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 23 April, 2007)

Thanks for the information about the Virginia Tech Tragedy. You guys might know that it's big national news, but you might not know how big it is internationally, too. It's been on all the broadcasts here, the whole week, with broadcasts and maps from the VT campus and everything. It's a huge deal. And it's gotten to the point where when people find out that you're american, they start asking if you know anything about the terrorist who killed 30 people there. My answer is generally that I don't want to talk about it. Unless you're from the area, you can't really understand the tie between Salem and Tech, anyway. It's good to hear that the town seems to be working well together, and I would like to be there, but I guess all I can really do is pray and wish my best for everyone there. That's awesome that you ran into Amy; give her a hug for me, and Dustin and Kent and Kyle and I guess anyone else you see, too.

In an interesting coinscidence, I spent the week in the same house as Elder Wheatley, who is from Oakton, VA, and I think the only other Virginian in the mission. It was really fun. I wasn’t too distracted by the whole VT thing, because I couldn’t really do anything about it, but I would like to be there to try to help out.

Things are going really well here, though. It was my second week working in Planaltina, and it was a really good week. We worked really hard, and four people were baptized yesterday (the computer’s not really working well, that’s why I didn’t send any pictures). It’s a really good area. There’s a section rich and a poorer section, and the work is growing much faster in the poorer section. The people are humble, and really accepting to the gospel. It’s fascinating to watch how the gospel helps people’s lives. There are a lot of members of the church who were struggling a lot, but who joined the church, started keeping the commandments, and were really blessed because of it. Lesson: do what God wants and He’ll bless you.

So... you sent a package?? Woo-hoo! I wouldn’t mind getting hard copies of the VT layouts you made. Or any other scrapbook photos. I have high hopes of getting that picture book that you sent 7 months ago. Carolyn sent a bunch of photos, and that made me very happy. It’s great to see what’s going on back home. During the week it’s not too hard to concentrate on the work, and at night and P-day people love seeing pictures of your home and family.

Next week Elder Meneghetti and I will be working in Estância, na area in the same ward we were working in last week. And we will be working with... Elder Powers, my MTC companion!! I’m way excited. It should be a great time. It’s really na [a-n is not a portuguese word, just n-a, so it’s automatically changing it] area white, already to harvest, and we’ll do our best to harvest there.

Alright, that’s the news. Nothing much to report, no crazy stories, just four miracles, since every baptism is really a miracle. Life is good, we’re working hard, time is passing quickly, and I’m happy as a lark. Hey, I just realized that I’ll be able to call you in 3 weeks! That’s really exciting! Maybe I’ll be here in paranoá, or I guess anywhere else, who knows. Every Sunday and Monday I think we’ll return here to Paranoá, but who knows? I’ll find out more later. Alright, thanks for everything! Let everyone at Salem know they’re in my prayers, and if there’s anything I can do to help, let me know. I’m proud to be na American, a Salemite, and a Hokies fan. Thanks for everything!

Elder Maughan