Monday, September 14, 2015

Mis Primeros Plantanos Fritos (My First Fried Plantains.)

Hola Querido Familia Y Amigos, 

This was a good week for us here in Año Nuevo. For P. Day last week, we had a fun time at Plaza Norte, and ate lunch at Chili’s. 

I bought an electric burner (which is like the scariest thing in the world when plugged in), a frying pan, and a spatula, and a pot to cook stuff in the room. Now we can do eggs, and fried bananas for breakfast:) Wow,  sometimes I feel like I’m turning into a Peruvian. (That’s a good thing.)

We taught a really powerful lesson to Marcos. We decided that we have been teaching him long enough, and it’s time to focus on baptism. We taught him a way cool lesson, and he accepted the baptismal invitation for Saturday, the 19th of September. We also taught a good lesson to Mia, and she accepted the baptismal invitation for the same day. We are super excited for them, because they are progressing really well.

Nothing overly exciting happened this week, but it was a pretty chill week of teaching the Investigators, and we are excited for their baptism coming up. 

So we visited Manuel this week, and he was super super sick. His sickness is kind of taking a toll, so we gave him a blessing, and he felt so much peace after. He really has so much faith, and trusts so much that our Heavenly Father will watch out for him. Please keep him in your prayers everybody! 

Thanks for everything you guys do, and I love you all so much.  Stay tuned for the next episode of "The Adventures of the Gringo in Peru.”

Much Love,
Elder Reschke

P.S. Cultural Note of the week:   Motos, which are the little three wheeled motorcycle things are pretty much a way of life now. They are only found in Peru and India. I think it would be fun to buy one some day after my mission and ship it to Salt Lake! I could even Cougar it out and carry people around the BYU campus:)

Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:

What was the miracle of the week?
The miracle is that Manuel was able to find peace.

What was the scripture of the week?
Alma 31:5:  “And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.”

Do you have any pictures on the walls in your apartment?
Yes, we have two pictures of Christ and one of the temple.

What are you doing for your P. Day today?
We are heading off to Centro de Lima to the historical districts and museums.  Should be fun.

How is your Spanish?
It’s getting better and better. I can now pretty much say anything I want and understand everything.  But I don’t want to stop there.  I want to become an EXPERT of Spanish, so I practice every day.

You have been in Peru for over a year now, how do you feel about Peru?
Is that even a question?  I’m starting to kind of feel like a Peruvian that’s for sure.  I can just about count to a hundred in Quechua now, and people say I  speak Quechua well; it’s the language of the Incas!  
Peru is always going to have a special place in my heart.  I love the Peruvian people with all my heart, and they are some of my best friends.  I am so glad to share the Gospel with them. 

                                                                          Up in the hills:
                                                               The homes we visit:
                                                             Looking over the city:
                                                               A path up in the hills:
                                           My first fried bananas!  They were quite tasty:

                               Our apartment.  It is on the second floor and we even have a balcony:
                                                      The hallway in our apartment:
                   Our bedroom.  Ha ha. I can't kneel by my bed for prayers, so I have to kneel on top of it:
                                                                    Our apartment "closet":
                                                         Bathroom in our apartment:
                                                                    Record keeping:
                                         The garbage truck that passes by every Thursday:
                           Note from Elder Reschke's Mom: Not sure what this says.
                                I will have to ask Elder Reschke in my next email.
                                             Anyone who knows Spanish want to tell us?
               This medal is a Guiness World Record Medal for the "World's Fastest Hair Styler."
                            Yes she lives in Peru, and yes she gives us lunch every Sunday:


  1. Nice post! Those bananas look pretty good! I think I know what that says on the wall but I need to confirm it!

  2. That writing on the wall says. "Please do not urinate on the wall. You would not want it done to yours."