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 2 July 07)

......For what it’s worth, my little house is like a 25 foot square. I’ve decided to not send pictures of it until after I’m transferred, so that you don’t get worried. ;) Nah, it’s not bad, don’t worry. It’s not the biggest house ever, but we’re not ever really at home. Just on P-day, and a small house is easier to clean, anyway.

I’m excited to get home and see the Glenville Ward (in roughly 365 days…). Chelsea Mairs is serving a mission? Very neat. And how’s Jaren doing in Florida? It’s really weird how fast time flies, and you don’t even realize that other people are moving on with their lives, going on missions, getting married, etc. Very strange.

Anyway, I’ve got a few pictures for ya. The first one is of Elder MacDonald, me, and Elder Zent. We were three of the assistant’s companions, who are now three of the district leaders here. They’re really great guys, and it was a lot of fun hanging out in Paranoa during the last 2 transfers, playing American football in the street, making contacts in front of the bus (with the other missionaries in the back, taking pictures), etc.

The next two pictures are of Washington (the ward mission leader), Elder Monção Ferreira, and I enjoying the food at the “June Festival,�? which is like the ward harvest party. There were a ton of visitors there, and it was a great time, with some great opportunities to meet people and make a good impression for the church. And eat good food.

The last picture is of Maria Severina, who was baptized yesterday. It’s a pretty impressive story, actually. Three weeks ago, when Elder Meneghetti and I were here on a trade, we were standing out on the sidewalk before church inviting everyone to enter, and he talked with a lady who said she couldn’t come that week but would the next. Then Elder Meneghetti and I left, but it turns out that she did go to church the next week, and the next, and the elders taught here the first lesson. I met her on Friday, and we taught her a pretty sweet 2nd and 4th lesson combined, and invited her to be baptized on Sunday, which she accepted. She’s really happy and strong with her testimony, and it was really great to see that. God has people prepared for us, when we have the faith and courage to find them.

Things are going well here in Cruzeiro. It’s right in Brasilia (we actually walked from the transfer point- the bus station- to our house), in a very affluent area, which means the lunches are most excellent. The people are a little more hard-hearted, so we’re working more with the members and things like that, because knocking doors in an area like this is relatively ineffective, although we’ve come up with some innovative ideas, haha. Elder Monção Ferreira is from Terezina, which is a city actually relatively close to Tocantins. This is his third transfer, and he’s a great missionary, so I’m really happy. It’s going to be a good transfer.

Life as a district leader is good, too. I get a cell phone but I sort of miss being a junior, with very few worries. There are a few more worries here, like is my companionship going to baptize, is the district going to baptize, etc.... But life is really good. For the time being, the district hasn’t been really producing, but that will all change in a few weeks, don’t worry. God was really merciful with us this past week, and He gave our companionship a “standard of excellence�? week, which was thought to have been nearly impossible in this area. I just didn’t listen when they said it was impossible, and God was merciful and powerful. We’ll try to get that through to the district, and God will work miracles here. Although there’s that fine line between pride and confidence that I’m treading, so I’ve got to be careful.

Anyway, that’s the news from here. Nothing worth complaining about, and life is good. The weather is cool, the food is good, and I’m almost at the halfway point, which is relatively nuts. I’ll try to kick it into high gear for the last year. Life is good!!

Elder Maughan