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, August 17, 2010

This is a story from Elder Weaver of North Ogden and his companion Elder Medina who served together in Coatzacoalcos. I will paraphrase the letter which was written in Spanish.

"One afternoon we went out to contact a reference we had been given. A man approached us and said that he wanted to talk with us right now. We went with him to his office. He said that he knew who we were and said that he wanted us to convince him using the Bible. We thought, 'Que chafa' but went ahead and presented him a brief lesson on the apostasy and the Restoration. (Chafa is chaff and the phrase is slang for 'What a waste' and referred to the man, not the Bible.) We told him that everything we teach relates to the Bible. He asked where this Book of Mormon comes from in relation to the Bible. I remembered Ezekiel 37:15-19 and explained this scripture. The man argued about the scripture. His name is Eduardo Juarez Castillo.

"Hno. Eduardo had visited our church. He was offended, however, because one of the missionaries there devalued the Bible. So, we began to reinforce the apostasy but he didn't want to understand. We pushed through the lesson and invited him to pray to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. He said, 'Okay. I'll do it and I hope I get an answer because I really want to know. I really want to be with you because this is one of the best organized churches I have attended.' [Chafa? Maybe not.] We set an appointment for the next day.

"He said that he had received no answer to his prayer. But, he asked us what the steps were to receive baptism and we told him to study the gospel, that this might be a trial of his faith and that he should continue studying and praying. He said that this is not a game to him. We told him to humbly pray sincerely and with intent as described in Moroni 10:3-5. He said, 'I think that I am not humble.' We told him that he should kneel and pray, that his baptism was being prepared for him.

"He did not progress and said that he did not desire baptism. We dropped him for a short time and later returned. We visited him again. For the third time we showed him the movie, 'The Restoration.' Finally, he got it! He said that it was true and that he wanted to join the Church. Then, he told us that the Jehovah's Witnesses require you to read the Bible four times before you can join. He also said that he was one of their pastors and had been so for 14 years. He joined that church 38 years earlier. In the end, he asked us to come back and teach his family."

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