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, May 29, 2011

The picture is of Elder Apaza, a Bolivian, and Elder Coffin who is a Samoan. They had been teaching the family of the man in the back. His daughter had been baptized. His wife was ready, but wanted to be baptized with him. The problem was that he really did not want to listen with his heart. One day the wife called the missionaries. She asked them to meet her at the hospital. Her husband had suffered a stroke. When they arrived they found him completely paralyzed on one side. The doctors had told the family not to expect the man to walk again and if he could it would be at least a year before they should expect any change.

The young elders offered the man a blessing. He agreed. They explained to him the sacred nature of what they were about to do and the power of the Melchizedek Priesthood. He asked that the blessing might proceed.

The man was anointed with consecrated oil by Elder Coffin. The blessing was sealed by Elder Apaza. He was promised that he would heal and walk. The next day he did so. Now, he listened to the missionaries with a sincere interest. He walked into the baptismal font. His arm is not completely healed, but the miracle happened.

Elder Apaza is almost 19 years old and comes from a totally inactive family. His prayer is that because of his faithful service that his family will reactivate themselves and those who are not members will listen to the missionaries. Elder Coffin is a member for two years plus a little and came here speaking very little English, but talking often of his "faif in Jesus Christ." Faif is his favorite American word, I think.

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