Friday, March 29, 2013

Memorial and More

Hi there, sorry but its a bit of a hodgepodge of things we have to share. First off we have pictures from the Memorial. It was held in a big theater that the brothers rented. We don't have many pictures because we had a bit of fiasco getting there. Our taxi driver didn't know where to go and we spent almost half an hour driving around and almost didn't make it on time. We were able to barely squeak in with a couple minutes to spare.

It was a really pretty theater, huge too!

The attendance for our hall was 207! We were pretty impressed by the crowd but the brothers here were expecting more. That night there was a big rain storm and the weather was terrible so they think that prevented a lot of people from being able to come. It still seemed pretty packed to us and there were other congregations in Sucre attending in different locations or at different times that had plenty of visitors too. We hope some of the people we invited were able to come! (we had to leave right away since another congregation was scheduled right after us so we aren't sure if calls were there or not).
We were pretty soaked but we made it! (I did take a bit of a fall on the wet floors and everyone had a good laugh about that!)

Here are some pictures from service this week. It was further out of the city than most of our territory which means lots of dogs and climbing dirt paths but the views from the top of the hills are beautiful.

                          Just some of what we climb to get to doors, a lot different from Pullman.

This is a pioneer couple in our hall. They talk to everyone, everywhere-on the streets, people working, children, everyone we pass!

 This is the house one of Elena's studies. Her house is the blue door and for work she sells food in the little store next door. I don't remember what they are called but they are made of fried bread filled with veggies and meat and pretty delicious!
 From what we could tell of the description, we think this is a huge bee with fangs instead of a stinger-yikes!

We also went to our first Bolivian party. It was a going  away party for a couple in our old congregation (Jimmy and Kilet who helped us the very first day we arrived) who are coming back to the states.
They are serious about their cake, there was a ton and it was delicious, complete with dulce de leche!

Here is the dance floor, of course no Bolivian party is complete without dancing. We have videos but I can't get them to load so we will have to share them later. Everyone dances though, especially the older sisters, its really cute. They also had some young brothers and sisters do some traditional dances and some brothers performed music (I wish I could show you the videos!).

                                             Here are some of the dancers in their costumes.

And this is a little brother and sister from our congregation, Hector and "Nena." They are so cute!!

Well that's about all I can think of to share for now. We can't believe we have less than a month left, its going so quickly! Hasta luego for now.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Our dear sister Prima had us over to teach us how to make our beloved Saltenas. We have a super loose recipe because she is amazing and basically can eyeball all the measurements.
 Flavorless gelatin and eggs. The gelatin is prepared before and sets on the side and you hard boil the eggs while making the masa.
 To start with we have a kilo of white flour (She had to find some other flour that she had stashed away. We bought 'intregal' flour which means it has every piece of the wheat in it--WRONG. It is the kind they use in their bread. But it explains why their bread is a little funky)
Also 3 big spoon fulls of sugar and a bit of turmeric for color
 Prima throwing in a giant blob of butter into the bowl
Then you mix it by hand until the butter is all broken up into the flour. 
 Add some boiling salt water
 Mix mix mix
 You mix/knead by hand until your arms hurt and then you keep going for another 5 minutes until it is 'duro' or hard
 This is how you measure a ball of the masa- you squeeze it with your hand and the part that doesnt fall back in the bowl you roll. Elise was freaking out about how that wasnt an accurate measuring tool

 Prima helping Elise. She said the dough should only make 30 balls and no more-- we ended up with 34. Uh-oh
 Rolling them out into pancakes
Prima's on the left, Elise's on the right
 Filling- Chicken, hard boiled eggs, and green olives
Chicken in the middle, olive on one side and egg on the other. Then you dip your finger in water and put water around the edge of the circle. 
The next step is super tricky and I don't really have a good picture of it (we were too focused on not getting it wrong). But what you do it you fold it like a hotdog and squeeze just the ends shut which creates a pocket.

 Then you put a scoop of the filling in. This part is prepared the night  before- it has oil, onion, red chilis (but they're not spicy), cubed potatoes, peas, garlic, oregano, parsley, chicken broth with flavorless gelatin, salt, and sugar. Then it sits and becomes pretty solid so it doesn't spill everywhere when you are making the saltenas the next day.
Then you pinch the ends shut and create this braid around the top. It is pretty hard to do but we kind of got it. Although, Prima's are so much more superior to ours.
 Some are prettier than others... but pretty good for the first time!!
 Her special oven
Ta daaaa!!! All done!! And the braided part always comes out darker-- in case anyone wanted to mock our burnt food

On another note I promised Billie that I'd put a picture up of our accident regarding a spider.
 Just our window on the ground outside..
 Good shoe sized hole
 Dead spider
We have yet to actually get rid of the dead body, just shut the window so we don't have to look at it.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 yearbook- you heard it here first

That is a super humble title thanks to Jake...

We just thought we'd share some pictures from service. We've been having some good experiences with the tract work and we are having a lot of fun.

 This is the other congregation's board for auxiliary pioneers

Our congregation put up little worker bees for their special, regular, and auxiliary pioneers
 San Martin- one of our territories
 Service equipment: Camera, Bible and folder, purse, and UMBRELLA. Not because it rains, to fight of dogs (it happens) and to bang on doors.
 Micros (buses) dont make a circuit here, they just drop you off in a random barrio and park.
 Sometimes we pause service to wait for a protest to pass.... Dont worry please
 About 20+ people in service just walking down the street in a long disorderly line. Talking to one another, standing in the big group constantly, pointing everywhere... (Imagine anything that would make Germaine twitch in service...)
 Super crowded street by the market. You can see people hanging out of the micro. This is what it looks like when classes get out around noon
 Imagine the hills around the Snake River were populated. That is Sucre. 
And there is no river by the way
 Steep hills that we walk up that are super littered. Everyone (including witnesses) just throw their trash wherever they want.

 Sisters talking to women for the tract work. 
See the blanket on the woman's back? Usually it has a kid in it. I wonder how many fall out...
 Stairs. Imagine climbing them with 9k feet elevation
Steep hill. Preaching away


Our service group went for saltenas after door to door. There were 16 of us. Pretty adorable.

Got to run to meeting!!! Bye and loves :)