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 June 4, 2007)

Thanks for the e-mail! Good news, I got the two packages this week!! And a bunch of letters, too, which makes me a happy missionary. And a conference-issue Ensign, in English, which also makes me a very happy missionary. Conference was cool to read in Portuguese, but there are so many little connotations and details that you just can’t get in another language. Plus, I figure, the apostles and I both speak English, so why translate to Portuguese? Just to delight in inefficiently, I guess.

This week I was working with Elder Monção (pronounced like Thomas S.) in Cruzeiro, which was a really cool experience. Cruzeiro [cross] is a part of the city of Brasilia, and a really rich area, where everyone lives in a nice apartment and has a nice car. A pretty big change. It would be a nice area to live, and was a great place to eat lunch, but a different area in terms of missionary work. It was my first time working in an area with apartments, so it was interesting. I don’t know the best way to convince people to let us into their house when we’re talking on a speakerphone in front of the house. But it’s just something that comes with time, I guess.

We were there with Elder Morin, from Kansas, and Elder Monção, and it was a really good time. This is Elder Monção’s second transfer, and he’s got a lot of desire and a lot of potential. One thing I’ve learned a lot is that if you don’t say something, people don’t know. A lot of things that I take for granted are things that I’ve learned from experience in the field, and I forget that not everyone knows.

Ohh, something interesting about being from Albany…. I tell everyone I’m from New York, and obviously everyone thinks about the city. And here, all the capitals are also the largest cities in the state. So, for example, in São Paulo, there’s the country-side and the capital, and nothing in between. So people ask me where I’m from, and I say New York, and then they ask if I’m from the countryside or the capital. That throws me up a creek without a paddle. What do I say to that??

It was a good week this week. We ran into a couple of people whom we taught the first lesson, and then they got out their anti-true church literature to study before we got there. It was a textbook from a course they had to take before they could be baptized. I won’t specifically say which church, but let’s just say that it’s the only church which I’m 100% certain is “not true�? [Joseph Smith-History 1:20]. The book started “Mormons are not Christians…�? and went down from there. I got rather frustrated, and the Spirit can’t be there when you’re angry, so that was rough. Every time it just strengthens my testimony that this is the true church. And I crossed out all the lies in the book and wrote in the truth, kind of like the Kid’s Book on Homestarrunner. I thought it was relatively funny.

Alright, that’s the news. I’ve got to run to Cruzeiro, we’re going to be there this week, too. Life is good here, and still nothing worth complaining about. Love you guys!!
Elder Maughan