Sister Sarah Elizabeth Kron: Called to Serve!!

On March 15th, 2013, I opened a letter that has already changed my life forever.

I have been called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! I will be serving for a period of 18 months, from July 31st, 2013 until (approximately) January 31st, 2015. I will prepare to preach the gospel in the Portuguese language, as I serve the people in Recife, Brazil!!

While on my mission, I will not have access to Facebook, Skype, or texting. However, I will be sending one email home to my family each week (with stories + photos from the past week), which my sister Ruth will then post on my mission blog!

(Note: Although I can't Facebook, Skype, or text for 18 months, that doesn't mean I can't still stay in touch. We can be pen pals the old-fashioned way, if you'd like! My current mission address will always be posted on the left-hand sidebar of my mission blog, and trust me when I say - I would LOVE to hear from you, at any point while I'm away so we can catch up! :)

You can access my mission blog by clicking here, or by typing in the address below:

I could not possibly be more excited to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints! If you'd like to learn more about what I (and other Mormons) believe, feel free to click here, or type in the address below:

Best wishes to all of you + I will see you again in January 2015! :)

-Sister Sarah Elizabeth Kron


adventures with a puppet named stella.

(about mid-october thru early december, 2013)

sarah's quick + easy (semester-long) steps to creating a muppet-style puppet named stella that is basically your twin + bff by the end of the semester.

step one: create mouth pieces (harder than it looks!).

step two: attach inside of mouth (red felt for a bit of a "realistic" touch).

step three: cut strips out of felt + glue up and around the mouth to make it fitted. then make a beach ball/oval shape with different <> -shaped pieces of thick blue foam.

step four: cut a big hole in the middle of the ball/oval and use LOTS of cement glue/patience (seriously, it's like waiting for glue to dry...literally. patience is huge at this part!!).

and then you have...a puppet head (kind of)!!!

step five: choose, cut + pin skin-colored felt around head.

step six: sew it all together nice + tight and then put a hat on it just in time for the "lip-sync"/midterm portion of the puppetry class...ps i sang "taylor the latte boy". meaning...stella's head sang it. and she got an A, thank you very much (at least i think so). also...puppet-eering is hard. meaning moving your (puppet's) mouth like that for so long to match the words...holy cannoli. major props to people who do that for a living and such!

oh, stella, you were so adorable at that stage...even without eyes, nose, or ears (or hair) ((or a body)) (((but we'll get to that later))).

okay, so she un-hatted herself. and then we may or may not have pulled one long all-nighter together (don't worry mama, it was my only one in college and needless to say, it hasn't happened since, promise!) sewing her whole body together...literally.

i forget what step i'm on and am too lazy to scroll up. :) so just know that at some point you get to go to your favorite local thrift store (thank you, deseret industries!) and pick out your dream outfit...about 10 sizes too small.

stick in a good inspirational movie (that i somehow hadn't seen until this night...what was i thinking?!)

yep. the mother of puppet movies:

i laughed, i cried, it moved me, bob (family inside joke...don't be offended if you don't get it...just keep on scrolling through ;)

then a few million billion too many to count sleep-deprived hours later...you somehow have an identical twin with legs, arms, and a top-knot bun + everything!! just like you've always dreamed!

and her name is stella. and she's got the cutest little feet in the whole wide world (even if they're only made up of hosiery stuffed with fluffy puppet-stuffing stuff called poly fill...still adorable).

and also, one of your bffs (laura!) from the major + class shows up to the final with her identical twin: a total robot.

just kidding. but isn't her puppet the cutest!?! we all got A's on our final - a puppet show (obviously) with our finished puppets. phew. and then the REAL fun began once i brought little miss stella home...

i came home to the above sight after my first long day of taking finals/working at the testing center. scared me half to death (this is the window right next to our front door...basically hilarious/terrifying.

and THIS (below) after my second night...RIGHT up next to the front door right as soon as i opened it. and keep in mind, when you're unlocking your apartment door at like, 11:30pm at night (or later) in the darkness, any kind of personage-shape is simply terrifying. much less something like this.

haha. so the roommates got in on the gag, too. stuffing her in the craziest places, like one roommate (emily's) bed...

"i've been expecting you"?! doesn't get much more creep-status than that.

oh, but don't you worry, it got even better...

lol. and the best for last, i believe i got this photo sent to me via text message when we were just about to leave for winter break...


so winter semester ended, + all us roommates went home for the winter break.

 but don't you worry...stella makes quite a few comebacks in 2013. just you wait. :)


i don't know about you, but i was definitely feeling 22.

so this one time when december 4th, 2012 came rollin' on around, i turned 22. and have never felt so loved before probably in my entire life. my inbox was full of emails from all kinds of different people + companies.

like my dentist for one!

and my gym.

and my favorite ice cream shop! note: ice cream and froyo are two totally different things. that's why it's okay to say that graeter's is my favorite ice cream place + yland is my fave for froyo. deal?

i managed to take a screenshot exactly at noon, so i could pretend i took this at midnight when it was actually officially my brithday. (:

i also started taking screenshots (for memory's sake) of the different people who wished me a happy birthday! like my bff sara,

roommate emily,

amigo from church, griffin...while simultaneously receiving a facebook notification of church friend michael wishing me a happy day, as well...which is the main reason i stopped taking screen shots of the birthday wishes - thanks to really awesome friends who actually remembered my birthday enough to send me a text (or at least saw it was my bday on facebook, and then texted me) + all my fb friends...my phone was buzzing like crazy all day long. add that to the phone calls i received from each of my family members throughout the day, and it was truly a very special day. i've never felt more loved!

AND to top it all off, one of my english professors has the same exact birthday as me, so we had a birthday celebration in class, complete with cake + happy bday napkins (and noisemakers! :)

another extra-special text message...from the mama of my missionary (: since micae + i have known each other (way back when in the fall of 2009 when we first met), we've made a great effort to make each other's bdays extra special, since we're both away from home during the school year (her bday in september, mine in december). this was our first bday year apart since we met, and i loved hearing from her mama wishing me well (: seriously, so much love.

AND THEN (seriously, this day just got better + better!!) roommate katherine made me pumpkin pancakes, with a side of apple juice (and PLENTY of whipped cream)! ah. the love. so so much.

AND THEN OF COURSE (did you really think my bday would be complete without this?)...a trip to yland to top off the evening with my roomies + also my running amigo jon!

yum yum yum yum yum.

oh my gosh and i almost forgot! once we got home, it was PRESENT TIME. thanks to my AMAZING family back in ohio who sent me a handful of delightful presents to make me feel doubly triply quadruple-y extra special. i have the best friends + family in the world, no questions asked!

and to top it all off, a few more email birthday wishes!

in retrospect, i don't think i used any of these offers (except for maybe the redbox one), but it is still nice to get these well wishes from companies who really have no idea who you are, but at least care enough about you to give you special offers on the anniversary of the day you were born. (:

and to top it all off, i took a solo drive up to the provo temple to think over a few things. when i receive my last text message of the day, just before midnight...

from no one other than my favorite church leader, bishop z. (: what a fabulous birthday. thanks again to everyone who made it extra special for me, i am so so blessed to have you all in my life! xox.
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