Monday, March 15, 2010

Trust in His Plan!!

Dear Family, Hey it is good to hear from everyone sounds like everyone is doing great. Mom its good to hear your safe and that you had a good time at your young womens activity. Mackenzie nice job on your track meet keep working hard. Happy Birthday Desi and Duane! Everything is going well here in Las Heras. I have not received the package from Dad but I will let you know when it arrives. This week we did a lot of traveling which did not give us a lot of time to work but we ended up having a very successful week. We were able to end the week with a baptism! Joana Alza, sixteen years old, was able to be baptized sunday night in Marcos Paz. Joana is the daughter of an inactive member named Juanita. Joana used to go to church when she was younger with her mother and her sisters but after some time they stopped attending church. The elders started teaching Joana last transfer but it has been quite a challenge to get her baptized. Joana is a great girl and was very ready and prepared as she made the decision to be baptized. We had plans of baptizing Joana earlier in the transfer but something always came up and we were not able to put a definite date for her baptism, such as vacations or her mom not being home due to work. This last week we set the baptism date for Saturday but then we found out that the youth from the ward were going to visit the temple and do baptisms for the dead in Uruguay, and that Joana had enlisted to go with them even though it being that she would not be able to enter the temple, what an example! We then decided to change the baptism date to friday giving her the opportunity to be baptized and maybe the chance to enter in the temple. However, we were then informed that they would be leaving friday in the afternoon for Uruguay so now we were not able to have the baptism friday either. After praying and dicussing it over we decided to have the baptism Sunday in the afternoon, becasue we could not keep pushing off her baptism. The baptism went very well and we traveld to another area called Marcos Paz where there is a chapel and a baptism faunt. Joana was very excited and is now waiting to be confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also this week we had the opportunity to have interviews with President Benton. He is a great example, as he continues to demonstrate his love for me and the other missionaries. The interviews went well and he is very proud of all that I am doing and says that my parents would be proud, thats for you mom I am sure you are proud but I hope that makes you feel better. Now changing the subject, I received a call last night from the other elders in my district and unfortunately it looks like they will be leaving the district for a while. I am not exactly sure on the details but both of the elders have been asked to bring their suitcases to the office today. I am praying that they are alright and that they will be able to return with us. In life there are many challenges, obstacles, distractions. We need to continue with faith and put our trust in our Heavenly Father and in His plan. I am grateful for your love and your support. I know that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ and that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us. I know that if we trust in His plan we will receive His help and His blessings. 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: