Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 19, 2009

It´s good to hear from you. Everything is going great in Argentina. We had two rainy days this week which makes the streets in my area an adventure to walk on, but it also slowed our work as many people stayed inside. I had my first baptism this past Saturday and it was great. Rocio has a good testimony and a good spirit. It was a great experience for me and I look forward to more. Actually we do have another baptism planned this Saturday as well. Veronica is the person getting baptized. This past week was amazing with the first baptism and other spiritual experiences. On Friday I had my first divisions. We did divisions with the zone leaders, Elder Singleton and Elder Chehda. I did divisions with Elder Singleton and we stayed in his area. Something interesting about Elder Singleton, he was born in Las Vegas but moved to Wyoming after a year old. We are interested to know if you happen to know any Singletons? Elder Singleton and I had a pretty legit day you could say. Everyone we stopped and shared our message with was very interested and we set up many return appointments. We also had many appointments with investigators which went very well. After ending one appointment and walking to the next, Elder Singleton and I were talking and getting to know each other a little more. As we were walking I saw this lady sweeping her porch and I thought we should stop and talk to her. I told Elder Singleton and he agreed. As we came closer to the house she went behind another building sweeping and we were not able to see her. I don’t know why but I really wanted to talk to her. We both thought she wouldn’t come back out. As we came up to the house she came back out. I immediately contacted her and we began to talk. After getting to know each other she let us in her gate and we shared a message of the restoration with her. The spirit was strong and we challenged her to pray to know for herself the truth of our message. She accepted. We also challenged her to say the closing prayer, and after some moments of silence and some hesitation in her voice she again accepted. As she prayed the spirit was strong and after she concluded we looked at her with smiles on our faces. It was the kind of smile you get when you hear someone say their first prayer. As we looked at her we saw tears running down her face and we knew she had received her answer right there. I was so grateful for that experience. I recognized the promptings of the spirit and acted on them. It is so important to listen for the spirit, I hope I can continue to do so. I went to the temple and it was also a great experience. I hope everyone has a great week. I received Dads dear elder on Monday, yesterday. Mom I love you, I'm doing good on supplies but if I think of anything I'll let you know. Take care, Elder Brooks.

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The national flag of Argentina dates from 1812. The full flag featuring the sun is called the Official Ceremonial Flag (Spanish: Bandera Oficial de Ceremonia). The Official Ceremony Flag is the civil, state and war flag and ensign. The sun, called the Sun of May, is a replica of an engraving on the first Argentine coin, approved in 1813, whose value was eight escudos (one Spanish dollar). It has 16 straight and 16 waved sunbeams. According to tradition, during the Argentine War of Independence General Manuel Belgrano was commanding a battle near Rosario. He noticed that both the Crown's forces and the independence forces were using the same colors (Spain's yellow and red). After realizing this, Belgrano created a new flag using the colors that were used by the Criollos during the May Revolution in 1810. The flag was hoisted for the first time in Buenos Aires atop the Saint Nicholas of Bari Church on August 23, 1812. - Ref: Wikipedia.com