Moments that Matter Most

I was really busy this week. It was a miracle. We had a lot of lessons that we taught and so I am pretty much exhausted. 

I picked up my new missionary on Tuesday and her name is Sister Whitaker! She is from Orem, UT and she is a doll. Such a cutie and it is like a breath of fresh air.  Training a new missionary is SO MUCH TO THINK ABOUT. Ah, I feel like I’ve been moving a million miles an hour and being pulled in a thousand different directions. 

It’s been SO HOT here. I’ve been sweating like none other and I continually put on sunscreen but I think that I’m starting to just tan. Which is nice, but I’m still slightly red. The work is slow, we don’t have any investigators but we’ll just keep plugging along. I expect to be walking a lot and talking a lot to everybody I see. It takes everything in me to just start talking to people, but it’s gotten a lot easier this week. 

Miracle of the week: 

We’v been working an inactive member Audrey and she has repeatedly told us that she hates church and she doesn’t and will not pray at all. BUT this week we met with her and asked her to pray and SHE DID. The next day she texted us and said she prayed a little and just asked God to make it a good day and that it was a really good day. AND THEN she came to church on Sunday. WHOOP. That was awesome.  Remembering the moments that matter most…..like prayer, or saying hello to strangers.

Have a great week!

Sister Foster

Lead Me Lord

Hey ya’ll!

This week went by so fast, and for those of you who don’t know, this week was TRANSFERS! This means that the missionaries in my mission get moved to a different area or get different companions! 

As for me, I’m staying in the same area but I will be getting a new companion! I won’t know who it is until tomorrow, so more details on that next week! 

This week was really hot. It was so hot and so humid and it was quite ridiculous. We worked really hard this week to find new people to teach but I’ve found that people are not super open here in California to talk about God.

Cool experience of the week: 

We were walking down the street of this place called Hawaiian Gardens (don’t let that fool you, the place is not super great) and we’ve been trying hard to talk to everyone we see. I’m not that great at it, but I was walking and saw a man fixing something or other in his driveway and I wasn’t going to talk to him because sometimes it’s just awkward to approach someone, right? But I did it anyways and he turned around and said, “Hold on.” and walked in inside and shut the door. I didn’t think that he was going to come back out but instead of him his daughter Maggie walks out and starts talking to us! It was a really good conversation, I loved it! It was a tender mercy, to be sure! 

I’ve really loved this picture of Christ walking on water and as I was preparing for this upcoming transfer I was reading in Matthew 14 when Christ walks on water and Peter walks to him. Peter had SO MUCH faith. He just went because Christ called him! Even when Peter started to look at the chaos around him, Christ IMMEDIATELY stretched forth his hand to save him. I challenge you each to read this story and think about your own faith!

I loved that. Even when I am lacking faith Christ will be there for me. He will love me, He will save me. 

I hope you all take a moment and thank God for all He’s given you, because it’s a lot.

This week was a blur, but I hope to have an exciting email next week for ya’ll!

Love ya, 

Sister Lydia Foster

 

Sunshine In My Soul

So, this week was sunny! Some of you might be thinking that California is ALWAYS sunny but that is FALSE. We are going through what they call the “June Gloom” where the sun doesn’t come out until later in the day and that the majority of the day is cloudy. But this week most of the days started with the sun shining brightly which I loved! 

The big news of the week:

JORGE GOT BAPTIZED

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He has been taking lessons for about two months now and he has changed so much. He is a quiet man but has such a sweet spirit. He loves the Book of Mormon and loves coming to church and feeling the Spirit. I have loved teaching him and seeing him grow. He was so happy after his baptism and Bishop told him, “The consequence of joining this church is that you never stop smiling!” I laughed but know that it’s true because I think I’ve been smiling most of my life;) 

Besides that it was a normal week of missionary work. I talked to a lot of people, including a lady with a parrot on her head(that was interesting) but I really wanted to share with you all this scripture from Helaman 3:35

“Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger an stronger in their humility and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with JOY AND CONSOLATION, yea even to the purifying and the sanctification of their hearts, which sanctification cometh because of their yielding their hearts unto God.” 

I loved this because as a missionary you are filled with a lot of joy, but are also rejected a lot which makes me sad. But when i read this I remembered that I have faith in Christ and because of that, it brings ME JOY. I also love how these saints ‘yielded their hearts to God’ which means that you give up your own will and do God’s will. I hope we all strive to do God’s will in our own lives. It’s not easy but through prayer, scripture study and loving our Father in Heaven and wanting to do what He asks we will be able to always be filled with joy. 

Also, here’s a link to one of my FAVORITE VIDEOS of ALL TIME. It makes me cry every time I watch it. It is so great. 

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-03-08-testimony-of-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng

I just want to leave you all with my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I know it is true. I know it’s true because I have asked God and because I have come to know my Savior and my Redeemer through reading this book. I love it and I hope that each of you might take the opportunity to spend a little time learning about your Savior through the words of His prophets. 

Have a wonderful week filled with sunshine! 

With love, 

Sister Foster

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