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, January 3, 2009

The area around the city Martinez de la Torre is heavily agricultural. They grow bananas and citrus for miles and miles--oranges, mandarins, tangerines, limes, grapefruits, literally thousands of acres. The stake president has a citrus exporting business. The president of the Ejidal Branch sells by the truckload and sells locally. I don't know how much he pays, but he sells for 1 peso per kilo. Some grades sell for 3 to 8 kilos per peso. A peso today is less that 88 cents American. We arrived at the church to meet the missionaries. The branch president heard we were coming and gifted us with three crates of various citrus. That was 90 kilos or roughly 200 pounds. We shared. A problem was the the president needed his crates, so we dumped the fruit into the back of the minivan, ants and all.

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