There Can Be Miracles

Yep. This week was filled with tiny, insignificant to some, MIRACLES. 

Let’s start with the fact that one of our investigators, who has 10 kids, was stuck across the border in Mexico for hours, they had no money, no food and they wouldn’t let them back over. They called us, asked us to say a prayer and moments after we hung up they called and said, “Your prayer WORKED. We made it over!” That was a miracle. 

Then let’s go to them again…they came to CHURCH. Getting 10 kids ready and dressed and prepared to sit during an hour long sacrament meeting is probably the best workout you’ll ever get but they MADE IT and they LOVED IT and it MADE MY WEEK!

And of course, the miracle that Maria Elena Iglesias was baptized this week. Oh my goodness, this was literally a miracle. I can’t even believe how wonderful this is. Maria is the mother of someone I taught for 7 months, but she never showed any interest until a couple weeks before I left. She completely changed her life and she was baptized on Saturday. I was able to attend and the moment I walked through the door I started crying because she looked at me and said, “My daughter! I missed you” She’s a cute Puerto Rican woman who can cook the best rice and beans you’ve ever had and will love you no matter what. She has the biggest heart and it was such a blessing. We sang “Where Can I Turn for Peace.” and the tears were flowing my friend, the tears were flowing. Here’s the lyrics of the song, if you’re curious. 

It was such a beautiful song, and Maria Elena was just crying and singing along with us. I wish you could all get a hug from this amazing woman. She is stronger than you will ever know. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’ll send some classy mission pictures for you!

Love ya,

Sister Lydia Foster

  • 1. Where can I turn for peace?
    Where is my solace
    When other sources cease to make me whole?
    When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
    I draw myself apart,
    Searching my soul?
  • 2. Where, when my aching grows,
    Where, when I languish,
    Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
    Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
    Who, who can understand?
    He, only One.
  • 3. He answers privately,
    Reaches my reaching
    In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
    Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
    Constant he is and kind,
    Love without end.
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Goodbye October

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

When you think your nervous

and then your mission president shows up to sacrament meeting the DAY you are speaking. 

Yep. That happened this week and it was honestly the most scary moment of my life. It was crazy. 

I have no time (as usual) so I’ll just give you some highlights:

1. Trevor Erratt-he is a recent convert that we met with who is AMAZING. He is 17 and going to college now but doesn’t want to go to the Young Single Adult ward (haha) He blessed the sacrament for the first time yesterday and did such a great job. We talked about the Atonement of Jesus Christ with him because that is always confusing for Recent Converts to the church. His parents aren’t members and he’s an only child so he is trying really hard to get his parents interested. 

2. We got a ticket and it was SO STUPID. They have street sweeping here on certain days and so you can’t park in certain places at certain times or else you’ll get a ticket. So the sign said that it was the end of street sweeping so we parked and went to knock on a door and the police office pulls up right when we turn the corner so we run back and try to talk to her because we literally just left and we told her that we could move the car but the sign said it ended…she says,”I already gave you the ticket and the signs need to change” walks away. We were not happy but maybe she was having a rough day, right?

3. I gave a talk on repentance on Sunday and talked ALL about change. That’s what repentance is, it’s changing to become like our Savior Jesus Christ. Isn’t that amazing? 

Scripture of the week: 

Mosiah 5:2 “And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty changein us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” They had a MIGHTY CHANGE OF HEART. 

How are you changing to become like the Savior??

Love you all! 

Sister Lydia Foster

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2016-05-005-the-atonement?lang=eng&category=childrens-bible-videos

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