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Hi I'm Sarah Ann Ewell

I'm a journalist. I'm a missionary. I'm a strong believer in trying new foods. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm writing from a nice little internet nook in Romania. I'm serving a mission here and loving my time with the beautiful Romanian people. I recently graduated with my Bachelor's. I was studying English and vocal performance. Although I was studying professional writing, I like nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and bedtime stories, and hope to be a really good storyteller someday. (I'm determined to be a really awesome grandma down the road.) I appreciate beautiful orchestral versions of old English folk songs like "The Lark Ascending." I think we can feel a closeness to God with music like that. I love sitting by a fireplace with a fuzzy blanket, a good book (something classical like Charles Dickens, or contemporary like Amy Tan), and a cup of hazelnut hot-chocolate. I like hiking or rock climbing with my brothers and painting or baking with my sister. When I'm home, I love eating breakfast as a family, especially when my grandma is staying with us and we wake up to the smell of eggs and grits on the stove. Mornings are my favorite time of day. I'm probably more of an introvert, in the sense that I recharge by taking short walks by myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I've prayed about the message of the restoration and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and I've received a peaceful, powerful, and calming confirmation in my heart. When I apply the teachings of the scriptures in my life, I draw closer to God and better understand my purpose here on the earth. I know that with the priesthood authority which has been restored to the earth, we can make covenants and perform the saving ordinances necessary for salvation. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps us live the gospel of Jesus Christ so that we can return to live with Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our families for eternity.

How I live my faith

I love serving a mission. In such a short amount of time, I've met so many incredible people and learned so much about myself as I've shared the gospel. As missionaries, we talk to people on the street and in the bus, every moment of the day. I have such a good feeling when I look down at my name tag, see the name of Jesus Christ, and remember that because I am His representative, He will help me to share this beautiful message in the best ways possible. No room for fear, only faith. Whether buying a shaorma on the side of the road or walking through the park, I remember that I share the gospel even with a simple smile. When at home, I feel like a normal college student. I stay on campus most of the day to finish essays, prepare for presentations, attend group meetings in the library, and rehearse music. On the weekends, my roommates and I pull our mattresses out in the living room and have a sleepover with muddy-buddies (chocolate and peanut-butter covered cereal pieces, dipped in powdered sugar) and a fun movie. Even though I feel busier and busier every day, I make time to study my scriptures each morning and record the tender mercies of the Lord in my journal each evening. Doing these things keeps me close to the promptings of the Spirit so that I can do all that I need to each day with the Lord's tender direction and love. Scripture study, prayer, and reflecting each night keeps me stress-free and happy.