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

This is a letter which Hna. Flores from Mexico City wrote with the attached photo.
"We have had grand miracles this week. We are applying the phrase 'Have faith even if it is late!!!' We have worked for a long time with Juan and Dina, I think since the beginning of the mission. We have left behind many people, nevertheless, there has been a strong feeling to not drop them, and it was for a great reason. Juan has a great testimony but also sometimes doubts his answers and he wanted to ask and ask if it was true!!! Even up until 2 days before his baptism he kept on doubting and his mom also, however, both had a lot of faith. Finally, Saturday came, Juan's baptismal day!!! Now Dina, his mom, didn't want to be baptized until the 27th. So, we went to pick him up and his mom began to ask a lot of questions about baptismal clothing, but my companion and I did not imagine what would happen. We arrived at the church and got Juan ready and Dina said to us, 'If I want to be baptized now, can I do it?? We said, ?Yes hermana!" She said, 'That's good because I brought my baptismal clothing!!!' WOOOOOOW¡¡¡¡¡ My companion and I were very happy and she [Dina] immediately talked with the zone leader in an interview. The thing which impressed us the most was that we asked her, 'Why hermana, why did you decide to do this?' She said, 'Because of faith.' Such simple yet powerful words, 'Because of faith.' I am so very happy. The best part is that exactly one week earlier my companion was praying before we went to sleep and she said, 'We thank Thee for letting us see Juan y Dina dressed in white.' [We are teaching our missionaries to work with the 'eye of faith' as described in Ether and Alma, to see their investigators dressed in baptismal white and in temple white.] After the prayer I said to her, 'Hermana, how did you know? I, too, saw them dressed in white,' and we wept together. We didn't know how, but we knew that they would be baptized. And it happened!"

There are beautiful miracles in spite of tribulation which happens in our lives. IT IS WORTH IT!

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