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, January 1, 2009

Manuel Satre Cajina is one of my favorites. He looks much older than his 77 years, doesn't he? When he was 15 or 16 or 17, he doesn't really remember, he killed a man who was going to kill him, shot him off of his horse. He served over two years in prison. When he got out he went and visited all the family of the decedent and asked their forgiveness. Even with that he has not been able to live happily because of guilt, often waking up in the night dreaming of the event. Then, he found the gospel and his life changed. He went to church and lived the commandments for months, as is required is these types of cases. His interview was very difficult because he doesn't hear and has no teeth and is really hard to understand. But, it was easy to feel his conviction and desire. He just wanted to be baptized before he died so that he could find some peace. The First Presidency granted permission and he was baptized on September 17th or 18th, shortly after Mexican Independence Day which is the 16th. His missionaries are Sisters Ramos and Guzman.

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