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, November 14, 2009

I had a baptismal interview with this wonderful man, Martín Jaime Guevarra de Castillo. He lives a couple of blocks away from the Estación Chapel in Xalapa. For years, he told me, the people on his street would say, "Here come the Mormons" and he would hide not answering the door when they knocked--kinda like I do when the TJ's (Testigos de Jehová) knock on our door. Kinda exactly like that.

A few months ago he noticed people coming out of the church. They were clean, happy, smiling, families, and he wondered why. He wife drank too much. They were struggling because of that. He would take her out of the house on Sundays to watch people leave the church. He would say, "Look. Why can't we be happy like they are?" They had discussions about these things, but their family problems got worse.

When the missionaries came by the next time, he let them in. His wife hid upstairs. They began to share with him a brief message of the Restoration. He became very excited and asked his wife to come down. Hestitating, she did.

He asked the missionaries to tell her everything that he had heard. They did. She started to cry. The missionaries asked if she was okay, if there were something they could do for her. She said that she was fine, but that she had never felt anything like this before in her life. She said that she had a drinking problem and now knew that she would never drink again in her life. That was all in the first visit. She begged them to return. They did. The family of four was baptized on 18 July 2009. A month later, Bro. Martín baptized his 20 year old son, rescuing him from the streets.

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