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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

We left the offices on a Monday afternoon in plenty of time to make our way to two days of zone conferences in the south of the mission. The plan was that the assistants would work with the zone leaders and we would go to the hotel to work on missionary mail, etc. We were about 1 kilometer from the exit when traffic stopped dead. We could not go forward or backwards. The medians on these freeways are deep and steep. There was no way out. We later learned that the campesinos, or men who work in the fields, were mad at the government about something so they blocked the freeway. A fight broke out which turned into a riot, police against the farmboys. 36 people, including 11 police officers, were hospitalized. Some of the scofflaws were arrested. The traffic flow stopped at about 6 p.m. At 10:30 a.m., that is in the morning, like more than 16 hours later, we moved again. We slept in the minivan with the assistants and mosquitoes. No bathrooms. Very annoying. But, we had plenty of crackers and water. In the morning the ground fog lingered. We brushed our teeth, and went to zone conference only a three hours late. Here we are with Elder Rangel. One of us is slobbering toothpaste.


Linda Doll said...

Wow! I think that is the second time I have read a story similiar to this on your blog! I know each mission has it's "challenges", I am hopeful ours will be of a different nature in Chicago! I love your posts! You always manage to share with balance both the humorous and the spiritual. Hurry up June - we can hardly wait for our turn to begin!

Edgar Alan said...

jajajajajja como no olvidar eso....
Eran como las 6.15 de la tarde.. de un lunes... y de pronto, el tráfico se paró en la carretera Veracruz-Minatitlán... Los mosquitos nos acompañaron esa noche, en medio de gritos de "cafecito cafecito!!! pan!! pan!" Valgamee jajaja Fue tan chistoso!