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

On Christmas Day, Elders Edgington and Favela who work in Anton Lizardo, prayed. Christmas Day is not a hugely successful day for missionaries. There is lots of focus by both potential converts and members on other things. (New Year's Day here is 100 times worse, maybe a 1000 times worse.) They prayed that they might find a family to teach. They went out to work in the afternoon after a morning of giving service. They saw a couple playing with their little boy across the park. Elder Favela, the junior companion and a missionary with four weeks in the field said, "We have to go talk to them."

The man was a member, not active. His wife, and they were married, was taught by the missionaries over a year before in Catemaco. She was very pregnant at the time. She was told by her doctor that she could not be baptized because immersion in water would hurt the fetus. (Catemaco is that place where all the witch doctors are. True story.) After the baby was born, the family moved to Anton Lizardo. Having heard that story, Elders Edgington and Favela invited them to church and to receive the lessons. They accepted both invitations. Elder Edgington was transferred two weeks later, but the second photo is of the couple standing outside the Veracruz Temple before the sister was baptized in the adjacent stake center.

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