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

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On July 18, 2008 we had the privilege of driving out of Veracruz to the pueblo El Tejar. The purpose of the drive was to interview 77 year old Augustín Jimenez Garcia for baptism. When he was about 16 years old he shot a man off of his horse with a borrowed pistol. The man died. The man had threatened to kill young Augustín so he decided to kill the other fellow first. After he served two and one-half years in prison, he met with all the members of the dead man's family and apologized to them. That was very dangerous, but he thought it the proper thing to do. For 61 years he has not been able to forgive himself. In January the missionaries found Hno. Augustín. He heard their message and has not missed church. While waiting to prove his worthiness, he introduced the gospel to each of his children and they, along with their children, have joined the Church. The interview took place under a huge, spreading mango tree. The First Presidency gave their approval for his baptism on September 17th. On September 18th he was baptized.

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