Elder Zachary Snow

Elder Zachary Snow

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Day 5 in Paraguay - August 13, 2012

We packed our suitcases once again to travel back to Asunción.  Before we left, though, Zach wanted to see the inside of the basilica in Pilar that he had passed many times while in Pilar.  There were some beautiful stained glass windows and on the entrance doors there were wood carvings depicting the life of Christ.
Basilica in Pilar
Basilica in Pilar
Main altar in basilica

Beautiful stained glass window above entrance doors

One of stained glass windows on side of basilica

Some of the wood carvings on
main entrace doors to basilica in Pilar
A quick stop and photo op at the Rio Paraguay and we were on our way.  We planned to stop at a Jesuit museum in San Ignacio, but arrived during el medio día (middle of the day).  Many businesses close then because that is when many families have their large meal.
Standing on shore of Rio Paraguay.
Argentina in on the other side of the river.

We passed through the town of Yaguarón and stopped to see the oldest church building in Paraguay.  It was started in 1640 by Franciscan monks and took 40 years to complete.
Oldest church in Paraguay in city of  Yaguarón

We arrived in Asunción during the evening traffic and checked in at the Hotel Yacht y Golf Club.  Does anyone want to guess why we picked this hotel?  The hotel was very nice with a view of the Rio Paraguay.
Hotel we stayed at in Asunción
View from hotel room window

View from hotel room window

Checking out the sand
After we dropped our luggage off in our room, we went to visit with some people from the third area that Zach served in, a suburb of Asunción, called Puerto Pabla.  First we met with Jorge and Betty, long time investigators who are looking forward to being baptized next month and being sealed in the temple next year.  Their seven year old son, Moises, loves watching church movies and could sing all of the words to “How Great Thou Art” at a very young age.  Betty kept bringing out gift after gift for us and then fed us hot dogs and Pulp, a Paraguayan soda.  Betty showed us all around her yard and the trees and flowers she had planted.  They had a chicken coop behind their house and their very large chickens were sleeping in a tree…wish I had my camera for that one!
Betty, Jorge, Moises and Betty's nephew with Elder Snow,
Carrie & Dave
We also made a visit to Nelson who was baptized while Zach served in Puerto Pabla.  While there the elders now serving in the area arrived to visit with Nelson.
Carrie, Dave and Elder Snow with Nelson
Another great day in Paraguay!

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