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, May 15, 2010

The following is a series of photos giving you a glimpse of missionary life in the Veracruz Mission. What you will see is fairly typical of other missions in Mexico, as well, especially those areas which are out of the cities and well into the sticks. This is Temazcal, a Mazeteco word which translates baño de vapores or steam bath. Mazeteco is a dialect which about 50% of the pueblo speaks. The missionaries teach in Spanish but like to play around with a few Mazeteco words. The town is well-named as it describes the climate.

Elder Valle from Nampa, Idaho and his companion Elder Rosales are two fine missionaries. They are about an hour bus ride from any other missionary. Only the most trustworthy missionaries can serve in remote areas. Here they stand in front of the front door of the property where they live.

This is the OSHA non-approved pathway alongside the landlord's house.

Most people cook with wood. Electricity is too expensive. They also use LP Gas, but wood is free. This area is the landlord's.

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