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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(Excerpts from e-mail sent on 11/06/2006)

Well, it's time for the bad news from Lake Wobegon. Yesterday we had a baptism (that's not the bad news), took lots of photos and stuff, and on the way back we were walking with the sisters, taking more pictures and stuff. One of the sisters tried to delete a photo, but couldn't figure it out. So I took the camera back, took and reviewed more photos, turned off the camera, and put it in my pocket. Then, that night, I took it out of my pocket, turned it on, and the card was blank. As in, without photos. I'm not the brightest crayon in the box, but I can generally at least fake an explanation for everything, but I'm honestly clueless as to what could have happened. Unless the sister accidentally pushed an "all these pictures will self-destruct in 10 minutes" button. Because I used it after she did, and everything was fine. Anyway, it's no big deal for me, because I was there, I don't need to see pictures of anything, but I would have liked for you guys to see what it was like and give a copy to the sister we baptized. And I hope you've been saving the pictures I sent you, because that's it for the first 4 months ;) I'm not really mad, although yesterday I told myself I should be mad so I could justify eating a whole pack of cookies, I'm just totally befuddled at what could have happened. Got any ideas, mom? I guess it just points out another lesson I've learning on the mission: God moves in mysterious ways and has a sense of humor, but often He and I don't think the same things are funny.

Anyway, we had a baptism yesterday, and it was really great. we [well, I. you can't really fit 3 people in the font] baptized Thais, a 19 year year old young woman who is really converted to the gospel. She's always so excited when we talk about the church, and she's even filled out the questions in the back of the pamphlets we hand out, something our District Leader said he'd never seen, haha. It felt really good to help her, because the Gospel really will help her life so much. Her boyfriend is an inactive member of the church, but he bore his testimony at the baptism, and it was really powerful. So now, after 4 months of learning and being helped along, I finally feel like I've helped someone on my mission! It's neat because she's generally quiet, like I am [really, that's not a joke], which makes maybe 2 of us in Gama, so I feel like maybe the Lord put me here because she and I could relate better. It was really great to see. And I was even able to say her 36-letter, 15-sylable name and the baptismal prayer in Portuguese without making a complete fool of myself.

Ohh, I sent you a picture, right? It's what we spent the first 7 hours of our P-day doing, helping the sisters move houses. Apparently it's not cool to have gunshots outside homes of sister missionaries, so we helped them move. ohh, and for the record, I wasn't driving the truck. Do you see that water bottle perched on top? that's where I rode.

Last Friday we had Zone Conference, and it was so neat. For one thing, I got to see other American elders, like Elder Kiger from my district in the CTM. I'd send you the pictures, but they're lost in cyberspace or something. But it was good to talk in English again. I could understand everything in Portuguese, though, so I guess that's a good thing. Portuguese is a lot easier to understand when the Spirit is there, that's for sure. Our President is an amazing man, truly inspired in everything he does. My interview with him was kinda funny, because some things I really can't say figure out how to say in english, so it was a mostly portuguese interview, with random English phrases. I think I'm starting to enter the stage of my mission where I can actually be productive and make more choices, so I'm pretty excited for that. This week we're going to do another companion exchange, and I'll be the senior companion for a few days. So I guess by this time next week I'll know if I really am excited to have more responsibility or not.

Today's also Erin's birthday, don't forget! Alright, time for me to go eat. Thanks so much for the e-mails and for the letters; it means so much to me to hear from back home. Anyway, thanks for everything, and let me know if I can do anything for you, alright? Love you guys a bunch, Eric