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 8, 2011

Remember? On the First of July our mission was divided. Five stakes and our beloved Los Tuxtlas District were used to form the northern half of the new Villahermosa Mission. On September 6th, Mom and I were in Mérida at a Mission President's Seminar. We walked into the dinner on the first evening and Elder Octaviano Tenorio, counselor to the Mexico Area President, immediately approached me. He privately and quietly asked if I would be willing to receive Los Tuxtlas back into the Veracruz Mission. I almost yelped with joy! That meant yes.

A few minutes later, Elder Benjamin De Hoyos asked me the same question. Within 5 minutes, Elder Daniel Johnson, the Area President grabbed me and signaled over his two counselors and Pres. Nicolas Castañeda, president of the Villahermosa Mission. We stood in front of the buffet table. Everyone else was feasting so we didn't even have to talk softly. Elder Johnson asked if we two were willing to apply for a change of mission boundaries. I asked that Pres. Castañeda speak first and he said that it would be a good idea. I then began to do cartwheels and handsprings.

Mom and I could talk with no one about this until it was approved by SLC. It is a process. In the second week of November, Elder Tenorio called and told me that the boundary revision was a go. I picked team of very good missionaries to go to Los Tuxtlas. We called our old friends there, the district president and others, and we arranged a meeting for Thursday, November 18th.

The local members in the foto are, Hno. Cruz standing by me, 1st Counselor to the District President Moguel on the end, and kneeling left to right, Hna. Camacho, Jardín Branch President Camacho, 2nd DP Counselor Josué Vazquez, Dist. Pres. Hector Hernandez, RM Chagala.

We loaded up everyone's luggage in a huge panel van, crammed bodies into the two mission vans, and put overflow missionaries on the bus headed south. We met, prayed, sang, introduced, shared testimonies, handed off cell phones, and got missionaries to their apartments. Then they went to work.

The missionaries are Elderes Goodworth, Linares, Gonzalez Ochoa, Schilhabel, Clutter, Amador, Courtright, Moro, Castillo, Rider, Moa, Butterfield, Gunther, Ricks, Dominguez, De La Rosa, Canseco, and Sisters Flores and Carrillo.

1 comment:

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