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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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from e-mail sent 3 April 2007)

.....Everything is going really well here, although the spell checker is telling me that all my words are spelled incorrectly. Oh, wait… it automatically switched over to English. Very cool.

I’m sending another e-mail with pictures, so I’ll give you some explanations really quick. Or, should I say, captions for the scrapbook pages, haha.

First off, you should know that we found these hats for only 10 reais (like 5 bucks), so we’ve really gone to town with them. Today’s obligatory ferry-boat photo is of me and Elder Coelho (ko-whale-yoo) and our awesome hats, and there’s one of Elder Maughan studying with his hat. That’s actually not how I study, don’t worry. It was a pose.

There’s also a picture of me, Elder Coelho, and Luis Henrique, who is a 19-year-old we’re teaching who’s really excited about the gospel. When we gave him the Book Of Mormon, his eyes lit up, and he asked “for me?�? just like a little kid on Christmas day. It was awesome, and a great reminder of how we have something so precious, and we need to share it because there are some people who are really searching for the truth.

The last picture is Elder Coelho, me, and the branch president’s family. The branch President was a pastor of the Assemblia de Deus [Assembly of God, do we have it in the US?] before he was baptized. They’re an awesome family, and they’re always out to help the missionaries, which makes us really happy.

Anyway… today is transfers, and we were pretty sure that I would stay, and the other 3 missionaries would go to other areas of the mission. Turns out we were wrong. I’m being shipped back down to Brasília, and my companion will be Elder Meneguetti (mini-getch). Interestingly, there were almost no changes here in the mission, or at least in our zone. I’m the only missionary leaving our zone, and Elder Meneguetti and I will be, I think, the only two missionaries on the bus to Brasília. Very interesting. He’s going to be the Assistant to the President, not that I know how that’s going to affect me. It should be a really great learning experience, though, and I’m really excited. To be honest, I know just about nothing about what is going on here, but oh, well. I’ll know more by next week. Hopefully.

Last night at 9:30 they told us that I was being transferred and that we had to be here in Palmas at 10 am. When coming from a little town like Miracema, that means there’s only one option to get here: the 6 am bus, haha. Needless to say, last night was not a night of a lot of sleep, and the trip to Brasília will be from 7 at night until 6 in the morning, so I should be in Zombie mode by wendesday.

I’ll have to make this short, since no one was there at 10 am at the bus station, and now it’s almost 1 and I’ve got to do important things like find my new companion and figure out a way to round up a bus ticket to Brasilia. Last week we had a cool experience, though: we were invited to a Baptist church! They had a little contest, and whichever group brought the foreigner from the country farthest away won, so the mom of an investigator of ours invited us. I’m not sure I was what the preacher had in mind, but I wasn’t about to complain. So we walked in there, sang a little bit, and then the pastor asked me if I wanted to use the microphone to share a message. Ohh… did I ever, haha. Giving a missionary a microphone in another church is like giving a kid $10 in a candy shop. So I talked a little about the US, and they about why I was here, what we believed, etc. It was a really neat opportunity. I think a lot of people have skewed views about the “Mormons�? waltzing around two by two in the world, so it really helps to joke with them, and let them realize that we’re normal people. I also helped them to recognize that a lot of the rumors that they hear about our church just don’t make any sense. Anyway, an all around success. Very cool.

Alright, time to leave Tocantins, although I’m really going to miss it. Thanks for everything, and I have high hopes of receiving a package when I get to the terminal in Brasília tomorrow!! And I hope you sent a package of stimulants. (I’m kidding). Thanks for everything, and I love you guys!
Eric