Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 26 3.21.17 - 3.27.17

Hey Y'all

So as you can tell this Tuesday I hit my 6 month mark and each time I think of it or say it or type it I start to cry. Being a missionary is such a privilege and a blessing!! I am savoring every moment.

This week we strived every second of every day to be obedient. We found mighty and mini miracles from it. Were we perfect at being obedient? No, but we talked it through and fixed where we went wrong and did better the next time or day. I feel like this week was my most rewarding week so far on my mission and I know it is because we strove to be obedient to the Lord's time and his errand for us in Ocala 1st. We saw over 40 miracles this week.

Here are just two....

On Tuesday as we were planning our day, we had realized we had a lesson with our bishop at Wandelyn's (less active) house that evening and we needed to take our car in to get fixed so we didn't have a ride. We had plans of a member (Sister Lewis) to come out with us who is also less active and we prayed and asked her if she could come out with us earlier. When she said yes we both felt the spirit and knew it was going to be a great evening. At the lesson the two less active women talked openly with one another and lifted each other up and we
shared powerful testimonies with her on the atonement and the restored truths of the gospel. The spirit in that lesson was overwhelming and loving. Afterwards the less active we took with us talked with our bishop and as she was driving us home she told us if we ever need a ride or her to come with us, she would be happy to. We had found our 'Amulek'.

On Monday we got a member referral from Brother Sheilds in Williaston and had a lesson with Heather on Thursday with Sister Ziegler. Heather was so prepared to hear our message. We taught her a little bit of the Restoration and she asked us questions that we could easily answer with scriptures. We invited her to the Women's General Conference Broadcast and then the member we took invited her to church and offered them all a ride. She came to the broadcast and said that it was an interesting experience because at times it seemed like they were talking to her directly, we explained how that is the Holy Ghost. She and her kids, Hailey... Damion... Adalina... then came to church with Sister Ziegler on Sunday and she then invited them all over for dinner tonight with us and Sister Crawford invited them all over for Saturday General Conference. I saw her and her kids in white, I will never forget that experience.

Random Fun Facts:

- We helped my favorite recent converts, Tony Smith, rake his leaves... aka pile them along his house? 🤔 then he gave us a referral!!

- We almost didn't have a car for two weeks due to previous nameless sister missionaries who never reported damages done to the car. But we got took it in Tuesday and got it back on Thursday.

- We have new comfort food of Grilled Cheese with Dill pickles in them!! 😋

- I started off the week making enchiladas for the District... then made sunshine grilled cheese (GC with dill pickles) and other delicious foods for my comp... then made a cake for the RS event/Women's Broadcast...

- I am allergic to Florida..... 😷🤒🤕🤧

Love y'all!!!
Sister Foster

Walked 2 hours in the sun home....
Our Elders saved us while biking and brought us water and pumped up our tires... how many elders dose it take to pump up already pumped us tires? Haha
Tan Lines forever!!!
Sister Wolfley is white and burns... this is how she recovers! Don't worry we bought sunscreen today!
Grilled Cheese!!
Celebrated getting our car back!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Week 25 3.14.17 - 3.20.17

Hey Y'all!!

This week was great, we had a ton of curve balls... everything from a random sports night with a bunch of teenage baseball players....surprise lesson with an AP.... Great interview with President Lee....Random service projects and bonfire with the district....ended up burning my hand.... had a bike injury and cut the front of my leg....being volunteered to make our entire district enchiladas today....I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!

7 fun facts about my week:

1. We had one investigator in church this week.

2. I finally broke through to one of my favorite investigators when talking about the Atonement and sharing Alma 7:11-12 with him. He has a baptism date for May 6th.

3. We had a spontaneous Chastity lesson with our investigators cause we got the couple alone... they have a baptism date set for April 29th.

4. Sister Wolfley tried gritz this week at an Ocala original restaurant called Mojo's. They were super yummy!

5. We visited a less active we are working with and she asked me to be the proxy for her daughter when she gets sealed to her in the temple next year.

6. Sister Wolfley and I danced in a rain storm!!! And we made grilled cheese with dill pickles in them.... Super good!! Highly recommend them!!!

7. We went to IHOP after district morning exercise!!

I love y'all and pray for y'all!!!

Sister Foster

❤️ Heart Attacking People ❤️
Ocala Sisters going to work out!
Me and my little Wolfling... she calls me her Foster Mama
My Favorite Socks.... and cut....
District Enchiladas!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Week 24 3.7.17 - 3.13.17

Hey Y'all!!!

This week has been great, we have worked hard and strived to be exactly obedient. We saw the blessings by doing so. Sister Wolfley is seriously amazing. Training is hard though, but I get on my knees each day and pray for the enabling power of the Atonement to wash over me and be my guide not only as I train her, but as each morning as we step out of our apartment and immediately enter the mission field.

We decided to walk one day instead of bike. By doing so we were immediately able to meet Tim. Tim is our neighbor upstairs and he has always seen the missionaries, just no one has ever stopped to talk to him. We gave him our information and shared a brief message. Last week he came to church without us even teaching him anything. This week we had two lessons with him and he has been reading the Book of Mormon.

This week we were able to teach two families, less-actives, lost sheep, and referrals. One of the families we are teaching, we have been teaching for a while now. We just set a baptism date with them for April 29th. The only thing they need is to come to church and truly feel the converting power of the Holy Ghost. We are excited! 

We also were able to continue to teach and help some less-actives and work with them to come to church. We were able to have one there this Sunday and she is coming back slowly, but knows it is where she needs to be each Sunday. She even told us afterwards how when she was there she was able to realize that she really needed to quite smoking. 

The Holy Ghost really burns through us as we come to church. This week we were able to visit Sister Warr and I found last transfer. She invited us and our member into her home and we meet her daughter who has some handicaps, but is the sweetest. 

Wandelyn is struggling to accept that her son is gay and feels she can not come to church because of it. Both Sister Wolfley and I were prompted to share a conference talk with her called, The Master Healer, and she cried. She was so touched and wants us to bring our Bishop by this week so she can talk with him more.

One more quick miracle about a referral we contacted this week. We got a referral last week when I was sick and Sister Wolfley contacted her and set up a time to meet. Her name is Aretha and she had requested a Book of Mormon. We went by this week and gave her one and shared with her our testimonies and message we share with others. We asked her why she wanted a Book of Mormon. She went on to tell us how her mother had one that she would always read from and when Aretha saw that she could get one for free she was excited. We found out that her mother was never a member, but knew the Book of Mormon was the word of God and an other testament of Jesus Christ. Aretha wants us to come back and share more with her.

Oh yeah also this week we had Zone Meeting and we were asked to sing... the day before.... we sang How Great Thou Art and Sister Pennock, a sister in our zone, sung too.

This week has been great and very tiring, but every second it is worth it. I love tough things, I am the first to do tough things, I do tough things first, I LOVE being a Missionary. The Florida Jacksonville Mission is were I am needed to be at this time, and in this place.

Sister Foster

Sister Wolfley and I with our investigator Modesto!!
Me and My Wolfling
Us being weird
TRADEOFFS ft. Sister Olsen
TRADEOFFS ft. Sister Olsen
Sister Wolfley and Me
The Dream Team Trio Life! (Me, Sister Wolfley, &a Sister Pennock)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Week 23 2.28.17 - 3.6.17

Hey Y'all!!!

This week was great!! My studies were focused on the Book of Mormon and PMG, I know that this gospel is true and brings happiness in to my life. I know that by reading the scriptures, praying, and going to church we are blessed in our life's and that God truly loves us. My favorite thing that I said this week was, "If you want to talk to God, get on your knees. If you want God to answer you, open your scriptures. If you want to feel Gods love for you, go to church."

7 Fun facts from this week:

1. We lost our phone..... while biking.... fun....

2. got asked if we were Jehovah Witnesses a lot haha... and hit on by several drunk men.... ugh...

3. We got offered weed.... the someone told us that they were high (right after we met them) and not ready to learn about the gospel because they were not ready to quit. We still give her a card.

4. We had 2 investigators come to church with us this week, and one of them was our next door neighbor.

5. We had many tender mercies this week: taught 6 new people, got fed spontaneously by members, got haircuts, and my favorite was getting the opportunity to say a prayer with a man we just walked by whose daughter is having brain surgery and he just opened up to us. It was crazy awesome cause we had a lesson and then realized we didn't remember where are bikes were... so we walked around the whole apartment complex again and walked by and said hi to him. He then asked us after the prayer and exchanging of our info why we were there walking around, when we told him we couldn't find out bikes, he laughed and said well they are around the corner... it's crazy how God works and how his timing works!!

6. Sister Wolfley and I do a video journal every night but your going to have to wait 12 months to watch them because we cannot send videos.... oh and when Sister Wolfley told me I only have 12 months left I broke down crying... 😞 Needless to say, I LOVE my mission and this time I have to serve the Lord. These last, almost, 6 months have been the best ever!! ❤️

7. Chocolate ice cream got us through this week. We will eat any kind of ice cream because we do not discriminate!!!!

I am honestly loving Sister Wolfley and all of her crazy goodness and excitement for the work!! I Love missionary life! I hope y'all have a great week and continue to enjoy life and all the curveballs it throws at you!!

Sister Foster

Got the Package
Emoji Masks!!! 😂😂
Study Time with my favorite trainee.
Ocala Zone!!
Got caught in a rain storm... it called for a picture!
Got a tract from a random lady!! 👍🏼
Me and my bud Eli Thompson! I asked him to do a crazy face and he knew exactly what to do.