Monday, October 28, 2013

First week in brazil!!

BOM DIA minha familia!!!! (:

First things first, CONGRATS TO RUTH AND DREW on Drew´s promotion!!! SO so exciting! (:

Secondly...sending pictures is apparently blocked or something on the computers we use here for whatever reason. So sorry again, no photos this week! But when we go to the temple on Wednesday in Recife, I think we are gonna try to send some from there.

Oh yeah. I know I said I wouldnt get to email this week, but the other sisters (Martins e Souza) said we are emailing this week no matter what. Lol. So here we are (:

Oiiiiii familia. These past few days have been crazy to say the least. I experienced my first time being sick as a dog in a foreign country, among other things, lol. It was ROUGH. But I will get to that later (:

Okay. The past few days went a bit like this:

Thursday was when I had my first Brazillian lunch with Sister Severina. She is a mega sweet lady from the ward, and her son-in-law I am pretty sure thinks us missionaries never eat ice cream....which is definitely a lie. Lol. Needless to say, I pretty much never want to each ice cream ever again after that lunch at their house because he refilled my bowl 4 times...ohhhhhhhhh my gosh hahahaha. But its rude to refuse when people here offer you seconds and thirds and fourth and etc...so lets just say I learned my lesson and from now on I will take smallest possible portions to start and go from there (: lol

After lunch we went to meet up and have a zone meeting, something we have the 2nd and 5th weeks of each transfer. Our zone is just 2 districts, which is definitely different from how things were in Michigan (where our zones were way larger), but its because we all live crazy far from each other and its expensive to travel to meet up (and too far to walk). But it went mega well and its nice having Sisters Moore and Kohtz (and elder McKinlay) in my zone/district so I can talk to them in English as a little break from the insanity that is attempting to speak Portuguese 24/7, lol. Familiar faces are always appreciated (: I love love love my MTC district!

Also on Thursday I experienced RAIN here in Recife for the first time! It was a BEAUTIFUL sight (: (: (: it kinda reminds me of Ohio where it can just start raining pretty much out of nowhere and then stop just as quickly and have the sun come out and be shining the rest of the day, lol. All I could think about that first time it rained was when Sister Hirz and I were running through the Mariott parking lot back in the MTC after the devotional where it was POURING rain and we kept shouting ´we´re in brazilllllllllll!´ even though obviously we were not hahah but needless to say, rain here is awesome. #sisterhirzgetheresoonerokay? (:

At night on Thursday, we met with two kids, Joselia (15) and Denis (13). OH MY GOSH. Coolest lesson, everrrrrrrrr. Denis brought 2 friends along and Joselia brought 1 friend along and then Denis´ mom and grandma and little sister were also there as we taught about chastity and the word of wisdom. Talk about a full house...aka on the porch right outside of their house. It was AWESOME. The spirit was crazy strong and we committed Joselia and Denis to be baptized on Saturday and they accepted! Love ittttttt. Love the Church. Love it ALL (:

Also...oh my goodness. Denis and Joselia live in Tracunhaém. Which is basically a crazy poor area but undoubtedly the most GORGEOUS area I have ever seen in my life, so so so pretty, seriously. I cant wait til I can finally send photos to all of you because its incredible. The only sad part is that they live literally in a crazy poor area...like, I dont even know how my companion knows how to find their houses because everything looks the same and theres no rhyme or reason to how the little houses are set up. You just walk down into these HUGE ravine like areas and theres just house after house stacked right next to each other, its a crazy humbling sight to see. We actually got lost when we came back on Friday and there was nothing to do but walk ALL the way back to the top of this area and start over trying to find the house. Crazy. I just hope I can stop being so directionally challenged sooner rather than later so I can figure out where I am half the time (:

Friday we spent 4 hours in the morning at the Banco of Brasil...oi. Hahah. Sister Donoso had some kind of money problem with money her family sent her and I felt pretty useless not being able to speak much Portuguese so pretty much I just sat next to her and tried to keep her relaxed because she kept getting mega stressed out, lol. My discovery of the week - its easy to be care free when you never have any idea whats going on (: haha. But I did sit next to this adorable family and talked to them a bit about our church and gave them a pass along card with a photo of Jesus with children on the front (Regras de Fé on the back). Their little girl was adorable and loved the picture. So cute. I just wish I could speak better Portuguese so when I talked to people they didn´t look at me like I was speaking a foreign language, hahaha. I always take Micae´s advice to heart - just gotta get up each morning and pray that I can speak Portuguese just for today. And more than that, I just pray that I can UNDERSTAND Portuguese for one more day. And its definitely been helping. Prayers are answered. I can honestly testify of that!!

I finally bought a backpack on Friday. My shoulders were dying, haha. SISTER HIRZ BUY ONE BEFORE YOU GET HERE. Seriously. Side bags are a huge no-no here when we are literally walking all day, every day. I have never been happier to have a backpack of my own (: count your blessings name them one by one...!

Friday night was awesome because we had a ward activity! Everyone here is mega nice and helpful, even though we can hardly understand each other, haha. All the kids were SO pumped that a new missionary was in the ward and were all excited to meet me, love it. They are so so so adorable! And they think its hilarious when I cant understand what theyre saying. Hahah. I honestly cannot describe how weird it is for me that for the first time in my life, if I speak English, people WONT be able to understand what I am saying. #foreignmissionaryproblems But day by day its getting easier for sure. Just taking it a day at a time (:

Saturday was BOM. aka GOOD but BOM is a cooler word (Portuguese!). Mostly just because...I HAD MY FIRST BAPTISMMMMMM!! Sadly Joselia decided last minute not to get baptized....not really sure what happened there, sadly. But Denis totally did and suffice it to say he is SO adorable and I had to keep reminding him to smile when we took photos because apparently its crazy common here to never smile in pictures...what?? Lol. But I got a few with him smiling and ah, when I can send you photos I promise I will! It was a very happy happy happy day. (:

By the time the baptism was over however...thats when things started getting a little rough. Lol. Viewer discretion advised: if you have a weak stomach...skip this next paragraph. Lol (:

The entire way home from the baptism I just kept saying how I just wanted to throw up...I didn´t know what was in my system but all I knew is that my body was NOT happy at allllll. Long story short...this night was the most difficult of my entire mission. I don´t think I´ve thrown up since I was like 5 years old, and this night I went straight to bed and woke up twice in the middle of the night to throw up seemingly everything in my system. It was bad. Lol. Most of Sunday was spent in bed, and within the following 24 hours Sister Martins was also sick (the other American in our apartment). Que triste.

But thank goodness for the Priesthood - they brought the sacrament to our apartment so we could take it and then they also gave me a blessing. I have no idea what they said besides the word ´faith´ twice...aka I am pretty sure I just need to have faith that I can be healed and I will be. I know this is true. It all comes down to that first principle of the Gospel - faith faith faith!!! If we have faith and we get to work, we can and WILL be healed! I know this is true because literally its like a night and day difference how I feel now compared with 24 hours ago. The Priesthood is real. Faith is real. Prayers are answered. I cannot say this enough. (:

And today...is Monday! Wheeee. Not sure yet what today has in store for us, but I´m sure I´ll have plenty to report on come next week. And hopefully no more sicknesses to report on (: Rest assured that all is well and hopefully this just means I have officially been broken into my mission in Brazil...and my stomach will just get stronger and stronger by the day (;

oh! Really quick. I found out that when letters/packages are sent here, our zone leaders have to pick them up at the office. And they only go to the office once or twice a transfer. And then we only have zone conferences twice a transfer. Aka the following is true:

-Letters take 2-3 weeks to receive
-Packages take at MINIMUM one month to receive. The sisters were telling me you should DEFINITELY send food with each package you send. Some crazy thing about how if you dont put food in each package (aka treats of some sort), the mail system will think you are just sending clothes or something for me to sell down here and it can take a crazy crazy long time to ever get the package. SO ALWAYS SEND FOOD IN PACKAGES. Deal? Lol.

Also...because it takes forever to get packages as it is, they also say don´t send home  made stuff. So Anna, definite rain check on all the amazing food you can make as soon as I get back in January 2015, deal? (:

PS Whenever you do send a package, these are things I would absolutely love (if you can!):

Peanut butter, fruit snacks, STICKERS (people looooooooove them here!), saltine crackers (I was missing these hardcore when I was sick yesterday), gatorade packets (aka the type you can dissolve in water...lemon/lime flavor is the best!), handkerchiefs, stick deodorant (they dont have that here...any kind is better than nothing, lol), and hand sanitizer with the little holder you can put on your backpack or on your purse. I think you can get those at walmart and with how much we use hand sanitizer...it would be mega awesome to not have to open my backpack to get some each time I need it. Lol.

Okay. Spiritual time. My favorite scripture of the moment...another shout out here to sister hirz because this is her mission scripture..Ether 12:27

``And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.´´

Its crazy to think I have barely been in the country of Brazil for a week and already so much has happened. Missionary work is exactly that - HARD. WORK. But I know that God will never ever ever give us difficulties or trials or struggles that we cannot over come. I am being humbled mutiple times a day out here, and I am learning now more than ever the need to trust in my Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He is the only one who knows how we feel and he is the only one who can help us over come our struggles. He loves us! What a fabulous fact that is. (: I know I am weak. But through my faith - and my EXERCISING that faith, I can be made strong! We all can (: Just like how as I am typing this, there is a spider crawling on my computer screen. And a month ago, that would have freaked me out. But today, it doesn´t even faze me. Hahaha. (: I am changing daily for the better and I love it. I love being a missionary. I love this work. I love all of you and pray for you multiple times a day!

THE CHURCH IS TRUE. We are a part of an incredibly awesome work here on earth today. God lives. Christ lives. Families can be together forever. I am confident in all of that. (:

Until next week, meus amados. Thank you for your prayers and love, and rest assurred that this work is hard, but I am definitely doing well. I am being protected and guided and am safe and in good spirits so there is no need to worry! I LOVE YOU ALL (:

sorry for the crazy long email today...had a lot of thoughts in my brain (: til next week!

xox!

Sister Sarah Banara Kron
#carpinaite (:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sarah made it to brazil

no fotos this week. next time. LOVE YOU ALL 
MINHA FAMILIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA oh my gosh oh my gosh I AM  HERE IN BRAZIL AS I TYPE THIS!!!!!!! ahhhhhhh que coisa loca!!! I just want to apologize in advance for terrible grammar/punctuation/etc because these keyboards are crazy and think i am spelling everything wrong because none of it is in portuguese hahaha and there are no apostrophes either so....awkward. good thing i still have #hashtags, right? (; haha. seriously though!!! AHHHHH I AM IN BRAZILLLLLLLLL oh my gosh so much is different! but lemme tell you a bit about what things are like since i am sure youre dying to know...aka probably at least daddy because the office assistant told me that he emailed the mission office the day i arrived to see if i got there okay! haha sorry they took awhile to let everyone know but they told us once we got here they were like (okay they dont have quotation marks either so bear with me hahaha) they said ¨dont worry we will tell your families you are here!¨ so we were all like okay no big deal! and then the next day at our big new missionary meeting they passed around a paper to get our families email addresses and were like...yeah sorry we didnt tell your families you were here because we didnt have their emails. #whoopsies. hahahhaaha. thanks for checking in on my though daddy (:

BUT I AM HERE AND ALIVE AND LOVING ITTTTTTTTT oh my gosh it literally still feels like i am just walking on a cloud being here...its loco for sure! the way my trip went:

-monday morning left for detroit airport at 11ish am with pres + sis gerber. i was the only missoinary departing that day!
-went from detroit to nyc (la guardia) and from nyc went to miami...where i ran into none other than SISTER MOORE from my mtc district!!!!! ahhh que loco! i had no clue she had gotten her visa too so that was an AWESOME surprise to get (: we split our last american meal together (since by the time we were getting ready to leave miami it was 11pm) at TGIFridays (a cheeseburger + a salad...gonna miss those ;) and then ran into Elders Dimmick and McKinlay...ALSO from my MTC district...ALSO going to Recife with us!!! ahhhhhhhh BEST DAY EVER! Seriously, its only been 6 weeks since we all left the provo mtc...and as of now, 12 of the 14 missionaries in my district are now in BRAZIL!! Were still waiting on Sister Hirz and Elder Hudson (in California) but the rest of us are all here now! que loco! and whats even crazier is that FOUR of us from the same mtc district (Sisters Moore, Kohtz, and I + Elder McKinlay) are all in the same zone in the field!! Us 3 sisters are all in the same DISTRICT here how crazy is that!? its definitely a small small world (:
-8 hour flight from miami straight to recife! slept a ton on and off and mostly talked with a lotttttttttttttt of brazillians who all complimented my language left and right...seriously, they are so nice. they tell all of us our portuguese is so good but then they laugh when we cant understand them. hahahhaa. they think its adorable. i cant wait til i can understand everything they say (:

we arrived in recife at about 830am tuesday morning! Recife time is just 1 hour later than EST in the USA. so so great! Pres. Lanius is hilarious and awesome and he picked us up with a dozen other elders, haha. We took a bus to the mission office and from there to the mission home where Sister Lanuis fed us the BESTTTTTTTT brazillian meal I have ever had...eu amo almoço! aka LUNCH ah it is SO so good! loved itttttt. all kinds of crazy things, ALL of which i ate, obviamente (: and so deliscioso! i am going to love it here (:

we got temporary companions and went back to an apartment with them to take naps and then i went out street contacting my first time ever! bore my testimony to a homeless brazillian man who was just adorable and told him that God loves him and it just about made his night. (: I LOVE Brazillians!!! (: my temporary companion was Sister Donoso and lo and behold the next day when we got our real companions slash trainers...SISTER DONOSO and I are still together (even though none of the other sisters stayed with their original comps!) #meanttobe (: you wanna know the best part? SHE IS THE ONLY SISTER MISSIONARY WHO IS CHILEAN IN THIS MISSION! Clearly President knew better than to separate the Chilean sisters from each other once they met (; I absolutely LOVE her and she looks a ton like Natalia (cousin) looked back when she was a teenager, I think. Or maybe I have a bad memory, haha. But she is ADORABLE and we get along sosososo well! I absolutely love her and its great because words I cant say in Portuguese I can try to explain using Spanish words and she TOTALLY knows what I am saying and can help me out a ton. I LOVE HER. Oh my gosh. Life is great (:

Ah. SO LIFE IN BRAZIL. Im sure this is really the part youve all been waiting for (: well...its different than the US.


...Thats all!


okay okay okay. haha. seriously though, it is CRAZY different! My first 24-48 hours I was just making a long list of things that stood out to me so Im just gonna give you that, haha. (:

1. first things first. the subject of this email. roosters in Carpina (the area Im in which is like 2.5 hours by Omnibus...basically a huge charter bus thing that travels from city to city) which is the area sister donoso and i are in are CRAZY. they do their whole ^cockadoodledo!^ thing from like midnight until 9am every day. hahahhaa. love it!

2. no traffic laws here. SERIOUSLY. the cars drive SOOOO close to each other and motorcycles are allowed to just zip in wherever they can fit. lol. also...hardly any lines on the road. people literally just drive as close to each other as possible. #insanity i will never be able to drive here haha. good thing missoinaries cant be on bikes or in cars! just walking. and sitting in buses. LOVE IT (:

3. remember that one time how bathrooms are different in brazil? aka how they dont have the best sanitation system so when you go to use the toilet you never flush your used toilet paper down the toilet..? true story! there are trash cans in every restroom and you throw away ALL of your used toilet paper. yes. all of it. i need not say more. its taking some getting used to (: haha

4. its entering summer here in recife! which i found out is only 8 degrees south of the equator...WHAT! i probably should start wearing sunscreen (; just kidding, just kidding mama! i promise i will! (: i already have a watch tan line, hilarious. ill take photos and send them next week of my tan lines, its hilarious how fast im getting them already! slash everyone LOVESSSSSS that i am half chilean, mama! people either think im brazillian already (YESSSSSSSSSS #missionaccomplished :) or they say immediately ^where are you from because you clearly are not from here?^ hahahhaa. so great. LOVE IT. AH. brazil is so so great you dont even know!!! 

5. We arent ever allowed to go to the beach. or see the beach. sad day. sorry daddy i wont get to touch the ocean on this side of the equator slash continent after all. que triste! it is SUPER pretty though!!!

6. centimeters. kilometers. celcius. we went to subway and i had to try to figure out that a 15cm sub is a 6 in sub. hilaroius. i love different countries!

2.40 reals = $1 USD. which is awesome.

oh! real quick. i cant email next week since were going to the temple in recife on wednesday. so we dont get a pday apparently (but usually pdays are monday). so you wont get an email from me at ALL next week, but the following week ill email monday. deal?

okay. also. minha companhiera chilenas first name? SARAI. hilaroius. we are sesriously like the same person!! LOVE IT (:

thank goodness for the awesome wheels on my luggage...they are taking a beating on the streets of brazil here. hahahhaa. sister cutler, i SO would take the crazy streets of michigan ANYDAY over these ones. hahah!

also...the goal per companionship in michigan was one baptism a month. here if you dont have at LEAST one baptism a WEEK, youre failing miserably. hahaha. so crazy. also...like no less active work. just investigators. batizar batizar batizar!

FOOD IS AWESOME. they eat yogurt all the time. but we never eat dinner. ever. hahaha. just small breakfast, HUGE lunch. and like nohting for dinner after whenever you get home. anna for my first dinner last night i had yogurt + the last muffin of yours i brought with me all the way to brazil! SUPER BOM (: obrigada muito por isso!]

we get mail only like once or twice a month here. haha. so yeah. but mama i got your last two letters thank you SO much and deb yours too!! love you MUITO and just know i love you so so much!! also...showers and other facuets have two functions  - on and off. aka hot or cold. hahahaha. i love it here. SO MUCH. the church is true a igreja e verdadeira and the language is SO hard but im throwing myself into it so i hope i get it soon. i dont know if photos will send but ill try to attach some real quick before it kicks me off. every time i get discouraged i just sing a hymn and my companion loves to sing so all is well (: if you get discouraged just sing a hymn and remember that Heavenly Father loves you SO much and so do i!!! i can feel your prayers and love you all SO much! it was crazy hard leaving my district in michigan but eu amo voces and sister hirz i cant wait til youre down here with me finalmente! (:

eu amo voces familia minha!!!!! (:

xox!
finally in brazil!!!!!!!!!

SISTER KRON (:
#brazillinary!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Last week in Michigan

hi.

it's me.

and i cannot possibly contain my excitement any longer and doubt i'll be able to focus on the rest of my email so i'm just gonna come out and say it..


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suspense killing you yet!?


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okay okay okay. here we go:



ready!?


I AM STILL SERVING IN NORTHVILLE EAST for another week!!!!!!! (: (: (:



how exciting is that!?


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oh and i guess i should also mention the fact that i got my visa and leave for brazil a week from today, Monday October 21st at 10am.






(: (: (: (: (((((((((((((((((((((: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!fjasdklfjdasklfjsdklafjasdkl!!!!!!









BRAZIL HERE I COMEEEEEEEEE but for real, not for another week! I have literally been LOVING being here in Northville East and feel so lucky that I get to finish out my transfer here. And that I have a full week to get in goodbyes/see-ya-later's to everyone here! Haha. It's going to be a crazy crazy week.

It's insane how my heart literally feels like it's been ripped in half. You know how I am constantly talking like, all of the time? Well yesterday when I got the phone call from Sister Gerber (President's wife) my jaw literally dropped to the floor and I was completely, 100% speechless. Never experience that before in my life. Ever. Haha. (: I was telling Sister Gerber all about how AMAZING today had been, mostly because one of our investigators, Jen, and her 6-year-old daughter, Vallyn, came to church with us for the first time!!! It was literally THE BEST DAY EVER, oh my gosh don't even get me started. And they loved it (: (: (:

As soon as I finished telling Sister Gerber (who normally is so happy to hear about these kinds of things when we talk to her, lol), I asked how her day was! And she half-heartedly said "It's good...well, it's okay I guess." So naturally of course I asked why just "good" and she responded and said "Well, you got your visa today and leave a week from today which means you're leaving the mission. Which is why today is just 'okay'."

...WHAT!??! Toooooooootally not what I was expecting her to say, at ALL! I just stared at Sister Cutler and didn't know what to feel. I LOVE Northville and being here literally feels just like home, in more ways than I could ever possibly explain. Sister Gerber proceeded to give me a few details, which was helpful because literally it just felt like a dream (and to be honest, still kinda doesn't feel real, haha). I leave Monday, October 21st from the mission home at about 10am, my flight from Detroit to New York leaves at 1:40pm and from New York I assume I connect to Sao Paulo and then from there up to Recife....and typically it's like a 24+ hour travel day, so we'll see how that goes. Haha. All I know for sure though is that I leave at 10am from Northville and at 1:40pm I leave for New York. And I don't get to call anyone (church policy, apparently) and I don't get to emailnext week on Monday, since that's the day I'm leaving so...next time you all hear from me I will (hopefully!!) be in RECIFE BRAZILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! ayayaaa!!! so so so crazy. i wish i had more details, but...I don't. Haha. You know everything I do! (:

But seriously. I am so so pumped to have another full week here. Sister Cutler and I are going to DO. WORK. And it's going to be the best week ever. I can't wait to tell you all about it!!!! FROM  BRAZILLLLLL ah i can't even believe that those words coming out of my mouth are real!!! I guess I should start practicing my Portuguese a bit more, yeah? (: hahaha.

Okay. moving along though. I wanted to get some general things out of the way so sorry if this email isn't everything you were hoping and dreaming. Haha. But I have a few thoughts/questions I need to get out of my brain first. (:

Mama - can you send me another photo of the 4 of us siblings? I may or may not have accidentally put my "HOST" sticker on top of my face after my day of hosting in the MTC...and now I look like a monster because the sticky stuff wouldn't all come off. Hahahaha. Please and thank you (:

OH BUT WAIT. Don't send anything to me yet, unless it will arrive by this Saturday. Because that's the last day I'll get mail to my Michigan address. Can you tell that to the people at church, too? I don't have my Brazil address on me, but I'll just deal without getting mail for a coupla weeks so it doesn't take the chance of getting lost. Lol. I'll send you the address once I'm down there and know it for sure (: (: (: so if you have anything you wanna send me for mega cheap before you have to worry about sending internationally...do it this week. Please (:

Okay. Funny moment I wanted to share. Sometimes when you are a missionary you literally pray ALL THE TIME. Which isn't a bad thing. But we pray before/after studies, before each appointment we have, before/after planning, before meals, and on and on and on. So then whenever you sit down to do something or get in a car, usually you're praying. But mostly it just leads to funny moments at all the other times when you know you don't really need to pray, but you still feel the need to. Like a coupla weeks ago when I made a homemade s'more and then folded my arms to say a pray to bless it before I ate it just out of habit. Or like how we sat down to email and I immediately felt like I should pray before emailing home. hahaha. #newmissionaryproblems Seriously though, prayer is awesome. I love it being such an ingrained habit at this point. It's pretty great. (:

Ruth - few quick questions. Is there any way you can make my facebook profile public? or at least searchable? I've had a dozen investigators/members/friends/etc out here that have claimed they've tried finding me on FB but they can't find me. Also on that note...could you by any chance add the friends who have requested me? I know of at least two that have given me grief about the fact that they haven't been added as my friend yet so they can look at my blog/creep on my photos and life pre-mission. Hahahaha. So if you could just add whoever has requested me, that'd be awesome. I don't have anything to hide (and change the names of people here on the blog if it's about anything sensitive anyway :)

Also Ruth - are you posting the photos I send home on the blog? Sorry I'm asking all these in my big email home but I already only have 8 mins left to email so I'm putting it all out here. Lol. I know you have a lot to deal with having 2 kids under the age of 4 + all your other responsibilities...so if you can't get them all up, that's okay. Just lemme know (:

PS. Families out here, especially ones with kids who out on missions LOVE taking photos of us with their phones and texting them to their families! They say they love love love it when members who took their kids in for meals and stuff while they were serving missions would text them a photo just showing that all is well. So if you have the missionaries over for dinner, you should totally do that. Take a photo of them and then just ask for their parents' cell phone numbers and text it to them. It's totally legal as far as i know (:

Oh PS Mama - I totally bought a bag of Hershey's kisses and always have chocolate carrying around with me here, which reminds me of how you do that. It makes me feel closer to home when I do it (: don't think I'll be able to keep up with that once I get to Brazil, haha. But my companion/fellow missionaries loooooove knowing that I've always got a treat on hand, in case of emergencies, of course (;

Super quick! My every day schedule out here. It's a little bit earlier than some, but that's just because Sister Cutler is awesome and lets me have a full 1/2 hour to run (:

6:15am wake up
6:30am out the door to run/work out until 7am
7am-8am is breakfast/shower/get ready
8am personal study
9am companionship study
10 additional comp study (aka "12 week" aka for the first 2 transfers out on your mission, you get extra training during this time)
once 11 am hits we are out teaching until8pm! with just an hour for lunch and additional study and then an hour for dinner. but to be honest we never take a full hour for either lunch or dinner unless we're with a family. we'd rather be out doing the work so we just eat something quick (and the ward is pretty awesome at feeding us anyway!! even without a meal calendar. which is actually something i love because they only invite us over if they really want us to come over....and i guess it says something about the fact that sister cutler and i have dinner/lunch usually about 5 days out of each week this transfer...and every night but one this next week we have meals planned. so life is GREAT and we love being close with our ward members!!! :)
8pm is language study (which sometimes we skip so we can keep on teaching....gotta make it a priority this week though, lol :)
9pm planning
930-1030pm prep for bed/lights out at 1030 and get to bed!

i love getting up early. i love being a missionary. life is SO so great and i wanted to just share with all of you my favorite highlight from conference, from Elder Ballard's talk. Did you catch the invitation he extended all of us?

"We are not asking everyone to do everything. We are simply asking all members to pray, knowing that if everymember, young and old, will reach out to just “one” between now and Christmas, millions will feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a wonderful gift to the Savior.

Seriously. You should all take this challenge upon yourselves. I've decided to do it for 18 months of my life, to pray to know who I can reach and who I can teach. Literally there is no better gift we can give to our Savior in time for this Christmas? I want to challenge each of you to do this and be the best member missionary you can be! In between reading from True to the Faith (book) about Missionary work and reading 1 Peter 3:15, I've come up with what I think is the four Be's to being a member missionary:

Be PRAYERFUL - tell God you want to help Him by being a missionary, that you want opportunities to serve, and that you are willing and wanting His help and direction
Be PREPARED - do all you can to study the scriptures and the words of our inspired leaders, ask questions, and find answers to questions others ask you so you know and can teach about the gospel
Be ALERT - if you honestly ask God for opportunities to share the Gospel, He WILL bless you with opportunities to do so! I PROMISE you that!! I have seen it in my life and it is real. So always be alert no matter where you are/who you're with/what you're doing to promptings of the Spirit to share the Gospel. Which leads me to the one I need the most help with...
Be COURAGEOUS - Once you get those opportunities to share, the only thing left to do is to just DO IT! Just step outside of your comfort zone and all we are asked to do is to INVITE, that's it! And that's the easy part! You can invite anyone to your birthday party and it's their own choice whether or not they want to go. Sure you know they're going to have an amazing time if they do join the party, because you know it'll be awesome, but you've gotta leave that choice up to them. But you can always tell them all the reasons it'll be awesome if you DO invite them, there's no ruling against that. (:

Okay my dear friends + family members, will you take this challenge upon yourselves? Prayerfully ask who is ready to hear the gospel and share the gospel with at least that person before Christmas? I promise you that you will be blessed with a loving and natural way to share the gospel if you follow those steps that are pretty much outlined if you read the scripture I mentioned above in Peter + what it says about missionary work in True to the Faith. That little book is seriously awesome. You should read the whole thing, too. (:

OKAY. Time's mega mega up. But I love you all SO SO MUCH and sorry for not sending tons of photos today but brace yourselves for photos GALORE in 2 weeks of my last week in the states...and my first ever in BRAZIL!!!!!!!!! (: (: (:

Can't hardly wait. I love you all so so much. I can feel your prayers and am really so, so, SO eternally grateful for them and for all of your love and strength and support. You are incredible. Keep up the fab work and keep doing what you know you should be. Pray always. God wants to hear what's going on in your life. The good and the bad. And He can help you more than anyone else can. I promise! (:

LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! Sorry I'm not allowed to call and chat but rest assured I will be talking to you (family) on Christmas from the beautiful country of BRASILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL (as they would say it :)

EU AMO VOCES!!!!!!!! PS Mormon 9:28 was one of my favorite scriptures this past week while I was on exchanges in Belle Isle. It's a good motivator for how we should be member missionaries (:

xoxoxox!!!

Sister Sarah Banera Carrera Kron
#michiganite
#brazillianite
#sistermissionaryforlife (:



Monday, October 7, 2013

This weeks email was written in 7 minutes

Hello everyone! (:

I'm sorry I really need to budget my email time better...only 7 minutes. So here goes nothing! (:

First things first, how awesome was General Conference?! In case you missed it or have no clue what that is...go to www.lds.org and check it out! We missed a lot of the Saturday sessions because we were with an investigator who is awesome (Janene) but we're going to get caught up on what we missed later this week (: something I would LOVE is hearing from each of you which was your favorite talk and why! That'd be the best gift a missionary could get (:

Okay. Autumn here is unlike ANY autumn I've ever seen! It's already my favorite season, but watching the leaves change here is like a whole nother world. It's breathtaking and I can't get enough of it. I hope I'm here through Halloween just to get to see the leaves change all the way through! (:

Northville is so so awesome. I can't even handle how much I love it here. I'm meeting people left and right I feel like I've known my whole life. It's so clear that I'm supposed to be here right now, it's wild.

Because I'm already totally out of time, I'm just going to leave you with the millions of photos I took this past week and something I read and absolutely loved this morning in personal study: Ether 4:17-19. Basically verse 17 states the fact that the Lord's work is almost done here on the earth, since we've already gotten the Book of Mormon as a record for our day. eek! Then you read 18 and it tells you exactly what you need to do to prepare for Christ to come again...and then verse 19 tells you all the blessing that will come from doing this! What a perfect cherry on top to an amazing week here being a missionary and hearing all the talks at conference this past weekend! We all need to do our part and be missionaries ourselves to help bring others to Christ...seriously, that extra 15 million won't get baptized until we start doing some work ourselves, right? (;

Ah. I love you all so so much! I am SO grateful for all of you and for all the emails and love I get each week. It makes email time crazy because I want to respond to all of you and I haven't had more than an hour total since I've been out here in Michigan to write letters on pdays...haha. So if you haven't gotten a letter or email back, rest assurred I'm doing my best haha. I promise. I WILL respond to each of you just like I promised! (:

Also...there is only one area in actual DETROIT Detroit Michigan that is a Sister's area...and that's Belle Isle. I just got a call last night finding out that I'm going on exchanges for the next two days...IN BELLE ISLE. Aka DETROIT here I come!! (: I'm so so pumpedddddd and I promise to take lots of photos as always (; haha but mostly I promise to email FIRST next week and try to make that a habit to get my big family/friends email sent out first so you actually know that I have been up to missionary work here (:

okay. gotta run. sorry for the short email but i love you and will write 1st next week, promise! stories to tell (: keep praying! God wants to hear what you have to say, I guarantee it! (:

xox!

Sister Sarah Kron
#michiganlover...! (:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pictures and a letter from Detroit last week

HI FAMILY AND FRIENDSSSSSSSSS how are you all!? I love hearing from all of you...so much that I took way too much time going through your emails today and responding to a few that I have hardly any time to write but I'll do my best (:

First things first, thanks MUITO to mama for sending me the best package ever last week!! I forgot to mention that I think but that with your letter + getting a letter from anna + daddy sending me photos + hearing from ruth and daddy via email (daniel...still waiting to hear about your life wink wink ;) made my week!

So this week has been full of miracles, left and right! As a quick summary:

Monday - tried Gurnsey's ice cream for the first time. AMAZING. You were right, Amy, and your parents treated us well at your house to my first tastes of that ice cream (: LOVED IT. And your parents are adorable, obviously. (:

Tuesday - We were teaching our investigator Karen about forgiveness...and she basically told us she would never be able to forgive her children. BUT (spoiler alert!) when we met with her on Saturday, after a lottttttt of study + prayers on our part, she told us that MAYBE SOMEDAY she'd be able to forgive them, since she knows that's what she needs to do. She told us that if we have patience with her, maybe we'll be able to help her see that eventually. #bysmallandsimplethings. It is SO true!! We just have to be patient and everything will work out! (:

Also Tuesday, our awesome member Earne Smith dropped by our apartment when we were doing weekly planning and gave us a bunch of donuts and cider from the cider mill (one of millions around here - they are AWESOME) and it made our day. When we were thanking him so profusely he just looked at us and said "would your dads be sitting here telling me I'm too nice to their daughters if they were here??" Basically just about brought Sister Cutler and I to tears because he made us think of how awesome our own fathers are back home and how loved we are (: I love you, Daddy! And I am SO grateful for members that treat missionaries like the 19 and 22 year olds we are sometimes...they really spoil us and treat us well. If you have missionaries in your wards, be nice to them! Lol (: It's hard being away from your family but amazing when you have people who act like your family away from home...it's such a blessing. The church is true basically (:

Okay Wednesday we went on exchanges for the first time so I was with the sister training leader, Sister Decker. She is AWESOME. We went to Tia Ma's for FHE and you can see the photos that resulted from that whipped cream fight from there (;

okay wow no time left. Lemme just leave you with this: 3 Nephi 11:37-38. This past fast Sunday (yesterday!) there were more kids than adults that bore their testimonies and it was truly an incredible and moving sight. SO many children getting up their bearing their testimonies of the truthfulness of this gospel and of Joseph Smith and the Church being True ("I'd like to bear my testimony, I know this Church is truuuuuue..." :) and it just really touched me. I got up to bear my testimony and shared that scripture above with the congregation. I finally think I realized yesterday what it means to "become as a little child" by what it says in those two verses. I used to think they both said the same exact thing, but I realized there was one little difference: In verse 37, it talks about becoming as a little child FIRST, and THEN being baptized; In verse 38, it talks about being baptized FIRST, and THEN becoming as a little child. It states very clearly both times that if we do this, we will have eternal life. So what does this mean? Basically what I realized is that these little children bearing their testimonies are born and don't know everything. That's a fact, we're all like that. We depend on our parents and teachers to raise us up in the Gospel and learn and grow through them and the things they teach us. We are naturally humble as children, because we know we don't know everything so we are willing and able to learn. Going back to the scripture, I realized that we have to be humble like a little child, be TEACHable like a little child throughout our lives: before AND after baptism. We need to be humble to accept Christ's atonement and be baptized (like many of the people we teach out here), but even after we are baptized, we need to CONTINUALLY be humble and teachable like little children, because the fact is that we DON'T know everything. We never will. But our Father in Heaven knows it all, and He will give us knowledge line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little as long as we are humble and willing to learn. The first step is being humble and recognizing that you don't know everything. Then all we have to do is ASK and we are promised that we will receive answers from God. He won't withhold knowledge from us, He just wants us to ask!

I love little kids. They are such a light. (: I gave them each a fist-bump after sacrament, all the ones that bore their testimonies, since they were all lined up in the hall afterwards together. They looooved that it was adorable! I am so grateful for their examples of righteousness left and right. (: Let's all be like little children and humble ourselves a little bit more this week, deal? We just then have to work on being as cute and adorable as Dustin and Annabelle, next....but that'll be a longer process. Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait...right? (;

Okay, time's up. LOVE YOU ALL! Keep reading your scriptures and praying and doing the things you already know you should be doing to help bring you closer to Christ and your Heavenly Father!! He loves you SO much and wants to hear from YOU how you're doing!! He can help you through everything, I promise you!! (:

Talk to you next week!

OH WAIT. PS. Haha. THREE people from my MTC district got their visas this week!! They all left this morning for BRAZIL! AKA they're en route as we SPEAK! SO wild! (: Elder Denton, Elder Pothier, and Sister Kohtz! Sister McCleve (another sister here in Detroit waiting to go to Recife) left today with Sister Kohtz because she got hers, too! So apparently if I'm in a trio, they'll let me leave whenever during the transfer, because it won't mess anything up for me to go. Lol. But since I'm just in a two-sister companionship, even if I have my visa I won't find out til the end of the transfer (the last day is October 22nd). So I'll know the Friday before that, whatever date that was. (:

But rest assured I am LOVING it here and will continue to love it as long as I'm here! And don't need a coat yet, because it's still just so nice out, haha (; I promise!

Also...sorry to anna and ruth for the photo we sent you last night. We had dinner at the Bausses and they are HUGE Michigan fans and wanted me to put on the hat + tshirt so they could send you a photo but I just couldn't do it...but I could manage a  thumbs up so I didn't offend them totally. Lol. Still working on being less prideful about being an OSU fan through and through...but I'm warning you in advance that this might be one of those "when in Michigan, do as Michiganites do..." so I don't offend anyone...so fellow Ohioans, I promise no matter what Michigan memorabillia I may wear, I love you all first and foremost. No matter what I'm wearing you'll always be 1st in my heart. Michigan just takes precedence for the next however-long-I'm-here. (:

LOVE YOU ALL!! EU AMO VOCESSSSSS and I still love and practice meu portugues MUiiiiiiiitTTtttttooooooooo no worries there (:

love you! xox

Sister Sarah Kron
#michiganaryThe waiting for visas club
Sarah's friend from high school (Eliot) has grandparents that live in Detroit
Sarah at a part members house for dessert and facials and fhe