ALMOST DISNEYLAND

This week went by SO FAST. It was really long, and really hard but there were a lot of great lessons that I learned. I’ll start with Monday. 

MONDAY- 

So, preparation day only lasts to 6 pm and then we go out and work. We knock on a lot of doors. And THEN. This is why I am on a mission. We’re driving down this street where we have a potential that we can NEVER catch. Her name is Crystal and she is so nice and sweet but we’ve only got to talk to her once because he schedule is crazy (like most YSA). But we drive down the street and I see her OUTSIDE. And I’m like, HURRY AND FIND PARKING CRYSTAL IS OUTSIDE. And parking in California STINKS because everyone has 3 cars and they don’t use their garages…so we miraculously find good parking and start booking it down the street without seeming too odd. We walk past and we’re like, “Oh, hi Crystal, how are you?” And she just starts crying. She tells us that she’s not doing very well and things in her family are chaotic and she just asks us to pray for her and so we stand there and Sister Hamblin shares a scripture in Mosiah 24 verse 14 about how the Lord will ease your burdens. It was SO POWERFUL. Even more powerful was the prayer that I got to say at the end. Oh, I loved it. The Spirit was so strong and she thanked us and we went on our way. Yep. Just casually helping others feel the love of God burn in their hearts out here in California, what did you do this week? But in all seriousness. That’s why I’m on a mission. Because there are people that have never before felt God’s love in their lives whatsoever simply because of where they live or how they were raised. I HAVE BEEN BLESSED BEYOND REASON. With parents that love me and a home where I can CONSTANTLY feel the Spirit. It is truly a blessing I took for granted until I came on my mission. Don’t make my mistake. 

Tuesday was SO HARD. We basically got dropped by all of our investigators because 1. They are lazy or 2. They are leaving for the summer. It was rough. 

Our most amazing and awesome investigator Jorge had a cool experience with the Book of Mormon. It was great:) We had invited him to read and pray about baptism and to ask God if that’s what he should do. When we asked him about it this week and how he felt he told us, “I felt great. I felt really great and I love the Book of Mormon because I feel like the words are for me. ” YES. YES. YES. The Spirit was so strong in this lesson.

I could keep going but I’ll end because I don’t have a lot of time right now. We’re going to a BBQ for Memorial Day. YAY! I am so excited for real food! Take the time to study and read your scriptures this week and I PROMISE God will answer your prayers. 

 I love and miss all of you! 

Sister Lydia Foster

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Here Comes the Sun

Good afternoon all you lovely people!

Sorry, I totally forgot about my weekly email today, so I apologize for it being late.
Not much happened this week, except that it was incredibly hot. Like, 107 degrees hot one day. I’ve concluded that I will be red, at least slightly, with or without sunscreen. Maybe by the time I come home I will actually look tan!
We have a new investigator named Jorge and he is pretty amazing. He is super quiet, but he is also incredibly interested in learning more about strengthening his relationship with God. That’s all we ask for. When we go door to door, that’s the first thing we tell them.
One of the members of our ward got her mission call this week! She’s going to ZIMBABWE. She is super excited and we will miss her dreadfully when she goes.
My thought of the week comes from a conversation I had with a man named Kelly. We were asking him about how he had seen God shape and mold him over his lifetime and he looked at us and said.
“God hasn’t done anything. I’ve done everything I could to be how successful I am today. How can we give credit to God? You think he made the trees, the flowers? You think he “blessed me” with 13 broken discs in my back? You think I bought this house because of him? No. It wasn’t him. I don’t want to give credit to someone who did nothing.”
Well. Let me just tell you that if I wasn’t a missionary, and if I wasn’t trying to be like Christ I would have LOST IT with this man. But all I could say was,
“Sir, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you can’t see God’s hand in your life. But even if YOU can’t see it, HE IS ALWAYS THERE.”
Then we left and I continued to think about what he said and found a scripture in Alma 30:44 that relates to it:
The scriptures are laid out before thee, yea, and ALL THINGS DENOTE THERE IS A GOD; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets.
First and foremost, we do nothing by ourselves. God gives us the strength to get up and get moving another day. He has blessed us in so many ways that we cannot even comprehend.
GOD IS IN THE VERY DETAILS OF OUR LIVES.
Please, remember who your Creator is and give Him thanks. He has done so much for each and every one of us. Humble yourselves and remember all He has given. I am grateful for what I am learning and hope that I will continue to live in gratitude each day of my life.
That’s all, folks! Keep on, keepin’ on!
With love,
Sister Lydia Foster

 

Get Working

Hello, Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mothers! 

First, check out my BLOG a @ sisterlydiafoster.wordpress.com and follow it for updates!

The best part of my week was seeing my family’s beautiful faces yesterday, it made me so happy (we get to facetime our family two times a year: mothers day and Christmas)! 

But, there were some other really great moments this week as well. We had a lot of miracles, even if they seem very small. 

My mission president tells us that your mission starts when you can’t feel your knees anymore. He means that when you are spending more time on your knees in prayer, that’s when miracles really happen. I’ve truly felt that this week! I have never felt more peace or strength than what I’ve felt from my prayers as a missionary. 

Miracles of the week:

1. We were trying by our investigators Kathy and Sally and they haven’t been home for a long time, we didn’t know when they would be back so we decided to drop by. As we were approaching the home we saw them pull out of the driveway and leave. We were SO SAD, we didn’t know when we would be able to catch them again. But then, THEY TURNED AROUND. They didn’t even see us, but they decided to turn around. Sally got out of the car when she saw us and we got to talk to her! Small miracle, but it meant a lot to us.

2. I led a lesson for the very first time and I didn’t DIE. YAY! 

3. We were able to find 4 new investigators (or people that are interested in hearing about Jesus Christ)

4. I was able to see my favorite, SISTER BIBERSTON. It was a wonderful reunion and we hugged and laughed a lot. 

Here’s the inspirational quote of the week:

This is what I say to myself when I don’t want to wake up in the morning:

“Splash a little water on my face, get out the door and greet the day.”

Sometimes it’s really hard to get out and get moving, but then I remember that this is God’s work, not mine. He has called me to this great work and He is the one who grants me strength each day to work and to love His children hear in Long Beach, California. I love my Savior and Redeemer and am grateful for the blessings my Father in Heaven grants me every single day.

I promise next week I will have pictures and a more organized email. 

I hope you all have a blessed week! 

Sister Lydia Foster

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