How Can it End?! Last Words

To the Family:

How in the world is it time already? I hate to break it to you all, but I don’t want to leave. But I know it is what is next in my life and I’m excited to see you all. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like the end, so I’ll probably be in shock for the next week or so. This week was wonderful. I had a temple trip, my final interview with President Patterson, an incredible weekend with the people we are currently teaching, and tonight is the departure dinner with the rest of the elders and sisters leaving with me. I said goodbye to the LB 4th ward yesterday, I will miss this crazy ward. I bore my testimony on Wednesday using Alma 26:16. How can I possibly express the feelings in my heart? My heart is bursting with love and gratitude for the Lord who called me to serve in Long Beach, California of all places! Who would have thought I would be here and I would love it so much?!

This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I am so grateful I have been refined by the Lord’s hand, shaped to be His instrument. I will continue to be molded as I turn to Him in faith and humility.
I KNOW that my Redeemer lives. I KNOW that Joseph Smith saw God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. I  KNOW and I FEEL IT in my heart and I will never be able to adequately express the sacredness of the experiences I have had.
I love you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support and your love. I am so grateful for the prayers and the letters. Thank you.
I’ll see you soon.
Love,
Sister Foster
Hey Everybody!
This will be my last weekly email! I will be home tomorrow, September 25th and will be having two homecoming talks. If you have time, I would love to hear from you! I don’t currently have a phone right now, so just email me at didfoster@gmail.com.
September 30th
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Richfield, UT
October 14th
9 am
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Gillette, WY
I just want to leave you all with my testimony of the Savior. I know that Jesus Christ truly is ” light and life of the world,” because he has filled my life with light. I know that I have learned more of Him in these past 18 months than I ever thought possible as I have seen him completely change hearts and lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is filled with the power of God. It has taught me the divine role of the Savior in my own personal life, and as I have testified of it’s power the Spirit has witnessed to my heart that it is true! I love my Savior, I love my Father in Heaven and am grateful for the experiences I’ve had at his hand.
Thank you all for your love, for your support and especially for your prayers on my behalf. I am so grateful for all of it.
Please, never forget how much the Savior loves you and take some time to share His love with somebody else this week!
Sister Lydia Foster
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I want to be so Christlike…

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.
Tuesday:
Finished “My Plan” with the ‘Dating and Temple Marriage’ section and have been scared to death to think about dating or marriage since then…
Wednesday:
We had a really great District Council, Sister Kerr made some delicious banana bread and all the elders ate it in 5 seconds…
Thursday:
We had weekly planning and then spent the rest of the day trying to teach somebody! But, we had no luck.
Friday:
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.
Saturday:
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.
Sunday:
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!
Sister Foster

 

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

Blessings!

Dear Mom, Dad & Co

What an incredibly busy week. Each week gets faster and faster. I don’t know how to handle it. The life and the calling I have had for the past 18 months is slipping through my fingers and I am trying to live and love every moment of it. Here’s what went on this past week:
Monday:
Had an incredible lesson with Ken. We talked about making a leap of faith and trusting that this is God’s plan for him. He is SO READY to be baptized and we invited him to pick his own date to be baptized on and we told him that we were going to fast for him on Sunday.
Tuesday:
Tuesday I did ‘My Plan’ which was fun because it helped me plan out and make goals on how I will maintain and increase my spirituality once I return home. One of my goals is to go to the temple weekly.
We also had to go to the chiropractor for Sister Kerr because her neck was really messed up after the car accident…so we went all the way to Huntington Beach for the appointment. But it was really beneficial because she feels a lot better now! She is such a sweetheart and such a woman of faith.
Wednesday:
We had District Council and interviews with President Patterson. District Council was great, Elder Bradford is doing a good job as our district leader. President Patterson came, and so that’s always fun! President Patterson invited us to use the name of the Church with more reverence and to really come to understand what our callings as missionaries mean.
Then we went and got my ankle x-rayed. Good news! IT ISN’T FRACTURED!! and this past week it felt really great. So, that was a tender mercy. So grateful.
It was odd having my last interview with President. I teared up quite a bit. He has changed my life. I can’t even put it into words.
Thursday:
Weekly Planning
We were SO READY for a full work day instead of having so many appointments and it was so fun to get out and walk and talk to everybody we saw. We had some great lessons, one of them with a young man named Febrilium. He met us at the church and we talked about the sacrament. he has been through a lot and he needs the strength that comes from relying on the Lord. He has a baptismal date for Sept 23!! We are so excited for him.
Friday:
We had MLC (mission leadership conference). It was the best and the worst thing at the same time. It was the greatest, because I love being trained by President Patterson. He taught us all about the destiny of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He used so many scripture references and just emphasized the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will NEVER go away. It will continue to grow and grow and grow until it fills the whole earth. How incredible it is that we are part of such a great work! I love it 🙂 We also worked on bearing simple and powerful testimony. Even though I’ve been a missionary for a very very long time I am still learning and growing. I was very emotional because it was the last time I would be there and I just want to keep being a missionary. I don’t want to forget this work ever. I  made a promise with Heavenly Father that I would continue to do everything in my power to move His work forward and to be used in building His kingdom. It is time to IGNITE the LORD’S WORK! We can each choose to be a part of it.
Saturday:
We had exchanges with the Granada sisters. I was in a trio with Sister Ransom and Sister Heckle. It was a party! We had SO MUCH to do on Saturday we were running everywhere and teaching everybody.
Sunday:
I was exhausted all day, and it didn’t really help that we were fasting. But I have come to love fasting, The Spirit that I feel is incredible. We taught so many people this week and we are really trying to push our faith more and leave it all on the field every single day. We have a goal of 3 more baptisms this transfer. If that is to happen, miracles will need to occur!
I’m trying to remember what else happened, but it was just a really great week. We worked really really hard, and that’s how I will continue to live the rest of my mission!
Best quote:
We were sitting in the gym waiting for classes to start and we wanted to take a picture and so we ask one of the elders, “Hey Elder Tonks could you take a picture of us?” he walks over and Linaya goes, “Elder? He’s not an elder. Sister do you know what an elder is..it’s an old person. It looks like if he took that nametag off he would just be a teenage boy.” Needless to say we were dying laughing.
Anyways, I love you all. I cannot believe I only have 3 more weeks until I see you all.
Keep the faith. Share the gospel.
Love,
Sister Lydia Foster

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