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

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I interviewed a man named Vincente for baptism. It was a long interview mainly because he vented about his family situation. His wife hated him. He hated her. They fought constantly. Lately, they were fighting about religion. He loved the teachings of the missionaries. She hated the thought, although she was not active in any religion. He wanted to bring her and the children to church. She refused. She would not listen to the sister missionaries nor would she allow their children to do so. He told me that he didn't care. He was determined to be baptized to save his own soul and work on hers as he could. I told him to be patient, kind, not to engage in battles, and especially not fight over this stuff. The Lord would not want them to contend.

Months passed. We would receive pictures of Vincente in white baptizing for the sister missionaries in his ward. I saw him at various church functions, always alone. At the bautizona baptismal service, which was held inside a chapel, Vincente was the first speaker. He bore a strong testimony. Sitting beside him in the congregation was a woman whom I assumed to be his wife. She did not smile. I was glad that she had come and hoped that she could feel something, that this would be a beginning. In the baptismal foto you can find Vincente. He is the tall guy, about the fifth from the left, moustache, smiling with teeth. In front of him is his wife, and their two kids, the girl the boy. He baptized them all in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the bautizona. The missionaries are Sisters Cua from the Yucatan and Castellanos from Mexico City.

He was patient. She started coming to activities, grouchy in the beginning, but she slowly warmed. After time, she listened to the sisters, prayed, and desired baptism. They are very active and are working toward a temple sealing.

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