Hola Familia Y Amigos!
This was a good week for us here in Lima. For P. Day last week we went to the center of Lima to the Plaza De Armas. We all split up to go eat lunch. The rest of the missionaries went to go eat in McDonalds. Elder Ramirez, Elder Condori, and I were headed to go find some pizza, but then this dude jumped out of nowhere and said, "Come follow me to this really cool restaurant!" So we followed him, and he took us in one of the old buildings to the fourth floor and there was this awesome private balcony restaurant with a panoramic view of the Plaza De Armas and the Catederal de Lima. We had a tasty lunch of Lomo Saltado (popular traditional Peruvian dish, a stir fry that typically combines marinated strips of beef steak with onions, tomatoes, and other ingredients, served with fried potato slices and rice), with a fancy Avocado salad and fresh passion fruit juice. It was super tasty and WAY better than McDonalds. Afterwards I bought my Peruvian Chuyo (hat), a case for my Panpipes, and a Nativity Scene to send home. It was a solid P. Day.
This was a good week for us. We had a bunch of fun contacts. One guy had a dramatic story of the Great Earthquake of 1970. We taught a solid lesson of the Plan of Salvation to the Familia O____, and we also had some good experiences preparing our Investigators Marcos and Mia for their baptisms.
Saturday was the baptism of Marcos. It was a very spiritual experience for us, and very rewarding. We met Marcos our first week together, and have been teaching him ever since. He needed about two months to receive his answer, but finally received it and was baptized on Saturday. We are super excited for him, and I know he will have a great conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. One more soul is one step closer to eternal happiness. And I am absolutely honored for the opportunity to share this gospel of Jesus Christ, something that is so dear in my heart.
Love you all so much, and have a fantastic week!
Today for P. Day we are heading back to the farm, and the family is going to make Pachamanca A La Tierra (typical dish of Peru, prepared by cooking in the heat of stones, meat and vegetables that are seasoned), that meat that they cook in the ground. It should be super tasty. I am going to stay away from the hammock this time. I don’t want to have to sew my pants again.
P.S. The Church is True!
P.S.S. A family in my area is bringing in from the jungle turtle eggs, suri (live worms) and possibly monkey to eat. Should be a feast.
Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:
What is your scripture of the week?
The story in Acts where Philip and the eunuch are in a carriage and the eunuch sees water and wants to be baptized, and Phillip knows that he believes in Jesus Christ, so they stop the carriage, and he gets baptized!
What is the miracle of the week?
The miracle is that Marcos finally entered the waters of Baptism!
You mention the panpipes, tell me about them?
It’s a typical Peruvian instrument. (Google it.) I think it’s my new favorite instrument. Down here it’s called a Zampoña. The music is super cool, and I think am getting better at it. I can play a few hymns!
Do you ever get a chance to play the piano?
Yes, there is a piano in the chapel!
Elder Reschke and Elder Ramirez at the city center:
City center of Lima: