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, September 13, 2009

Sorry the first picture is fuzzy. Someone moved the camera. We picked up the generation of 15 June 2009 at the airport. As is the custom we went to the mission home to feed them breakfast. Afterwards, before we head to the office to begin their training, we sing "Brillan Rayos de Clemencia" or "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy," the designated mission hymn. It talks about the lighthouse. Veracruz is famous for its lighthouses on the many small islands offshore. The most famous is the big one on the Isla de Sacrificios, Island of Sacrifices. As we explain to the new missionaries, that is where we take disobedient missionaries and hang them from the lighthouse by their own ties. Some laugh. Some sit very quietly not knowing what to think. The second foto is of the new missionaries with their trainers: Elders Blanco, Meza, Taylor, Gonzalez, Tobler, Hnas. Cua y Vergara, Elders Luna, Moyar, Sanvicente, Kerns, Villagomez, Melchor, y Barrio.

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