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, Maril├│ 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.

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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: