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

We sent missionaries to the tiny town, Misantla, at the request of the stake president Hurtado, the citrus exporter. Since missionaries were pulled from Misantla 18 months ago, the branch has dwindled. We sent experienced Elder Rodriguez M and new missionary Elder Carter (Bakersfield, CA--Dodger fan, 49er fan, Cougar fan--a trifecta). They worked very hard with lots of hope, many broken promises, never stopping. They raised the branch attedance from about 10 to over 40 in 2 months. Finally, in the third month they baptized this young man and have had several others since. Elders Rojas, Carter, and Rodriguez sang a special number at the side of the Rio Misantla. In the other picture you see that a large number of the branch and the young man's entire family came out for the Thursday afternoon baptismal service. The three men on the left are the branch presidency. The first lady on the left is the branch president's wife and early morning seminary teacher. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Hi, I served in this area in 2001 and wanted to contact the branch president. He was the first member in Misantla and there had only been members there for about 8 months before I was sent to that area. We baptized some of his relatives. If you have any of their email or address could you email it to me. Sincerely,
Jason Brown