Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another Quick Post.

Dear Family, Hey its great to hear from you glad you were able to receive the pictures i sent, I hope you liked them. Everything is going well here and we are staying really busy. This past week which happened to be the first week of the transfer was packed but everything turned out well. Transfer meeting went well and we sent some of the Elders home, one of which was my companion a little while ago by the name of Elder Gonzalez from El Salvador. Now we are trying to get everything ready for this week as we have zone conferences starting up. There is a lot to prepare for the zone conferences so we are trying to get everything prepared and organized. Elder Thompson is starting to get a hold of things here in the office, he is a great elder and we seem are getting along well. Lately we have been finding some new investigators and some have been progressing pretty well. We are trying to find some more time to be in our area so we can spend some more time with them. So that is a brief update on whats going on, there is always a lot going on and I would love to update you on everything and give you the details but we have been busy so when I get more time i will give you another update. I know it sounds like I always say that but it is true! hah. Thanks for your emails and all the updates. Mom I received your email and I think am a little confused on the whole housing situation? From what I understand I will be starting school in the fall but i am not sure if anyone else is, therefore I am not sure who I would be rooming with. Also the other day I took out some money from my account so if you would like anything special from Argentina let me know hah. I love you and I am grateful for all of your love and support. I am praying for you have a great week. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Dear Family, I'ts great to hear from everyone and i am sorry to write to you so late but we have been really busy with transfers. I am just writing to give you a little update and when I have a little more time I will write you a bit more. We had transfers this last Monday and they went very well. I received my new companion Elder Thompson from South Jordan, Utah and we are pretty excited to get to work. Elder Thompson came into the office a week early so that Elder Palacios and I could start to train him as we will only have one transfer together and he needs to now how everything works here in the mission, the office, and in our area Caseros 2. Everything has been going well and it is staying pretty hot here in Argentina. Things have been a lillte tough in our area as we have not had much time this last transfer to work in our area as we prepared things for Christmas and New Years and transfers. We have been finding a lot of people and we are pretty excited to keep working with them and help them receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today we are going to Chivilcoy to visit the Elders who are out there and fill them in on transfers and then do divisiones with some of the Elders. Elder Palacios is now one of the traveling assistants with Elder Aguirre so they will be traveling alot throughout the week working with the elders and teaching them. President Benton is doing great and continues to teach us everything. We are excited for this transfer as the lord is preparing many people to hear and accept our message. I appreciate your love and support. I hope you have a great week I will try and fill you in more when I get some time. I am praying for your. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

Monday, January 17, 2011


Dear Family, Hey its great to hear from everyone, thanks for your emails and letters. Everything is going good here in Argentina and we are staying busy. This week went well and we were able to get a lot accomplished. Now we are coming into week six which is usually a big week here in the office and in the mission as it is the last week of the transfer. This week we are receiving a couple new missionaries that are arriving early, we will be going on the tour with the( pastores) which are the missionaries that are leaving this transfer, we will be planning the transfer with President Benton, and also I believe I will be receiving my new companion this week so Elder Palacios and I can get a head start and train him. This last week we finished interviews with President Benton and all the zones and we all had our interviews as well. President Benton is amazing and it was great to have the interview as we talked about a few goals and plans to finsh strong and also goals and plans for after the mission. President taught me that no matter what the goal is I should always have in mind asking myself, "Does it get me closer to the Lord?" I have been able to put down some goals but I will continue to review and check to see if they really get me closer to the Lord. Last night we participated in a fireside with President Benton and it turned out very well. This was the first time that we have done it and many investigators, members, and missionaries all from the stake were invited. Elder Palacios and myself gave short talks, we watched a video, President Benton and the Stake President spoke and then we had refreshments. We enjoyed it and we look forward to the other firesides that we have planned. So we are pretty excited for this week there is a lot of work to do! I appreciate your love and your support. Thats crazy that you already recevied my flight plans Elder Rodriguez will still be calling to confirm. Do I need to do anything for school such as sign up or pick any classes? I am thinking I will attend the spring term. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I love you have a great week I look forward to hearing from you soon. Con amor, Elder Brooks.

Happy New Year!

Dear Family, Hey happy New Year! Thanks for all your emails and your letters it sounds like everyone is doing good. Sorry for writing late but we have been pretty busy here in the offices this week. This past week we have been busy in our interviews with President Benton, office work, working in our area, and a special meeting with the zone leaders in the mission home. We had a great week here in the offices and also in our area. This past Sunday we had a really great meeting and one of our recent converts Adriana shared her testimony during sacrament meeting and you could really feel and see the change that the gospel has made in her life, she has a great testimony. Also another recent convert Eduardo Aguirre has recieved the Priesthood and is now blessing the sacrament, he is a great example and he and his wife have a lot of faith and also a strong testimony. Our Bishop from our ward here in Caseros 2, his name is Bishop Obispo Cabrera came up and talked to us after sacrament to fill us in that in the year 2010 we doubled the converts that we had in 2009. In 2009 Caseros 2 had a total of 8 baptism and this year 2010 we finished with a total of 16 converts. Our Bishop is really nice and it was great to see him so excited at the progress that there has been in Caseros 2. That was some great news and thanks goes out to the other missionaries that were here before us and together we were able to achieve this success. I love New Years and I love the mission! I have put some new goals and plans down for the new year 2011 and tomorrow we have interviews with President Benton here in the offices and we will probably go over them together. This last Friday we went over to the mission home with all of the zone leaders and the staff and we reviewed our accomplishments from 2010 and set some new goals and plans for 2011. Its going to be a great year and we are pretty excited to keep working and sharing the gospel with everyone. I heard Greg received his mission call to Paraguay, Asuncion North mission congrats, thats a great mission and it is in our area. Greg will have a lot of success and he will help many come unto the waters of baptism. Also those were some nice pictures of the snow back home, that's pretty crazy but looks nice. Also mom asked about flight plans I am not sure when Elder Rodriguez will be calling you but dont worry he has the information to call you and if you miss the call he will just call you later. Everything is going well thanks for your love and support. I am praying for you. I look forward to hearing from you have a great week. 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: