Monday, September 28, 2015

Guinea Pig Sharks.

Hola Familia Y Amigos,

  This was a fantastic week for us.   Last P. Day was fun. We went back to the Chacra( the farm) and the family made authentic Peruvian Pachamanca A La Tierra. Remember? That is when they put the pork and the chicken in the ground with all the veggies and bury it and cook it. There was a little twist this time...they put bananas in the hole as well. Probably the best cooked bananas I have had. It was cool because they did it legit and covered the whole thing with real banana leaves before burying it. It was a tasty Pachamanca, and we had a fun afternoon exploring the dried river bed.

  Wednesday, we had a good service project, and went to Manuel’s house and cleaned out the spare room and painted and prepared his tiendita (little store) so that he can be more self sufficient. He is super excited for his store. We were able to teach Angelito, a cool 12 year old kid, who has been coming to church for a really long time, and is going to get baptized.

    Saturday, we had the task of creating an invention to heat up the water of the baptismal font. There were two explosions, flames, and we melted a good extension cord. We weren’t able heat up the whole font, however, gracias to our creative minds, 8 meters of iron wire, and a whole lot of electrical tape, we managed to heat up a whole bucket of water:)

     We are super happy, because our converts Ingrid and Joselyn have finished reading the Book of Mormon, and now they have two Ward callings each. I don’t know if it is possible to be more converted than that! They also started watching every General Conference, beginning in 1994, when Ingrid was born. How cool is that? 

Today I am in charge of planning P. Day, so we are doing a Beach Day.  It was my idea to do a Beach Day.  Because we can’t go to the beach, we are going to bring the beach to us. You can’t enter without sandals, and we are going to do Limbo, beach volleyball, “*Escape from the Shark”, tropical smoothies, and watch a Disney movie about a tropical beach,  and we bought a flower lei for every person. Should be a fun time. 

Please pray for all of the people we are teaching, so that they can truly become converted unto the Lord. 

Love you all so much, and I am so grateful for all the amazing experiences that I am having. The time passes too rapidly, but I am enjoying and making the most of each and every moment. Have a great week.

Sending love to The Shire, 
Elder Reschke. 

*P.S. Our game "Escape from the Shark" means we bought a Cuy (guinea pig) for five bucks and made it a shark costume, and we are going to make  a circle and let it loose and the first person it "attacks" has to leave the game. Should be a fun time. 

Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:

Why are you in charge of P. Day?
I thought it would be fun to do something other than the normal P. Day so they put me in charge of planning an AWESOME P. Day of the whole Zone.
The Beach Day was my idea because I wanted to do something memorable.

Did you hear the news of Elder Richard G. Scott passing away?
Yes I heard about Elder Scott.  Sad!  He was awesome.

What is the season you are going into.  Do the leaves fall off the trees there?
It’s Spring, and the leaves here never fall off the trees.

What is the miracle of the week?
Miracle of the week is that we were able to put up Manuel’s 
tinenda (little store).

Scripture of the week?
Ether 12:6 “And now I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."

                                                    There are parts of Peru that are green:
                                                Preparing the Peruvian Pachamanca:
                        The Pachamanca cooking with corn, bananas and banana leaves on top:
                               Pachamanca all wrapped up in banana leaves with spices on top:
                                                   Uncovering the Pachamanca:
                                                         The Pachamanca was very tasty:
                                                        So much good food, ready to eat:
                                                        Beautiful Peruvian countryside:
                                                          Pachamanca ready to eat:
                                                      Green countryside of Peru:
                                       My first peanut butter and jelly sandwich in over a year:
                                                Our homemade electric water heater:
                      Arroz con Pollo (Chicken and rice dish; traditionally, it is flavored with
                        cilantro, chili pepper and orange juice. It's fruity and spicy):  So good:
 Papa a la Huancaina (boiled yellow potatoes in a spicy, creamy sauce) one of my favorites:
                                                         The Guinea Pig Shark:
                                        Peruvian tie with the BYU logo. How cool is that?


  1. Cool post! That looks like a nice tie but it would look even better if it were red with a "U" on it"

  2. That poor guinea pig! I hope they don't eat him afterwards! I

  3. I fully agree with John! I want to try some guinea pig.