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 15 May 2007)

Hey Mom and Dad!

Well, since we did talk on the phone just 2 days ago, there’s not too much to say, but it was great to get all your e-mails this week! Thanks so much.

After we talked on the phone Sunday, the other elders were talking until like 11:30, and by that time there were no buses to Paranoa, so that was unfortunate. Instead, we went over to the staff´s house, and stayed up until 3:30 talking. It was really fun. Sometimes missionaries take holidays, like on transfers and days we get to talk to our families, and we just kind of relax a little bit. It makes it much easier to work the rest of the week, although we were very tired last night.

This week should be another good week- we’re going to Brasiliandia, where we’ll work with Elder Santos. Actually, my companion will work with him. I’ll work with the companion of Elder Santos, but we don’t know who that is, because he’s getting to the mission today. So I’ll be his first companion, which should be really great. I’m really excited. But just to summarize… we’ll get to the area, and Elder Meneghetti will take the senior companion and go work with the investigators. And I’ll be there, in an area I don’t know, with no one scheduled to teach, and a companion who has 2 hours in the mission field. It might not be the easiest week of my life…. ;) But we’ll make it.

Last week was also really good, with Elder Kiger. It’s awesome to work with your old friends in the mission, and to see how much we’ve both grown in the past few months. Sometimes being with your old friends gives you both more energy and enthusiasm for the work, which is a good thing.

We had some cool experiences last week with a young woman whom you could tell God had prepared to hear our message. Elder Kiger made a contact with her Monday night, and I got there on Tuesday, we taught her, used what we call “check-mate�? for the baptism, and she was baptized Sunday. She loved all the messages, and even took notes, and studied them each time before we got there to teach her again. I keep thinking of the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants, “if ye shall labor all your days…�? It applies to this life, too. If you work all month and bring save it be one soul unto baptism, how great is your joy. But you can’t measure success with just outward goals and numbers, or you’re gonna be unhappy an awful lot.

Alright, that’s the news from Lake Paranoa [Maybe only Dad appreciated that joke], where the field is white and the formerly white shirts are a nasty yellow. I’m gonna head out, eat lunch, and get ready to pseudo-train a greenie!! We’re going to have a blast! Thanks for everything, and I love you guys! Life is good.

Elder Maughan