Thursday, July 8, 2010

Argentina's Loss Doesn't Stop Baptism.....

Dear Family, Hey its great to hear from everyone sounds like everyone is doing great. I received an email from Dad and he said he sent it from an I phone. it was also good to hear from Phe, tell him hello from me and i am praying for him. Sounds like Mackenzie is still at track camp, tell her I want an update on how it goes. So it sounds like you heard about Argentina losing to Germany in the World Cup. We were given permision to watch the game Saturday with some rules. We watched the game in the home of some recent converts where there is still a member of their family who was not baptized, Alejandro. Alejandro is fifteen years old and has attended church with his family many times but has not made the decision to be baptized. Last transfer we worked a lot with his family, the Saucedo Family and Alejandro to help him make the decision of being baptized. Alejandro is a good kid and is a pretty big soccer fan like most of the kids here in Argentina. The past week Elder Gonzalez and myself taught Alejandro and again invited him to be baptized. Alejandro accpeted our invitation and we set a baptismal date for July 3 at 3:00. Saturday we went over to their house to watch the game and prepare Alejandro for his baptism. It was rough to watch Argentina lose and also to see Alejandro disappointed, we were not sure if he would randomly change his mind about the baptism. Alejandro ended up being pretty good about the loss and was still exctied for his baptism. We had Alejandros baptism and I believe everyone felt better after. The spirit was strong as Edith, Alejandros mom bore her testimony during Alejandros baptism. Edith expressed how grateful she is to have the gospel in her life and now the gospel in her entire families life, now everyone being members. The baptism turned out very well and Alejandro was confirmed a member of the Church the following day in Church. Elder Gonzalez and myself are getting along well and working diligently. We are always looking for things to improve in our area and in our zone. This week we have interviews with President Benton and also Zone Conference. We are excited but sometimes it makes the week shorter with a little less time to work so we are going to try and be smart with our time. We have a few investigators that we are teaching right now and we are planning to continue to work with the members and set up some activities. I know we cannot match the Palo Verde Ward activities but we are going to see what we can do. We noticed that we have not had activities in the ward for a while and that the ward is just functioning on Sunday and seminary during the week for the youth. We know that the activites will help strenghten the members and also bring back some of the less active members and we would like to see some investigators as well. We will be thinking and working with that in order to help our ward and our investigators so we will see how is goes. We are accepting any ideas if you have any. I believe I received Dad's dear elder letter but maybe I just forgot to let you know that I received it. Mom I love you. Sounds like you are trying to put together a package, for now I think I am fine, I will think of anything i may need and let you know. I think the best thing as of now would be taking money out of my account to buy things that I might need, for example maybe to buy new shoes. I have not taken money out of my account yet so I believe there is money in there. I will let you know. I appreciate your love and your support. Have a great week I am praying for you. 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: