Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Dear Family, Happy Valentines Day to everyone! Honestly I forgot about that holiday also, it is one of those holidays that is not very big here in Argentina. Sounds like Mackenzie had a Valentine who went all out and now Dad is ready to go all out as well hah. Well I have a lot to fill you in on so lets see how this goes. Well this past week in Billinghurst we had some miracles. To start out we went to the church this Saturday to help clean. We went with expectations of being more than there usually are but when we showed up there were only three of us. We entered the church and to our suprise the whole church was perfectly cleaned. We were in shock . We are not sure who cleaned the church or when but it was perfectly clean and we were very grateful. That went well that the church was nice and clean because that same day we ended up haveing a baptismo for one of our investigators named Dálida! It was a miracle! We were able to find Dálida a few weeks ago in a house of a member who lives around the corner from us. When we met Dálida that day we were able to share a message of the plan of salvation. We invited her to go to church with us that Sunday and she ended up going. We contiued teaching her, inviting her to read in the Book of Mormon, pray, and go to church with us. Dálida was able to keep all of her commitments and in result was able to receive the blessings. Dálida has a disease in her leg which makes it very hard to walk. With the strength of the Lord Dálida was able to attend three Sundays in a row and was able to be baptized right before the end of the transfer! It truly was a miracle. We were worried with the short time span to teach her that she would not be prepared in time for the baptism date we had set. After she was able to have her baptism interview it was confirmed to us that she was prepared and ready. The baptism went very well and Daniel, who we baptized with Elder Grant was able to perform the bautismal ordinance. I know that our Heavenly Father is a God of miracles and that we were able to relieve this miracle as we continued to work diligently throughout the transfer. Elder Garcia and I were very grateful for this experience as it has strengthened our testimonies. I was able to learn a lot this past transfer and I am grateful for the opportunity to be companions with Elder Garcia in Billinghurst. Now switching subjects. Today we had transfers and Saturday night I recieved the call that I would be getting transfered and that I would need to bring all my luggage to the transfer meeting. Usually when the elders have to bring their luggage to the transfer meeting it usually means that they will be sent pretty far which we call campo or you could say country. So I ended up getting transfered. I am now serving in the zone called Marcos Paz in an area called Las Heras. I have been called to be the District Leader. My companion is Elder Baldomero who is from Hawaii. Elder Baldomero seems like a great elder and is excited to start his second transfer in the mission field. That is a little update on what is going on here. I look forward to keeping you updated. I appreciate your love and support. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

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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: