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 10/30/2006)

This might be kinda short, because I just spend 35 minutes trying to help the new sister in our ward set up her e-mail. [still didn't work]. Sometimes there are real advantages to speaking English, like anything that involves computers.

In answer to your questions: 1.) We do laundry by letting the clothes soak in soapy water for a few hours and then rinsing them out. It's mostly effective. either that or I've gotten used to my smell. I've got a picture of me doing laundry while our power was cut, rinsing my clothes out by candlelight. how romantic. 2.) I've managed to stay healthy here, actually, I can't really think of any health problems. Minus the fact that I'm losing weight, despite my efforts to fry my eggs in the morning and buy the fattiest foods I can find. 3.) Our mission president seems like a really great guy. This friday we'll have our second zone conference with him, so i'll get to meet him more. He's a really friendly guy, though, and a hard worker. He's got a ton of faith, too, and baptized more than 1,000 people on his mission. [The stories are that he had 27 days straight of baptisms and one day he walked into another church building and the whole congregation was baptized. ] 4.) Elder fernandes has a CD player, but it sucks up battieries like it's going out of style, and we don't have any rechargables. but we're working on that. I mostly just sing all day, that takes care of that problem.

So, I have to tell you all about how I entertain myself here. I've decided to tell everybody that I'm from Canada, and it's really entertaining. Let me illustrate:
Child in Street: Hey American! Speak English
Me: I'm from Canada
Child in Street: Ohh... adios!! <=adios is Spanish, by the way I'm still laughing about that one.

But seriously, let me justify: If I say I'm from New York, everyone thinks New York City. And I'm not from NYC, so that's bearing false witness, right? And that's breaking a commandment. Whereas, if I say I'm from canada, that's just flat-out lying. And I can't find any scriptures that condemn flat-out lying. And canada's a really awesome place, that no one here knows anything about, so no one can argue with me about Canada. If you could maybe send me some information about Canada, it would be helpful, too. Like, the number of provinces, high points of provinces, and red-green reruns.

I haven't really had many problems with people not liking Americans here. Once in a while someone will tell me that the US is like Babylon, and "the arabs on Sept 11th started the fall of babylon" or huricane Katrina was God's curse for the US or something like that. But those people are generally drunk, so their opinions don't count.

Things are going well here, though. The language is coming relatively well, to the point where it's really hard to type or write English because I think about half English and half Portuguese and I'm forgetting English words. We had 4 investigators in Church on Sunday, and they all really wanted to be there, and sacrificed a lot to go, which is amazing to see. I had another epiphany, and maybe I shared it last week, I don't remember. We all need to approach life trying to help people, not thinking about what people can do for us. Sometimes missionaries complain because a bishop will forget to do something or a member can't teach a lesson with us, and we sometimes forget the other people have lives, too, and don't live to help us. Anyway, I hope that makes sense.

Well, I just had to ask my Brazilian companion how to spell referrals in English, because I forgot. yuck. Alright, be good work hard and have fun!! Eric