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 26 March 2007)

Hey mom!!

How are things?  I’ve wisened up and am now typing this in Microsoft Word, because the computer and I haven’t been getting along recently.  Hope this works out.  As much as I’m sorry to hear that it’s 80 degrees there, I won’t fake too much sympathy, haha.  The other day they said it was a little over 40 degrees here, that being in Celsius.  So, like, 104 on the American system.

I’m sending some pictures in another e-mail, but since I’m having so much fun typing in word, I’ll give you a little summary here.  We’ve got the Final Four of our Musical Chairs game at the school for disabled children, although I’m sorry to report that I didn’t make it past that round.   I also sent a picture of how everyone rides bikes here.  To give rides to your friends, they sit on the bar in front of you and you pedal.  If you have the impression that it’s comfortable, you’re very wrong.  And it’s kind of like a tandem bike, except that only one person does the pedaling;  more or less impossible.  Imagine pedaling yourself and another grown man to the top of a hill on a bike that doesn’t have gears when it’s 95 degrees and sunny.  We drink a lot of water here.

I think I sent two more… one of me on my bike trying to track down an investigator on his horse to bring him to church.  That was really fun.  And another one, just Elder Coelho and me on the way to lunch one day.

Alright, I hope you enjoy the photos!  I’m pretty excited to get a pen drive or two, assuming that packages really do arrive here in Tocantins.  Cami sent a letter with pictures, demonstrating that she knows how to make missionaries very happy.  You would do well to follow her example, haha.  Nah, I’m just kidding, I just think it’s really ironic that none of the letters with pictures get to me.  But it’s really great to see the pictures on the computer, too, thanks a lot!!

Things are still most excellent here.  The work is progressing, slowly.  I’m learning a lot about how to stay happy and upbeat when things aren’t going well.  We are reminded a lot that the Lord has promised us 2 baptisms per companionship per week, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to let it get to me if I don’t baptized 208 people during my mission.  There are missionaries here who are baptizing but not keeping all the rules, not really charitable, etc.  I’m going to do my best, obviously, but I feel like I’m here to keep the rules and learn and grow, more than to baptize everyone.  Doctrine and Covenants talks all the time about being obedient and serving with all your heart, but not about baptizing everyone in the world, so I don’t let it get to me.  I have a feeling that we, as mortals, don’t really understand at all the plans of God, relating to how the gospel will be preached in the future and in the spirit world.  But I’m relatively convinced that the best way for the Lord to do His work here on the earth is not to send a 20-year-old American kid to a different country to learn a different language and try to share his limited knowledge.  I think He’s got other things in mind, too.

Or maybe I’m just justifying that I’m not baptizing like wildfire, haha.

Soo… this week is General Conference, which I’m not really happy about, because here in the State of Tocantins there are 4 chapels, 0 of which have satellite.  I’m pretty sad about that, because I love general conference (man, that’s such a missionary thing to say), but what can you do?  There’s the Ensign, which I’ll probably get, in Portuguese, in the next 6 months.  Next week is also transfers, which should be good.  I think we’re about to undergo some changes in Miracema, and I don’t think the four of us will stay together.  Elder Coelho and I are having a great time, and are great friends.  

Well, it turns out that when I type in Microsoft word, I get a little long-winded, haha.  Sorry about that.  Anyway, hope everything’s still going well, and keep it up.  Good luck with the house and the move, and with school and work and whatever else needs to be done.  Thanks for everything, and I love you guys!!

E. Maughan