Cookies and Sunshine

Helllloooooo from California ☉

Hope you are all doing wonderful, the work is great down here in Long Beach. This week wasn’t quite as hot as the past few, but of course I still got sunburnt. 

I had an amazing scripture study this week though! I was reading in Matthew 5, the verse “Ye are the salt of the earth, but if the sald have lost his saviour, wherewith shall it be salted?” 

I have always been confused with this verse, wondering why in the world is Christ using SALT to teach this? Well, with further research, and lots and lots of great scriptures I learned that He’s actually talking about the covenants that we make with him, and I determined, with the help of the Spirit, that there are 4 great reasons why He uses salt:

1. It’s a preservative…our covenants are meant to last an eternity, not just a little while. Salt is used as a preservative, which is why he uses it to explain covenants!

2. It’s savory and full fo flavor…without salt everything would be bland, it just wouldn’t taste good which is why He talks about “losing your savor”. If we break our covenants, we lose our SAVOR, our PURPOSE is gone!!

3. It’s sacred…in Bibilical times, the priests used salt to perform sacrifices, without it, the sacrifice or the “salt of the covenant” wouldn’t work. Just like then, our covenants now are sacred. 

4. It’s a purifier…when we make and KEEP covenants, we become HOLY and SANCTIFIED, just like the Lord is asking us to become. Only through making these promises can we become like Him.

Not a lot has happened, but I do want to share a thought about faith with you. I have really been focusing on my faith these past couple weeks because I have just felt like I’ve been slacking. This happens when you aren’t a missionary too. Sometimes in life we get into a routine and we don’t want anything messing it up. We don’t want curveballs and we don’t want speedbumps. We just want the ride to be smooth. 

Welp. I hate to break it to ya’ll but that is NOT how God works. He sent us here to mold and shape us and there is no growth in the comfort zone. Faith comes when we have to take a step in the dark. We’re not sure where God wants us to go, but we’ll take a step and trust Him. 

“Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge”

I do not have a perfect knowledge of anything. But i do believe that this work is the work of God Almighty. I do believe that He has called me to this great work in Cali because I needed to learn some things. I know that this church is true and that Joseph Smith saw God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon brings peace and strength and changes lives! I have seen it in my own and in others! 

Love you all!

Sister Lydia Foster

FAITH

 

Hey everybody! 

I hope you’re all surviving the heat of the summer! This week was amazing. We had a baptism yesterday and it was such a tender mercy. It was so sweet. Jose and his family have been so blessed for their decision to follow Jesus Christ!

This week I have been working on Faith! Faith is so critical and so needed not just in the mission field but in life! Faith in JESUS Christ gets you places. I have felt an increase in my faith as I have stopped comparing myself to others and as I have completely accepted God’s will for me and for those around me. ESPECIALLY the ones that I have been teaching, and even the sweet conversations I have on the street. We were walking around one evening and started talking to this couple on the street about Christ and she told me at the end how important it was for us (Sister Whitaker and I) to keep believing because the world will try do hard to steer you away from God. KEEP THE FAITH. 

YOU KEEP TRYING. YOU KEEP WALKING. THERE IS HELP AND HAPPINESS AHEAD. SOME BLESSINGS COME SOON AND SOME BLESSINGS COME LATE BUT FOR THOSE WHO EMBRACE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THEY COME. 

don’t forget who you are  you are all Sons and daughters of God! Have faith in Him and in His promises. 

Have an amazing week!

Much love from California, 

Sister Lydia Foster

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Prayer

I’d just like to leave ya’ll a simple thought about prayer. 

Why do we pray? Do you pray because you “have” to or do you pray because you want to? When you get down on your knees at night, in the morning, or when you’re driving in the car or going for a walk or stressed about a test or work or whatever you are experiencing in your life right now, what moves you to pray?

Prayer is how we communicate with God. He is literally our Father in Heaven, the Creator of our Spirits, the Author of our lives. He is our EVERYTHING and he wants to hear from YOU and ME. Why don’t we take prayer more seriously? All God is asking is for us to have a conversation with him. 

This past week I’ve really found a need to pray. I really love to pray but my prayers this week were more meaningful and more sincere. More heartfelt and I just loved them all. I love being a missionary. I love doing this great work. Without prayer, none of it would be possible. NONE OF THIS. 

Life would not be possible without taking the time to ask our Father in Heaven for some help, for some extra strength. I am grateful for Him and our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love them and am grateful that I can wear His name on my heart each day of my life for the next 13 months.

I love you all! Sorry for the short email!

Sister Lydia Foster 

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