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

Missionaries who are obedient and working hard receive blessings. Such was the case recently with Elders Watts and Yebra. They were hurrying to an appointment one afternoon. A man called out to them and waved them over. They noted that he was smoking a cigarette, but proceeded to "contact" him. He puffed to them that he was already a member. But, he wanted them to take his son home because he was late for something or another, thanked them, and hurried off, leaving ten year old Ernesto with the missionaries. A bit bewildered, they half-ran with Ernesto to his home. As they approached, his mom called out, "Oh! You found the missionaries! Please come in." Then she explained that she and the boy's dad are separated. That is why he didn't bring Ernesto home. But, she said that she was very glad to see the missionaries. She is reactivating and she wanted Ernesto to be baptized, if they could help with that. That thought they might.

We were able to meet Ernesto last Sunday and give him and the elders a ride to stake conference. The reactivating mom didn't have a dress and didn't want to be active that day. Mom had M&M's though, and that made Ernesto very happy during what seemed to me to be a very long conference (12 speakers!).

This is Ernesto and his missionaries a couple of weeks later. The mom came to the baptism but she turned out to be his grandmother. Her son, ¿or might it be another be another grandson?, is serving a mission in Mexico City. We asked her which one. We wanted to send the baptismal photo to him. She thought he was in either the north or south mission, or maybe the west mission. When I mentioned the east mission she said she was not sure but it might be. These are the challenges.

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