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, February 21, 2009

Elder Carter, ready to baptize, sits on a rock and sings the opening song. The service was held under the trees on the riverbank and was actually a very unique and moving experience. The girl standing next to Elder Carter is 17. Her 13 year old sister never misses church and bears her testimony of the Restoration every chance she gets. However, she also goes to the Catholic church on Sunday nights. She likes the images. Her sister to her left is 15. The next sister is 22 and attends university in Xalapa, the capital city of the State of Veracruz. The mom stands by Elder Rodriguez. She wants to be baptized, but her husband (to whom she is not married) objects. It is interesting that he signed permission slips for his daughters, but prevents his common-law wife from progressing.

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