Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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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
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150     
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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from e-mail sent on 14 Aug 2007)

Hey guys!

How are things? Actually, it sounds like they’re going pretty well. Things are going excellently in this half of the world. First off, remember how last week you told me that there was an Elder Hoon who was going to arrive in the mission and need a trainer? Guess whom he has as a companion… me! So you can tell his mom that my nickname in high school should have been All-state, so he’s in good hands.

Also, remember how I told you that this transfer was going to be a transfer of miracles? Let me tell you about it. On Wednesday morning I was innocently sitting there at the window, and a lady peeked her head in at the two Americans sitting in shirts and ties reading the scriptures at 9 in the morning, “Hey, are you the Elders?” “Yeah” “I know your church; I went there for a year in Rio de Janeiro.” “Were you baptized?” “Not yet, but I want to be.” “You want to be baptized this week?” And she was. Good story, huh? I liked it. It’s amazing how God has people ready for us, and when He finds us ready and willing, He sends them to us. God did everything, and we just had to do the ordinance.

Oh, wait, there was one trial of our faith, haha. On Sunday, in between her interview and baptism, she got lost in the neighborhood, because she had moved there this week. So we spend an hour and a half running around, 4 missionaries in two search parties of two each, and the bishop in his car, until we finally met up with her at the chapel. But by the time we got there everyone who had been there to watch the baptism had gone home, and the service was: me, Elder Hoon, her (Poliana), the bishop, one lady from the Relief Society, and the ward mission leader. But God was watching, and that’s what counts.

It’s been fun this week with Elder Hoon. He’s a great missionary and working hard on his Portuguese. It’s hard because I want to speak English to make his life easier, but if I do, he won’t learn as fast. It’s really hard, actually. So I normally just pretend that I don’t speak or understand English, which is working more or less. I don’t envy being in his shoes. Like I said almost a year ago, they say that the mission is the best two years, but I think they mean the best two years after the worst couple of months. (That might not be something to say to future missionaries). Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, but here we’re really geared after working, and sitting there talking English is fun, but it doesn’t help the work, so we rarely do it. But at least I remember how it was, so I can help him a bit. I hope.

Anyway, what else is going on here? The district did pretty well this week, thanks so much for the help and support up there. The mission’s going well now; 277 souls were baptized in the past 4 weeks, which is like 10 times what were being baptized before President Aidukaitis got here. We also had zone conference yesterday (which would be why I’m writing on Tuesday), which was fun. The mission gets more fun as you have more time. I know most of the mission now, and I can at least fake my way through a lot of what they want us to do.

Alright, that’s all for today. Now we’re going to head out, buy some food, and go rest at home. Maybe I’ll write a letter or two if I can get around to it. I’ve reached that point in the mission where letters are rarely received, so maybe I’ll write a few letters to resurrect the dead mail flow, haha. Love you guys!

Life is good
Elder Maughan