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

Friday, January 2, 2009

This is the Bravo Family. They live in the pueblito Chalapa Caracol in the State of Oaxaca. It is near the peublo, Temazcal, a Mazeteco (not Spanish) word which translates into Spanish baño de vapores or steam bath. There is a reason for that name. The climate in this part of Mexico is just that. It is a jungle area with lots of humidity, lots of heat, lots of mosquitos, and great people. Everyone in the pictures are members now. Another daughter was at school. There is not enough money to send the other girl to school. Their dad died in about May leaving them with essentially nothing. They receive some money from a brother who lives a couple of hours away and has a job. The oldest graduated a a few years ago. They have chickens and turkeys to eat, and raise a few vegetables. Bananas grow wild in the area. They joined the Church one at a time, the mom being baptized last. She had to give up her leanings toward the Virgin of Guadalupe and a couple of other idols. They all speak Spanish except the mom who speaks Mazeteco, a local ancient dialect. We fell in love with this wonderful, smiling family. You read about the baptism of the mom in an earlier post.

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