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 12 March 2007) 

....I had every intention of sending you a 90 second video that Elder Coelho and I made of us playing the guitar and singing I am a Child of God in two languages, but it's 80 MB, and it turns out that e-mail isn't the best way to send something that big.

The pictures for today: The baptism of Jackson, Jefferson, and Alvoro, last week.  We were in a meeting beforehand and apparently they were in a rush to get the baptism started, so the only chance we had to take a picture was in the bathroom afterwards.  Oh, well.  The  second picture, and I hope you can see it, is a Toucan in the tree by our house.  There were 4 of them, and most of the pictures I tried ended up being of just the tree, but I hope this one worked out.  In the States we see toucans at breakfast when we buy fruit loops and look at the cereal box.  In Tocantins, we buy our breakfast at the bakery and on the way home see toucans in the trees.  More or less the same thing.

So, funny story: the keyboard here is a tiny bit different from the ones back home, and I went to hit the delete button while I was writing your last letter, and I accidentally hit the "shut down the computer" button.  Then the MyLdsMail website went crazy, but now I'm finally writing again.  Happy day.

Things are great here.  Wednesday we've got a meeting in Palmas. Elder Ellis of the Seventy is coming, and it'll be my first time leaving Miracema and seeing other missionaries in about 6 weeks.  And I get to ride the ferry again, which is always a blast.  Plus, there's the potential of getting letters, and hopefully a package of photos, so life is most excellent.

Nothing much to report here.  We're still working hard and watching as the church continues to grow here.  There were 109 people yesterday at sacrament meeting, and it was awesome to see the chapel filled.  And we're teaching a few men whom we think have real potential as leaders in the church.  It's interesting to see how things work out when we teach people who have a lot of potential in the church, because we work hard, but Satan does, too.  The day after we taught him the first lesson, he brought the pamphlet to work with him and a co-worker bashed our church for a whole hour with our investigator.  Don't worry, we fixed everything up, but it was interesting to see.  It always happens like that, Satan tries to do something to stop our teaching or get to the mind of the person.  We've just got to be ready for it.

Tell Scott and Craig to learn the piano, because there's no such thing as only playing a few hymns; if you can play anything, everyone thinks you can play everything.  Yesterday I didn't know what hymns we were singing until they were announced, and while the president announced who would say the prayer, I frantically turned to the hymn and hoped I could play it.  It worked out all right, but it's worth it for Scott and Craig to get a feel of a lot of hymns, or at least learn to fake the right hand, like I usually do.

Well, I've got to run, we've got an appointment to have a private tour of the world's largest ox right now.  I know, it's a privledge.  you're probably jealous. Thanks for everything!

Love,

Eric