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

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Elder Roberts of the SLC area and Elder Lopez work in Xalapa. The picture is of a true convert whom they recently baptized. This is the story. A few months ago this young lady, who is an attorney, was taught by missionaries in Papantla. It didn't take. She kept and read the Book of Mormon, however. After time, she had completed the book. She prayed about it and about the truth of the gospel. The Lord answered her prayer. She knew it was true and desired a baptism. She now lived in Xalapa.

After having received an answer to her sincere prayer, she immediately set out to find a chapel and missionaries to help her. It was general conference Sunday. Church was held in only one chapel that day in this city of 500,000. There are four LDS chapels. The stake center, where the broadcast was received by satellite, is the one most difficult to find. It is not near any main road. She found it. She sat through conference and then spoke to missionaries explaining her situation and testimony. Of the 14 missionaries attending the conference, she spoke to Elderes Roberts and Lopez, the missionaries assigned to the ward where she lives. She was happily, as you can see, baptized a couple of weeks later.

Miracles happen.