Happy One Year Mark

too busy to mass email this week, she sent this to the family:


Have you felt like it’s been a year? I swear it hasn’t been that long, it doesn’t even feel like it’s March and yet every time I sit down to write in my journal that’s what I put. I can’t believe it’s been a year since I first put my nametag on, since the last time I hugged you all. This past year has been some of the best times of my life. I’ve grown and learned so much it’s crazy. I can’t believe it. These next 6 months are just going to fllllyyy by and I’m kind of scared about that. I have so much more to learn and to do!! 

This week was fast and I don’t remember a lot of what happened and I’m trying to finish my BYU essays today so it’ll be kind of a short email. Here are some highlights:

1. IT RAINED. IT ACTUALLY RAINED. It was the best day ever! I love when it rains here, it takes all the smog with it! 

2. We had exchanges with the La Palma sisters and it was a lot of fun, I was with Sister Weaver and she is a hoot! She’s from Chicago and is a convert-So it’s a lot of fun learning from her experiences. 

3. We facetimed with Sean because he wasn’t feeling good so we just said hi real quick, he’s preparing to get his patriarchal blessing! AH! So excited for him. 

4. We went to Young Women activity on Wednesday and videoed ourselves singing a primary hymn and sent it to an investigator, it’s A Child’s Prayer and they responded with  , “Wow, that should be on the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack” That made us laugh. 

5. We had an epic lesson with our investigator Fernando. Now, Fernando is BIG. He is SO TALL. He is intimidating to say the least.  The last time we were over he really just didn’t want to read the Book of Mormon and so we said we would read it with him. This time we started reading the 3 Nephi 11 with him and he had so many questions but he was just kind of arguing and in my mind I just kept thinking, “Why are we trying with him, he will never change. He’s not ready right now!” And then I got the unmistakable impression, “You need to FIGHT for him.” It took me back for a while but after the lesson I found that Sister Henderson received the same impression, and she wasn’t sure why. But we fought tooth and nail in that lesson and in the end he decided that he would try reading and asking God. I felt like I had been in a fight after that lesson! We were both exhausted. God wants us to fight for this man, and so we will!

Other than that, I love my companion. Sister Henderson is a doll. She is SO funny and we’ve spent the days laughing and sharing stories and giving advice on life.  Ah!! The zone is fun, I love Whittier. It’s sketchy, but it’s a cool place. We’re going on a hike today and so that should be fun. We’re trying to convince the elders to do an easter egg hunt sometime. We’ll see what happens. I play basketball every Monday with the elders and I’ve been getting really good 🙂 I am SO EXCITED for conference, it’s like a holiday for missionaries. 


Sister Lydia Foster

ps HAPPY BIRTHDAY NORA! I hope she had a great day, did she get my letter? I hope it makes it there quickly, but you never know 🙂 Let her know how much I love her! 



Transfer #9

I can’t believe February is already over! I swear it was just Januray 1st. 

I don’t have a lot of time today, but I would just like to share some of my favorite scriptures/quotes of the week: 

– Alma 26:11-12

11 But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.

12 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.

-Jeremiah 9:23-24 

23 ¶ Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Sometimes we forget who is really guiding us throughout life. I’ve learned that I can’t do anything without the help of my Savior, He truly is my strength and my beacon and I am so grateful for His hands that lift and comfort me. 

I love how Jeremiah tells us that we need to glory that we have a knowledge of our Savior! I think that is SO TRUE. We should be shouting for joy each and everyday because WE HAVE A SAVIOR. I will be eternally grateful for that and will continually be trying to comprehend that fact. 

I love the Lord and my challenge for each of you is to figure out why the Savior is important to you; personally, and individually. 

Have a wonderful week!

Sister Lydia Foster

Best Birthday Present EVER

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I really appreciate them all. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else right now, the Lord is good and has blessed me with a lot of incredible things.

Sunday was stressful but also the best birthday present I could ask for. SEAN GOT BAPTIZED AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE. It was really short and sweet and simple. Bishop baptized him and he came out smiling! He had the opportunity to bear his testimony at the end of it and he ALMOST CRIED. This man was a Marine and his wife swears that he has never cried, but as he was telling his story about how God was reaching out to him, and I quote, “He was telling me to come back home.” He got a little choked up and I’m pretty sure his eyes watered. I guess we’ll never know…but it was an incredible testimony and he sure has some fire. We were going to end the service when his wife, Anna, asked, “Could I say something?” She gets up and starts crying and just goes on to say thank you to all the people they don’t really know that came to support them (we had a good turn out) and to go on and say that before today, she hadn’t thought of Sean’s meeting the missionaries as a divine occurrence, like he did. But after watching him she said, “I know it’s from God, because I’ve never seen him want something so badly. Nothing has ever been so important to him. There’s only a couple things that I would change about my husband 1) tobacco and 2) that he would have spiritual conversations with me.” She went on and the Spirit was so strong and it was so sweet and tender to see her recognize the hand of God in all of this. I love this family, they’re incredible and I am so blessed to have been a small part in his conversion to the Lord.

I love this work and all that comes with it. All the tears and all the walking and sweating and knocking on doors and the calluses on my feet and the fact that my shoes are almost stripped of any sole…it’s all worth it to see the salvation and change of heart in one person. If I had to spend 18 months here in California just to meet Sean and be able to see the change in his life, I would do it over and over and over again.

I love the Savior and my Father in Heaven and am so blessed to be here in this life, surrounded by wonderful friends and family. Thank you for your love!

Sister Lydia Foster

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