Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Have Ye Inquired of The Lord?

Dear Family, Hey its great to hear from you and I hope everyone is doing great. Everything is going well here in Las Heras. This week went very well as we were able to work obediently and diligently and we were able to see the miracles of our Heavenly Father. I would like to share one experience with you that we were able to experience this past week in Navarro. There is a situation that happened about a month ago in the area of Lobos, that is where the other Elders from my district are working, where the Branch President in Lobos left his wife and the branch without advising the stake or anyone. The daughter of the Branch President lives in Navarro, she in inactive and we have been visiting her and her family. We found out that her father has moved in to live with her and her family for now. Ever since we found out this information we have been trying to meet and talk with her father to find out what happened and if there is anything that we could do to help. Since the Branch President has left Lobos the Branch has been struggling in Lobos. We have continued to pass by but we have not been able to have the chance to meet and talk with the Branch President. We have passed by at many different times during the day but still we were not able to make contact with him. This past friday we were in Navarro and decided to pass by once again to see if he was home, I was determined to talk with him. As we came close to the house I was impressed to say a prayer with my companion Elder Baudon. As I have been reading in the Book of Mormon I love the example of Nephi. As his brothers are frustrated becasue they can not understand the things which Lehi and Nephi have seen in their vision Nephi asks them a question. "Have ye inquired of the Lord?" This past Friday my companion and myself inquired of the Lord, we headed off to the side of the road and we said a pray in order to receive the guidance of our Heavenly Father, looking for his will. After we said a prayer we went and clapped in front of the house. Keeping our eyes on the windows we saw the curtain move in the front window. We waited for someone to then come out. After waiting I received the impression to pass through the gate and walk up to the door and knock. We went up to the door and began knocking, however still we received no response. We continued to knock and finally we received a response. A man told us that he would be right there, it ws the President of Lobos. We waited a short while and then the daughter came out. She came out looking really tired, since waking her up she asked us to pass by another time. We explained the importance of our visit and our desires to talk with her father. She explained that he was getting ready for work and that he was about to leave and take the bus. We explained that it was ok and that we would still wait. We waited and finally he came outside. After talking a little he then invited us to come inside to talk more and he explained his side of the story. We read from the scriptures and shared our testimonies with the family. We inquired of the Lord and the Lord guided us. I am very grateful for this experience that we were able to have, it truly was a miracle. We look forward to visiting the family and helping them return to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that if we seek the Lord first and we seek his will he will guide us in our thoughts, words, actions and he will bless us with his Spirit. I appreciate your love and your support. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I will fill you in next week more about the Mothers Day phone call and at what time I will be calling. You are in my prayers, have a great week. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

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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: