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 10/2/2006)

It's really great to hear that things are going well there! yeah, General Conference was really cool. They actually had a room where it was broadcast in English, for the missionaries. There were like 16 of us in there, so it was a blast, and you could actually understand what was going on. I too was really excited when the MTC choir sang, and Mason was there!! I was so pumped. Because he has to learn Armenian, he's in the MTC for 3 months, so he's still there. They zoomed in on him and everything. But I really loved conference, partially because it reminded me of when you and Craig and I were there. That was so fun. Ohh, wait, I lied. Because the priesthood session starts at 11 pm here, it was taped and we watched it the next day...in portuguese. So, if there was anything good said during tha session, have someone let me know, alright? Because I can more or less understand some Portuguese, I'm pretty good at understanding English, and I can read lips in English a little bit, but it turns out I'm not good at doing all 3 at the same time. Whew, it was rough. I really liked the landfill talk, too, especially because it's not often the Webster's definition of 'landfill' is read during general conference. I also really enjoyed President Packer's talk, about how there will always be opposition, and things are going to get worse, but the church will prevail.

We use the internet at an internet café. We get our letters on Tuesday, and open them the following Monday on p-day, generally, but last week was an off-week, no one got any. It's alright, i've still got some from the week before ;). It's so great to get letters, and hear about what's going on, especially from the extended family, but I feel really bad that I can't write back quickly. For one thing, I can buy 6 doughnuts for the price of one stamp to the US. ;)

This week I went on my first split, where I spent two days in Gama Oeste with Elder Sousa, while Elder Henderson was in Gama Leste. Oeste means West and Leste means East, but I can't tell the words apart. Anyway, it was a great experience. Elder Sousa has been in the field for 2 months, but I actually arrived at the CTM the week before him, so we weren't exactly an experienced companionship. I learned a lot, though, and my confidence really grew. We did a lot of walking around, a lot of commitments fell through, but it was a good chance to make contacts and speak a lot of portuguese.

Thanks for the prayers and the support, it's really helping. If there's anything I can do to help you guys, let me know. For now, be good, work hard, and have fun! Eric