Hola Familia Y Amigos,
Hope you all had a fantastic General Conference and Easter. It was a pretty solid week for us. For P-Day, the whole Zone went to Chili´s! I had a rather delicious blue cheese bacon burger. After, we were at the store, and I found the cookies that changed my life. Cookies and Cream flavored Oreos. Do they have those in the USA? It's like an Oreo within an Oreo, and they are amazing.
It was a pretty good week of lessons, we found a lot of new people to teach who seem fairly interested in our message. There is one man who we have been teaching that is totally ready to be baptized. They just have to get married first...no problem:)
English Class round two on Wednesday, which went well. After the lesson, we were learning some fruits, like "watermelon, pineapple, and avocado" haha.
The General Conference was fantastic. On Saturday morning, we went to pick up our Investigator, and he brought us down from the cerros (hills) in his old school auto. They talked a lot about marriage and the importance of family during that session, which was perfect for two people that are preparing to take that step in life. Between sessions, the Stake President took all the missionaries to Chinese Food, and I had some amazing fried rice. I think the Peruvians cook fried rice better than they do in Asia. (Lo siento, (I’m sorry) Elder Poffenberger). We really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to watch ALL the sessions of Conference, and Priesthood that night was great. I really liked President Eyring and President Monson’s talks on the duties and responsibilities of a Priesthood holder. Sunday morning session, the Stake Center was PACKED and we had to watch the session in an overflow room.
Between sessions, Hermana B. cooked lunch for us, EXACTLY what I asked for: Chicharron with Rice, Onion Lime salad, spicy cocona salsa and cocona juice to drink. It was fantastic. Oh and fried camote (sweet potato) on the side.
We enjoyed the final session of Conference, and then we taught a few more lessons to finish off the day. A good lesson to this cool family that we met. An older woman and her son. She is from Cusco, and speaks Quechua, and seems pretty excited about our message. She has already been to church two times. Then we taught another family about Joseph Smith, and it was an awesome lesson.
Well that's about all that's new down here in Lima. I wanted to bear my testimony to all of you this Easter season about Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. I know with all my heart that he gave his life for us, so that we can be free, and be better people every day that passes. I know that he was resurrected three days later, and now he lives, and if we let him into our lives, we will be able to see his hand guiding us and directing day by day. Jesus Christ works miracles in our lives EVERY DAY. Never forget it. Love you all so much.
Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:
What was Easter like in Peru?
The big thing here isn’t really Easter, although they did sell Easter candy at Metro. The big thing is La Semana Santa which means the Holy Week. Saturday was this holiday called Feriado which is basically the culmination of La Semana Santa.
Are you getting any mail?
I do enjoy the “dearelder” letters. But I think it would be cool to get a real letter through the mail sometime…that would be fun.
Can you tell me how you found your new Converts, William and Isabel?
We were just walking down the street and Isabel was struggling, trying to untangle a hose. So we jumped up and started to help her and she was all like, "No, don't worry about it, I can do it, it's fine" but we helped her anyway, an then introduced ourselves and set up an appointment. When we went to the appointment, her husband William was there too. They LOVE kids, and so they were glad to have some younger people in their house. We did service for them the next week and carried a bunch of sand for them, and then from there, the rest is history.
How is you camera working out?
Fine. I have one full SD card full of pictures and another half full of pictures. If I need more SD cards, I can probably get them down here.
Somebody snatched one of the Elder’s camera in the Internet place last week.
Did you understand General Conference in Spanish? Did you see where Elder Uchtdorf spoke in German by mistake?
Yeah, I understood the conference in Spanish..it was great. I liked the guys that gave their talks in Spanish….it was nice to listen to the real thing and not a Spanish translation. I was laughing about President Uchtdorf.
Do you ever see any Elders you knew from before?
Yes I have seen Elder Potter a couple of times. And, Elder Osborn is in my Zone, which is fun. Also Elder Clawson who was in my District in the CCM, is in my Zone, so that’s kinda fun.
What are you studying during your scripture study?
The other day during y scripture study, the wheels in my mind got turning and I drew a whole bubble map of all the peoples of The Book of Mormon…like who split off from who and who escaped from what people to join with other people, etc. It’s pretty interesting stuff to learn. Question from Elder Reschke: What is your favorite book of scripture from the Old Testament and why?
P. Day lunch with the Zone at Chili's"
Chicharron (Chicken boiled with seasonings and spices till no water remains, and then fried. It is served with red onion and lime juice) with Rice, Onion Lime salad, spicy cocona (bright orange berry, the size of a large avocado with an intensely acidic flavor, comes from the Amazon jungle) salsa and cocona juice to drink. It was fantastic. Oh and fried camote (sweet potato) on the side:
Feeding the Elders: