Monday, June 21, 2010

Thanks Sister Tyndall....

Dear Family, Sounds like everyone is doing great thanks for your emails. Everything is going well here in Argentina. This past week we ended our transfer. We had a good transfer but we have a lot of room for improvement in our area and also in our zone. Today we had transfer meeting in Ramos Mejia. We met together as a mission and went over the last transfer and began to prepare ourselves for this transfer. President and Sister Benton spoke to us and both of their messages were very good. Sister Benton spoke about patience and she shared a very interesting story with us. She shared a Standford study on patience. The study consisted of young children being tested with their patience. The children had the opportunity to eat a candy bar immeditately or they had the opportunity to wait 15 mins and they would be able to eat two candy bars. The results of the study showed that thirty percent of the children were willing to show patience and wait in order to receive the second candy bar. Stanford contined to study these children throught their lives and later found more information concerning those that had patience and those that did not have patience. Those children that had patience when they were younger grew up and had a very successful life. I found the story to be very interesting and I invite you to read more of the story if you have the opportunity to find it. I want to continue to strengthen my patience in order to continue to complete Heavenly Fathers will. Now we have started a new transfer. Elder Bunn my companion was transfered to another area and I received another companion, Elder González from El Salvador. Elder Gonzalez is a good Elder and we are excited to work together. Elder Gonzalez has a little more time than me and this will be his first transfer as zone leader so we are excited to get to work and help the zone. Elder Gonzalez is from El Salvador like my other companion Elder Garcia but they did not know each other before the mission. Also during transfer meeting Elder Gneighting, Elder Sheperd, Elder Hart , and myself all had the opportunity to talk and take a picture together being that we are all from the Red Rock Stake. Elder Gneighting gave his farwells today and will be heading back home. I invite you to go meet him as he will propably be giving his homecoming talk in the Town Center ward. I love the mission and I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve and participate in the Lords work here in Argentina. I appreciate your love and support. Also I want to thank Sister Tyndall for the dear elder that she sent me. It was a very nice letter tell her thank you and hi for me when you get the chance. Hope you have a great week! Con amor, Elder Brooks. NOTICE: This email message

Monday, June 14, 2010

Divisions with the Top Dog...

Dear Family, Hey its great to hear from you! Sounds like everyone is doing great, thanks for your emails. Sounds like mom and the young women had a good experience at girls camp, and dad is doing great with his girls camp as well hah, I say that because he lives in a house with all girls, except for Isaac. Everything is going well in Argentina with a little rain this week. This past weeek we had a pretty busy schedule. During the week we had the opportunity to have divisiones with President Benton! It was amazing, he came over Tuesday night and spent the night with us and then we had the opportunity to plan, study, and teach together Wednesday. Lets just say it was a great opportunity to learn. We had a great day and we were able to visit many of our investigators with President Benton. We were able to ride around to all of our appointments in his car also, that was quite a change. We had some great lessons and some great experiences during our divisiones with President and I am very grateful for the opportunity that we had to work with and learn from him. We also had a little fun as well. Due to the many dogs in the streets President carrys a can of dog treats in his car with him. At times we would be driving and we would through dog treats out at the dogs or before entering a house of an investigator we would throw some treats to the dogs. Everyone loved President Benton and the spirit was strong during our visits and lessons with those we taught. We also took some time to get on one of the buses to make an announcement to everyone. He really liked how we have started to do that and now the mission is starting to do it as well, to get on the bus and make an announcement to everyone. I have an expericene to share about the first time we did it. Elder Bunn and myself were pretty nervous our first time but we did and I was able to talk to one man in particular who was very interested. Even though he mentioned that he did not live in our area I still felt impressed to take down his name and directions to pass to the other Elders in or zone. I passed the information to the Elders this last week and they went to visit him as soon as they were able to. This mans name is Daniel, now Daniel and his wife are receiving the lessons and have a baptism date for this month! As for how things are going in our area, Mariló A, things are going well but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We have found some great investigators that we are preparing to be baptized but some have gone out of town and one family is getting ready to have a new baby. We also had an investigator planning to get baptized, Leo, this last weekend but he went out of town so we had to cancel his baptism. I know that our Heavenly Father has a plan for each and everyone of these people, I am going to continue to work hard and have faith. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my Heavenly Father. I know that his son Jesus Christ is my savior and that he lives. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I appreciate your love and your support. Mom I love you! I pray for you always. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a great week. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

We are Men of God!!!!! and we have a message to share!

Dear Mom and Dad, Hey thanks for your emails sounds like everyone is doing well. Mom do not worry about me not receiving the email last week I received your email this week, glad to hear you are ok. Well you are probably interested in hearing how this week went. This week was not so easy as we had many meetings to attend and little time to work. We met with all the zone leaders Thursday night in Ramos Mejia and we had a special leadership meeting with Elder Aidukaitis. The meeting went very well and the spirit was strong. The meeting focused on our faith and setting and acheiving our goals, something that I needed to hear. Later in the week we met again with Elder Aidukaitis with our zone and three other zones. The conference was amazing and it woke us up. Elder Aidukaitis told us the truth and showed us that we have a lot of work to do. We focused alot on faith and baptizing. He told us, ¨Our heavenly father is happy, but he is not satisfied." Our mission was increasing very well but recently we have lowered in baptisms over the past few transfers. I believe the transfer when we had 13 baptisms in Rafael Castillo our mission was at our peak and I believe we also set our mission record for 195 converts in one transfer. From then we have slowly lowered but now Elder Aidukaitis came to help us change our vision. He explained to us that every area and every companionship can be baptizing every week. We are now focused on that, baptizing every week. We have a new vision here in the buenos aires west mission, baptizing every week, we know that by our faith it is possible. We ended the week with another meeting. President Benton called all the zone leaders to meet in Ramos Mejia Sunday to have a meeting. No one was sure what it was about, we had an idea that it would have a little to do with our conference with Elder Aidukaitis. We met with President Sunday night and reviewed together what we had learned from Elder Aidukaitis and we received some counsels from President Benton and his assistants on how we are going to put what we learned into practice, baptize every week. It comes down to our faith and our mind set, knowing that we can baptize every week. We are all excited to get to work and bring all those unto Christ. After the meeting we had a quick dinner and then returned to our areas just in time to go to bed. These past weeks have not been easy but we continue to work hard and the Lord continues to bless us with the strength we need. Elder Bunn and I are continually trying to give it all we have, we know that through our faith we will be able to see the miracles of our Heavenly Father. Now instead of trying to talk to one or two people on the bus or trains we try and talk to everybody. Now everytime we get on the bus we ask the bus drivers permission to make an announcement in which we say something like, "ladys and gentlemen we are men of God and we have a message that will bless your life and your family, we know that there are some people here that want to hear our message, we will be passing by to ask you if you are one of these persons, thank you." I have learned many things these past weeks about myself and about my Heavenly Father. I know that he loves me and that as I show my faith unto him he will bless me. I am smiling and I am ready to start this week, to step on the field and give it all I have. I am not sure who will get baptized this week but I know we will find somebody. I love you mom and dad. I appreciate your love and prayers for me. I am praying for you. Have a great week, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

Slideshow of Elder Brooks' Mission

Cameron reads his mission call

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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: