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

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In the middle of all this, actually earlier in June, we went to Cuichapa. There I had a final interview with this good brother. About 37 years ago he was working in the citrus fields up by Martinez de la Torre. He returned for breakfast to his mother's house where he lived with his "wife," but they were not married. He found his wife in a, shall we say, compromising position with another man. Enraged, he took his machete and hit the man twice. He told me that he wanted to kill both of them, but his mother intervened and told him to leave. He did and never returned. Now, all those years later and a few hundred miles away, he was ready to be baptized. His legal wife and all their children are members. I first interviewed him in December, I think. He has continued in his activity for all that time and for months before. Salt Lake approval was required.

Here he is in the official one-size-fits-all baptismal overalls. The Cuichapa Branch has a nice little house of prayer with a baptismal font built right inside the chapel--just in case someone get the urge, I guess. The missionaries are Elders Hill and Gonzalez Poot.

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