Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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RETURNING HOME
Eric's itinerary has arrived! He will be flying into the Albany NY airport, arriving at 10:25 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. We're excited!!

Lots of new pictures today. Check them out here. (04/28/08)

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POUCH MAIL IS BEING DISCONTINUED FOR ALL MISSIONARIES SERVING IN BRAZIL. All mail must be sent directly to the mission office. (See Contact Information link)

Questions or comments?

E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from e-mail sent Feb 12, 2007)

...Transfers are next week, so p-day will be on Tuesday, but I don't think that I'll be transfered. Actually, i think that all 4 of us will stay here in Miracema, but it's not like anyone knows for sure. I think it's funny when missionaries say, you'll go here, blah, blah, blah, because no one knows, except for the Lord and the President. This week went by really, really fast, too, which was kind of cool. I don't know why, but it seemed like all of a sudden it was Sunday again, which wasn't really a bad thing... haha.

Anyway, as you can see from the picture I sent, we've been riding bikes a little bit here, and I took my first spill. It was a section where the road changes from pavement to dirt, and there was a huge gap between the two sections, plus it was at night, so I didn't really have a prayer, haha. Our bikes are what I like to call "bicycles of faith," without brakes, helmets, gears, etc. I was relatively graceful about the whole thing, and only got bruises on my legs where the handlebars so rudely interrupted my flight. And I sewed up my pants, so no harm done!

The teaching went pretty well on Saturday. It was a lot of fun, after 6 months of being made fun of because of my accent, to help a roomful of Brazilians say "road." No way. haha. Everyone learned a lot, though. I was able to see how being a missionary has helped me in other aspects of my life, too. As missionaries we practice a lot, think ahead, anticipate questions, and know the material, so I tried to do the same thing with the classes there, and i think it was relatively effective. We all learned a lot, myself included. After that was the organ class, which was impossible to teach. I understand music theory relatively well... in English. Plus, here we use 'do, re, mi' instead of 'a,b,c', so it's a little tricky, but we made it through. We all learned a lot, though, and it was a fun time.

We get the Liahona (a mix of the Ensign, Friend, and New Era translated into 50 languages) here once in a while. At zone conference last week we got the Liahona for January, so everyone was really happy. I used to think that missionaries got lots of church materials, and would be the first to get the magazines and everything, but I was wrong. We are out of pamphlets of all 3 messages, but after 2 weeks without copies of the Book of Mormon, we got some yesterday. It makes missionary work a little hard, but it just means we have to have more faith.

Hey, before I forget, if you have any recipies that are easy to make and taste good, I'm totally in the market. We made some stroganoff last week, and it was awesome. Maybe I'll become a cook when I get back, too.

The work is going well here, too. We're learning a lot, and trying to become more effective. One thing that you really learn on the mission is how to follow the Spirit. I've learned that the Spirit comes to us more often when we are willing to share what we learn. For example, a lot of the mini-revelations I've received have been while I was writing something about a gospel topic or teaching. It's really cool, and neat how the Lord sometimes wants to see our "leap of faith" before He gives us what we need.

Alright, this e-mail is becoming long, so I'm going to head out. Thanks for everything! Love you guys!

E. Maughan