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 

Gods Time is Always on Time

Hello friends and family! I’m so sorry that I haven’t sent out an email for a little while. Things get crazy in the mission field, and I just haven’t had time to send one. 

This week flew by. Sister Whitaker and I were teaching people constantly. We have a lot of work to do in the Young Single Adult ward and it really is daunting at times to think about it. We are always going somewhere, teaching someone. This week was a hard week of finding. We didn’t have a lot of success, but that’s okay because we know that God is preparing the hearts of those who ARE ready. 

We taught a lot of our less-active members who have been struggling with acknowledging God in their lives. It was a really sweet experience for me because I was able to testify of God’s love. Yeah, life might not be perfect. We’re not always going to have beautiful lives, and we most definitely will make mistakes but that’s okay because God’s love is endless and unconditional. He loves ALL of His children. There is no picking and choosing between who is more rich, or athletic or beautiful. He will not and DOES not do that. It broke my heart talking to this young woman who thought God didn’t love her. God loves ALL. That’s been one of the best things to teach people about. God’s love. 

We were also teaching a young man named Daniel who said, “God’s Time is always on time.” 

I loved that. We never know what’s going to happen or when the blessings are going to come but i always comes at the right time. 

I am grateful for this mission. I am grateful that God is shaping me and molding me into someone better.  I have changed, and it’s because of my Savior, Jesus Christ that I have had the strength to get up every morning and work and love and desire to help the souls of these wonderful people here in California Long Beach. I love the people. I love this work that God has called me to and am so grateful for all of your prayers because they HELP! 

Love, 

Sister Lydia Foster

P.S. We went to the beach, we’re not allowed on the sand but we walked the pier at Seal Beach and it was beautiful! 

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