Monday, May 18, 2015

Bautismo De Isabel! And CANNIBALS!

Hola Familia Y Amigos! 

This was an absolutely crazy, hectic, awesome week down in Perú. The highlight, of course, was the baptism of our Investigator, Isabel. She really is the BEST. It has been so fun teaching her, and she has prepared really well to be baptized. I baptized her, and her baptismal service was very powerful. All of the Young Single Adults sang a special musical number, and then after the baptism she gave a testimony that was SO powerful. Everybody felt the Spirit very strong. We went over to her house Sunday morning for a delicious breakfast of Pachamanka. (Traditonal Peruvian dish based on baking with the aid of hot stones, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices.)

       We had a pretty hectic week because we were doing the wedding papers for a family that wants to get married. A process that usually requires a month, my Companion and I managed to do in ONE WEEK. It was crazy, because neither of us knew anything about the process. We had to make a lot of phone calls, and spend a lot of time standing in lines, going to lots of different buildings, and we had to sacrifice 2 P. Day’s in a row to do everything, but in the end we managed to do all the papers in a week. Wow we really saw some miracles on the Lord´s part there.

We had an interesting spiritual experience this week.  When our appointment fell through, we looked up at this house high on the hill, and my Companion and I both felt prompted that somebody in that house needed us RIGHT now  So, not really knowing why, we made the trek up to this house (it was practically the final house up on the hill) and we knocked on the door.  Inside we met a nice family, and a girl named Natalie.  We shared a really powerful message with her and the Spirit was so strong.  She later told us that she felt abandoned by God, but then we knocked on the door.  She left this morning to go to Huancayo to study, but she told us she really wants to be baptized, and she promised us that she would find the missionaries the second she gets to Huancayo.  The moral of the story is, we felt spiritually prompted and we followed the prompting.  Maybe we won’t be able to baptize her, but at least we were able to help one of Heavenly Father’s children in the time of need, that’s what matters most.

On another note, I ate cow lung. They didn’t tell me what it was until after I ate it, but it was tasty, I suppose. It reminded me a lot of the cow stomach I ate a little while back, haha.

Also, I learned this week that there are cannibals in the Jungle’s of Perú. I kid you not. This is 100 percent legit. There are these undiscovered people that have never had contact with the outside world. You can see them on the shore if you are in a boat in the river, but they shoot arrows from the shore to the boat, and if you make your way to the shore you´re done for. AND, some of them are cannibals that actually eat humans. I think I’ll stay in Comas, I feel safer here. Ha ha. 
Well, hope you all have a great week, and thanks for all you do! 

Con Mucho Amor,
Elder Reschke.


Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:

Did you have any miracles this week?
Working on the wedding papers.  So many things went wrong, but we found so many solutions.  We had to go to the center of Lima` with all the witnesses, but one of the witnesses didn’t show up, so guess who the witness was?  Me.  I had a feeling about this, and decided to throw a copy of my passport in my backpack at the last minute just in case.  I know that the Lord helped us countless times with all of this!

So, I don't know how we did it, but Elder Hilario and I TOGETHER, did all the wedding papers, a process that usually requires a month, in a week.  What a crazy week, but I know that the Lord helped us out and finally we did it!

Night view of Comas:
                                                     Elders with night view in Comas:
                                          Dusty shoes of hard working Elders:
                                                                       Fruit bowl:
                                                      Welcome to Isabel's baptism:
                                                                   Isabel's baptism:
                                           Elder Hilario, Isabel, Elder Reschke at baptism:
                                                        At the baptism of Isabel:
                                                              Baptism of Isabel:
                                                  Elder Reschke baptizes Isabel:


  1. You can just see the happiness in everyone's faces!

  2. Cangrats to Isabel! I liked her welcome sign with the Salt Lake Temple! Way cool spiritual experience of the week. Love you Jake! You better not get eaten over creepy!