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

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

We ran down to La Venta, Tabasco on our way to zone conference in Coatzacoalcos. I needed to talk with the branch president about assigning missionaries there. His eyes filled with tears as we discussed the option. It has been over 6 years since they last had missionaries there. The time is now. As we left, we stopped at the convenience store for drinks and chips. Elder Collins and Ricks stand outside. You guessed it. The store is owned by a member of the Church.

Then we got to the freeway. Villahermosa is the headquarters of the new mission and is about 90 minutes, we think, to either the left or right. Problem--we were headed to Coatza and there was no sign indicating which way to go. So that is the direction we went. Villahermosa is actually to the left. You can get there by going right but you would have to cross the Pacific and several other oceans and a few random continents. We really aren't authorized to go quite that far out of the mission.

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