Saturday, May 8, 2010

Reaching out to the lost Sheep!!!!!

Dear Family, Hey thanks for your letters sounds like everyone is doing great and getting ready for this up coming weekend, Mothers Day! I will be calling this Sunday and I will be calling around 8:00 pm Argentina time. I am not sure what time that would be in Las Vegas you might want to verify. I will call moms house first and I will use moms cell phone number and dads cell phone numbers as back ups. I will be calling from the office in our church using a calling card. Be ready with all your questions! This week went very well and we are heading into the last week of the transfer. As I was explaining to you in my last letter that the ex branch president from Lobos, who left the branch there, is now living in one of our areas, Navarro. We have had the opportunity to continue to visit and teach him and this past Sunday he came to church in Navarro. We are still not sure the exact reason of why he left Lobos but we are grateful for his faith and desires to at least start going back to church. We also have been teaching a recent convert named Monica who has many children who are not members. Monica has been a member for about a year and she was the only member from her family to get baptized. We have been able to have a few lessons with her and her kids and they have even attended church a few times. We talked to them about getting baptized and they said they dont want to get baptized. There are various kids from ages 8-20 but none of them are members. We tried talking to Monica about helping her kids make the decision to get baptized. We had a great lesson with her explaining the importance of baptism, the church, and the family. My companion and I even shared some experiences with her. For example, I explained how when I was younger, like all kids I was not a big fan of going to church, nevertheless my parents took charge and helped me attend, I didnt understand the importance of church as much as I do now, but thanks to my family and for their persistence in helping me attend church and participate in activities I am where I am today. My companion and I are even more grateful now for our parents and for their persistence in helping us attend church however we are still trying to figure out how we can help Monica and her family now. Our branch is doing well, and we are trying to help all of them participate in the missionary work. The members are great here, we just need to keep working hard and keep working in unity. Sounds like the missionary work is doing great back home, thats great to hear. Quick story, the other day we did divisions and I went to Lobos to work with Elder Chatwin. We worked hard and had a great experience. We ran into a less active member of Lobos in the street and began talking to him and we began setting another time to visit him. As we were talking with him another man came up to us and asked if he could talk to us. We were not sure if he wanted to talk to us or to the the less active member who we were talking to. It ended up that he wanted to talk to us. We were a little shocked but we dismissed ourselves for a second and began to talk to this other man. He began to tell us one of his family members is a member and that he had been studying a little about the church and about baptism. He then explained and told us that we wanted to get baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints! We were pretty excited, and pretty blessed. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and I am very grateful for my parents and all those who have helped me become a member. I look forward to hearing from you soon, 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: