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.

Hey mom!

Good to hear that things are still going well at home. It was really great to get e-mails from Scott and Craig, and I'll do my best to write back to them, but the computer's not working really well, and I might not have time, anyway. I haven't gotten the pictures you talked about, but I did get your skyline letter last week! I don't know when we'll get mail/packages next time, but I'm not too hopeful that it'll be really soon.

It's great that Alex seems to be doing well in France. Is he allowed to e-mail other than his immediate family? If he is, I'll try to get permission to e-mail him, although I'm not incredibly optimistic about that. I figure all missions are about the same, that each one has its own trials, but it all works out at the end. Some people think that it's harder to speak a different language or whatever, but I think that really, a mission is equally hard for everybody. I guess maybe you could slack off and maybe it would be easier, but whether you're serving in France or serving in Brazil, you're still suffering. I mean serving. No, I'm just kidding, a mission's not all suffering. You learn a lot, and it's really fun at times. Right now I'm really working on keeping an upbeat attitude. I've noticed, or at least felt like, I'm changing a lot, and I don't really like it. I think I've tried to be too serious, so I'm trying to be happier, less serious, and life will still be good.

In other news, we've fixed up two bikes that we donated by members here, and now all four of the missionaries here have bikes, which is most excellent. Mine's an old school mountain bike, without gears, but with very nice brakes. The gear ratio (or whatever it's called) is really high, which makes going uphill really hard, but no worries. Riding a bike is all mental, like everything in life. You get to the top of a hill with your mind, not your legs. That's something track taught me, and it's really true. The only problem is when you get to the top of the hill and you're sweating like crazy and can't walk.

The work here is coming along well, too. We're teaching a family with 5 kids (three who can be baptized), and parents that aren't married (so they can't be baptized), but who will get married (so they can be baptized). It's so fun to teach the gospel to people and see it change their lives. There are two sons in the family, 13 and 14, and they're really quiet, but they get really excited to read the Book of Mormon and go to church. We also had 94 people at the branch this week, maybe the highest attendance ever. Normally there are about 65-70, so we were really excited. This is an area where the church is relatively new, 15 years here in Miracema, but there are a lot of cities around here that still don't have missionaries. There's still a lot of work to be done.

Alright, that's the news. Thanks for everything, guys, and good luck with the house hunting in NY and everything. Nothing to worry about here, life is good, and the Church is true. Make sure you're treating the missionaries well and giving them referrals! Haha, sorry I had to say that.
Love,
Eric