Actually, it is not for 1000 days. It is just that 3 years times 365 days plus June 27 through June 30, 2008 equals 1098 days, and that is way too cumbersome to convert into a blog headline. Futhermore, our release date will not be determined until May or June of 2011. Therefore, 1000 Days sounded just about right, more or less. Having noted all that, we are humbled and thrilled (Pres. Uchtdorf would refer to the feeling as "joyfully overwhelmed") about having this marvelous opportunity to serve in La Mision Mexico Veracruz.

Con amor,
Pdte. y Hna. Pete and JoElla Hansen

Sunday, November 30, 2008

In the 1500's Hernan Cortez came from Spain to Mexico and robbed Mexico of its gold. He conquered Montezuma and took the gold back to Spain where it decorates various churches and other buildings today. He came into Mexico from the Gulf and journeyed a very short distance up a river which may be the Rio Paso de Ovejas. He landed and established his first of several settlements in Mexico at this spot which is called La Antigua. The cannon was one of his and the jungle-covered walls are part of his hacienda. La Antigua is only 10 or so miles north of Veracruz.

The second photo is of a Marimba Band playing in a small open air restaurant on the banks of the river.

Finally, a favorite missionary companion in the Veracruz Mission waiting for her lunch of breaded shrimp. She has not yet requested a transfer of the president. Good news . . .

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