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)

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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from e-mail sent 18 Sep 2007)

Hey guys,

Sounds like everyone is still doing pretty well at home, which is great to hear. Congratulations on finally having a driveway; you’re one step up from where we are. We spent like 3 hours yesterday trying to find a new house, and it’s a relatively complicated process. The apartments that we like and are close to everything are too expensive (according to the mission, although I was up for it), like 1000 reais per month, while the cheaper, 800 real houses are too far from the church for us to be really happy. It’s a really expensive area, because here you can’t find anything decent for under 800, and while we were in that dead ghost town called Miracema we checked out a 2-story, 5 bathroom mansion that was 800 (that house was vetoed, too, incidentally). So for now we’re still stuck in our little house.

Anyway, transfer news: I was about 98% sure that the two of us would stay, but it turns out that the 2% won out, and Elder Hoon’s being transferred to Aguas Lindas, [beautiful waters], where I’ve never been, but I’m pretty sure it’s the opposite of the America-like Cruzeiro. So it’ll be a good adventure for him. I’ll be staying here and I’m excited.
Our district’s changing a little bit, too. Things haven’t been working out too well for us. There have been 12 people baptized in the district since I got here, in 12 weeks. Just so you have an idea, in the past month, the mission with 140 missionaries baptized 342 people, about 2.5 per missionary. Our district’s average has been .125 per missionary. Yea! Oh, well. And, mom, you were right when you said a few weeks back that God gives us challenges based on our individual needs. It seems to me that, after 20 years of being a cocky kid, God decided that I need to be humbled, haha. Anyway, one of the areas in our district is closing, but we’re going to work like crazy, and soon things will start to pick up.

Thursday was a most excellent day here in Brasilia, and it was visa renewal day!! I even sent you a few pictures! The first one is of Elder MacDonald and me at the airport. You will notice that the number of fingers we are holding up [up which we are holding] is roughly the number of months until we hop into one of those big steel birds in the background, haha. The next one is just a random statue we saw and decided to take a picture with. Then there’s a picture of what is quite possibly the largest pot of rice I have even seen in my life. All 18 of us ate there, which was quite an enjoyable experience. What we did was that 8 of us from the same MTC group met up at the office at 8 in the morning, abandoned our companions there, and then took a van ride to the airport to talk with our friends from the Brazilian national police. It was actually just an opportunity to slack off, joke around, and hang out, and it was a blast. It was so good to see my old friends again, and see how much we’ve grown and everything in the past year. It was fun to talk about some of the difficulties that we’ve had over the past year, and share ideas, etc. The mission's a very interesting thing, and it teaches you a lot.

What else happened this week? We had an activity where we stood in front of two supermarkets and did a survey about families with people, and then got their address to pass by there. We did it with 5 other ward members, and it was really neat. I like what the mission president said up there about the invitation. That’s kind of the same thing that President Aidukaitis has been saying here. Just do simple things, and the people will come to their own conclusions and the Spirit will do the teaching. Do that!! I would think that the fact that you’ve got a son on the other half of the world ought to be a good conversation starter, and use that to make invitations and everything. Missionary work without members is very less effective.

Anyway, we’ve got to run now, get Elder Hoon’s stuff ready, and then run off to the rodoferroviaria, which just so happens to be in our area (everyone else has to take 2 buses to get there, and we just walk….). It was really fun being companions with him. Alright, that’s the news from Brazil. Next week I’ll let you know about my new companion and everything, and we’ll start seeing even more miracles here. Thanks for everything, and love you guys! Life is good!
Elder Maughan