Psalm 23


1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

There once was a young man who could captivate any audience on Broadway. He was incredible and after one such performance was asked to come back, again, again, and again until finally he was requested to recite Psalm 23. So he did and again it was a wonderful performance. But then he asked an older gentleman on the front row that he knew personally to come up and recite Psalm 23. After that performance there was no applause, but there wasn’t a dry eye in the whole crowd. The young man climbed the stage again and says, “I know Psalm 23, but this man knows the Shepherd.” 

The question posed was, “Do you know the Shepherd?” 

I loved this questions and I hope each of you will take some time to reflect on how you know your Savior and your Shepherd. He loves each of us and suffered for each of us individually and personally. How grateful am I for the knowledge of a Savior and Redeemer of the world. 

Have a wonderful week! 

Sister Lydia Foster


Memorial Day

Okay, this week was a crazy and emotional week. Here’s how it started. 

Tuesday was transfer day and we were helping a couple of the sisters move around. So. We drove EVERYWHERE. We went to the top of Whittier and then to Lakewood and then to Long Beach and everywhere. Holy cow. It was a lot of driving. There were a couple of amazing things that happened in a couple of hours. While we were at the mission office we saw SISTER CARPENTER. AHHHH. It was one of the best moments of my life. She was an office missionary and they went home in January and she was visiting! I loved her. I was so happy 🙂 

AND THEN we picked Sister Biberston(friend from beginning of mission) up to come to Whittier! Ahhhhhh. It was the greatest. I am so excited because she is now in my district and zone. It’s going to be a party. 

We helped one of the ward members who had lived in the same house for 60 years pack up and move. They had SO MUCH STUFF. They were planning on leaving the next day but they had so much stuff we didn’t think it was possible. We were there for about 3 hrs. We folded clothes, packed boxes, organized hangers. It was crazy. 

Anyways, the rest of our week was fun and very busy! We had exchanges on Friday and I was with Sister Crowell! She’s from Hawaii. I love her! We had some really fun conversations on the street with some interesting people. One of them was Daniel and he told us that Christ was going to come in 7 years and that lava will engulf L.A. He was crazy.

Saturday we went to Bob and Judy’s and she said the sweetest thing. Judy turns to me and says, “When you’re older and you look back on your mission and you wonder if it was worth it, just remember that I said “Yes.”” I about cried. I am so grateful that I know them and that I have the opportunity to build relationships with people here. How incredible is it?! I LOVE being a missionary. It’s so hard and difficult, but so worth it. 

Sunday Sister Henderson gave a wonderful talk on covenants. 

Today we went with Millie (90 year old friend) to her husband’s grave at Rose Hills. This cemetery is GIGANTIC. I have never seen such a large cemetery and it was packed today for Memorial day. It was really sad. She really misses him. 

I love you!

Sister Lydia Foster

Remember the Lord

Hi everybody! It’s been a while since I’ve sent a group email out. I’m sorry I haven’t been keeping you updated on my experiences as a missionary, but here’s a summary of what’s been going on lately. 

1. We just had transfers (when missionaries are moved around) and Sister Henderson and I are staying for another 6 weeks in La Mirada! We’re super excited about it, and know that we will be able to do a lot of good in the next little while. 

2. Sean wore a tie for the first time EVER, which was really impressive, because he hates ties. And Brian blessed the sacrament for the first time too! It was a great Sunday.  

3. I read a scripture this week that really struck me. It says, “Neither were they slow to remember the Lord their God; but they did humble themselves exceedingly before him. Yeah they did remember how great things the Lord had done for them, that he had delivered them.” 

At times I feel that we forget the Lord in our every day lives, but when things get tough, we seek His help. Don’t forget the Lord! He wants to be a part of every detail of our lives, and our job is to seek His will and His direction. I know that as I have humbly accepted His will in my life, things have turned out far better than if I had done it my way. Remember how often God has blessed your life, has “delivered you” from whatever trial it may have been. He will never forget you, but we often forget Him. 

4. Another great quote was “We believe in God because of things we know with our heart, and mind, not because of things we do not know. It is the faithful life that requires moral strength, dedication and courage.” Isn’t that so true? It takes courage to believe in God, to have faith in His timing, and to wait for His timetable. All we can do is ACT in faith, and do the things that he has commanded us. 

5. This week was a hard, long week. It seems that we were faced with challenge after challenge. It continues to surprise me how wary people are about religion, any religion. I think we need to talk more about God and less about the world. I think that as we speak of Him, as we live like His Son, we can make the world a better place. Jesus Christ is JOY. Because of Him we are able to return to live with our Father in Heaven. That’s something to talk more about. 

I love you all. I know God lives, I know Jesus is the Christ and I’m grateful that I get to share that each and every single day. Hope you all have a wonderful week! 

pictures will be coming 😉 


Sister Lydia Foster

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