It’s the end of October! How in the world did that happen? You wouldn’t know it was October here in Garden Grove because we had 100 degree weather this week…but it is.
Sister Petelo and I had an amazing week. It was a week of miracles and seeing the work progress in an entirely different way. We got 7 new investigators this week. 7. SEVEN. SIETE. SEPT. Just to put this in perspective, I have never. NEVER had 7 new investigators in one week on my mission. So, needless to say, I am PUMPED. We have a lot of work to do with them, but I’m not afraid of that.
Phil-He is 17 and already graduated and going to college. He is “atheist” but really he’s is just going with the flow of the world and trying to blame the problems he has had on God. It’s worked for him so far, but he’s curious and looking for a purpose. We decided to teach him the Plan of Slavation and when I asked him what he thought our purpose he was he said,”I don’t think we have one.” I thought that was really sad. How depressing to live life not knowing your purpose? Not knowing that God has a plan for you and he wants you to return home and live with Him again. We are working to get him AND his family interested and progressing towards baptism.
Maggie & Ivy- They met missionaries when they stopped by a family BBQ. They are currently Catholics and were just slightly curious but they kept saying to us, “Wow, you guys are such great company! This is really interesting..etc.” SO, we are going to snatch them from being “curious” to “being baptized”.
Dwayne & Anna- So, we knock on their door and while we’re talking Dwayne is talking to us like he’s already a member! He and his son are in the scouting program and they go every week but apparently the mom is just being a little stubborn. They are really prepared as well.
Rosie & Vanessa; This is the Gonzales family. Turns out, the mom has NOT been baptized yet due to some challenges she has been facing with her “boyfriend/husband” She is still married to a guy but he lives in Mexico and so she needs to get a divroce from him to marry her “boyfriend” but he is becoming addicted to alcohol and so she isn’t sure if she wants to marry him anymore and so that is really the only barrier blocking her. We taught her and her crazy and amazing family the Restoration again yesterday and we asked how she has seen God’s love in her life and she points at us and says,”God always gives me you right when I need it most.” It was sooooo sweet. It’s really hard to teach her family just because they are so young so Sister Petelo teaches her while I show the kids Bible videos and stuff and try to ask Rosie questions at the same time. It’s a crazy mess but it is such a blessing to know them. I just know that I was sent here to teach them and to bring them back to the fold of God. They came to the Halloween party this week! It was so much fun! They met a lot of awesome people in the ward and when we asked Rosie about it she said,”Yeah, you all just have a light around you! It just shines! I want that.” We are working and praying for her and her family.
So, we have a lot of work ahead of us, which is great because I love to stay busy. And this is the best kind of busy. I LOVE THIS WORK. We just got a bunch of new ward missionaries and among those is the Ramos family. Heather Ramos is amazing. She is a convert and she told us her story (it’s kind of long, so I’ll keep it simply) but basically she turned from being Anti-Mormon to completely Mormon and being endowed exactly a YEAR after being baptized. She is a go get ’em type of lady and I love her and her family. They are amazing. We also met the Huntings the other night and they are the spitting image of Grandma and Grandpa Holmes. They grew up in Vernal and St George as ranchers and farmers and they were just so sweet and sounded just like them and I almost cried but I didn’t. They were adorable. They made me miss Grandma and Grandpa.
I got the sweetest video last night from Maria Elena. I don’t know if you remember her, but she is Kristian’s mom and she is getting baptized next SATURDAY. But she sent me a video of Kristian in the army. He told us that he was graduating from Basic Training in November and it was just so nice to hear from him again. I love him to death, he’s changed so much and I am so proud of him. He is connected with the branch on the base and has been doing so so so so well. It made my night and my week!
This week I studied a lot about the character of Christ and His attributes. I studied about virtue in particular this week. Virtue has always been one that kind of scares me because I haven’t always been virtuous but this week while I was studying it, I gained a deeper love and knowledge for this attribute and trait. In Preach My Gospel it says that you can “become pure and virtuous.” BECOME being the key word. It’s a process and you aren’t always perfect. I also read in 2 Nephi 9 where Jacob says, “Behold, my soul abhorreth in sin and my heart delighteth in righteousness.” Well. Yeah, he HATES sin, he LOATHES it, but that doesn’t mean he was going to be perfect. Even Jacob made mistakes and so the HEART has become really critical in everything I study. God judges the heart, he looks on the heart, He wants the HEART to change. That’s what really matters. So, that gave me some comfort.
So, I think that was my week! It was great and this week will be great too! I love being a missionary!
Love you lots,
Sister Lydia Foster
ITS ALL ABOUT YOUR HEART