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, November 25, 2010

As we wound up our farewell tour in the south of the mission, we stopped on the freeway near Isla. These men are harvesting pineapple. They are paid 120 pesos, or about $9.00 American, for a full day of 12-14 hours work. They must bring their own water to drink and lunch to eat. If they have worked hard enough, if the load is heavy enough, the get a bonus of 80 pesos or another $6.00 a day. Now you know why so many Mexicans migrate the the United States to labor for minimum wage. Behind them you can see a grass-covered pyramid. On the left of it is a wall and on both sides are mounds. They probably date back to the Olmecs. Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Our very last stop was a baptismal service in Lerdo. The grandma wa baptized with her grandchildren. Their mom wanted to be baptized but has a real hard time getting to church because of her work. The missionaries are Elders Brandt, Valancia, and Christlieb. We will truly miss these missionaries and the stakes and the Los Tuxtlas District when the go to the Villahermosa Mission.

1 comment:

Clay & Amy Hansen said...

$.75 an hour. That sure makes my "slow" months in business look pretty good.