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

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Okay. This one is a little different, but we think it is both entertaining and speaks volumes about some of the worst of the conditions our missionaries live in. Elder Edgington (Nibley, UT) and Elder Hunter (Riverton, UT) were companions in Cuichapa which is way south in the mission, almost to the State of Chiapas. They are posing in their bathroom. This bathroom has a flush toilet. All our missionaries have that luxury. But, there is running water only a couple of hours each day, mid-morning and after they have left to go to work. The elders need to shower daily. That is a must in this tropical climate. So, they leave the shower turned on and aimed at a large 50 gallon barrel and it partially fills up. They are standing by the barrel, almost ready to jump in. In the morning, they lather up, and then rinse off. Clean and ready for the day, they go off to work.

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