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)

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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(Excerpts from e-mail sent on 10/16/2006)

I'm glad that the pictures all worked out. I sent another one, too. This was last night, after church and on our way to eat "Lanch," which is pronounced like lunch, but happens late at night. Those are the 4 missionaries in our ward and Magnum, who will be sending in his mission papers in a few months. Don't get too nervous, Scott, I'm not getting any taller, i'm just standing on my toes. And I promise that there's a good 2 feet between the sisters and the elders. seriously.

So, transfers are tomorrow, but Elder Fernandes and I are going to be staying here together in Gama. We've got another 6 weeks to try to get the missionary work really going here. I'm going on my new theory of using the talents I have to do this work. While I don't have as much faith as the best missionaries yet, and there's still that communication barrier, I can promise you without a doubt that we have the best and most accurate map in the mission. ;)

In other news, we didn't get mail last week either, but the sisters were at the mission office on wednesday and brought back our mail, which made for a great week. I think that if they weren't up there, it would be maybe another week or two until we got it, more than a month since the last time. So, if anything important happens, let me know through e-mail. I thoroughly enjoyed your package, though; thanks a ton. By far the best part was seeing the pictures. And, due to a MTC mailbox mix-up, i just received a bunch of letters that were sent there, so i'm pretty happy. As far as the iodine goes, don't worry too much about it. The water here in Gama is clean, but i'm sure it'll come in handy later. And I figured putting iodine in a package for me would help you sleep better at night.

We're doing a lot of walking and teaching, but we haven't really found anyone whom we can help prepare for baptism. I'm trying really hard to help others, but I guess that's something that will come later, as I keep trying. And praying for opportunities. I was studying about hope this week, and it's a fascinating topic. Hope has a different meaning in the scriptures than in everyday usage. In the scriptures, it means that you are sure that the Lord will fulfil His promises, if you do your part. The scriptures promise that, if we are righteous, we can hope for a better world (Ether 12: 4), eternal life (D &C 90something), etc. And if I'm a hard-working missionary, and obedient, I can hope to be a useful tool in building up the kingdom (D&C 139, at least in my scriptures) ;)

Alright, I'm getting really hungry, and I found a new favorite food at the local bakery. I'm always playing the game of most food for the least money, and it's way fun. It's like making your own dollar menu. And I'm going to make up for my pathetic futebol showing of a few weeks ago, because some young men want to play basketball this afternoon, so I'm excited for that. Well, Life is good.
Eric