your love, support and prayers...I know i say it every week. But I'm really just a little girl who needs it and feels it. I love you all! Can't wait to tell you where I'll be reassigned to next week! AHHH!

Te amo muito! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! 

Love, Sister Hirz

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Week 4

OLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAyayayayaya hi! hello! bem-vindos! parabens! otimo! and all kinds of other ways to say HI and WELCOME and just all kinds of other nonsense (: hiiiiiiiiiii!

First things first - HAPPY (one day belated) BIRTHDAY MAMA!!!!!!!!!! I love you SO SO SO much and hope your birthday was AMAZING!!! (: (: (: (: Can't wait to celebrate in style together in 2015 (: I love you!!

Como vai?! How are all of you!? Words seriously can't express how much I ADORE hearing from each of you!!! Your letters/Dear Elders/emails seriously make my week, EVERY DAY, every week! #cadadiatodadia #everydayallday (: thanks to EVERYONE for the love this week - I forgot to write down everyone that I heard from and don't want to risk leaving anyone out so just rest assured THANK YOU to ALL of you!! (: (: (: keep it up and I will continue to love you to forever + para sempre. Deal?! (:

Okay! WOW get this: the key to the subject of my email...EXACTLY A WEEK FROM THIS MOMENT I WILL BE EMAILING YOU AND TELLING YOU WHERE I GOT MY REASSIGNMENT/when I'm leaving/when I will get to CALL YOU (family!) and talk to you on the phone!!!!!!!! AYAYAAAAAAAA (: (: (: (: (: basically long story short we will get either notification that we got our visas (usually 1-2 people in a district get this news) and everyone else will get notification of WHERE IN THE USA they are being reassigned (aka where they will serve until they DO get their visas!!!) and when they will be leaving (as early as NEXT SATURDAY MORNING!!!!!!! aka not tomorrow lol but the next Saturday) and as late as the following Wednesday morning!! WAHOOOO (: love it. So stay tuned for that!! Basically I will be able to talk on the phone while I am at the airport (so when I first get there until my first flight leaves and also [if there is no time then] then during my connection...if I have one. Lol). Fun fact though - most people leave at around 3 or4am on the morning of their So good thing you're in Ohio and not in Washington like Sister Hirz's family (: Just let me know who I should call (and at what numbers so I can make sure I have the right ones!). There's no limit on time - just whatever time we have at the airport. And I can talk to you family (Mama/Daddy/Ruth/Anna/Daniel) so just let me know what numbers to reach you at and I can't wait til NEXT FRIDAY to let you know what the deal is!! (: (: (:

OKAY. Wahoooooo! There is always so much to say and always like, a negative amount of time to tell it all. Lol. But I have about 20 minutes left so I'll try to make the best of it!

Here are my bullet points from the last two weeks that I've neglected to mention:

-One night when I was praying, one night after being called as Sister Training Leader (at a time slightly later than I should have been awake), I heard someone cough outside in the hallway and got a VERY distinct impression (probably the clearest impression I've ever had in my life) that I needed to stop praying immediately and go right out into the hall. That was crazy. So I got right up and went into the hall and long story short - the only girl there in the hall was a Sister from my zone/branch (which is crazy because the sisters in my branch/zone only make up about 20 of the 100+ sisters on our floor alone) who had been trying to sleep for quite some time but this cough was keeping her up and she didn't have any cough drops or anything to soothe her throat. She just so happened at this time to be walking down the hall to get water from the drinking fountain when I felt impressed to go into the hall. This may not seem like a big deal to anyone else but moral of the story is that I had some awesome cough drops that I was able to grab from my room and help this sister out and be able to fall asleep that night, all because I was willing to act on whatever crazy kind of prompting I felt like I was having. That was so neat. The Church is true and inspiration and revelation are REAL. And this experience has really brought this sister (Sister Young :) and I a lot closer together. (: #thechurchistrue #ilovemissionarywork

-You know how we ran into Hungry Runner Girl at the temple last week? I neglected to mention that Stephanie Nielsen (nieniedialogues - Google her and you've probably heard of her, she was a burn victim when her and her husband got into a really serious plane crash and she's incredible) was ALSO right there sitting next to us on our other side in the session we were in. What!? Its awesome because I love Janae (HRG) and Sister Hirz LOVES Stephanie Nielsen. And we got to talk to both and they are both the nicest people on the face of the planet. #itsasmallworldafterall

-We did TRC for the first time two weeks ago (Training Resource Center) which basically just means random people come in that speak Portuguese (or whatever language you're learning here) and for an hour (two half hour sessions) you talk to them and teach them in your mission language. Very cool. We do this on Fridays and LAST Friday we taught ACTUAL BRAZILLIANS THAT ARE LIVING HERE IN PROVO/OREM!!! Oh my gosh meeting actual Brazillians was INCREDIBLE and they are so kind and speak SOOOOOOOOOO crazy fast hahaha but they loved us and we love them and they're all members already but we teach them a mini lesson anyway and they just loved us and all sing really well and I was CRAZY intimidated at first lol because they were talking SOOOOOOO fast haha but then I said a little prayer in my heart and it's incredible how much I could understand and say back!!!! Basically coolest thing ever and before meeting actual Brazillians I was thinking it wouldn't be terrible at all to get a reassignment state side for awhile, I just want to be in the field already!! But...AFTER meeting with the Brazillians, basically all any of us wants to do is just get to Brazil because WE LOVE THEM SO SO MUCH!!!!!!!! It's insane!! Lol. But the REAL moral of the story here is that God's children are ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL over the world and His children in Brazil are no more important than His children in the USA (or vice versa...or anywhere else, for that matter) - He loves them ALL EQUALLY. So I am just excited to go WHEREVER I get reassigned/end up serving/for however long. Missionary work is just so so fun and I love EVERY moment!!!!!!!! #eek #eek #eek #iloveit (:

-Okay so much for bullet points..I still take like a paragraph on each thing and am eternally behind on catching you all up on my life because I talk so much about everything. Hahahaha. Lemme try to be more brief so I can catch you up better in these last 10 minutes:

(still from a week ago here):

-Watched a devotional on Sunday nightwhere Elder Holland was here at the Provo MTC last Thanksgiving - AKA WHEN MICAELA (SISTER ANDERSON) WAS HERE IN THAT VERY AUDIENCE!!! That's really all I could think about the ENTIRE time I was watching it. Lol. Sister Anderson - wasn't that an AMAZING devotional!?!? And it's like we watched it together now (: (: (: All the rest of you should go watch it! My favorite thing he said was when he was talking about how our generation is not only lucky because we get to have TEMPLES in our dispensation - before our dispensation (aka before Joseph Smith restored the gospel here on the earth), think how many temples there had ever been on earth? One. And since the Gospel was restored here on earth just under 200 years ago...we now have over 100 temples!!!!!!!! How crazy is that!? Just think about that. We are SO lucky!! We should be going to the temple every chance we can get it!! Also another thing he said that I love was that in every other dispensation, they were doomed to fail. With each time the Gospel was removed from the earth in the past through apostasy or wickedness, there was a period of time when the Gospel WASN'T on the earth. But today, in OUR lifetime, we have been promised that now that the Gospel has been restored, it will NEVER again be taken from the earth until Christ comes again! Aka (in Elder Holland's words): We are the generation that gets to (finally!) WIN! How lucky are we!? Ah. #humbleddaily #ilovelife #thechurchistrue Moral of the story: COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS DAILY! We have SO many!! (: (: (:

-Last week we did a 23 hour fast from dinner one night (Wednesday) to dinner the next night (Thursday). Our entire district did it, even one of our teachers, Irmao Smith. But here's the catch - we fasted from both food/drink of any kind, AND ENGLISH. It was INSANE. And incredible. And SUCH a testimony builder and oh my goodness I HAVE NEVER LOVED PORTUGUESE MORE IN MY LIFE. Or been so grateful to eat MTC food again once we finally broke our fast Thursday night for dinner! Haha. (: But seriously. It is such a testimony to me that the Gift of Tongues is REAL and we are capable of SO much more with God + Christ on our side (and the inspiration of the Holy Ghost!) than we are on our own!! The best part? As soon as broke our fast (from both English and food), we were (obviously) allowed to speak in English again...but my brain took a good hour/hour and a half to realize it didn't have to try to say everything Portuguese so I kept speaking Portuguese because I kept forgetting I could speak in English!! AKA I DEFAULTED ON PORTUGUESE AND IT WAS THE BEST DAY EVER! My goal is to come back from my mission (after 1 year + then some!) of speaking ONLY PORTUGUESE all day, err day, and for it to be the weirdest thing in the world for me to be speaking in English. Just like it was for that hour/hour and a half. Because it was the coolest feeling in the world. I LOVE IT. (: (: (:

-Okay I am so so sorry I have to get going but two things really quick - Daddy you asked about my being a Sister Training Leader. Yes, I am the "senior" STL now and a new one - Sister Brotherson (: was called this past Sunday as the new Junior STL. Basically our responsibilities are to check up on the sisters in our zone (we have just under 30 right now, between 6 districts total) as much as possible. We interview senior companionships (just like district leaders do for the elders in their districts) and make sure they are doing okay. Each night, we split up the rooms (bedrooms) of the sisters and visit them and give them a spiritual thought/talk to them/see how their days went/get to know them better. It's basically like the ultimate calling to get to know the people you're spending time with here at the MTC just a whole lot more than you would get to normally. I love it!! Then Wednesdays when new missionaries come in, we (with the Zone Leaders) talk to the new districts (we got two this past Wednesday - 27 missionaries total and 10 ARE SISTERS!! aka over 1/3 of the new missionaries in our zone are SISTER MISSIONARY!! #represent :) for an hour about their schedules, answer questions, and do brief "getting to know you" activities, and then we give them a tour of the MTC campus and escort them back to the residency halls to unpack. Then Thursday night (the next night) we pick them up from their classrooms and escort them to their first meeting with the branch presidency - where they do more getting to know you things, learn about our branch (standards of excellence, rules, other fun facts :) and get interviewed by different members in the presidency. It's so fun. I love seeing them all over MTC campus (even the elders!) and saying hello and answering all their questions. It's so much fun!! On Sundays we just have two meetings (one with just the STLs/ZLs and the Branch Presidency) where we talk all about the branch and kind of like a ward council, basically. Then we go to breakfast and after breakfast we have a meeting with all the previous people + all the district leaders from the zone, and that is more specifically focused on individual members in the district. And then there's little things we get to do here and there like decorate the new sisters' bedrooms (I'll have to send photos of that next week - Sister Brotherson and I had a blast decorating this past week!!! :) and have girl talks and sure it's hard work but it's really helped me to not focus on myself hardly at all because I am constantly talking to and getting to know the other girls in my zone. I love it.

I think that's one of the biggest factors as to why I'm loving my mission so much so far - each day I get up and remind myself that I'm on the Lord's time - not my own time. As such, I shouldn't be focusing on myself - I need to focus on HIS children and doing HIS work and serving HIM. That's exactly why I came out here on my mission, that's why I'm putting my life "pre-mission" on hold for 18 months, and that is why is it 1000000000000000000% worth it, all day every day. Because just like it says in Mosiah2:17, when you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service of your God. And I can honestly testify that there is nothing that has brought more happiness in my life than what I have been doing and feeling these past four weeks of my life. Nothing even comes close. For the first time in my life I am trying to focus all my efforts on the people around me and stop being so self-centered...and I've never felt happier. I testify that you really do find yourself when you lose yourself. AKA like how President Gordon B. Hinckley's dad told him: "Forget yourself and get to work". THAT is what brings joy. THAT is what will bring lasting happiness - helping others find happiness in joy in their lives. Because that is what God does for all of us - His children!! - ALL day, EVERY day. THAT is why Christ was so willing to atone for the sins of the world - so that we could be happy! Why else do you think God and Christ are such wonderful, happy people? Because their entire purpose is to make us happy...that is what they are dedicated to doing. That is why this is the Plan of HAPPINESS. Because being with God again will make us so so happy...And as we serve Him, we become more like Him and more like our Savior, Jesus Christ, and are therefore more able to see the world through their eyes. We are able to see each other as they see us. And the love can only grow from there. (:

Wow. That was a long little paragraph. Haha. And I don't have time to re read it because I'm already over time but just moral of the story: I love this gospel. I love being a missionary. Sure it is hard work but it's a fact - missionary work isn't easy because salvation doesn't come cheap. But I have no doubt that the harder it is, the more happiness it can bring. And I have never been happier. (:

I love this gospel. Mama I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to talk more about my schedule here at the MTC but I'll do that next week or send you a copy of my schedule to give you a taste. Basically we're in classes 6 hours of the day and have other studies/activities the other times. And meals...that's basically how we plan our time. Around our eating schedules. Lol. (:

Ah. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH! And sorry for being so long winded and not really editing as I go. But at least you can rest assured this is all straight from my heart as I sit here in a little computer lab in the middle of Provo, Utah. I love love LOVE this gospel!! If you are feeling down or frustrated or aren't happy with where you are in life right now - lose yourself and get to work for a little bit. Go out of your way even just a little bit to serve someone else - either helping them with the dishes or writing them a little note. I promise you (promise!) that you will feel better after doing even the slightest bit of service. There is nothing that brings more joy than serving others. :)

I love you all! Read Doctrine & Covenants 51:40-42 and remember that we are ALL God's children - He loves us all so so much!! And as long as we are His, we will NEVER be lost, NEVER be forgotten. Trials come in life so we can learn to trust in God and over come them with His help. I know it.

I love you all so much!! Thank you so so much for all your prayers and love and support! It really does make a difference. This is an inspired work and I know I say this a million times but I really could NOT be happier. There is NO where else I'd rather be!! (:

Talk to you in a WEEK!! (: (: (:


Sister Sarah Elizabeth Kron
aka #yourfavoritemissionary (:

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Week 3 pictures

Week 3 in the mtc


Maybe I should start being more creative with the way I start my emails. Maybe not. I'll think about it. Lol. But until then...

How in the world are you all!? I feel like I thought my email home last week was SO short because we were SO pressed for time (thank goodness I've got my full hour this week, lol) but then today Sister Hirz and I printed off the emails we had sent home last week and I realized that it was two full pages I guess it wasn't as short as I thought. #storyofmylife #novelistintraining

Lol. SO ANYWAY. I can't even tell you how much I loveeeeeeee it here! It's crazy. Maybe one of these days I'll stop loving being out on a mission (aka when it hits me once I'm not in Provo anymore since this feels more like home since it's where I've been living for the past 4 years [not the MTC obvi but you get my point lol]) but it hasn't come yet. So thank goodness for that because there is SO MUCH TO BE DONE! And I love every moment. (:

Okay first things first...this time emailing I'm gonna try bullet points. So it might seem scattered. But there's a lot I want to say. Per usual. Hahahaha. I swear it's probably like I never even left considering I literally write you all my entire life story and then have a full blog post of photos to go along with it each week. Probably once I get in the field for real my letters will be shorter...and less about superficial things like playing sand volleyball with my district (which seriously....I LOVE doing. And now that's one thing off my list of things to tell you about! #winnerwinner :) and more about teaching and the amazing people we'll be helping. Only time will tell (:

Okay seriously though, the MTC is FULL of blessings and so much spirituality, it's insane. I love it. First I'm gonna recap about things I missed telling you about LAST week because of lack of time. This will be really choppy but bear with me so I can get through to talking about THIS week. lol. (:

SO FROM LAST WEEK (aka things I meant to write about last P-day). Okay first one correction from my family email home - I reread it and realized that I made it seem like Sister Hirz is like the world's worst singer and she hates me for it. Lol I promise neither of those is true. What I meant by what I wrote (typed) is that she doesn't like to sing but as we've started singing I think she's realized she has a great voice and we basically just love singing ALL the time now! About everything. I actually free-styled my first song in Portuguese yesterday and it was kind of funny. It was to the tune of "Let Us All Press On" and it was all about how we were hungry and wanted to eat but we couldn't because we wanted to learn our language. It was actually really simple but totally went with the tune AND grammatically made sense! #thegiftoftongues #itsrealpeople #thechurchistrue! (:

Okay (I warned you this would be random) - FAMILY. What is the first line (spoken) in the Toy Story movie? The first one. For some reason I don't even know why, the movie was brought up at lunch with our district and moral of the story is that none of them believe the fact that our entire family can quote literally the entire thing because we've seen it so many times (thanks DK! #hollabacktochildhood) but when I tried to quote it I COULDN'T REMEMBER THE FIRST LINE OF THE MOVIE. Talk about embarrassing. #mylifestory. Which is why I now need the first line so I can redeem our family name. Lol. I love us. (:

Okay. Other things that happened that last week in a random slew of things: we met Carlos (aka our 1st investigator - turned - 2nd teacher for our class) and his name is Irmao Eric Smith and he is awesome. We REALLY lucked out with teachers. Irmao Jake Duerden has been an MTC teacher for like forever (3 years?) and served in Brazil and is just AMAZING when it comes to grammar/language teaching and bringing the spirit and making it so so much fun (he's hilarious). And then there's Irmao Smith who just two months ago was STILL IN BRAZIL ON HIS MISSION and so he's got all this experience that is so fresh in his mind and has such a love for missionary work and us and they're both just amazing and so fun and spiritual and we all have an amazing time, all the time. #lovethis #lovethem. Even more reasons to love my district!

Oh! Someone please tell Brother Kauffman for me THANK YOU SO MUCH for the fun facts about Brazil! I don't have any way to get in contact with him so please please pass that along. It was so fun reading those on my flight to Provo and I'm totally going to reread it again before I head down to Brazil to get me pumped up again. (:

My profile has officially been published! Ruth if you could post the link to it somewhere on my blog (I don't know if it's possible to get a button for it or just link it up on the sidebar somewhere?) and on my Facebook that'd be awesome! The only photo I had that I could put was my missionary photo lol so if anyone wants to send me another photo that doesn't look so posed maybe I could use that one instead and change it. But the link is: or if that doesn't work you should be able to just search my name and find it! Or if it doesn't work at all I can send someone my account info so you can publish it from there lol. (: check out! It's so so great!

I lost Colin Brand's email! Could one of you please tell him to email me (via my Facebook maybe? Ruth has my login info) so I have his address? Unless you're reading which case COLIN. EMAIL (: and any one else reading this you are more than welcome to email me too obviously lol (:

Last last week I got a blessing from all the elders in my district, just one of peace and comfort. Elder Denton (he's a bit quieter than the rest, but SUPER intelligent and a total computer genius man like DK is!) gave the blessing, but all of the elders were in the circle. It was SO powerful. I love our elders! AH. You have no idea!!!

Elder Brannen (the one who got his VISA) left two Tuesdays ago. We miss him and still have yet to hear from him in Brazil...apparently they only get 30 mins of email time there. Eek. I'm sure all is well though and people are getting their visas DAILY! It's crazy. One elder who just arrived in our zone (Elder McCleve) has a sister who was called to Recife...and reported to the MTC back in like March. And she's still in Detroit waiting on her visa...5 MONTHS LATER. Crazy. And then there's another girl who just arrived in the MTC (in that elder's same district I believe) in our zone who just got her visa two days ago...and she only submitted her paperwork LAST MONTH (aka the first week of July!!!). So clearly there really is no real rhyme/reason to it. Lol. I'll get it when I get it. In the mean time...I'm just working hard and doing whatever the Lord wants me to do. I'm here on His time and if he wants me to go to Provo and then California or Colorado or New Yokr or WHEREVER and then Brazil (or anywhere else, lol), I'll gladly do it! I'm His for 18 months (:

Someone told us that your MTC district are probably people that you were BFFS with in the pre-mortal existence/aka life before we came here on earth. And I totally believe it. Why else would we (1) love each other so much already after only knowing each other for a few short weeks (2) have been willing to spend SO MUCH TIME TOGETHER here on earth, and (3) want to STILL spend so much time together OUTSIDE of class time (aka gym/personal study/etc)? I'm convinced that's totally true. I say it every email but I honestly can't express my love for my MTC district. Sister Hirz and I have gotten close with a bunch of the companionships and this week I decided I'm gonna spotlight one (and one for each of the next coupla weeks here at the MTC) so you get to know them better (: This week: Elder Pothier and Elder Merrick, both going to Manaus. And thank goodness for that because we're all BFFS but can't email each other when we're in the same mission, so that means we get to get each other's family emails once we all leave the MTC (: Elder Pothier is super crazy athletic and we (not-so-jokingly) call him coach when we play volleyball...because he covers for every one of our (my) mistakes and gives us (me) advice on how to play better (not be so terrible at hitting the ball over the net). He's a marathon runner too so we bonded over that and have been BFFS ever since. He's from Arizona and his aunt sends him a huge care package like every single week with SO MUCH FOOD so basically he's the reason our whole district is gaining weight. #unitedinfatness Elder Merrick basically looks like Harry Potter (from the movies) when he puts on glasses that are slightly bigger than the ones he wears (we know this because everyone switched glasses once at dinner and Sister Moore's glasses on him made this happen). Seriously. I should take a photo of him next time and get Sara to agree with me as the HP Expert, seriously though. (: He's an INCREDIBLE violinist and has a fab voice, also. We decided to sing a quartet number as a district (aka 4 of us from the district) and audition for a devotional musical number...we'll see if we have time for that though, lol. I'll take vid and send it home on my memory card if nothing else (: moral of the story - his tenor voice is FAB. And his violining even MORE fab. He's from Washington and goes to BYU-I and is just a cowboy through and through. Or at least we say he is. Because he made a comment about wanting to wear cowboy boots once. And it stuck. Hahah. (:

OKAY FUNNY STORY TIME. One time last P-day we were going to get up at 5am to beat the rush doing laundry and instead ended up oversleeping by accident until 6am. I never in my life thought that I would consider waking up at 6am "sleeping in." #daddywouldbeproud (:

Oh! And quick side note - my MTC address apparently is SEP 09 NOT SEP 10. Since we'll for sure be gone by September 10th. But y'all can keep sending it with the SEP 10address and they said it'll still get to me. Lol. I don't know why I just said y'all but I'm too lazy to go back and change it so enjoy that little cowboyness I've gotten from Elder Merrick and we'll move right along. (: lol

OKAY WOW maybe now I can talk about this past week? Now that I'm running out of time. hahahah. Oh kayyyyyyyyy here we go. Quick recap time!

-Ruth I was going to write you about this but I thought it would take way too long to write and this way I have a record for it for myself to remind me. Remember that one time how you dearelder-ed me about Hungry Runner Girl (Janae) and how she was getting a divorce? ): sad day. I shared that letter with my district the very night I opened it (we opened them in class that night) and all of our hearts were hurting for her. I prayed for her just asking Heavenly Father for a way for her to be happy and find happiness. I know I don't know her beyond having emailed/seen each other a couple of times, ever, but I felt so hurt for her. That was Thursday night (last week). Then Friday (exactly a week ago) comes around and we go to the temple for the first time since it's been re-opened. Sister Hirz and I walk in the line to get her some temple clothes and guess who is right behind us in line...none other than Janae. Hungry Runner Girl. I went right up to her and asked if she was Janae and long story short we ended up talking for so long and she hugged Sister Hirz and I and she said "I hope we're in the same session!" We both go into the locker room and go our separate ways and I'm thinking how crazy it is that we just happened to walk in at the same time...and then I walk out to go into the session and she is now right in front of Sister Hirz and I, standing there with her mom! Basically we ended up sitting next to each other while we were waiting inside for the session to start for about 15 minutes about just literally like everything under the sun....about how you had literally JUST written me to tell me and I found out the night before, and we talked about the divorce and how hard it was and about Brooke's first birthday just the day before and moving all the way back to Utah and just...ah. Life changes so quick. But she just looked at me and said "I just try to come here, to the temple, as much as I can." There was a Book of Mormon right in the pocket in front of us where we were sitting waiting for the session to start and I opened it up to Doctrine and Covenants 3:1-3 and told her to read it. That is the exact passage my roommate had told me I should use to talk to the other sister missionaries last night as a spiritual thought, and it could NOT have been more perfect for Janae at this time. She looked at me and thanked me for sharing that with her and I promised her - just like I am telling all of you now - that I know that sometimes life seems like it is just beyond our control and we can't do anything right and things are just going wrong...but that's because our ways are not always straight. However, The Lord's paths are ALWAYS straight, and if we put our FULL trust in Him, He will ALWAYS be there with us, guiding and directing us the entire way. He won't ever leave us or let us fail. We just have to trust in Him that His ways are the right ways for us - because it's hard for us to see much farther beyond the present. But He can seen into our future and He knows what is best for us. We just have to trust Him. I talked with her for awhile longer and then we sat together for the session, Sister Hirz and I with her and her mom. It was incredible. If any of you reading this are doubting that God answers prayers...I'm telling you right now that this experience was unlike anything I've had before. God does answer our prayers. He is mindful of all of us. I don't know how much what I said helped Janae but the timing and having the scripture in mind just from the night before and just couldn't have been more inspired. I feel so lucky every day to have the opportunity to serve the Lord in this capacity and help him help others. Because I can 100000% testify of the fact that helping and serving the Lord's children helps you, too, as the servant. I have felt more love of my Savior for myself, for my family, for my friends, for even strangers that I've met (maybe who have become quick friends) while here at the MTC.

I hardly even talked about things that happened this week. But my time's just about up. Rest assured I'll be back on here next Friday and I'll try to get caught up on all of this (: Just know that the only really hard thing for me right now is the fact that I can't hug my wonderful elders in my district. Lol. So if that's my main struggle I think I'm doing okay. (: I'm obsessed with Portuguese and oh my lanta I can tell that Spanish as a background has helped SO much with that. And mostly the gift of's so so SO real I can't even explain it. I'm ready for Brazil. But it's not my time to go down there just yet. When I get called, I'll go in a moment's notice. If ye are prepared ye shall not fear, right? (:

A few more quick thoughts to end the email in my last 3 minutes:

-For a spiritual thought one night I shared with all the sister missionaries the photo Ruth sent me of Annabelle laughing. I told them if we could just take all the people who we teach/work with/etc who may frustrate us or we may not get along with and imagine that they look like this baby instead, it would be way easier to love them. They all agreed. Lol. Moral of the story - we all have the light of God in us and all deserve to be as happy as the most beautiful, happy, chubby, perfect baby in the world. We are all His children and we should love one another as He loves us! (:

-Our speaker at devotional Sunday (Vai Sikahema, sports broadcaster) told us that sister missionaries get done in 18 months what elders need 24 months to get done. AKA our whole family so far = awesome since we all (technically) were called to serve 18 month missions - mama, daddy + i! Sorry DK, maybe you'll just have to be the first 24-monther (;

-Sunday was crazy special because we had our first Relief Society meeting TOGETHER as the west + regular campus sister missionaries (first since they made the split). So they took a really big fancy panoramic photo of all of us after the meeting to put in the MTC Time Capsule. I have no idea what that means but I am totally in that photo and officially a part of MTC history being made. #hollaback

Okay seriously I do have to go now. Lol. More to come next week! And just so you know I LOVE all the emails/letters/Dear Elders/etc. I got this week - especially the family photos! Ah! I showed you all off to my district and they all think you're all perfect. Which obviously you are. And DK...they all love your smile. Of course. (: Thanks to Daddy, Mama, Ruth, Chandler, Anna, Brian Martin, Kayla, Deb, Micae, Kyle, Elder Fore, Liesen, Camille, + Sara for all the love this week! YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! I try to write hand written letters so fast but we really only have like from 830am-1130am on Pdays to actually sit down and those of you who don't get letters this week (we had even less time to write b/c of our mall trip) WILL get some next week - promise!!

As one of our elders said this week: Everything happens for a reason, so always be looking for that reason. (: And read Ether12:27 - our weaknesses become STRONG when we trust in the Lord! I promise you this!

PS this is not going to make sense to anyone but Daddy - but could you send me some super glue and three more of those little wood blocks? I need to fix another part of my purse and I figure I might as well have two other ones for when those break, too. Lol. (:

I LOVE YOU ALL! And if you've never said a pray where you're just giving thanks and not asking God for anything...I challenge you to do that. You'll feel more love and more blessed than you thought was possible when you thank God for all He's done for you! Trust me. I did it. And it's funny realizing when you're praying how easily you slip into just asking for things...we sure are needy. Good thing He's always so willing and waiting and ready and wanting to help us - every step of the way! (:


eu amo a voces! PARA SEMPRE! esta poder na oracao (there is power in prayer! and the accents still don't work on these computers, lol)


Sister Sarah Banera Kron
#thebrazillianite (:

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