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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(excerpts from e-mail sent 9 July 2007)

Hey family!

Thanks so much for the e-mails and the pictures. Although I’ve got to say that seeing a picture of Doug was probably one of the weirdest things that I’ve seen since I got here. Like, wow, he’s already done. That’s weird. It’s weird to think that you guys are back with my friends from high school, which seems like a whole other life. And tell Christina I’m sorry about not writing and I’ll try to get better. (that’s a key phrase I’ve learned on the mission: “Descuple. Vou Melhorar�? “I’m sorry. I’ll do better�?). The truth is that I haven’t been very good at writing anyone for a while, which is evident by my rapidly-shrinking mail pile in the office, haha.

Things are going well here in Cruzeiro. A “Standard of excellence�? week is: 2 baptisms (gold) or 1 (silver), 12 investigators with a date marked for baptism, 12 lessons with members present, 25 lessons total, 6 visitors in sacrament meeting, and 14 new investigators. This week we almost had it again, but we were short one person in sacrament meeting. We were out on the street until the opening prayer and I almost kidnapped a little kid to make it 6 there, but I figured that’s not God’s way.

This week a lady named Valeria was baptized. She’s 22 and her brothers are members of the church, so her family was really happy. She actually lives in a different area, so it was hard to teach her. Cruzeiro has two parts: Brasilia Southwest, which has the highest cost of living in all of Brazil, and Estructural, which is a relatively humble area. Our assigned area is just Southwest, but both are part of the ward. Valeria had already gone to church twice, and wanted to be baptized. Wait, before I finish the story you have to promise that you won’t think I baptize people who aren’t prepared. We went there on Thursday, taught her the first lesson, and then asked her if she wanted to be baptized this week. She said yes. So we returned on Saturday for her interview, which I did, because I had only taught her once. It was a 90 minute interview, because I had to also teach the other lessons and commandments, haha. But she already knew almost everything. That’s what’s so cool about the gospel, it all makes sense and we don’t teach anything, we just help the people remember. Her brothers had already mentioned most everything to her, I was just there to answer some questions and whatever. It was amazing to see how much God had prepared her, but also how much Satan was trying to stop her baptism. The Spirit was incredibly strong through the whole thing, it was amazing. They say that spiritual experiences make you tired, too, and I was seriously almost dead when we left the house. If there were asphalt in that city, I’d have slept on the road. And she left totally excited to be baptized. It was an amazing experience.

I’ve got a few pictures for you, too. One of the baptism, one of the calendar that Carolyn sent me, one of the cool sky, and one of july 4th in brasilia. Notice the McDonalds, Blockbuster, and Capital Steakhouse behind me. I spent July 4th decked out in my blue pants, white shirt (there’s a shocker), and red tie (that Christina gave me), and singing the star spangled banner at the top of my lungs. It was a good time. And it turns out I hit the one year mark this week, too. That’s really weird. They say this is the best time of your mission, and I believe it. You’re long enough from home that you can’t even really think about it. It’s hard for me to think about things that aren’t related to missionary work. I guess that’s a good thing.

The district’s going… alright. This week we’re going to be on a trade (since I’m now an important missionary, because I carry a cell phone and decide when to go on trades), with Elder Atkinson, in case you know his mom. We’re going to work like crazy and there will be some more serious miracles this week. I’m excited.

Anyway, have fun with the new house and everything!! I’m glad that everything seems to be going well! I’m going to go to wal-mart now to pick up my digital photos. Wait, that’s a lie. I’m going to Extra, which is just like wal-mart, the same size and everything, and whose motto is “Proud to be Brazilian.�? Haha. Nothing worth complaining about here. Life is good!!

Elder Maughan