Hey Everyone!!This week was crazy. I was all over the place!! Monday after writing we all went out to the Ruins. They were huge and pretty cool as well. Still not really sure what they were, as far as I can tell it was a Guarani Indian civilization before. We all had a great time running around taking pictures and just enjoying the sites. Tuesday, I did divisions with Elder Quesada for like 3 hours and then we headed to the terminal here in Encarnacion. We had to go to Asuncion, along with around 14 other missionaries in order to do paper work and more visa stuff. I swear it never ends haha. We had a 5 hour bus ride to Asuncion that started at 12:00. I woke up at 4:00am in the morning and asked a guy where we were and he told me we were about 30 miles outside of Encarnacion. Our bus had broken down and we had been stuck in the same spot for 3 hours! It was awful. A 5 hour bus ride turned into 9 long hours on a tiny bus that was not designed for American sized people. We finally got to Asuncion and it turns out that it was transfer day in the Asuncion mission. I actually met friends from Lone Peak High School that I didn't even know were in that mission!! It was so cool to see old friends from before the mission! We headed to Migrations and took care of a couple issues and then got to go and see the temple!! It had been 9 months almost without seeing a Temple. The feelings there were so special and it is definitely something that I miss a ton! We took pictures, walked around the temple grounds (incredibly tiny), and then got to go to the Distribution Center and it was like Christmas morning!! I got a ton of stuff for only 50,000 Guarani (about 10 dollars). We then headed to one of the highlights of the trip... PIZZA HUT!!! They actually had Pizza hut in Asuncion!! It was awesome!! They did some weird stuff to the pizza though. One of them was covered in corn, another had hot dogs on it. Someone needs to teach them how to make a pizza ha. Overall, Asuncion was a blast!! I loved being able to see even more of the world!
Back to reality, we had to do a ton of contacting this week trying to find new people and it was super hard. We work hard all day but we haven't really found anyone that will progress. This week we clapped a guys house and he let us in to talk with him. Right as we had started to talk, his nephew showed up and it just so happens that his nephew is a Pastor for a different church. He sat down and actually knew quite a bit about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, and then he asked if it was ok to call us "Mormons". We said yes and that it was just a nickname. Then he told us he didn't want to call us Mormons because he had Googled what the word "Mormon" meant and then he told us that in Chinese , Mormon means "camino al Infierno". For those of you that don't speak Spanish this guy tried to tell us that Mormon in Chinese meant "Pathway to Hell". I tried not to laugh at this guy. There are some pretty interesting characters here in Paraguay!! I still got 15 months here to meet even more of them!! Bring it on!! I hope everything is going great at home and everyone is safe.
Mom, Dad and fam, I hope that you are loving Powell and I am still a little bitter that I wasn't invited!!
Love you all!!
P.S. If you are looking for some killer scripture study this week, Mosiah 3 or 24 was amazing for me!!