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

The Sunday before Jane and Spencer came into town, November 15th, we went to church at the Lomas del Mar Ward next door to the temple. We sat near the back so that we could make an easier escape to head to Mexico City. Elder Castro ushered in an older man in who sat in front of us, obviously not a member. His wife joined him a few minutes after the opening song. During the opening song, he stood up to join the singing. Elder Castro made his way over and told him that he did not need to stand. That is when we realized that the man was blind.

I talked with Elder Castro the next day. He said that Elder Collins, the other missionary in the foto, and his previous companion Elder Hugo Garcia Garcia, had taught the man and woman 4 months previously but that they had to leave the area for a while with no fixed return date. The man told Elder Castro that he had felt something special while being taught that first lesson. He reported that while they were gone he prayed every day that when they returned to their home that the missionaries would come by.

The missionaries did come by. They went past the vacant house every two weeks for four months. Finally, the family returned and the missionaries made contact. This was the first Sunday after their return. The blind man told Elder Castro that while the opening hymn was being sung, that he saw angels and that they, too, were singing the hymn. He and his wife were baptized this week. I wonder if those angels will sing in the temple in a year when he and his wife are sealed.

Veracruz Angels

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This post concludes December, 2009.

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