Monday, March 22, 2010

Sick Elder!!!! Young men step up,,,,,,,,

Dear Family, It's great to hear from everyone sounds like everyone is doing great! First I want to start out by letting you know I am typing on a computer but there are no letters on the keyboard so this is going to be a little interesting to type but I'll see what I can do. This week was pretty nice, I was able to receive the package from dad and everyone and it was amazing thanks for your love and your support! Mom you mentioned about sending a package, to be honest I do not need anything for now so I think you can wait on sending a package. This week was Elder Baldomeros birthday. His birthday went pretty well, I bought him a gift, some slippers that he wanted and we had lunch with the president of our branch. However Elder Baldomero ended up getting pretty sick this week. It was a little disappointing and frustrating for the both of us as we wanted to work but Elder Baldomero had to stay in and rest. However, we were able to receive some help at the end of the week from some young men in our stake. We were able to make plans and do divisions with two young men from our stake. It truly was a blessing and we had a great experience. Doing divisions with them gave me the opportunity to go out and work wirh one while the other stayed in the apartment with Elder Baldomero. We were able to work with them Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each day we rotated in order to give each young man the opportunity to go out and work with us. It was a great opportunity for me to be able to work with and to show them a little what the mission is like and to help them get a little excited to prepare and serve a mission. We also had the opportunity to study together in the morning. One morning we started out by sharing something that we learned from our personal studies. As it came to be one of the young mens turn he shared a scripture he had read. He said he was not sure what he wanted to study that morning so he just opened the Book of Mormon. He opened his book and began to read and came across a scripture about preaching the gospel and serving a mission. He read us the scripture and shared his testimony on how he now wants to serve a mission. We were so excited for him! It was a great experience to be there amd feel and see his desires to serve a mission. It truly is a blessing and a privelige to serve a mission. I am very grateful for all of your love and support. Everything is going great here in Argentina. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Con amor, Elder Brooks. Hey sorry if the letter is short it was really hard to type and it was the only computer available, Elder Baldomero and I both had computers with no letters on the keyboards.

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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: