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 11 June 2007)

How are you guys? Everything going well, I hope. Everything is, as usual, most excellent here in Brasilia. Right now I’m hanging out here in Paranoá with Elder MacDonald, and then we’re going to pick up a bus and head out to the office. I love feeling free like this.

This week was a really good week in Cruzeiro. It was really weird working in such a rich area with apartments and everything, and such an American-like area. I ate at MacDonald’s and Wal-mart (which are like ritzy restaurants here in Brazil), and passed on the Subway, Pizza Hut, etc. Very strange. I didn’t really like it. I’d rather stay in Brazil, and eat Brazilian food, than flip flop between Brazil and the US. The food at these American places is good, but I don’t think it’s much better than Brazilian food, and it brings back memories of home really quickly. And it’s not like I ever ate MacDonald’s at home. Heck, my first McFlurry was here in Brazil. Weird.

Another ‘first’ of the week… I taught my first lesson in English. It was a guy who was a native Iraqi, Muslim and all, but lived for a while in London. After 9/11 it might seem strange that a New Yorker and an Iraqi were sitting in a bar in Brazil talking about religion, but strange things happen on the mission. Anyway, I think I got the reverse gift of tongues while we were talking, because I taught exactly like I teach in Portuguese, which made me really happy. I even remembered the first vision in English! At the beginning I forgot the verb “to pray�? in English, but after that, I was on a roll. I did everything like we do in English, even the baptismal invitation in the first lesson, but he said that he didn’t want to be baptized. I didn’t feel too bad that he rejected me; I think the first step in his conversion might be that he believes in Jesus Christ first.

I learned a lot this week about trials of our faith and about our desires. There were a few days when everyone was rejecting us, despite everything we could think of. Then, after a few days of serious prayer and real desire to teach, God started putting people into our path. After a few days of “trials of our faith,�? and very little teaching, God provided a bunch of lessons real quick [note: now, in the mission, each household counts as a lesson. So, for example, if you have two neighbors in the same house, and you teach them at the same time, it counts as 2 lessons if they live in different houses. I’m not saying I agree; I just obey]. Anyway, in that house we taught 13 people and 8 different households/lessons, and even the hardest of protestants were accepting our invitations, because God was touching their hearts. It took a lot of work [namely, me in the street calling a bunch of teenagers to repentance and inviting them into someone else’s house to listen… which can be rather intimidating. My companion thought I was crazy], but when God sees our desires and that we’re willing to work, He provides a way. Very cool.

How are things with the move?? I kind of wish I was there to help out, but I’m sure things are well under control. Say goodbye to everyone in Salem for me. And if you ever get homesick, just listen to “O Shenandoah,�? which is a song about a guy who’s homesick for Virginia. It’s on a CD I’ve got here. It’s horrible.

No clue where I’ll be this week. We’re about to head out to the office, and the President will tell us where to go. It should be a good week, though. We’ll find someone to baptize, because God’s got people prepared.

Good luck with the move and everything! If there’s ever anything I can do to help out, just let me know. Not like I can do a whole lot. Anyway, be good, work hard, and have fun. Have a fun/safe trip to NY/Ireland! And, in the words of Evan Brooksby, make it a great day! ;)

Life is good,
Elder Maughan