Happy Holiday Everyone!
One of the homes we went to on Christmas invited an investigator over. Her name is Maxine. She is the awesome. I love her so much. We went to the WDC visitors center with her and she is 93 years old and is probably more spry than I am (she says the trick is that she has never swallowed a pill in her life. She took like 50 minutes looking at all the nativities from around the world. which is the coolest little setup. But anyway, Maxine isn't super interested in converting to Mormonism, but she is wonderful. she has such an amazing view on life. She has literally been EVERYWHERE in the world, and she tells us that the most important things in the world are 1) God 2) Family and friends 3) seeing this beautiful earth. I was obsessed. We listened to her talk about Crime in Rome, the oceans in Greece, the mountains in South Dakota, the rich art in Santa Fe, the beauty in Africa. so inspiring. I love her to death. she told us she wants us to stop by and talk to her sometime. So we are going to do that. She always takes my face in her old hands and tells me she is proud of me for helping people find God. I love her so much!
Our old district leader call us on Saturday night and he told us one of his investigators getting BAPTIZED tomorrow and he wanted Sis B to play the piano and me to sing. ( We aren't even in his district and he asked us. We felt honored.) except PLOT TWIST. I had to sing the song in ESPANOL because he is a Spanish missionary in the Spanish branch. Senor, te necesito is what I sang and it was actually really cool. No one made fun of my Spanish:)
something really really cool happened last night. First thing you should know: Sister Bartschi is DEATHLY afraid of snakes. Like, worse than my mother and spiders. You can't even talk about them without her getting nervous. Kind of like Heidi and mice. anyway, last night we went to a Less Actives home who we had never met before and she opened the door and we practically walked into a ZOO. the first thing was this really excited black Lab,not sure how I felt about it because dogs are the worst when you're on a mission (I'm sure I'll love them again when I'm not a missionary.) but she also had two ADORABLE kittens who I fell in love with right away. I was waliing in, talking to Rose and asking her how her Christmas was, when I felt Sis B freeze behind me. To the left of us was this huge tank with a BOA CONSTRICTOR in it. I looked at her face and it was pale. I almost said "maybe we should go.." but then Rose was like. "Oh no! Don't be scared! Lucy is absolutely harmless." and then I decided to be a brat and I asked, "can I hold her?" and Rose was like "Absolutely!" and Sister Bartschi screamed and ran to the other end of the apartment and I got to hold a SNAKE. It was so awesome. It could not have been more friendly. I dared Sis B to touch it and she did and then screamed really loud. But the snake and I were buddies, he was wrapped around my arm, just chillin. It was so funny. We stayed there for an hour or so until she finally got up the courage to hold it. She did!! I'm so proud of her!
I want everyone to think and ponder this quote. It is really awesome and powerful. It is by Henry B Eyring-
"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
The dye has been cast.
I have stepped over the line.
The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I won't look back, let up, slow down, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I'm finished and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tainted visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits or popularity.
I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk with patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, and my goal is Heaven.
My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear!
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, or let up, until I have stayed up stored up, and paid up of the cause of Christ.
I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till I know, and work till He stops me.
And when He returns for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me.
My banner will be clear"
We really feel stuck with all of our investigators. We don't know what to do. We will continue to work hard to find new people to teach. Anyways, I had an amazing Christmas, and it was all thanks to the wonderful ward here, and all those back home who are so good to me. I love you all deeply and I miss you. Be safe and be kind.