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, October 24, 2009

Everywhere we go, Mom talks to people. This lady was selling volovanes and other pastries from the tray on her head while her husband walked beside her. They had a nice discussion. Had it been earlier in the day we would have bought some volovanes from her, but we get leery as the heat comes up. Volovanes are a layer of pastry, layers of tomato-based salsa and then some kind of meat like meat, for example, or chicken or shrimp. Then there is another layer of pastry on top. Some are filled with pineapple. We really like the shrimp and chicken ones, but not at midday in the sun.

We were in Hidalgotitlán 10 July 2009. We asked the lady who tended the papeleria, paper store, to take our picture. This group of missionaries may be the first in Hidalgotitlán. Some may have passed through. We have heard of members nearby. There are some in San Cristobal and El Roble which are 30 minutes away. But, the stake president says that missionaries have never been assigned. The missionaries are Elders Reidhead from Arizona, Blanco, Sierra, Carmack from New Jersey, Barrio, Stake President Rojas, Elder Ficiur from Canada, and the bishop and his counselor from the Hidalgo Ward in Minatitlán.

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