Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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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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(excerpt from e-mail sent 20 Feb 2007)

Thanks so much for the e-mail, it's always so great to hear from you guys. Guess what I found today on the camera... the videos you guys made before you sent me the card!! Because they were taken on another camera, the videos don't display on the camera, but they do on the computer, and they were so much fun to see!! Scott sounds exactly like me, I think, although I don't often hear myself filmed. And I think he was wearing my shorts. But it was so nice to see everyone, and everyone looks happy, so I was excited. Speaking of cameras... I hope nothing bad happens to this new one, because I gave away the old one, haha. Our zone leader was here, and on the mission his house has been broken into twice: the first time they stole his digital camera, and they second time they stole his MP3 player, and I had an extra, so I gave it to him. He was really grateful and excited to get it, so it was worth it. Interesting story: two other missionaries know that I gave him the camera. The first said, congratulations, he really needs it, you've got a lot of charity, etc. The second (American) said, ohh, Elder must have a lot of money.... I thought it was interesting to see the differences in opinions and mindsets. I saw someone who needed something that I could give, and I didn't really think about the money. [Actually, that's a lie. it crossed my mind that if something happened, you could sent me a new one. ;)]. Anyway, very interesting.

Here's your weekly photos! The first photo is me and Elder Duarte and Israel, an investigator of ours. He's really neat but, like the majority of people here in Brazil it seems, not married, just living together. So we're going to help him get married and then baptize him and his family. The other photo is me with my amazing soccer skills, putting a sweet spin move on another missionary. We're playing in the church parking lot... although I'm not sure why the church has a parking lot because no one in the branch has a car.... Anyway, I've found some talents on the mission, and for sure soccer isn't one of them.

This week was one of the most fun on my mission, because the assistant to the president and the zone leader came to our isolated city to do an exchange with us for the week. They're really funny missionaries, and hard workers, so it was a great week. We baptized one girl, a 16-year-old who was taught everything a year ago, and just moved back here. It was interesting working with them, though. I noticed that we more or less work the same way; there aren't any huge differences. Their only goal is to baptize, so they baptize. It was fun, though. For one thing, we were insistant in being home at 9:30, like the rulebook says, so we did a lot of sprinting through the streets at 9:28, which was really fun.

Transfer was today, but we're all going to stay. I kinda figured that would happen, although I was hoping someone would be transfered so we could go into Palmas and see civilization and other missionaries again. Two of the other missionaries are going to go there tomorrow, and pick up supplies and letters, which should be good. After 6 weeks of teaching with nothing but one Book of Mormon (not even extras that you could leave it with them to read) it'll be good to have a pamphlet or something to teach with.

Your question about the shoes was very timely, haha. I've worn a big old hole in one shoe, right on the ball of the foot, about the size of a quarter. I think it was ripped or something, because the other shoe's fine. Anyway, this big old hole lets in an awful lot of water, and last week, with all the running we did, I wore a hole through my sock and was half barefoot, haha. But not to worry!! Last night I sat down with my shoe, a round piece of metal, duct tape, and an insole, and now have a waterproof, comfortable, and virtually indestructable shoe. It's worth taking a picture and sending it to you, so I'll get on that next week. But no, I don't need anything, thanks. Everything's holding up well, and I've got a rainy-day supply of a pair of shoes, 3 pants, and 3 shirts in my suitcase I haven't worn yet, so life is good.

We ride bikes almost everywhere here, or at least we're starting to. We actually only have 2, but we've borrowed 2 more for a few days, and I think we might look into buying some, too. I'm not a huge fan of the bikes, because it's hard to make street contacts on bikes, and I like walking and thinking, etc. But it's more effective, and Miracema's a relatively large city, so walking gets tiresome.

Well, that's the news from here. Thanks for everything! Life is good!
E. Maughan