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

Thursday, June 10, 2010

On a Saturday we took the office elders on an adventure to a remote archaeologocal site called San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán. It is way out there, south of Acayucan and Oluta in that narrowest area of Mexico in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán is one of the four major Olmec site which have been discovered. The other are La Venta, Tres Zapotes, and Laguna de los Cerros. It was a gamble. We did not know what we would find. Whoa! What a find it was!

In the small museum in the very, very small town there were some great artifacts. There were pieces of aqueduct.

There was a spherical stone which is about three feet high. One of these also sits in one of the quads on the BYU campus. There it is labeled "Pre-Colombian Ball." No one has figured out the purpose of these huge spheres cut from stone.

There was an interesting cat and human figure. The human, which the label in the museum said was a mythical Olmec, seems to be descending head down from above. You will have to click on the picture to make it big enough to see the human figure. He is wearing a loincloth, a bird hat, and is carrying a scroll. The feline's eyes are large discs and its eyeteeth are enlarged and curved. The sign said that the meaning of the carving is unknown.

The Olmec head is in nearly perfect condition. It is 1.80 meters (5.9 feet) tall and weighs over 8 tons.

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