Elder Zachary Snow

Elder Zachary Snow

Monday, August 20, 2012

Day 6 in Paraguay - August 14, 2012

On Tuesday morning we went to the temple in Asunción.  It is not one of the larger temples but just as beautiful and peaceful.  It is always so amazing to drive though the hustle and bustle of city traffic and then enter the doors of a temple and feel the peace and spirit there.  What a blessing that temple is for the people of Paraguay.
Asunción, Paraguay Temple

Dave wasn't sure why I was taking this picture considering
 we had been to Iguazú Falls.

Flowers on temple grounds
The flag of Paraguay flying on the temple grounds.

Happy to be at the temple in Asunción!

We ate lunch across the street from the temple and we all had a lomito Árabe.  A lomito Árabe is a burrito that is filled with beef and chicken that has been cooked on a rotisserie, cabbage, tomatoes, and a garlic sauce, and then warmed on a grill press.  Very delicious!
Elder Snow enjoying his lomito Árabe.

Rotisserie where beef and chicken is cooked for the lomito Árabe.

Press where the lomito Árabe is warmed and browned on grill.

After lunch we had several unsuccessful attempts to sightsee in Asunción: some botanical gardens and natural history museum (power was out in museum), the Museo de Barro, or as Zach called it the mud museum (closed for the day) and a church there called La Iglesia Santísima Trinidad (also closed). 
La Iglesia Santísima Trinidad

We finally had success at the Panteón de los Héroes, a memorial to some of the heroes of Paraguay.
Panteón de los Héroes

 Inside of Panteón de los Héroes

  Inside of the Panteón de los Héroes

Nearby was an open market, so we did a little more souvenir shopping.  I had hoped to find a nativity set for my souvenir and I was very excited to find one carved out of wood which is native to the Chaco region in the north part of Paraguay.
My nativity carved from wood that comes from the Chaco region.

Zach wanted to get a soccer jersey from the Paraguay team and a Paraguayan flag that were a little more official than what the street vendors were selling, so we went to a mall.  The mall was perhaps not as big as a mall in the states but very similar with many of the same stores.

That evening we visited with Eduardo, a young man who was baptized in the first area Zach served in called Ybaté.   Eduardo has a very cheerful personality and has learned to speak English.  He is strong in the church and he baptized his sister.  He will be a great missionary.  Eduardo has been following The Elder Zach Files blog for a long time and it was so great to meet him and his mother!
Snows with Eduardo
Before we returned to the hotel we stopped at the home of Betty and Luis.  Betty is another of the faithful and sweet sisters in Paraguay who regularly feeds the missionaries.
Visiting with Betty and Luis
What a good day we had!

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