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 12/18/2006)

Hey mom!!

Alright, I'll start out answering your questions, beacuse I'm the kind of guy that will forget if I don't right away:

Cristiano is a 19-year-old who was baptized the week of the missing letter, sorry about that. He's really excited about the gospel, and received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday, so I'm really excited for him. I think he's got a lot of potential in the Gospel.

The leaf hot pad and family scrapbook layout package doesn't sound really familiar, sorry. This Friday we have another conference, so maybe something will come then.... I got the stocking package last week, although stockings apparently aren't a Christmas tradition here in Brazil, because everyone asks why there are two socks hanging up on our wall. haha. Personally, I think it's the coolest thing in the world, along with the inflatable tree. I'm definitely going to have to carry that tree with me and use it after i'm married and everything, too. Thanks!!

I'm really glad once again to hear that everything seems to be going so well for you guys. I'm way excited for next week, and I think I'll probably e-mail you on Monday with a phone number and time to call, if that's alright with you. Or call you and have you call me back. i'm not really sure. But I'll figure something out. And the mission president said there's no limit on the call this year, too. woo-hoo. Although, to be completely honest, I'm really nervous about trying this English thing. I don't think i've had a conversation in English since the MTC, so no laughing, alright?

In case you were wondering, going through the Christmas season in Brazil isn't as painful as I thought it would be. The weather hasn't changed at all since I've been here, and I'm still putting on sunscreen in the morning, so in that sense it doesn't really feel like Christmas. I think I would be much more homesick if I were in a country more like the US, but because things here are so different, it doesn't really remind me of home or of Christmas. Homesickness seems to be mostly mental, too, so I just try to push thoughts of "what I was doing a year ago today" or "what's my family doing right now" from my mind. This week feels like just one more in the midst of 104 [that wasn't supposed to come out in such a depressed-sounding way, sorry. but at least it rhymes!]

Alright, that's about it for now. I guess the next time I've got something to tell you guys I can just tell you on the phone!! And like I said, I'll probably e-mail you sometime next Monday [yeah... probably monday. if I e-mail you any other day, I'm probably breaking a rule. so if you get an e-mail any other day, assume that I'm just justifying disobedience], and set up a time and number for you to call. Thanks for everything, and Merry Christmas!!

From Gama, with Love
Eric