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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This man is a Totonaca. The Totonaca are an indigenous Mesoamerican people who ranged from the famous ruin city of El Tajin downcoast toward Veracruz at Zempoala, another ancient city. They flourished in the coastal Veracruz from 300 A.D. until 1519 A.D. when Hernán Cortés landed near Veracruz, wooed them, and conquered the entire region into and beyond current-day Mexico City. The Totonaca remain as a group after all those centuries and are easily identified by their white linens and straw hats. The Totonaca are also the interesting voladores of our current day, the "flyers" who descend by a single rope from a 30-meter pole pleading favors from the rain gods. That is discussed in an earlier post. This Totonaca man waits for his bus early on a Saturday morning in Papantla.

Oops! Missed it.

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