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

Just to the north and east of Temazcal and Chalapa Caracol is the pueblito, Chichicazapa. The Rio Tonto runs alongside. From the bridge we watched people swimming, bathing (all lathered up with their bathing suits on), and doing their laundry. They call it the Rio Tonto because tonto means dumb. There are spots in the river where the surface is calm and the undercurrents are vicious. A few people drown in the Rio Tonto each year. You are tonto if you swim without knowing the river. The entire village and surrounding villages use this spot for laundry. The women walk to it with huge bags of clothing balanced on their heads. We are pretty sure that they use bio-degradable detergent.

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