To the Family:
Marie said this as we were having a lesson on Christlike attributes:
“I want to be so Christlike I can taste it, like peanut butter on a stick.”
Sister Kerr and I want to get shirts with that on it. Marie is so funny and doing so well as she flourishes in the gospel.
This week was interesting. It seemed like nobody wanted to talk to us…some weeks are just like that. But we saw some absolute miracles! I LOVE sharing the gospel and being a missionary. There is nothing quite like it.
Finished “My Plan” with the ‘Dating and Temple Marriage’ section and have been scared to death to think about dating or marriage since then…
We had a really great District Council, Sister Kerr made some delicious banana bread and all the elders ate it in 5 seconds…
We had weekly planning and then spent the rest of the day trying to teach somebody! But, we had no luck.
We had exchanges with the Woodruff sisters, Sister Petelo and Sister Vimahi. I was with Sister Petelo and it was the best exchange EVER! I absolutely love her, and am excited to see what she does for the next 6 months. She has been a missionary for a year now! How incredible is that? We ended the exchange and she started crying because she realized I only had about 10 days left. I started crying too because I love this girl so much, I don’t know what my life would be without her! And then I had to say goodbye to Sister Vimahi and it started to hit me that I wasn’t going to see these sisters for a while. And that I wasn’t going to be surrounded by missionaries for very much longer.
We took Marie and Jennifer to the family history center and helped them out with that! It went really well. A little tedious, but it was good. Jennifer’s mom is from China! So I’m not sure if we even have records from China yet.
Another crazy Sabbath day, but it went really well! We finally found 4 new people to teach! And three of them came to church! We have been struggling with our investigators coming to church, but Febrilium had to go to the ER becuase of a fishing accident and the Garcia family has trouble waking up, so we can’t do much with that.
Word of advice: DON’T EVER GET LAZY
This next week is going to fly. I have a temple trip tomorrow and on Wednesday, my final interview with President Patterson on Thursday, one final exchange with Sister Henderson on Friday and my last two work days as a missionary on Saturday and Sunday.
I don’t think I will ever be able to express how incredible the past 19 months have been. I love my Savior and I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and I have been blessed to be an instrument in His hands. I wish I could lay out every spiritual experience I’ve had this week and the weeks in the past but I can’t. Just know that God lives! He loves each of us and He has restored the gospel on the earth again.
I love you all and it is a little weird to say, I’ll see you next week!
To everyone else:
I love being a missionary! This often means I don’t get to email as often as I would like, but I hope you all know that my thoughts are prayers are with you.
Well, the time has come! I have one more week as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints…more importantly, I have one more week to teach everybody within earshot of the Savior!
I will never be able to express my gratitude to the Lord for letting me serve a mission, and for allowing me to be molded and shaped by His hands. He is truly the master Healer, the master Potter, the Master Teacher. I have learned so much and have seen so many people change because of the Savior and His infinite atoning sacrifice.
I hope each of you will take some time this next week to ponder how the Savior could change your life, and what you need to do to come closer to Him.
Love you all!
Sister Lydia Foster