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

These two Olmec heads are different, one from the other. The first, at a small museum in the pueblito Tres Zapotes (a zapote is a large football-shaped fruit), is an image of a live ruler. His eyes are open, his nostrils are flared, his lips and other features are full and vibrant. The second, in the town square at Santiago, is of a dead ruler. His eyes are closed and his nostrils are flat as are his lips and other features. The Olmec did not worship these statues. These are not representations of gods. Rather, they are sculpted to honor their leaders. The second Olmec head is the largest ever found and is about 5 meters tall. Twenty-two of these were found near Tres Zapotes in the plain on the west side of and near to the Hill Vigía. It is said to be the crucible of civilzation in Mexico.

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