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, April 25, 2009

Elder Rosales and Elder Gil had an investigator who needed a special interview. We went out to the sticks where they live. The missionaries are in Lerdo, a large and strong branch in the Los Tuxtlas District. The sister lives in a neighboring pueblo, Angel R. Cabada, about 12 km away. We drove to this most humble setting. There are six or seven one-room "apartments" side-by-side in a row, each housing a separate family. Plumbing is out of doors. You can see the laundry-scrubbing basin on the right of the picture. This is very typical in almost all homes in Mexico, except in wealthy areas. Chickens and dogs are in the yard. The chickens are food. The dogs are skinny and in the way. A large mango tree edges into the upper righthand corner of the image. The little tan things are flowers and will self-cull, leaving many mangoes to mature. I interviewed the lady in her home, the door of which is to Elder Rosales' right--one light bulb, a couple of chairs, not clean. They had a fridge, though. I sat on one plastic beer chair and she on the other. The interview was great. She and her 15 year old daughter went to general conference the next day and they loved it! There are members in town who have mini-vans and they pick this family up and take them to church in Lerdo.

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