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 on 9/25/2006)

Hi!  It's great to hear that things seem to be going well at home. I haven't been all that homesick this week, although last night I was flipping through a boy scout handbook and happened upon a map of Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga. haha, that was unfortunate. It's been a prety good week, I think. Actually, on tuesday I found out that an elder from our MTC district went home, and he was probably one of my two favorite missionaries there. From what I gather, he had a Brazilian companion and was having a really hard time with the language, so he's going to serve a mission in the US. That was really sad to hear.

The language is coming, but I still have a hard time understanding exactly what people are saying or talking so they can understand me. People have an especially hard time understanding when I ask questions. One reason might be because in Portguese you only change the intonation of the sentence, not the structure when you ask a question. so, "você é Americano" can be "you are american" or "are you an American?" Kinda tricky. The other reason might be that only when I ask a question do they need to show that they understand what's being said.

People also have a fun time making fun of my Portuguese or comparing me to their toddlers who are learning to speak, too. But life's all about choices, so I have to choose to not get frustrated and realize that the language will come. I also choose to think of it as a two-edged sword, because I'm not too proud to teach incorrect English to kids here. A kid will ask "what's your name?" and Elder Fernandes and I will look at our watches and say "it's six o'clock," and walk away feeling warm and fuzzy inside. nah, i'm joking. mostly.

Today, P-day, we played some soccer on one of the fenced-in courts here as a district (I'll try to send pictures later). It was way fun! Our district has 6 missionaries, 2 americans, and we played with some kids who were there, too. It was really fun, but I'm terrible at soccer. It's great to see younger brasilian kids playing soccer, because they're out there excercising and having a great time. Maybe some American kids can learn from that.

The work's going relatively well, too. we had two baptisms scheduled for yesterday, but they both fell through. but we're teaching a lot, and it's great to see how the Gospel can change lives.

Thanks for the prayers and support and everything, and I love you guys! Eric