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

We went to an amazing baptism on June 19,a Saturday morning,in Tierra Blanca. The missionaries had found--were referred to--a family of ten, six of baptismal age. A man named Pedro--cool name, huh?-- and his wife were baptized a while back. They went inactive for a period but reactivated and are now very strong. He is the ward mission leader.

Pedro has a little shop on the main highway. He does fiberglass repair. He noticed a man pass by his shop most days and thought he should talk with him about the gospel. He put off the prompting for some time, but finally did it.

The man, a carpenter named Javier, knew of Pedro and thought he didn't like him but had never met him. They talked and Javier felt something inside tell him that he should accept Pedro's offer to go to church with him. He and his wife had been looking for a church and didn't like the TJ's (Testigos de Jehová or Jehovah's Witnesses). So, he went. Then the missionaries were invited in. They taught him and his family.

They were always nervous to go to church because they can't lock up their house, but the missionaries promised them that the Lord would protect their very humble home--no lights and no water, if they would do His will.

After a couple of weeks, they were baptized. The service was incredibly spiritual. The 8 kids were 100% reverent. They also don't know how to read. School is essentially free in Mexico through junior high. After that there is tuition. But, to attend school, the family has to buy uniforms for each student. Javier has barely enough money to provide tortillas y beans. So, the kids have never been to school. But, they loved to sit and hear Book of Mormon stories from the missionaries.

The missionaries are Elders Tryon and Schilhabel who were the gospel teachers, and Elder Hernandez Diaz who interviewed the family for baptism.


McCallisters said...

What a great family!

Linda Doll said...

Wow, those missionaries struck gold when they found this family! Baptismal stories are my favorite and you always have some really good ones!

Clay & Amy Hansen said...

I am so grateful that my family has had the opportunity to learn to read, to receive an education. Talk about a blessing I take for granted - I know how to read!