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, August 5, 2010

At a zone conference in Carlos A Carrillo, Elder Coffin who is from Samoa, surprised Mom with a handmade lei. He made it from plumeria which is common here, and very fragrant. It is the same flowering tree from which leis are made in Hawai'i and the other islands. Elder Coffin came to the mission from Sacramento. He lived there for two years after getting off the plane from Samoa with no English. His English was not much better than his Spanish when he arrived in the mission, but his Samoan is really good. While I was doing interviews, he entertained the zone by ripping open a coconut husk with his bare hands. Then, he karate-chopped the coconut and broke it open saving the milk in the two halves. He also makes something called coconut rice. It is rice cooked in coconut milk with some shredded coconut added in. That I need to try. Elder Decker is his companion and comes from Salt Lake. Elder Coffin taught Elder Decker the haka and they danced it at a ward talent show. Popular missionary, to say the least.


McCallisters said...

I'm imagining Spanish with a Samoan accent. Cool. I love cocunt. I want to try that coconut rice. Spencer will pass.

McCallisters said...

Coconut is spelled: c-o-c-o-n-u-t