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

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We were at a Meet the New President conference in Martinez de la Torre. Like everyone else in the Republic of Mexico, we parked left side to the curb when we pulled up the chapel. We were about done. The assistants ran out to the van to get some treats with Mom. A nice local police officer was taking the plates of the mission minivan. I guess that it was my turn to bribe the locals. They ran in to get me. I tried to talk to the officer, but all he would say was $300 pesos. And the municipal office closes in less than 30 minutes and it is really hard to explain how to get there. He had totally removed the plates. So, I gave him the registration to the van. I was not about to give him $300 pesos (about $23.88 American). He read the regristration which says La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias. He looked at it and said, "¡Híjole! What am I going to do with this?" That translates very loosely, "Dang!" or "Son of a gun!" He handed me the plates and sped off on his motorcycle. In the meantime the assistants, bored by watching me get arrested, walked across the street try to convince the lady behind the white fence to join the Church. She didn't, but it was a very typical move by these two great missionaries who are always on the job.

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