Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Week in BAW!!!

Dear Family, Hey its great to hear from you, sounds like everyone is doing great and looks like everyone is doing well and thanks for the pictures! Hey sounds like Dad and everyone had a pretty nice trip to San Francisco and Mom and the family had a pretty nice Easter! I celebrated this Easter week with my new companion, Elder Baudon! Elder Baudon is from Cordoba, Argentina a providence which is located north of Argentina. So we had the transfer meeting Monday, I stayed with another Elder, Elder Zapata until Tuesday. Tuesday morning we returned to the mission offices to receive our new companions. We waited around and received some instructions from the assistants about our new position as being trainers. I am very grateful for this opportunity and privilege to serve as a trainer. After receiving some instructions we then had the opportunity to go into the other room where the new Elders were and we spent some time getting to know one another, still without knowing which Elder was going to be our new companion. It was fun talking and getting to know the new Elders, they had a lot of questions hah. I met one elder, Elder Bush from Utah. I told him I was from Las Vegas and he mentioned that there was an Elder in his zone in the MTC from Las Vegas that he met also who is serving in Chile, Elder Naylor hah. After getting to know all the Elders we had lunch together with President and Sister Benton. After lunch we had a meeting together and they explained some of the guidelines and rules of the mission. Finally after the meeting they called all the trainers to the front and we stood in a line. President Benton then began to read off the trainers and their companions. Last but not least I was called and received my new companion, Elder Baudon! It was great, we were both excited, took some pictures and then we headed for Las Heras. We did not have much time to work this week but we ended up haveing a great week. Elder Baudon is doing great and is very excited to preach the gospel. Buenos Aires is not that big of a change for him as he comes from Cordoba. He did not have to adjust to the language or culture, well at least thats what he thought. He told me we wanted to learn english, so we have started to learn english and we take turns rotating everynight saying our prayers together in english before we go to bed. The work is going great here in Las Heras, we have a baptism date for this upcoming weekend, his name is Alan and he is ten years old. His mother Mercedes was also planning to get baptized however she is not married so she will have to wait. It was hard explaining it to her but we know Heavenly Father has a plan for her and her family. General Conferance was amazing I look forward to studying the talks, I was a fan of all of them! I appreciate your love and support. Have a great week 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: