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, September 26, 2009

You'll love this one. When the phone rings at 5 a.m., it is never good news. But, I answered it, anyway. Elder Bradshaw, Oxnard CA, and Elder Godfrey, somewhere in Draper, UT, are about two hours out of Veracruz in a small town called Piedras Negras. Elder Bradshaw was sharply awakened by a stinging stab in one of his fingers. He turned on the light to find a 2" long scorpion. Yuck, huh? So, I told him to stick his hand in ice water, take a couple of Tylenol, and I would call the doc. I hated to wake Dr. Brunt at 0500, but oh well. Misery loves company. He was sent to a clinic. There is not a real hospital in this little town. They woke up the night attendant who laughed and them and said that scorpoins aren't poisonous and that he didn't have any anti-venom anyhow. He then asked the elders why they were up so late, wondering aloud if they were drunk. Elder Bradshaw talks in both languages like he is drunk. They hadn't been drinking. They went home to bed, but haven't been able to really sleep all week. The locals tell them that scorpions travel in pairs so they are freaked out. Scorpions travel in pairs and mate for life? Not. Some varieties, similar to black widows, mate for the life of one. Then, the female kills the male and cannibalizes him. I told the missionaries they travel in herds.


Linda Doll said...

Yep, it was pure inspiration that we are here in Chicago and NOT in Mexico! I don't do bugs. We have these annoying moths that multiply at an amazing rate in our garage. That is challenge enough for me! Way to keep your sense of humor President!

Jenibelle said...

Look I found you!!!!!!! Funny story and you're mean Presidente!