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

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bro. Camarillo is a wonder. He was 100% active the whole time, gave talks in church, and was called as the young men president. Sis. Camarillo started coming to an occassional activity. But the women in the branch bugged her about getting baptized, so she backed off. Then, she decided that she couldn't get baptized because they would talk about her. She was right, of course, that they would talk about her. But, she suddenly became very active, going to services and acitivties with her husband and taking they boys with her. Then, one night 15 or so days ago, she was at Relief Society activity. She swore the women to secrecy, not to talk. Now, that was a gamble! She said that she had decided to be baptized and that she would announce her decision in church on Sunday! But, one of the sisters broke the oath and told the elders who called the district leader, who called the zone leader, who called the assistants, one of whom was the aforementioned Elder Collins, who called me. But, we didn't tell anyone. She announced in church as was planned. She wanted to get baptized at the same beach where her husband was baptized. No one cared. Water is water. And the water in the gulf is probably both warmer and cleaner than the water in the font.

Wednesday we met at the beach. A member has a little shack of a house a couple hundred yards off the beach. There, Sister Camarillo and her three boys changed into whites. So did her husband who was to perform the ordinances on his entire family and the two missionaries, Elder Dunn from Louisburg, Kansas and Elder Gonzalez Ochoa.

Before the baptism, I interviewed her again. I asked, "Why now?" She said that she had always wanted to do this, but just had to work through some personal stuff. She knew it was right and that now is the time. I told her that I have thought of her dreams a million times. I asked why she had chosen that her husband should baptize them. She said, "Well, because about 20 days ago I had another dream."

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