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.

(excerpt from e-mail sent 21 May, 2007)

Hey guys!

How are things? So, they changed the Glenville Ward boundaries? That’s cool, I guess. Is the stake shrinking?? What is that?? Our job here is to divide stakes, or go to the middle of the jungle (Tocantins) and create them. You can let the missionaries know that I’ll be back in a year and a half, and we’ll baptize everyone and divide the stake, alright? Haha.

This week was a good one, in Brazlândia with Elder E. Santos, whose companion is Elder Santos. Not to be confused with Elder dos Santos, whose companion is Elder S. dos Santos. It was really good, though. He’s a really humble guy, and we got along well. Sometimes he didn’t like the way I worked, and we learned a lot that life is about compromises and giving and taking. I was a pretty big stickler about doing the right things, too. We’re told to make at least 10 street contacts per day, and I made sure that we both did, although he wasn’t a huge fan of that at the beginning. But I did it in a very lovingly way, don’t worry, haha. It was a hard week as far as the work was concerned. I realized that I was getting pretty cocky, so I prayed for humility, or at least to be humbled, and ask and ye shall receive. Man, it was so hard. We taught a ton, had 20+ new investigators, but by Sunday all of them either had been cut or had an excuse to not go to church. But life’s about having tests of our faith, too. I did my best to not get discouraged, and was relatively successful at times. Just keep the rules, do your best, and the blessings will come. Although there was a time this week when I was relatively confident that President would send me to a remote area in the jungle where I could do no damage, and send newbie from the MTC to be my senior. But so far, no phone call from him.

We had stake conference this week, too, and it was pretty cool. We invited everyone in the streets to come, but we made it sound pretty awesome. We talked about the “congress�? with “a man to preach to us�? [President Aidukaitis] “who studied in the US�? [that’s true-BYU] “did a course there�? [the course was mechanical engineering]. President also broke his arm, so we talked about how “the opposition�? [the other team in the soccer game] tried to take him out, but he overcame it, and will speak to us. Personally, I can’t believe the whole chapel wasn’t overflowing.

Anyway, that’s the news from last week. This week, I have no clue where we’ll be, but I would guess it’s likely that we’ll return to Brazlândia. But who knows? Things are going well here, though. Still nothing worth complaining about, but I’ll let you know if I find anything. For now, it’s just working hard and trying to always get better. Probably another good pattern for life. Like I keep saying, thanks so much for the love, the letter, and everything. Love you guys!

Life is good,
Elder Maughan