Free resources about the Paraguay Asuncion North Mission:
Aquí están algunos recursos gratuitos sobre la Misión Paraguay Asunción Norte:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
*Other Mission Pages: Paraguay Asuncion Mission.
Asuncion North Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Asuncion North Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Mission President: President Michael J. Evans
Asuncion North Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Paraguay Asuncion North Mission. To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Asuncion North Mission:
Videos with Asuncion North RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Asuncion North Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
Asuncion North Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of Latter-day Saint missionary blogs for the Asuncion North Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Asuncion North Mission Groups
Here are Asuncion North Mission Groups- for missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Asuncion North Mission.
- Paraguay Asuncion North Mission Group (1,036 members)
- Asuncion Norte President Anderson 2001-04 Group (287 members)
- Paraguay Asuncion North Mission / Sparks Era Group (6 members)
- Exmisioneros Paraguay Asuncion North Group (5 members)
Asuncion North Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Paraguay Asuncion North Mission!
Asuncion North Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Asuncion North Mission.
- 2016-2019, Michael J. Evans
- 2013-2016, Garn H. McMullin
- 2010-2013, Horacio Madariaga
- 2007-2010, Terry L. Wade
- 2004-2007, James W. Weipert
- 2001-2004, Vaughn R. Anderson
- 1998-2001, LaVorn Sparks
- 1995-1998, Robert Whetten
Paraguay LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 88,755
- Missions: 2
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 136
- Family History Centers: 18
Helpful Articles about Paraguay
Asuncion North Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Paraguay Asuncion North RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- July 2010-July 2012 (Adan)
- 2010-2012 (Chris)
- 2001-2003 (Nic)
- 2002-2004 (Josh)
- 1999-2001 (Michael)
- 2007-2009 (Jason)
- 2010-2012 (Ty)
- 2004-2006 (Paul)
Which areas did you serve in?
What were some favorite foods?
- Lomito árabe, Chipa Guazu, vori vori; empanadas de jamón y queso, napolitana, Americana. (Adan)
- Empenadas, chipa, Milanesa napolitana, and Milanesa in general. (Chris)
- Mbejú. Chipa. (Nic)
- Chipa guasu, mandioka. (Josh)
- Mandioca, asado, cabeza de vaca. (Michael)
- Noquis, Mandioca Frita, churizo. (Jason)
- Mandioka. Chorizo. Mate Dulce. (Ty)
What was a funny experience?
- A guy once gave us a ride on his produce cart and one of the wheels popped off and the cart tipped over and all the lettuce heads and mandioca spilled all over the road. (Adan)
- Tons of drunk people stories. I loved telling people my first name was Earl because it’s near to impossible to pronounce it in Spanish. (Chris)
- Tracking for long hours in the hot sun. (Nic)
- When my companion offended a beefy evangelical pastor who was about to beat him up and I had to step in and separate him. (Michael)
- When I was teaching the Plan of Salvation to a group of children and we acted it out like a play. Funny yet spiritual at the same time 🙂 (Jason)
What was a crazy experience?
- When we had to get on the bus super late because we were helping the Sisters get to the health clinic. We were headed back and the driver pulled over and told everyone to get off the bus. We then we’re told all of the buses were on strike from then on. (Adan)
- I was pretty safe for the most part. No thefts, hold ups, mugging, or pick pocketing. Granted I’m 6’1″ and 200 lbs, which is extremely large for Paraguay. But the most dangerous part was one day near Brazil there was a shoot out 100 meters parallel to where I was at. (Chris)
- Getting a knife pulled on my companion in the middle of the dark jungle. (Nic)
- Being out at night tracting on New Year’s Eve. Lots of gunfire. (Michael)
- When I was District Leader and the senior companion I was leader over tried to kill me. (Jason)
- Had a gun and knives pulled on me in Tajy. Was mugged twice and robbed once in Limpio. (Ty)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Teaching a young guy and pregnant girlfriend. She was opposed to praying and we always left their home with a kneeling prayer. We finally asked her to pray and reluctantly she did. The Spirit came strongly and I asked if she felt it. She did. (Adan)
- For me to recollect on, and something I won’t share here because of its sacred nature. But the mission in general is very spiritual. (Chris)
- Sharing testimony of Joseph Smith. (Nic)
- Towards the end of my mission, we were out street contacting and I looked down a street trying to decide where to go. One building stood out to me (almost like it was in clear focus and everything around it was blurry), I knew we had to go there and the whole family was baptized a few weeks later. (Michael)
- The people are amazing. Though they are from a completely different culture and background, you find ways to connect with them through the spirit and to create lasting friendships. (Ty)
What are some interesting facts about the Asuncion North Mission?
- Most people have Spanish, German, and native ancestry. The streets are all named after important dates and people from the last two centuries. (Adan)
- 80 percent of the people speak a portion of the native language, Guarani. While most are not fluent in it, they mainly mix it with Spanish. (Chris)
- Paraguay is one of the two poorest countries in South America, but it is consistently voted as the happiest or one of the happiest countries in the world. (Michael)
- The Chaco River looks like chocolate milk from the air. They will eat cat and dog. They speak 3 languages there. Spanish, Guarani, and a mix called Jopara. You can grow almost anything in Paraguay, their land and soil is very fertile They have signs that Prohibit Urination in certain areas. They have pizza’s with hot dogs and corn. (Jason)
What was the weather like?
- Rainy in the late summer. Cool and humid in the winter. The summer is also humid and the sun intense. (Adan)
- Hot! Or as they say in Guarani: Haku! Hot and rainy…which I loved. I came home to Utah at the end of August, and first day back, went to my brother’s football game. I was freezing! Had to wear a hoodie and be wrapped in a blanket. It was like 80 degrees. (Chris)
- Hot and humid. Then cold and humid. Nothing in between. (Nic)
- Very hot. (Josh)
- Hot and hotter, although you’d be surprised how cold a mild winter is when you are outside all day and none of the buildings have any insulation or central heat. (Michael)
- HOT! Humid, rains all the time, and when its not raining the sky is a very bright clear blue. (Jason)
- HOT. Hotter than you can imagine it being for 9 months of the year. And quite cold the other 3 months. When I served, on a number of occasions it got down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Which doesn’t seem cold. But when your home has no insulation , heater or glass on the windows that can be quite bone-chilling. Take a warm coat, you’ll be grateful. (Ty)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- All very friendly and there were very few people who disliked us openly. We were always defended if people were bad mouthing us in any way. (Adan)
- Their openness and kindness. Very loving country and people. (Chris)
- The are very friendly. (Nic)
- People were very loving and humble. (Josh)
- The people were so nice and generally very optimistic. Most had very little but made do with what they had just fine. (Michael)
- I loved how humble and inviting they were. How they were always willing to at least hear what you had to say and were not threatening about it. I loved how they’re in the jungle and its like exploring while you serve. You really have to look around. (Jason)
- Chipa! Guarani is amazing, learn Spanish first then devote some time to Guarani. It comes surprisingly easy and the people will love you for it! (Ty)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Quality socks and shoes. Don’t over pack as it will all get left behind anyway. Pack one all weather suit (Zone Conferences), pack a beanie. (Adan)
- Bring good shoes. Four pairs of Eccos I would say is the average. Umbrella is worthless because they are heavy and a pain to keep track of. Good socks. (Chris)
- Waterproof boots/shoes. (Nic)
- Trench coats don’t get much use. Bring many pairs of shoes. (Michael)
- SOCKS!!!! Bring extra double layered socks!! and really make them last! That and shoes, get double-stitched, durable shoes. (Jason)
- Again. Take a warm water proof coat. A good umbrella. Extra socks…the ones there are no good. And buy a sombrero piri when you get there for the summer months. (Ty)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Learn how to live with someone and cooperate. Family has everything they need, able to speak a language so as to reach people’s heart. (Adan)
- Everything. (Chris)
- Bringing others to Christ. Strengthening families. (Nic)
- Rarely does a day go by that I don’t reflect on the mission and the blessings that it has brought to me and my family. (Michael)
- I received many spiritual blessings. Also a great work ethic of hard work and perseverance. The mission is not for the weak of heart. My health improved immensely while I was there. (Jason)
- Not to stress too much and to have a good time. Don’t get so caught up trying to keep the rules and teach that you forget to have fun. (Ty)
What are some skills you gained?
- Speak Spanish. Plan. Budget. Keep things clean. (Adan)
- Spanish of course. I have a minor in Spanish now, and I got that in my first year of school. I also have a talent for reading people’s body language and what they will do. (Chris)
- Being able to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. (Michael)
- Frugality with water and electricity. (You don’t always have it.) Endurance. Patience. The ability to listen to doctrinal knowledge and understanding leadership abilities. (Jason)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- Spoke better Spanish. Knew what Guaraní was going to be like and hear it spoken from non Mission Training Center people. (Adan)
- You won’t baptize as much as people tell you and You aspire to do. Concentrate on finding people who are going to progress. Just because they let you in, doesn’t mean anything. I wouldn’t try to get into a house during a contact but find out if they are prepared for the gospel. (Chris)
- Guaraní is easy to learn. (Nic)
- I wish I wasn’t so concerned about how long the mission seemed like it would be at the start and just tried to enjoy every day and learn and do as much as possible. (Michael)
- How to listen (to the Spirit and to others). Truly the main thing I wish I had known at the beginning was how to follow and understand the Spirit’s promptings. (Jason)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Asuncion North?
- Be open minded, don’t be a picky eater, remember to be respectful, and don’t be casual when it comes to hand shakes (don’t pound and slap), be ready to work hard and not be lazy even if your comp is. Don’t be a macanero (disobedient). (Adan)
- Love it, work hard because the mission goes by fast. You have the rest of your life to live in the states. So for 2 years, love life in Paraguay. (Chris)
- Forget yourself and go to work. (Michael)
- Doubts are the cusp of conversion. Listen to their doubts and treat them seriously as if they were your own doubts. Come to know the person you’re teaching not as a friend, but as a brother or sister…as family. Then act as if they were family and share all you can to help them. Let them see your good works to glorify God. (Jason)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Mistook desnudar (to undress) for estornudar (to sneeze). Mi hermana se desnudó muchas veces en una sola vez… (Adan)
- I probably had a few but none stand out. (Chris
- It’s kind of gross and sophomoric but my companion thought that the Guarani word for butt hole was actually the Guarani word for butt. So, when offered a small chair he said he couldn’t sit in it because his butt hole was too big. (Michael)
- In my second change, there was a word for fun (divertirse). There was a 16 year old girl we were teaching that was going on a date one night after we were teaching and so I asked her (van a divertirse) which I thought meant “Your going to have some fun” apparently it means something different that would require a lesson about The Law of Chastity. Better to say Van a salir juntos 😉 Which means to go out. (Jason)
- I once told a family (right after I had arrived) that Adam and Eve ate little children. (Ty)