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, February 20, 2010

We talk often of beautiful Santiago Tuxtlas. The first two pictures are the Catholic Church and the town square.

In the town square, and underneath a covering, is an original Olmec Head. It was found behind the famous Cerro Vigía, Watchtower Hill which is in the background, at a place called Tres Zapotes. (Three Zapotes: A zapote is a tree which can grow to 25 meters, 82.0209 feet, in height. The fruit of the zapote is a large berry 5-10 cm, 2-4 inches, in diameter and looks like a tomato. At maturity the color is yellowish-green, the pulp maroon, with an aroma y texture simliar to chocolate pudding. That is what Wikipedia says.)

This Olmec Head is the largest ever found. It is about 10 feet tall. It is unique from the others. The eyes are closed and the nostrils are flat, the lips without life. Experts suggest that it is a monument to a deceased ruler. The other heads look quite alive. The Olmec did not worship these basalt-carved statues, rather they were carved to honor their leaders. The Olmec date to a time between the Jaredites and the Mulekites. Anthroplogists worldwide say that the Olmec are the first civilization on the Western Hemisphere.

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