Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 13 12.20.16 - 12.26.16

This week was great! We went to the Jacksonville Zoo for Pday. I saw GATORS!!! I may or may not have ran right up to them with a huge smile on my face... and they may or may not be my wallpaper... haha...

The next day we were on bikes in 45°-55° weather and misty air. We did service for Lorraine, she is older and sick but so sweet and kind. We then did service for the Hunt's, she is a member and he is not a member they are a super cute old couple whom I love! We then biked to visit less-actives and other appointments. 

I truly do love my district. We had an amazing district meeting. We then went to Farm Share and also taught Lisa Toms about Learning and Serving in the church. She had some questions about callings and her family being together. I was able to bear my testimony to her on both. I told her how inadequate I felt when I was called to be in the Relief Society presidency and how I needed to pray and act on the faith that I have in my bishops authority and in Jesus Christ. I know that he knows what is best for me and what I need in my life. And how we will receive all of God's blessings as we trust in him and strive to do what is upright and truly live the commandments of God. 

The next day we went to President Lee's and Sister Lee's to talk with them. I needed some help adjusting and guidance on some personal struggles I am having. It was amazing to talk with him and
walking away I truly know that I was called to this mission because of President Lee. We then went to the mission office and I got my Packages!!! 

I got to vacuum a deck this week... and we went caroling with the sisters in my district. We heart attacked a few sisters in our ward... I almost died... I tripped and fell down a ditch on the side of the road... haha... on Friday we had a miracle time finding! We found several people and taught them the Restoration. We also had a miracle on Wednesday and found a new investigator across
the street from some members. We then had a delicious Christmas Eve brunch with my favorites the Carver Family!! They remind me so much of my family it's crazy!! Haha... We went to a senior couples for lunch with our Zone and then to dinner at the Readings/Hudgins party. (Members in our ward) We had a wonderful night by the river across from downtown caroling as a zone. I would chase
people down and had them pass-along cards and talk with them about their faith in Christ. One couple had an adorable dog that jumped on me and the gentleman was a less-active member. 

Then Christmas morning we went to the mission home and I was charged with manning the cooking
of the eggs and bacon!! We then had a brunch with our ward mission leader and then went home and opened our gifts. We went to church and sang in the choir. Our ward came together and filled gigantic
stockings for us. We then Skyped home and spent our night at the Aniel's eating Filipino food and enjoyed the company of all. Last night before going to bed Sister Gibb made me go through her clothing with her... I am not ready to say bye to her... we are making this week the best week of her mission!!!

I hope y'all had a Merry Christmas and now have a Happy New Year!!!

Love y'all so much!!
Sister Foster


....biking.... in the cold....



Zone caroling

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 12 12.13.16 - 12.19.16

Hey Y'all!
This week has been another great week in Miracle Mandarin. My comp Sister Gibb LOVES to bike, so we bike everywhere when we don't have the car. It is a ton of fun!! It's getting humid and gross here...I want to chop off my hair now... ugh! We had the opportunity to serve a lot this week. We helped Sister Johnson paint crafts and wrap gifts. We helped Yvette clean up her garden and then later helped her clean out her kitchen and reorganized it. We were able to have power lessons with members this week and challenged them to give two people the pass along cards and to invite
their friends to the Christmas Day church service. We have already had members share with us their experiences of the challenge and one has invited three of her friends. I love the members here, they
truly want/love to help us missionaries, its amazing!! 

While visiting with some members this week, one of them was talking about the reason for the season. He said, "Its all about what's under the tree!" Then I said, "Actually it's all about what's under the straw.... oh wait I meant star!!!" Everyone erupted in laughter!! Oh man... in my defense I was super tired and hungry... but remember this season is all about what is under the straw... star... haha... 

I realized this week that I have a tiny love for Harry Potter...we met a less active and her husband have a custom made pensive with pictures of their story. He spent a whole year planning the Harry
Potter scavenger hunt proposal. And even planned a Harry Potter scavenger hunt the year prior so when the proposal one happened she wouldn't suspect anything... they have Everything Harry Potter!!
We also had another Amazing lesson with Lisa! We taught her about Tithing and Fast Offerings. She then had us over for dinner and while we were eating she was talking to us about how she wants to be a light to others and help those around her become better people. Lisa is still on track for her Baptism Date of January 21st!!! She is Elect y'all and I love her so much!!!!

This week we went to go find a less active... he lives off of a major highway and so we turned off it onto a dirt road that for two miles is through over grown Florida wild life for some reason I could not stop laughing the whole time... we then came across a bunch of random houses and tried to find his. We got to the end of the road and ended up in a mud pit with a dog chasing the car... oh I am also the one driving... I may have been freaking out. Then out comes this drunken man with no shirt on and mangled hair and beard with his beer in one had and gun in the other... he said, "little ladies y'all better get lost! I have been pulling people out of that thing all day!" We asked him if he knew the name of the man we were looking for and he said no, so we swung around and went back to the other houses... never found the guy we were looking for.

Later that same night we were going to an appointment and there was a sign that said cemetery, Sister Gibb said let's check it out, so I turned onto a dirt road. There was a huge puddle, so we then splashed
through it and I drove up a little more and then Sister Gibb grabbed my arm and gasped... I slammed on the breaks and screamed!!!! AHHHHHH!!!! She could not stop laughing... I am here for her
amusement!!! Haha...

Then last night we were knocking and this man opened his door and came right up to both of our name tags calling us by our names and was very rude and scary... he Bible Bashed us... Sister Gibb was really great at staying calm and testified!!! It was amazing... while walking away I started crying... which surprised me so I started laughing and Sister Gibb was very confused... haha... we said a prayer and I felt the Spirit again!!
I hope y'all had great weeks!!

Sister Foster

I saw my first G-sled this week!!


A cute Candy Cane Reindeer we got from. Member this week!

We got flowers made out of the Harry Potter books from the Less
Active in the color of our house... I don't know what house I am...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 11 12.6.16 - 12.12.16

Hey Y'all!
This week has been great... stressful... but great! We were able to talk to a lot of random people and show them the Christmas Initiative video on and everyone we showed it to loved it and how it reminded them of the Bible stories and people were surprised that Mormons believed in the Bible at times.

COURTNEY COX IS ENGAGED TO NICK EDWARDS!!! Ahhhh!!! (Court is my Best friend!) 

It poured buckets of rain this week for 4 hours straight!! YAY!! And it got to 55° this week and made me super happy for Christmas time!! We had a great District Meeting with President Lee there and was able to learn more about how become an even better missionary! We then had a Mission wide Christmas Party and it was so much fun! We had skits for each Zone and ours was titled A Mission Carol and it was awesome. We then had an amazing spiritually uplifting Christmas devotional! 

That night we went and visited a less-active member in our ward and I turned to her husband and asked him how long he has been a member for... he said I am not a member... now you feel awkward don't you! I said no but screamed inside YES!! We then went knocking that night and ran into some people who were high... we gave them pass along cards and they smelt them and said Mmmm... so sweet! Haha... we then had the Ward Christmas Party on Saturday night and it was really cool! We were in charge of the candy bar! We then had a great Sabbath day. That night we went biking to an area and knocked, we still had quite a bit of time before we needed to go home and so I felt like we needed to go visit someone, but wasn't sure why. And so when we did and they weren't home I was bummed, but Sister Gibb said let's knock, we were led here for a reason. As we were knocking we came across a man named Marcus, and he loved our message and we set up a return appointment!
Lisa Toms is truly Elect!! We taught her the Word of Wisdom this week and she kept saying I know I have to give up smoking, but TEA! She also showed us her cigarette case and how she had laid out 10 that morning, but only smoked 3 that day!!! She is going from packs a day to only 3 y'all!! She committed to do it though and live the Word of Wisdom! She then came to the Ward Christmas Party and brought a ginger bread house that was an island beach theme and it was amazing and won! She then came to church on her own and we LOVED it!! She is getting along perfectly with Everyone! I love her so much!!!

Tuesday evening we went knocking in a neighborhood we prayed about and met an amazing Catholic lady named Maria and invited her to the Christmas Party for our congregation. She ended up coming and Loved it! Sister Gibb and I gave her a tour of our church building and she stopped at every painting and asked us to explain the stories of each. Her favorites were the pictures from the Book of Mormon stories. And afterwards she told us she needs to read the Book of Mormon. So Sunday night we went over on our bikes and gave her a copy of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration pamphlet and set up a time to meet with her this week and talk about it with her.

I love y'all and miss y'all!! Hope y'all are having a great Christmas season!!!

Sister Foster

Sister Gibb, Sister Lonnie Thomas (member), Lisa Toms (investigator), Me

Me and my two trainers!!! Sister Gibb and Sister Tu'ivailala

An amazing poem I found from the Ensign

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Week 10 11.29.16 - 12.5.16

Hello Y'all,

There has been one thing pressing on my mind this week. And that is the testimony I have of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the real relationship we can have with him. Every morning and every night I am able to get down on my knees and pray and know he is always there with me! I know that Christ Atoned for our sins very personally because he loves us enough to suffer and go through such great pain for each of us individually. I know that it is only through his Atonement that we can become spiritually clean. I know that he died for us so that we may rise again and be whole. I know that he loves each of us individually and personally!

This week I got a new companion her name is Sister Gibb. She is from American Fork, UT and is seriously amazing!! This is her last month on her mission so I will be her last companion. This week we have been able to have a ton of fun together and worked hard and taught many people. I am learning so much from her and am loving it so much here. We saw Miracles! We got to help a family who recently got baptized move into a house in our ward. We got to go teach a lesson with Lisa Toms and were able to teach her the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson. She loved it and when we talked with her about repentance she immediately said "Sisters I know I need to do better. I have to quite smoking." She then asked us to pray for her to have the strength to quite smoking. She truly is elect y'all!! She also came to church with us this week and absolutely loved it! When she walked up I couldn't help but have the biggest smile on my face!! She is so cute and amazing I just love her so much!! She is excited to be baptized on January 21, 2017!! I have loved being able to see her grow and learn in the gospel! When she participated in Sunday School I felt like a proud mom!! She truly shines and is so happy with her decision to become a member and stands her ground with those around her!  We also had a lesson with a women named Nicole. She is a Army Vet, Single mother of 5, and going to school to become an Occupational Therapist. We taught her the Restoration and she loved it and she is excited to be baptized on January 28, 2017! This week we also were able to help Lisa build her deck and cut some fencing for her backyard garden and pool. I love being able to share my beliefs with others and to hear their stories. Even if they reject the message I have to share I still find joy in what I am doing and LOVE everyone I get to talk with.

Sister Foster

Sister Gibb and I eating Ice Cream

This picture describes my comp perfectly. I was driving to go to dinner and all of a sudden she yells STOP!!! So I slam on my breaks. She proceeded to tell me that she wanted me to turn around so she could take a picture.... this is the picture she wanted....

Me, Sister Gibb, and Lisa!!

Me being.... well... me!!!