Happy Easter

So, this week is Easter Week! I love this time that we get to reflect on our Savior’s life and ministry. He truly lived a life so that we could return to live with God again. I am so grateful for the life He gave in sacrifice for each of us, because we wouldn’t be able to do it without Him. Here’s an AWESOME video on what we can do #BecauseofHim

https://www.mormon.org/easter?cid=HP_FR-15-3-2018_dMIS_fCNWS_xLIDyL1-A_

I definitely recommend it. The Spirit is so strong when you reflect on His sacrifice and what we can do because of Him. I love the Lord and I am so humbled that I have these 18 months to serve Him with all my heart, might, mind and strength. It is truly incredible.

I’m sorry that I haven’t been great at sending emails! But truly the work here is moving forward because of God! This is His work and the missionaries are simply His hands. We had some wonderful experiences serving and giving to others this past week. I love sharing simple messages of hope with people. For example, we knocked on a door and talked to this lovely lady Carla and her daughter Kyria. Carla has been worried about her daughter, who’s 11, with the friends that she has. We talked about how Christ is our foundation. He is our strength. He is what can and will hold our families together in this time of chaos. School is a war zone. There are so many terrible things in the world and the only one who can offer us peace and strength is our Savior Jesus Christ!

I love this time of year! It’s a great time of new beginnings. Fresh starts. We have the opportunity to hear from our living prophet, President Nelson this weekend and the 12 Apostles as well! I am so excited to see what God wants us to hear. I invite all of you to think of a question that you have and then bring it to General Conference this year. I know that God hears your questions and will answer them as you turn to Him!

I hope you are all doing well, thank you for the prayers and the love!

Sister Lydia Foster

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Weekly Update

Hola!

This week was the week where we dropped literally EVERYBODY that was on our list and started fresh. Agh. I hate when we have to do this because it takes a lot of faith but God always blesses us with miracles. Here are some things I learned this week:

1) I am so grateful for the roots that you and dad helped me plant. I was studying Alma 32: 37-39 and I was just struck with how blessed I was to receive the parents I have, the blessings of the gospel and that I HAVE ROOTS that are unshaken because of the Book of Mormon and the fact that God answers prayers. It’s incredible.

2) I went on exchanges 2 times this week. Once with Sister Porter, who is a new missionary, and once with Sister Jordan, who is in another Young Single Adult ward.I felt very inadequate and blown away with the fact that I have literally 6 months left as a missionary and if my first 6 months flew then these next 6 will for sure and that scares me.

3) Sister Ingram saved us yesterday because Sister Henderson and I had literally no food in our apartment (the sisters cleaned us out) and she had us over for dinner. Blessings of being a missionary, it’s crazy.

4) We had a really powerful Restoration lesson with a member family that I love! The Aionos. I am determined to set Nora up with Josh Aiono 🙂 Yay.

I love my companion. She is seriously the BEST. We will be best friends for life.

love love love you

Sister Lydia Foster

ALMA 32:37-42

37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.

38 But if ye aneglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.

39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your aground is bbarren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.

40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the atree of life.

41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with apatience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree bspringing upunto everlasting life.

42 And because of your adiligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the bfruitthereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

Happy One Year Mark

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

HOLY COW I HIT 1 YEAR ON THURSDAY. HOW CRAZY AND INCREDIBLE IS THAT? 

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. 

LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL

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! 

 

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