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, April 24, 2009

This photo show Mom with Elders Ostler from Eagle Mountain (Lehi), UT and Elder Olvera. The little lady is 94 year old Delfina Salcedo Reyes. Two other missionaries were contacting and found a lady named Clementina Guadalupe, 58. She was baptized after a few weeks by Elders Ostler and Olvera. After her baptism, the missionaries were back giving more lessons. They saw her mother, Delfina, in the back of the house and invited her to join them. She did so and took very quickly to the message of the Restored Gospel. Her granddaughter, Susana age 38, also began lessons. In about three weeks granda and granddaughter were baptized.

Before the service, the missionaries were taking the traditional pre-baptism photos. After they were done, Hna. Delfina, who doesn't see well, walked closer to this painting of the First Vision. She touched it with her hands and began to weep, her tears coursing silently down her cheeks. Such is the testimony of this sweet grandmother. How stong are her feelings about the Restoration! Reverently and respectfully, Elder Olvera snapped the second picture.

Renewed, after her baptism she handed her cane to her daughter and said, "I don't need this anymore" and walked all the way home.

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