When Zach served in Pilar, he spent a lot of time with the Suarez family. The Suarez family was a huge help to the missionaries. They fed the missionaries at least once a week and Sister Maria did their laundry. The family was also great at fellowshipping investigators.
|The Suarez family & extended family members|
Brother & Sister Suarez are closest to Zach
Nelson is in front of Carrie & Dave
While Zach was still serving in Pilar, they had invited us to help celebrate their son, Nelson’s 9th birthday. When we arrived, there was a typical Paraguayan asado prepared. Asado is barbeque meats and the Suarez family served beef, pork and two kinds of chorizo (sausage). The meal also included sopa Paraguaya (corn bread), mandioca (starchy root) and rice salad with mayonnaise and vegetables in it. All of the food was delicious.
|Rice salad and asado (beef and chorizo)|
|The Suarez, Servín & Snow families with|
Elders Holmgren & Calvert
The family was happy to have us there and we felt honored to be part of the celebration. Zach found out that Nelson wanted missionary items for his birthday, so he gave him a pair of “Elder Snow’s missionary pants and a missionary tie” which Nelson was very happy to receive. Also in attendance at the party was the Servín family, who were baptized while Zach was in Pilar. They are a very sweet and humble family.
|Pedro, Elder Snow & Felicia|
|Dave, Carrie, Elder Snow & Jorge|
We arrived at church and were greeted warmly by the members. Dave and Zach went to the Priesthood meeting and left me to fend for myself in Relief Society. There were just a few of us there and they could not speak English and I have extremely limited Spanish. We waited and waited and I was beginning to wonder if there would be a meeting. Each time a new sister came in they greeted each other and me with besitos (little kisses) given on each cheek, which is how the Paraguayan women greet and part with each other. Finally, 15 or 20 minutes after the hour, the teacher arrived and greeted each sister before beginning the lesson. Even after the lesson began, when other sisters arrived they all greeted each other during the lesson…no sneaking into the back row for them! I could not understand the lesson, but I could tell the sister teaching was a good teacher as she encouraged the participation of all the class members. In Sacrament Meeting, Elder Snow was put to work playing the prelude music and then leading the hymns to taped accompaniment and one hymn a cappella. He was also asked to bear his testimony. I enjoyed being in the meeting where I could feel the love the members have for the gospel and each other, especially knowing how much Zach loves the people in Pilar.
|Dave, Carrie, Elder Snow & the Servín family|
|Pereira family with the Snows|
After church we visited more members in Pilar. Our first stop was at the home of Martina and Gabriela. Gabriela was another convert baptism while Zach was in Pilar. She is only eleven years old and very dedicated. Many times she goes to church on her own and gets there by a 20-25 minute bicycle ride.
|Elder Snow, Martina & Gabriela|
|Lilian, Alan, Elder Snow, Carrie & Dave|
|Elder Snow with the Valenzuela family|
|The Mendoza family|
|Marcos & Mario Mendoza arrived later|