Tuesday, April 9, 2013

April 8, 2013

What's up!? well it's been a fan freakin tastic week here in petoskey! :) haha. Conference was awesome! we had a different investigator at every session! it was sooo good. Everyone of the investigators felt the spirit was strong too. Elder Nelson's talk on how the church is important too was perfect for one of my investigators. he's a 60 year old man that is a baptist and he doesn't really think there is a difference in any of the churches all that is important is faith. so he and i were discussing that a couple nights ago and now i'm just gonna print out that talk and let elder nelson teach him. haha. it was frustrating trying to teach this guy authority though. he doesn't think authority matters even though we talked about at least 5 places where christ gives people authority in the bible. but that's alright. we'll get through to him sooner or later. haha. we were really blessed with our finding this week. we knocked into a family that are just seekers of truth. they go to a church but they only go to that one because they know they need to. they don't beleive everything that it teaches. they let us in, fed us, and let us teach them our beliefs. haha. it was AMAZING!! it was such a good lesson. the mom didn't beleive that god would damn someone that didn't have the chance to hear the gospel. so we were able to share part of the plan of salvation with her on how we know that god doesnt do that. how god gives everyone the chance to hear the gospel. then at the end we were told to come back soon! and the best part, the daughter is the girlfriend of a priest in the ward. he is going on a missino soon and we said, ya we'll have adam come by and teach you the lessons for practice. so they are going to let us teach them all the lessons! we're pumped about them. we also found a less accountable man to teach. he's 23 years old and he's kinda slow. but we're goign to go by when he and his dad are there and teach them both at the same time. Elder wright went to the sault and so i got to run the area. i was in cheboygan with elder ballard and we were teaching kory! the black guy that loves the book of mormon. well there was a guy there that sat in and he is the husband of the woman who owns the home. well this guy started saying a bunch of stuff about how he burns crosses and all this stuff. well he's like, "i can't see, feel, or touch faith." so i asked if he could see feel or touch air. and he said no but that's not how air works. so then i said, well don't you think that's how faith works? and then he was like well i'm just not a faithful person i don't beleive in faith. i beleive in science. so then i ask him if he realizes that his argument is based on the faith that there isn't a god. cuz science doesn't disprove god. well then he says, now your switching my words on me and he stopped saying dumb comments. haha. but kory got his two scents in too! haha. he started telling this guy how faith is like a building on a firm foundation and without it it would just fall. haha. kory made me proud. haha. kory is a champ, i wish you guys could meet him. he tried to give us front row tickets to his first cage fight that is in a week, but we told him we probably couldn't go since we are missionaries. haha. but it really has been such a great week! we've gotten lots of work done and we're doing work out here in petoskey! i love being a missionary! it's the most rewarding work in the world. seeing peoples lives change drastically from keeping the simple commandments of god is amazing. i've never really realized how valuable what we have is until seeing people add it into their lives. i love it! i love being a missionary! well, my people, have a great week!

April 1, 2013

Another great week in Petoskey! We saw a couple signs of spring the last couple days, but it's snowing again today. . . haha. maybe eventually the sun will stay here. This week was a great week! We were extremely blessed all week. So it started out just the same, we were working really hard and doing lots of teaching and finding, but by thursday we kinda started to realize that miracle after miracle was happening. So in your mission (i'll just explain this for people that don't know), the mission president sets up things called standards of excellence which are goals that will push you. there are seven weekly standards and if you hit 4 or 5 you can tell you were using your time effectively and really had a great week. Well, back to the story. Sunday, monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday come and go and we worked hard just like normal. but Wednesday we realized that holy crap, we have taught a ton of lessons, found a lot of people to teach, and set three baptismal dates. we had hit a lot of the standards by the end of Wednesday. so we keep going and working hard like usual and then sunday at church roles around and we have 4  investigators at church. We reflected on the week and we had hit all seven of the standards of excellence. not only hit them, but crushed a lot of them. it was pretty humbling to look back on the week and look at the lessons we taught and realize how much god put us right where he needed us. now, missionary work isn't about hitting numbers, but it was just cool to see how many miracles that had happened right before our eyes. a few cool stories i'll tell you about. so early on in the week we were going to see an investigator that really wasn't moving forward. we had just let him simmer for a few weeks so we decided this week was the week to go see him. so we were planning on just sharing a spiritual though with him but we got in there and i had a way strong feeling to ask him about Joseph smith. well by the end we had retaught him the restoration and we were really bold with him and i had the feeling to set a date with him. the guy accepted and committed to reading the Book of Mormon everyday and praying about Joseph smith. it was a crazy experience. Elder wright and i after we left just looked at each other and were like, "what just happened?" haha. it's pretty crazy how we're just the tools in the lord's hands. then we went to a lady that had stood us up like four times and we were going to give her one last shot. so we go and she answers! we were able to teach the restoration and this time elder wright put on the bold pants and committed her to baptism and set a date. and yet again, we leave and we're like "what just happened?" haha. We had a ton of those moments throughout this week. it was honestly crazy to see all the miracles. saturday we also had a pretty cool experience. we had a member go with us to charlevoix which is about the distance from layton to salt lake. he drove us and we also took a priest with us so we could go on splits. well elder wright took the guy with him and taught our lessons and i went with the priest and we went to go door knocking. well, he and i talked for like three hours as we were door knocking and it was cool just to share my testimony with him on how amazing serving a mission is and how much happiness it brings to your life if you work hard. he still doesn't know what he's gonna do, but i told him he better pray about it and tell me what he thinks at church this coming Sunday. so if he's honest with himself on the answer he recieves, he'll be deciding to serve a mission. haha. hopefully he does. he was really worried about school so i talked to him a lot cuz i was in the same boat as him. so it was cool. and he was able to see successful doorknocking. haha. we talked to SOO many people that day on the doors. and we didn't get yelled at which was pretty nuts. haha. it's kinda funny, it's usually the people with really nice welcome matts and happy decorations that are the meanest. and they are usually old ladies too. i have a lot of funny stories about old ladies yelling at us. haha. Well my homies! have a fan freakin tastic week!

Friday, March 29, 2013

March 25, 2013

Well it's been another great week here in Petoskey! We worked hard and accomplished a lot of things. the weather here is still cold and it snows everyother day. haha. but soon it'll be spring. it's gonna be weird when spring hits and i don't pull out an areater! haha.

This week was a good balanced week. We taught Gina some of the commandments and she loved them. she agrees with all of them and has prayed about all of them.  the only downer is that we taught her on saturday and she had relapsed that day! she'll get there though! one in a week is a lot better than where she was. i think she gets confident with herself so she stops following the program. so we are going to tell her that she needs to be exactly obedient for the whole week so she can be rid of smoking. we had a couple pretty blunt lessons with people. there are a couple of our investigators that are at a stand still, so we told them if they didn't start keeping commitments that we weren't going to be able to drop by anymore. it worked though, cuz for the most part they kept there commitments. we had a really cool lesson with an investigator named Ron. he answered the door and saw it was us and told us he was having a terrible week and just ranted to us for like forty minutes and we just listened. then after he was done we were able to share a lot with him about scripture study and the blessings of the gospel. his whole countenance changed. you could tell that he was feeling the spirit and he even told us that when we come by he is so lifted up and feels that spirit. it was amazing to see the spirit work on him. the church is true! otherwise a bunch of teenage boys and girls but especially the boys (the missionaries) would have destroyed it a long time ago. haha. do you people remember my sense of humor? haha. well the lord seems to be making my personality work thus far. haha. We also had a cool experience in a card shop (i hate going there) one of the less actives in our branch owns it and it's a card shop and the cards are creepy and weird. but anyways, we go there to help her out. while we were sorting cards for her this guy came in and asked who we were and we taught him and the less active bore her testimony on some things, and it was just a really good experience. the guy really appreciated us talking to him. We also had our half mission training on thursday. we had to wake up at 5 to get to it by nine though, cuz it was half the state away! haha. but we made it there and back safe. We talked a lot about using visuals while teaching and how to follow the spirit when door knocking and not just have some wrote thing that we say every single time. it was really good. it came in handy especially on saturday when we were teaching kevin, the guy that had a lot of plan of salvation questions. we went to his house and went through the plan of salvation with him and he just wasn't getting it and i remembered that i had paper in my scriptures in case i wanted to use a visual for a lesson so i drew him the diagram of the plan of salvation and he got it and it clicked a lot more for him. he has sooo many questions. haha. so we are going to teach him the gospel of christ next lesson. we haven't even taught him the restoration yet. we've told him the general stuff and explained about joseph smith, but he has so many questions about other stuff that we don't feel like it's quite time to go through the restoration in depth with him. I hope all is going well out there! i'm jealous of the spring time weather, but i'm sure when summer hits here i'll be begging for winter to be back. haha. well, you stay classy san diego!

March 18, 2013

another great week in michigan! this week was miracle after miracle. We found six new people to teach and taught a ton of lessons! it was great to see everything go through and see it all work out. We found out where kory went. haha. he ended up going to gaylord (a couple hours south of me) to visit his grandpa for a couple weeks. so we weren't able to teach him again this week, but at least we know where he disappeared to. haha. so we found out sunday that gina got antied by all of her family on sunday so we got to go clear some things up. we went over to herapartment and she was like " my family says you guys worship joseph smith and all this stuff." so i looked at her and asked, " when you came to church, who is the only person we worshipped?" and then she was like 'jesus. . . " and then she was like," i know it's true, i've prayed about the book of mormon and i just know it's true. i hate that everyone trys to tell me otherwise." so it was pretty easy to clear up her concerns, because she already knows it's true and that her family was wrong.  it's funny how much satan trys to bring down the church, but just can't. people think that the commandments are just restrictions on us, but if only they knew how free they really make us. We had a cool lesson on preisthood authority with a couple that are in their fiftys. they were really confused and we cleared a lot of stuff up and i showed them my line of authority and showed them how we can trace our authority back to christ and they were pretty amazed that we could do that. a lot of people out here confuse the light of christ with the priesthood. we've had to teach the difference quite a few times. I went to traverse city on a trade off with elder manning. it was a pretty short trade off because our schedules were way busy. but the zone leaders have to go on at least one trade off per transfer with the district leaders so it had to be done. but it is fun to go work in other areas and see how the work is going there. Like i said, this week we have been extremely blessed. i'm looking forward to another great week! sorry i don't really know what to say this week. haha. so it's kinda short today. You Stay classy!!
Petoskey, Michigan

March 11, 2013

What up my people!? haha. it's been a great week in Michigan! first i'd like you all to know that i ate the second hottest pepper in the world on wednesday.
 This is the Bhut Jalokia Pepper.  It is 400 Times Hotter than Tobasco Sauce.
it was the hottest until just a little while ago. you'll be getting a video of that pretty soon. haha. 
Day of Eating the Pepper with a Doctor standing by
So we did trade offs on wednesday and i stayed here with Elder Mosely while Elder Wright went to the Sault. We didn't really have a lot of visible success this week. it was kind of a weird week, not a lot of people answered their doors and not a lot of our lessons went through. but it was still a really good week. like i said, Elder Wright and I are really similar so we didn't get down at all, we just kept going. haha. cathryn (one of our investigators whose had a lot of missionaries) says we are definitely the goofiest/happiest missionaries that have taught her. haha. i definitely take that as a compliment. We are starting to help Gina quit smoking because she really wants to be baptized. so we've been working hard with her so she can move forward.  We went to see kory on thursday but he hadn't been seen in a few days... haha. so hopefully we see him again soon. he doesn't have a phone and he lives forty miles away in cheboygan, so he's not really one that we can go try to catch everyday.  Holly unfortunatly shined us this past week so hopefully we can catch her again.  unfortunately there is a TTOONN of anti stuff up here so before lessons we have to clean up a lot of things which isn't a big deal, but it sucks when people wont talk to us about it. but we'll catch her. haha. so i was reading in Doctrine and Covenants and found some sweet scriptures!  Doctrine and Covenants 35: 13-14. Its SOO sweet! haha. we (20 year old kids) are the weak things of the world and we've been called to Thrash the nations!! SO SICK! man, it's cool to be a missionary and know that god is behind you one hundred percent as long as you're being obedient. i was seriously pumped after reading that. god's army of missionaries is thrashing the nations! Well, i'm basically out of things to say. like i said, this week there wasn't a lot of visible success, but we still worked our butts off and know that no missionary work is wasted. ok, one last scripture Doctrine and Covenants 130: 20. this one is sweet too. it's basically saying if we keep the commandments god cannot go against the law that is in heaven. he has to bless us. so don't make exceptions to keeping the commandments of god. god knows it's hard. he's trying our faith, but he WILL bless us. That's all i have for you folks today so cya later! haha.

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

another great week here in michigan! Unfortunatly we weren't able to teach holly this week cuz she wasn't home all week, but we'll be seeing her tuesday. We have to do a lot of door knocking out here because the church is pretty small here. but we found some people to teach this week which was awesome! i'm a little pressed for time this morning so i can't share a whole bunch but i have a couple awesome experiences that happened this week that i'll share. so we were up in cheboygan at lunch with a family ( the dad is in the coast guard, fun fact. haha) and they said they were out doing there home teaching and they were seeing a sister that is less active and this family the home teachers were like "well we have to go because we're feeding the missionaries lunch." and this black guy in another room heard and freaked out and was like "you mean the elders?! the elders are back in cheboygan?!" some how this guy got lost in the mix and no one filled out any paperwork on him so we didn't know about him. so we went to see him and he was pumped! haha. he was like " oh man, let me find my Book of Mormon! the Elders are in my house!" he was way awesome! he is a lutheran, but he has a testimony of the Book of mormon and loves the book of mormon. so we'll be visiting with him when we go to cheboygan.  So that was way cool to find him and start teaching him. moral of that story, do your home teaching!! it is SOOO helpful when members do there hometeaching and are willing to help.

 So thursday night i was trying to find a member to bring to gina's lesson (the one with the baptismal date) while elder wright was filling in the area book. i called like nine sisters to come along with us and none were around! so i called the ward mission leader to see if anyone popped into his head and he gave me a couple sisters names so i gave one a call that i didn't really think would fit for gina but she said she could come with us. well we go and teach gina and the sister was a champ!! there stories were exactly the same! god proved to me how he knows best on that one. well to continue the story we told the sister before the lesson to invite gina to church and she did and it was awesome! so yesterday at church we had four investigators there! Gina and Kory ( the black guy) sat with us and the other two were with other families that we asked to fellowship them. and it was testimony meeting and nobody bore weird testimonys, they were all way powerful and everyone felt the spirit. so it was awesome! then to show how much kory loves the book of mormon, during priesthood the guy teaching was like does someone want to turn to alma 40? and kory jumped and grabbed his book of mormon and was like" oh man nigga, I got that!" haha! it was sooo funny! he loves the book of mormon. i'm loving it here in michigan. elder wright and i don't get down. it's sooo nice not having a companion that gets down with things don't go smooth. in fact for the most part, days do not go how we plan. but we always have a good time and keep laughin and rollin with the punches. no need to get down over something that you can't really control. remember to always find the good in life. cuz it's always there. well, my people, i'll cya later! haha. Peace!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February 25, 2013

holy crap crackas! this week flew by! I guess before I start there are a few questions that i need to answer.  We get fed almost every night. occasionally we will have to feed ourselves, but our apartment is loaded with noodles and soups from past missionaries so all we have to buy is bread and milk. haha. Elder Wright is a stud! he and i are a lot alike. so we haven't killed each other yet. haha. our district is small. it is four elders me and elder wright included. elder wright is the district leader and then there is elder ballard and elder mosely. they are both weirdos, but they are way funny! haha. they are the elders that are in the upper peninsula. there is also a senior couple up in the sault (upper peninsula). So this week i went to Traverse city with one of the Zone leaders and it was cool working there. out here in northern michigan there really aren't a lot of people in the winter. haha.
We had zone conference which was good. president hess talked to us and i really like something that he pointed out. he was talking about Doctrine and Covenants 6:36. he pointed out that it's a commandment to doubt not and fear not. those are two tools that satan uses to destroy the work and we have the agency and ability to choose what we are thinking. often times we worry about stupid things. well stop worrying about it. worrying is a waste of time and you have the ability to choose what you think about. i loved that becasue it is so true, worrying doesn't change the circumstances of anything. it really is just a waste of time. put your worrys on christ. that's why he atoned for us. he knows how we feel so get on your knees and ask to quit worrying about certain things and WORK for it. think about what your thinking about and change what your thinking about if necessary. you become and you are what you think you are and what you think you'll become. so be confident. like me! ;) haha jk. I just had to throw that in there. so friday we talked to holly (an investigator that we knocked into) about the plan of salvation and invited her to be baptized. she said she will have to think about it but that she would pray about it. and now for telling you guys about saturday. the most tiring day of my mission by far and the weirdest day and just a crazy day that i felt just about every emotion there is. So i'll give some of the highlights. so about mid way through the day we go and see an investigator ( by this point a bunch has already happened and the day has already been nuts) her name is Gina and we knocked into her i think tuesday. but we had an amazing first lesson with her. we had to clear up a lot about the church because anti material is everywhere up here, but by the end of our lesson she felt loads better about the church and was sincerely going to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. then we set a baptismal date with her!!! i was SOO pumped! haha. then we went and talked to the guy that wanted help to quit smoking. we got all the stuff for the quit smoking program and took it to him. we started talking about the necessary steps and i told him to go grab his tobacco. he asked why i wanted him to grab it and i told him cuz he was going to throw it away and get rid of it. then he told me that it was expensive and he didn't want to throw it away so i kinda got blunt with him and asked if he was just blowing smoke when he told us that he wanted to quit smoking. he said he wants to quit smoking and he just can't now. so i asked why he couldn't start now and blah blah blah, moral of the story he isn't doing the stop smoking program with him anymore, but we are visiting with him about personal stuff and we gave him a blessing. Well then later that night we go and talk to a mother that has had the missionaries for a long time cuz she had kinda a bad experience happen with her daughter so we go over and we talk to her and comfort her. this lady is cool though, Elder Wright and I are able to teach her things that other missionaries haven't been able to because she tells them to stop teaching her. but it's cuz we're real with her and we aren't pretending to be someone else. so side note comment, remember the lord called YOU on a mission. you don't have to act like someone you're not. YOU can touch someone that others can't. so then we went to dinner then after dinner we go to the hospital to give a recent convert a blessing. well in the same room as this lady is an old woman who is obviously in her death bed and in loads of pain. her daughter who is in her 50's is right next to her trying to comfort her and she is crying. so we ask if we can do anything for her and we tell her we can give her mother a blessing. this lady was so grateful and you could tell felt the love and sincere care that we felt for her and so she said she would love that. well, i'm about to start when the daughter's husband walks in and the daughter tells him that "these kind young men are going to give mom a blessing." well he looks at us, looks at our badge, and says" no there not." So i looked at the daughter and wished her my best and told her we'd pray for her. then this guy says my mom's a christian! you devil worshiper! then elder wright was like "sir, we believe whole heartedly in christ and we wish you the best." I can tell you, i have never felt so bad for someone in my life and never wanted to punch someone in the throat so bad in my life. that one took a lot to just walk away from and not yell or say anything bad at this guy. cuz we just wanted to help that poor woman and her mom. so then we went on a walk with an investigator and helped a guy that was stuck in his driveway cuz of the snow and told him a little about who we are. so that made us feel a lot better, but we still had to pray hard that night to not harbor those hard feelings against that guy. cuz i really wanted to punch that guy right in the head. but i didn't and we didn't do or say anything to disgrace the name we have on our badge. but ya, that day i felt every emotion in the book. haha. it was nuts. haha. well hope you all have a great week.

Letter from President - February 16, 2013

Dear Brother and Sister Foust,
One of the great experiences for Sister Hess and I is welcoming new missionaries as they arrive.  They are anxious to accept their new life in the mission field.  New missionaries bring with them a special spirit from the Missionary Training Center and are excited about exercising their newly found gospel teaching skills.
 Sister Hess and I met your son, Elder Landon David Foust, at the airport.  We then took him and the other new missionaries to the Mission Home for dinner, so we could become better acquainted and start our missionary orientation.  Elder Foust's first assignment is in the Petoskey area with his trainer, Elder Wright.
 Your letters are to be sent to:  Elder Landon Foust
                                                  2075 Woods Lane, Unit 10
                                                  Petoskey, MI 49770
May the Lord bless you and your family for supporting your son in his missionary work.  Your love and encouragement are vital to his success.  A weekly letter from home is so appreciated and should be positive and uplifting.  On the other hand, too frequent communication, phone calls, or personal visits are distracting, and cause the missionary to lose his focus.  We ask that phone calls be limited to Christmas and Mother's Day.  We discourage personal visits from family and friends.  We know that you will find a special spirit in your home and in your heart as you share this mission together.
We are pleased to serve with your son and know he will be a great blessing to the work of our Heavenly Father.  Thank you for sending him.  We will look after, take care of, and love him in every way possible while he serves the Lord.  Should you have questions or concerns about your son, please call me.
Stephen H. Hess, President
Michigan Lansing Mission

Monday, February 25, 2013

February 18, 2013 - President's Day

What's up family and friends!? it's been a great week, my companion and i hit 5 of the 8 standards of excellence which president hess considers a commendable week. we worked our butts off. it really doesn't feel like it should be P-day today. well my comp and i have had to do a bunch of finding this week.  but we've found a ton of people to teach!! we found 5 solid potentials to teach and we already taught one. her name is holly, she is a member of the Odawa tribe here in petoskey. she has had a hard life, but started praying to jesus ( without being instructed or told how to do so) and just thought it was the right thing. we taught her the restoration and it was really amazing how prepared she is to hear the message! I've experienced some weird stuff. haha. naked people answering the doors, weird athiest guy that wanted to talk and proceeded to tell us how he broke his foot fighting with foam swords, and just a whole bunch of weird. haha. gotta love petoskey, cheboygan, and charlavoix. I'll be headed down to traverse city on tuesday through thursday because i'll be doing exchanges with the zone leaders. it's been a great week. we are going to start the quit smoking program with a guy, so that should be good. i'm excited to help someone with that. so guess what. i'll be eating the worlds second hottest pepper on the sixth of march. haha. if i do it i become an honorary uper! (upper peninsula person) like i said it's been a great week. I love how much our stake prepared us. i really felt prepared and i feel like i'm hitting the ground running.  aerating prepared me too, cuz now i don't take it personal when someone says no at the door. It's awesome how much god helps us out with the work.  my comp and i are trying to get members involved with helping us, but it's kinda difficult cuz they all are busy and live far away (or so they say) but we'll get them involved with the investigators. don't worry. haha. :) so i did have a chat with the branch council. there goal was to give us two referrals a month and i basically told them that that was the worst/ laziest goal i had ever heard  and that we should easily get two a week. haha. my branch likes me though so they took it well. haha. well i hope you all have a fantastic week and i'll write again next week!
Invited to a Members House for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. 
 His favorite meal was served as well! 

February 11, 2013 - Welcome to Michigan

 Last sight of the mountains for two years!
Well, i'm in Michigan! We got up at 3 in the morning on wednesday and headed to the airport. i only got an hour of sleep that night because i played bang until like 2 in the morning with the others that i wouldn't be seeing again.  but we got delayed a few times and stuck a few times so I got to the mission home at around 5 o'clock michigan time.  but it was cool, at the airport we had a long break, and i kept thinking in my head that there was no such thing as coincidence, so i started walking around with another elder.  We were in line for wendys and i started talking to a guy and he was telling me all about his life and i started telling him about the book of mormon and how it gives us direction and really helps us. so i gave him a pass along card and told him he could get a free book of mormon from it and showed him the number to call and stuff. it was cool cuz he said, "i'm really open to this stuff cuz i'm looking for direction in my life." it was cool, cuz i saw how there really isn't such thing as coincidence.  So i'm doing good out here.  it's really easy for me to talk to everyone.  i've done slash heard of so much stuff that i can relate to almost anyone, which is really useful when first talking to them. so my companion's name is Elder Wright. he is from California.  he's a good guy, he's a hard worker and he and i think very similarly. so we've been working hard every day and getting work done! we've found at least 7 people to teach in the two days we were able to work this last week. which is a huge blessing.  the branch here is very small but the area is huge.  there hasn't been a baptism in about six months, but that is about to change!! I'm excited to finally be here and be working.  My area is Petosky. it is huge. it covers macinac city, charlevoix, and cheboigan and a bunch of other places.  I'll be able to go on exchanges to the upper peninsulla and my first exchange to there will probably be in a week or two.  it's not too cold here.  i would dare say it was colder in utah. My companion thinks i'm a weird greenie, cuz whenever he asks if i want him to do stuff first i say no and i do it.  so like doorknocking i said that i would do it right off. but it's been a good experience, lots of doors in the face, but a few really prepared people that we are going to visit this week. i'm excited to see what comes of it.  my apartment was freakishly disgusting, so i've been cleaning it like crazy.
  my companion has probably realized that i'm ocd and expect cleanliness, so he's started to clean his stuff up too. but it's really good, i'm enjoying it here.  the bay of lake michigan is frozen! i thought it was a field with snow on it, but it was the lake! the makes really do freeze into wave position and it's nuts! haha.
so ya, it's been a good week. my area is a full time car mission, so that's really nice. it's kinda funny, this is gonna be a boasting in my god, but not me moment.  i've been told my whole life that this would be a huge tough experience, (which i'm sure it will be, and it has been) but it's nuts how much i've been blessed with strength.  but moral of the story, i've been able to keep on pushin on. i don't really know how to explain my feelings right now, but i have a huge confidence in the lord right now, and have since i got dropped off at the mtc.  i've had some hard times, but it's always in my mind that i can't be stopped. which sounds way prideful, but it's true.  i honestly can't be stopped cuz i have god on my side. i probably sound like a mega greenie. but it's true.  i'm excited to work hard and get the work moving again here in this area. I love you all and hope all is going well. 
 Upon arriving at the mission home, there was a moment to take this picture with Monson Welch who is Brian Bentley's cousin serving in the same mission.

February 1, 2013

Whats up!? well it's almost time for me to hit the mission field.  i'll be leaving early wednesday morning.  I'm pumped. the MTC has been great, but i'm to the point that i just want to go do, and not learn how to do. but it's been an awesome experience.  I had in field orientation yesterday, so i'm now ready for Lansing.  or as ready as i can be. My companion and i have done really well teaching our investigators here in the MTC. I've gotten pretty good at teaching the lessons.  I really do feel like i'm going to hit the ground running because of all the work i did on my own and with the stake's mission prep classes.  I'm hoping i get an awesome trainer that is excited to be there or else i'm gonna punch him in the head and force him to work hard! ;) ok maybe not i'll be patient. you guys would be proud I got stuck with the laziest kid in the district as my companion and i haven't punched him yet! I've just done what i'm supposed to do and led by example.  This kid sleeps like 90% of the day.  it's honestly amazing.  i thought i was good at falling asleep until i met this kid.  but like i said i've been patient with him. I just mess with him when he sleeps in class. haha. it's pretty funny. but everybody is getting used to being away from their families so there aren't that many depressed people anymore! haha. I really like my district.
 we got some funny kids in here ( me being the funniest) that really get along and are all striving to fulfill our purposes as missionaries.  the thing i love the most about the gospel is that it's complete.  I used to think it was hard to teach the gospel to someone that already had a really good relationship with god but wasn't mormon.  now i've found that it's not that hard at all! it's so cool because the Book of Mormon just builds on what the bible teaches.  it has the potential to answer the questions people have about the bible and make the bible more clear.  it is so cool how happy you can be when you apply the principles from the bible AND the book of mormon.  you just need to help people see that the book of mormon is here so that we can live with our family forever with god and that it can make us sooo happy! Well, i don't have too much more time and i really don't know what else to say.  the food here is amazing. but it's dumb, i've literally eaten 3 times the amount i did at home and i haven't gained a pound! i was hoping to be the size of big buddah by the end of my MTC experience. i'm the strongest in my zone by the way. we get gym time every day and i've shown up all the boys in my zone.  I'm truly a man among boys! ;) haha! Well, you guys stay classy!
Love Elder "The Studliest/ biggest man/ funniest man" Foust! ;)
 The night before leaving the MTC with his good friend Elder Austen George

Thursday, February 7, 2013

January 25, 2013

For Landon's Birthday on January 18th, his mom had sent him a pumpkin pie via MTC Delivery.  Landon isn't a huge cake fan, so she knew this would be fun.  His sister, Shanna, had made oatmeal cookies to include, along with his favorite candies, LICORICE being at the top.

Landon was the last group of English speaking missionaries to spend three weeks in the MTC.  From now on it will only be two.  He wrote a brief note to let us know that his first P-day was not until a week from Friday which was January 25th.

Highlights from his first letter to Aysia. He can't stop talking about how much he loves the MTC. "First day was surprisingly good. It all felt right. It's a feeling that is kind of weird. You would think you'd be super sad, but you're kept busy." "My testimony has grown so much, when you get here you won't know much, but when you leave you'll know a ton and the lord will have you prepared. Honestly, the windows of heaven have been opened. I've received so much personal revelation and it is just amazing."

Highlights from first email:  
MTC is now at full capacity at about 3000 missionaries - June there will be about 7-8000. 
MTC is a lot of study and a lot of class, but it is really neat. I feel like I've learned a ton, but on the other hand I'm surprised at how ahead i was from all of my mission prep classes and personal study.
My companion is cool, he was really depressed the first three days but he got cool.  I ended up telling him that his mission was going to be hell if he kept acting that way. He was mad at me for like an hour but ever since he's been way cool. he played football for Lehi high school. 
All the missionaries at first were like, "has it hit you yet?" personally i think that is the dumbest question i have ever heard in my life.  Of course it has hit me.  I knew what i was signing up for. 
I'm a district leader. The only down side is dealing with the depressed people, but I'm staying patient (except with my comp) but like i said we're cool now. 
it's terrible to say, but i really don't miss you guys. i really don't mind it here and i know it's where I'm supposed to be.  Well, i don't really know what else to say. I'm the best looking, most athletic biggest stud here at the MTC, but that's not a surprise. ;)
 District study group.  Landon is District Leader so he's taking the picture.
Temple Day

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Finally, to the MTC

January, 16, 2013 finally arrived and it was time to enter the MTC.  We were not assigned to be there until 12:45pm.  Landon was up early, had his room vacuumed, his luggage by the door and totally dressed by 9:00am.  We finally left after a game of Five Crowns at 11:00am.
 The whole drop off at the MTC experience lasted about 4 minutes.  It was pull in the driveway, pull up to the assigned curb, unload, take a picture and give mom and dad a hug.
The adventure begins!!  Unbeknownst to Landon, when he walked in the front door, there stood Derek Ford (our neighbor) to give him a hug and greet him.  What a tender mercy and immediate comfort to settle an anxious soul.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Set Apart as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Tuesday, January 15th at 7pm, we gathered at the Stake High Council Room where the Stake Presidency set Landon apart as a missionary and gave him a priesthood blessing.  It was a little noisier than the average meeting as 9 children under 4 attended as well.  Landon wanted his siblings there.

After the setting apart, the family gathered at the Foust House for some more pictures before Trent and Tiona left for Nevada in the morning.