Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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Look here for new photos and a movie. (07/30/07)

TRANSFERRED (06/25): Eric has been transferred to the town of Cruzeiro, an area that he has worked in before. It has a McDonald's and WalMart and lots of English-speaking people.

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Elder Eric Maughan
Brazil Brasilia Mission
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(excerpts from e-mail sent on 30 July 2007)

Hey guys!

How are things? Sounds like people are relatively happy and healthy back home, so that’s great to hear. We finally got around to taking some pictures of our house, and some other random pictures, so I hope you enjoy them. The first one is of me doing random exercises on random bars that they have here in Brazil. I don’t really know how to use them, but they’re fun and I use them to make contacts: “Look at the American in a shirt and tie doing push-ups. Let’s listen to his message!” The second one is of the two of us singing Karaoke to the Backstreet Boys at the last ward activity. I don’t know if the singing was very good, but the ward complimented me on my English pronunciation. I’ll try not to let that get to my head. Like you said, mom, there’s no such thing as ‘righteous pride.’ Looks like we’ve got another bus contact picture. It was actually a relatively embarrassing contact, because I almost fell down when the bus turned the corner. But I made a relatively smooth cover-up, so everything turned out well.

And now a bunch of house pictures. The zone leaders called me yesterday to tell me that we need to move, because a missionary’s house has to have 4 things: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and place to wash clothes. Our house has all four, and in a very efficient way, they’re all in one room. It’s like the Swiss army knife of houses. But they didn’t buy my excuse. Oh, well. It’s a nice house, though. Two closets, two desks/kitchen tables, two fans, two functioning chairs, and two broken ones. And that’s about it. The only hard part is when we hang up the clothes to dry, because there’s no where to put them. But we find a way.

Anyway, this was a good work week, too. We taught a ton, found a ton of new people, and had really good numbers, except for another 0 in the baptism category. Actually, the whole district had a zero. Our ward mission leader called us “District Abinadi,” but this week is going to be a week of miracles and there will be a lot of baptisms. I’m going to work here in Cruzeiro with Elder Dunford, our zone leader who’s finishing up his mission next week. I figure we’ll do a bit of slacking off at McDonalds and Wal-mart, etc. Nah, we’re going to work like crazy, and it’ll be really good.

Anyway, it turns out that our area here covers 3 other cities that don’t have missionaries, so we go there once in a while to contact referrals, etc. On Thursday a ward missionary from one of the cities came and he and I went traveling from city to city, contacting these people. It was pretty fun. We also taught a lesson in the “Parkway Mansion Sector,” which is an area of, you guessed it, mansions. Very big houses. It was pretty intense. We taught a great family, very interested in the gospel, which have a daughter who is going to study in the US at a place called BYU. Not something I had expected to find here. So, Melissa, you’ve got a mission: she’s going to Las Vegas on the 11th, and then she’s going to BYU from there. My job is to stay here and baptize her family, and your job is to grab Tyson or some other Portuguese-speaking person, and baptize here there, alright? Her name is Paloma Dias Brito De Medeiros, but she doesn’t know exactly where she’ll be staying there, but I’m sure you’ll be able to find her. Thanks!

Next week is also transfers, so P-day will be on Tuesday. My guess is that I’ll stay here and Elder Monção will head out, but no one knows for sure. It’s been really great working here with him. He’s a really patient guy, very relaxed, which is something that’s really important in someone who’s with you all day, every day.

Alright, I think that’s the news for this week. Next week we’re going to visit the “fair of the imported things,” which supposedly has cheap prices, too. Alright, now it’s off to wal-mart to get the pictures I developed. Life is hard. Later!

Elder Maughan