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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(excerpt from e-mail sent March 18, 2007)

... I just sent off an e-mail with four pictures. I hope you like them!  The first one is of the four Miracema missionaries standing on top of the largest ox in the world.  A very coveted photo, had by a priveledged few.  It was actually pretty cool.  I didn't get any photos of the inside of the ox, which is a big room with pictures on the wall, air conditioning, etc.  Very cool.  In case you were curious, the world's largest ox is also anatomically correct, with a to-scale size representation of the excretory system, too.  Very funny.

The second photo is of family night with the House of Israel (Israel being the name of the dad).  It's an awesome family, and once the parents get legally married, they'll get baptized, too.  The two teenagers, Jefferson and Jackson, were baptized, and we're going to try to baptize Carol, the 9 year old, this week.

Moving on, we have the obligatory ferryboat picture.  We decided to take it before getting on the ferry this time, and I think it's pretty cool.  You can see the mountains and the jungle on the other side of the river, and it's a really beautiful place.

Lastly, and my personal favorite, is the Pineapple truck picture.  In case you can't tell, that's Elder Maughan and Elder Coelho and a flatbed truck of 8,000 pineapples headed for São Paulo.  A lot of the people here work on the pinapple plantations just outside the city, and apparently they grow a lot of pinapple.

Things are still going really well here in Miracema.  It's interesting because we're very close to have a stake here in Palmas, and satan knows that and is doing his best to stop the church from growing.  There are a lot of people recently speaking badly about the church and there's always something to impede our investigators from going to church.  I know it's normally bad, but it seems to be especially rough here right now, because the work is about to take a big step in the right direction with a stake here in Palmas.  So, summarizing: Satan's trying his hardest, but he's going to lose, and he's not going to shake our faith no matter what he does.

Wednesday was great, to get to go into Palmas (leave the island here for the first time in 6 weeks) and listen to Elder Ellis.  Actually, I played the piano there, too, so I can say that my piano-playing ability (or lack thereof) has been complimented by a general authority.  ;)  Unfortunately, the zone leader knows that I know how to fake the piano, so I didn't even volunteer, I was assigned at the last minute, haha.  It was great to be there, though.  He talked a lot about the importance of bringing families into the church and helping them, and also about how we do our part and God does His, and the work gets done.  God prepares the people, the Holy Ghost testifies to them, and we just teach.  Interesting how even God's plans use teamwork and partnership to get things done.  Life isn't a one-man show.

We got a few letters last week, which were sent around the first week in February.  I got dad's from February 8th, but no photos or packages.  I'm starting to lose faith in the Brazilian mail system, but no worries.  Maybe they're holding everything for me, and I'll get it all at one time.

I think that's about it for the news from here.  Things are going well, I'm still happy and healthy, and the work is progressing.  The church is growing here, and still has a lot of potential.  I feel bad sometimes when it seems like other missionaries write more about the work to their families or whatever, but I hope that you guys know that I have a testimony of the Church and the Book of Mormon, and the mission's a great place to learn about how to work with the Spirit to do the Lord's work.  Thanks for everything, the letters, the love, and the prayers!