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

Friday, December 25, 2009

One of the first things we heard about when we came here on June 27, 2008 was a huge youth conference which was in the makings. After thirteen months, it became a reality. Youth aged 12-18 all gathered in Veracruz. The leadership ratio was 1:10. The kids had to be active and not be in a relationship. They had to be active and commit to be good. They stayed in hotels on the beach. The conference hosted almost 1500 youth. It was an insane undertaking. One of the main events was called the Cultural Event. The governor of the state attended and opened the event with his comments. In that evening of almost 4 hours, all the stakes and the district presented traditional folk dances. The quality was amazing. The people are very proud of their traditions, and many dance. As you look at the fotos, remember that no one is over 18.

1 comment:

Linda Doll said...

Wow! That must have been a HUGE undertaking to involve 1500 youth. The chaperoning alone on that could be a nightmare! The photos of these youth make them look like professionals. Hopefully seeing the sheer numbers of youth who have the same beliefs and values will do much to strengthen them. Merry Christmas to you both! - The Dolls -