Hi my favorite people!
Welp, this is the last e-mail you’ll get from me in Provo, UT because next time you get an e-mail I’ll be in LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA. AHHHH.
We got our travel plans and we leave at 3 AM on Tuesday morning and so yeah, the whole district is kind of freaking out. It will be so hard to leave these wonderful sisters and elders that I have come to love so much. I will most likely use up a whole box of tissues, because yes, I cry a lot. We’ve been through a lot together and we’ve supported each other when we’ve felt like we shouldn’t be here or we’ve had a disappointing lesson or we’re just overwhelemed with the job God has asked us to carry. I love them and I will seriously miss them when I leave on Tuesday. The Elders are heading out to Baltimore, Maryland and the sisters to Long Beach, CA. It will be a rough night on Monday.
This week was CRAZY BUSY, as usual. I always flop into bed exhausted spiritually and mentally and physically because that’s what the MTC does to you. I feel a renewed sense of purpose each day. Wake up @ 6, class starts @ 8, lunch @ 12, class again @ 1, exercise @ 7, personal study/companion study throughout the day and that is the most simple way to explain the MTC. Spiritually envigorating and ridicuolously exhausting. Needless to say, I LOVE IT.
I was really touched by the devotional that we had on Tuesday night. Elder Craig Zwick came and spoke with his wife, Jan. Here are some of my favorite thoughts:
“INSTANT is not the way of eternity.”
“I may not be perfect, but I am enough.”
“If not always fast, the Lord’s blessings are CERTAIN.”
“YOU are CHRIST’S KINGDOM-BUILDERS.”
So, i was really feeling down about myself, thinking that I shouldn’t be a missionary because it’s really hard and I thought God had made a mistake and that I wasn’t strong enough or good enough but this devotional was an answer to my prayers! I sang in the choir, “Savior, Redeemer of My Soul” and I just felt this overwhelming sense of love from my Father in Heaven and when Elder Zwick began speaking about how God doesn’t make mistakes, and that He knows that each of us are ADEQUETE enough to be here as HIS missionaries and just knew that God knew me and He was proud of me for doing something so hard. I love my Father in Heaven, and I know that He loves each and every one of you. EACH of us are good enough for what He has called us to do.
I’ve been studying humility in class and in personal study and i wanted to share my favorite scripture so far:
“I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is ful, yea my heart is brim with joy, and i will rejoice in my God.
Yea, I know that i am NOTHING; as to my strength I am weak;therefore I will not boast of myself, but i will boast of my God, for in his strength i can do all things, yea behold many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.”
I’ve learned that I do nothing with my own strength for MY strength is GOD’S strength. I do everything in Him. I love Him for giving me the strength to wake up everyday, to love openly everyday and to endure joyfully the hardships missionaries go through.
Before I go I’ll share with you a miracle this week! Of course i decided to do sprints one night for exercise and that night I got this HUGE blood blister on my feet. Usually i can pop my blisters and I’m fine but these blisters were bad because they were UNDERNEATH the huge callouses that I had accumulated throughout my life from running. So I was in a lot of pain, and as a missionary we walk around a lot so that put me in that much more pain. I think of myself as a pretty strong person, but every step I took I wanted to cry. That night I had the Elders give me a blessing and it is truly a miracle. I woke up the next day and my blisters had pretty much vanished. My feet were still tender but I could walk, and I no longer felt the need to cry every step I took. God is great!
I hope you all have a wonderful week, I’ll keep you in my prayers. Thank you for all the e-mails and all the love. Here’s the pics of the week!
Sister Lydia Foster