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 11, 2010

We were leaving the mesa and saw a campesino, field laborer, riding his old bike up the dirt road which ascends the mesa. We stopped him and asked if he knew where any artifacts were. At first he played dumb, but as we talked he seemed to trust us and led us to the big altar slab and to this.

Why in the world this artifact is still in the wild is almost a much of a mystery as what it really is. Obviously it is a very large disk of stone. It is corroded, or better stated, it is oxidized. Look closely and you can see lines and carvings--designs of some kind. Click to enlarge.

The man standing by Elder Collins is our campesino friend. His family has run cows on this land for many years. His grandmother showed him this disk when he was a child. He sayes that beneath the oxidation it is jade. You can see a greenish color in the area which the elders rubbed off a little bit. Value? Who knows? Incredible. He showed us a couple of other interesting artifacts as well and mentioned that he knows where one of those big stone balls is, just sitting out in the field. We feel very fortunate to have seen these things. We suspect that very few have.

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