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.

(Excerpt from e-mail sent 30 April, 2007)

This week was a really good week. We were working in Estância, which is an area with all dirty roads, but with good people ready to hear the gospel. This week was an emotional roller coaster, finding someone to baptize, then he couldn’t, then another, then he couldn’t… but life is good. I was working with Elder Costa (Elder Power’s companion), and we worked really hard, although our numbers weren’t too high and we didn’t baptize anyone. Basically what happens is that Elder Meneghetti and I get to an area, and he and the senior companion work with all the investigators to baptize them, and I and the junior go to work, on the faith that God has people prepared to be baptized. We just have to first find these people. But it’s really fun, and a great growing opportunity. You also learn to not compare yourself to others, since that won’t get you anywhere. We’re here to learn, and I’ve definitely got plenty of areas where I need to learn and grow and get better. But we’re getting there.

This week we’ll be working in Simonbia, which will be my fifth area and third state in the last 6 weeks. I’ll work there with Elder Hurley, whose mom I think you know, right? Very cool. It should be a good week, and we’ll do our best to find the people God wants us to baptize. Either way, we’ll just work as hard as we can.

I still haven’t gotten any envelopes or packages of photos, but I’m in the office right now, so who knows what can happen? Ohh, I got the letters and pictures from Dustin today!! He’s the man. Someday I’ll have a relaxing P-day and I’ll write him a letter, but for now, can you tell him thanks for me?

Interesting question about the problems that we have here in the Brasilia mission. I haven’t really thought much about it, haha. My theory is that there’s no such thing as a hard mission or hard area, just soft missionaries [I hope that makes sense in English, haha]. We run into a few problems with people who don’t know how to read. Ohh, wait, there is a big problem. Marriage here is relatively expensive and, without the law of chastity, people have little cultural incentive to get married, so few do. There are a lot of people just living together, who can’t be baptized. So we make contacts, ask them if they’re married civilly, and if not, give them a pass-along card and wish them luck. I’m not sure what other problems we have here that differ from other mission, being as I’ve never served in another mission, but everything is pretty great here.

Haha, you’ll never guess… the mail just arrived, with two packages for me. I’m going to go open them now. I love the office. Life is good here, and thanks for everything.
Love you!
Elder Maughan

Three pictures today:

1. Elder Meneghetti and I with a barbeque that we bought on the street for one real. It was most excellent. I'm still a big fan of eating.

2. The baptism for this week. These past three weeks we've been working in two areas, but the same ward, so these are all either missionaries I've worked with or investigators I at least attempted to teach. The sight of a bunch of people in white is enough to make a missionary cry.

3. Three of us on the highway in Brasilia. I don't remember who was taking the picture, but between me, Elder Costa, Elder Powers, and Elder Meneghetti, one is taking the picture and the other 3 are in it.