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)

Questions or comments?

E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpt from e-mail sent 26 June 2007)

Hey guys!

How is everything? It sounds like the trip to England and Ireland was pretty awesome. I loved seeing the pictures of you four there, although you and Melissa look completely different from how you did when I left. But I would imagine that I don’t really look identical either, so I’ll forgive you. Are Grandma and Grandpa finishing up their mission now? I don’t really remember. Actually, when you’re a missionary, you pretty much lose track of time completely. It was only recently that I realized that the winter semester of college has finished, which was like 3 months ago.

This past week was a good week, and we were still up there in Planaltina with Elder Maciel, which was a good time. It’s interesting like they say that the mission is the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. We found a family on Tuesday night who had already been to church and was ready to be baptized, and we set a goal for them to be baptized that same week, which they accepted (after a lot of work on our part). So we went back home that night with 4 filled-out baptism forms and I was just as happy as can be. But then the next night we went there, and they were lying to us, telling us they weren’t there, etc, and I just about started crying right there in the middle of the road. But we made it through, then resolved their problems, and life is good now. They weren’t baptized, but some day they will be. President Hinckley says that “the leader makes the group,�? and the problem there was that the father was a little hesitant, so the whole family was held back, despite the interest the rest of the family had. Interesting principle.

Another thing I learned about last week was problem solving, and being a problem solver. There seem to be a lot of people in the world who like to point out problems, but few who like to actually present solutions. My goal is to be in the second group.

Transfer news: I’m being transferred to Cruzeiro, with Elder Monção Ferreira. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the same area where I worked for 2 weeks with Elder Monção. The only difference is that he changed his name. Same companion, same area, same Wal-mart 3 minutes from our house, same everyone speaking English, same 2 MacDonald’s in our area…. I’m pretty exciting, though, because I really liked working there. It’s a completely different area, and you need to work in a different way, but I think I’ll figure it out sooner or later. And I’ll be a district leader there, which should be good. We’re going to work like crazy.

Photo Time!

The first one is Me and Elder Maciel, with whom I worked for two weeks. He's been out for 3 months, hence the still-white shirt.

I think you'll appreciate the second photo, but let me explain. So, Elder Redd (the one with blood on his hand and dirt on his back) and I were riding on a bike, brazilian-style (two people on the same bike, with one sitting on the frame.) I'll tell the story from my point of view: I was pedaling pretty fast, the road was flat, there weren't any bumps, and then all of a sudden I was in the air with my hands like superman, with the bike behind me, Elder Redd flying beneath me, and pavement in front, haha. Turns out that somewhere along the line Elder Redd´s foot got caught in the wheel (hence the bent tire), and the wheel stopped, real fast. It was relatively funny. And no one's hurt, don't worry. Just maybe my pride in walking back through town carrying the bike, haha. Anyway, let me know if mom got nervous hearing that story, because if she did I'll have to stop telling my cool stories.

Life is good!
Elder Maughan