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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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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(Excerpts from e-mail sent on 11/13/2006)

It's great to hear from you guys!  I'm waiting for the point in my mission when I'll be so focused that I won't really think about writing my family, but until then, this is definitely my favorite part of the week.

I liked your question about the scrapbook postcards.  How many have you sent?  I got the first one... maybe more will come at our district meeting tomorrow.  Are you sending them to the pouch in Salt Lake or straight to Brazil?  I'll choose to have faith in the mail system here and assume that I'll get some packages and postcards tomorrow.  In general, you can probably send things to the pouch, because the long and the short of it is that it's going to take a long time to get anything to me, whether it's sent to salt lake or brasília.

Thais, the girl who was baptized last week, really is a golden convert. As of Saturday, she had read first and second Néfi and the first part of Jacó, and gave us a list of 44 referrals.  Then she wanted to know how old you have to be to serve a mission.  It's so exciting to see the gospel change someone's life like that, and to think of the potential that her decision to be baptized has.

So, this week was pretty neat, because we had a 3 day companion exchange, where Elder Gonçalves, who is in his first transfer, came to our area and Elder Fernandes went off to Gama Oeste.  So I was technically the "senior companion" for a couple of days, and it was way fun.  I learned that I'd rather go and teach than sit and talk after lunch.  That's either because I'm task-oriented or because I always get lost in the after-lunch conversations.  One of the two.

There are only two weeks left in this transfer, so I guess in a way it's gone pretty fast.  But it's also gone relatively slow.  at least, I can hardly remember anything about home, because it seems like i've been in Brazil for an eternity.  haha.  it's really good, though, because I've learned so much and now I feel like I can start really helping people and making more use of my time and the Lord's time here.

If you guys need anything, let me know.  bananas, soccer balls, rain... that's the majority of what we've got here.  And food from the paderias [bakeries].  Oh, man, I had some 'cake' today that I swear was 98% fat.  very enjoyable.  Alright, thanks for everything, and I love you guys! Life is good,