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 12/04/06)

Hey mom,

So... I checked my sent mail, and you're right, there's definitely nothing there.  But I definitely sent an e-mail.  hm...  Too bad.  Last week's e-mail was really funny, too.  In other technological news, Mr. Digital camera's not working, either.  It randomly says, "Memory card error, 0 photos," and I've tried it with two different memory cards, so the problem's got to be the camera.  Not really sure what to do about it, though, but I'll think and use my sweet Wal-Mart disposable camera in the meantime.

In missionary news...  I'm still in this lovely place we call Gama, but with a different companion, Elder C. Silva.  The 'C' is because it seems like 1 in 4 people in Brazil have the surname Silva, and we need to differentiate between Elder Silva, my companion right now, and Elder Silva, who was here in Gama until September when I arrived.  It's all very complicated.  Anyway, I'm going to miss Elder Fernandes, who was an awesome companion, but it's nice to be away from my "dad," because I'm really growing and learning a lot more now.  Elder C. Silva's a great guy, too, so it should be a good transfer.  He's really quiet and serious, even more so that I am, which is saying something.  He talks really fast and quietly, like I did when I spoke english, which makes communication rather difficult, but hey, what can you do?  It's kind of neat because, although he's got 18 months in the field and is the senior companion, I'm the more outgoing one and the one who knows the area, so I do the majority of the talking and teaching and everything.

I had always wondered how it feels to get sick on the mission, and I had the most excellent opportunity to find out last Wednesday (which was also the first day with my new companion, how ironic).  I'll spare you the details, but I guess I ate something for lunch that my body didn't like.  I had a stomachache to end all stomachaches.  pretty awesome.  Fortunately, I've been here for a few months now, so I know where to find the dark alleys where I could worship the porcelain god without others watching.  It was funny at times, too, like when we were at a lesson, and I cut everybody off, told the investigators to read and pray again, said a 15-word prayer, and we raced out the door.  Anyway, I'm totally fine now, don't worry, so life is good!

Last Tuesday were transfers, and that was an awesome time, too.  All the missionaries being transfered and their companions went to the, ready for this, rodoferroverário (bus station) in Brasilia, so I got to see a lot of the missionaries from the MTC, which was awesome.  It's amazing to see how much we've all grown, how beautiful I am with blonde hair, and how different our experiences have been.  For example, as we drove past the McDonald's, Wal-mart and Outback, I realized that the only difference between America and Brasilia is that it's hotter here and not everyone speaks English, although Elder Powers said that about half his ward speaks english and portuguese.  Some elders from our district have been with American companions in Brasilia, and they've had way more fun but also not learned as much as those in the boondocks here, I think.  Not in a cocky way or anything, but it's almost hard for me to speak English now, just because I only get to see an American once a week at district meeting, so I've got to learn Portuguese.  Those with American companions have really had a fun time, and [or maybe, because] they can speak English a lot and that kind of thing.  Anyway, it was really interesting to see.  But everyone seems to be doing well, so I was really happy to see that.

I got two packages at transfers, thanks!!  I just opened them as we ran out the door here, but it looks like I've got a Christmas tree to blow up, so I'm way excited for that.  And thanks for the hershey's kisses and other presents for Christmas, I feel way loved.  The lego calendar is awesome.  Thanks so much.

Wow, this is a really long e-mail, sorry about that.  Anyway, life is good here.  Ohh, Christiano was baptized yesterday, and I'll work on getting some photos to you. Thanks for everything, the love, support, prayers, and letters/packages.
até daqui a três semanas!!!

Eric