Saturday, January 2, 2010

A New Year with Faith Centered in Christ

Dear Family, Hey I am very glad we had the opportunity to talk what a blessing! Sounds like everyone is doing great, I hope I was able to answer all of your questions. Well things are going well here in Argentina. This past week was a little different with all the Christmas activities. This week we have our interviews with President Benton and also New Years Day. Elder Garcia and I are doing well. Things seem to be going a little slow but we are still working hard. Right now we do not have too many investigators. However one of our investigators, Antonella, who is a girlfriend of an inactive member named Leonel. Antonella is friends with Veronica who got baptized last transfer. Leonel is related to Veronica so that is how they met each other. Antonella was present during some of the lessons we taught Veronica last transfer and has seen and felt the change in Veronicas life. Leonel was also present in some of the lessons which helped as he added his testimony. Now Antonella has the desire to get baptize. However Antonella and Leonel live together and have a little daughter. In order to get baptized Antonella and Leonel need to make the decision to get married. This past week they made the decision and they decided to get married and have a wedding date for the 9th of Febuaray! We are very excited for the both of them. Antonella and Leonel are both making the changes in their lives to receive the blessings of the gospel. This week we are planning to set a baptism date for Antonella. We also have been teaching a boy named Sergio who is a friend of some members. Sergio is twelve years old. However we found out that Sergio lives outside of our area. He lives in the first house on the other side of our area . Its ok, we are going to work with the other elders to help Sergio continue to progress because he wants to get baptized. The branch here in Billinghurst in growing and it is a blessing to be a part in the Lords work here in Billinghurst. Elder Garcia and I were looking over the Branch list and noticed that there are quite a few members, however many of them a not attending or maybe do not know about the new branch. We decided to focus on some of these members this week so we are excited to see how it goes. I appreciate your love and support. I hope you have a great week, and that you and I can start the new year strong with faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Con amor, Elder Brooks. mom- I love you.

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Flag of Argentina
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: