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.

1 comment:

  1. I think what you guys are doing in Argentina is priceless. I love the story that every time you go on a bus the driver announces that you are men of god, it seems like everybody respectsyour mission. And I believe you must also be enjoying the beauty of the country. There is no spot where you can´t find something nice on. I remember when I was looking for apartments in Buenos Aires I walked around all of the neighbohoods and really got to know the city. I loved Montserrat the most!


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