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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(excerpt from e-mail sent 1 October 2007)

Hey guys,

Alright, I’m trying to figure out what happened last week.... That’s really weird, because I know that I wrote you a letter and I’m almost positive that I sent it, but who knows?

My new companion (whom I told you about last week in the phantom e-mail) is Elder Chahine, from the state of São Paulo. It’s his first transfer, too, but the fact that he doesn’t have too much trouble speaking Portuguese is kind of nice, because I’m not too proud to just sit there and let him teach most of the lesson. We’re having a really good time together. His stepdad actually lives in Albany, (don’t get too excited…) Georgia, and he’ll probably move up there after the mission, so we’re practicing a little English, too.

Before I forget, let me answer your questions. Any session that I watch of conference will be in English, but we’ll probably be working all of Saturday, and the Priesthood session is from 11pm until 1am. We get the Ensign in English (after a few months…) but if you’d like to send down a copy, I would be more than happy to accept it. And just thinking about raw apple cake makes me homesick, haha. If you can’t figure out a way to get that down here, you could send reese’s, and I might be almost as happy.

Tuesday was zone conference, and it was a pretty good day. It’s fun knowing all the missionaries and being able to joke around with them and play the piano (they always, always choose “I know that my Redeemer Lives,” although I can’t play it…), etc. The mission’s on fire; we just raised our goal to 100 baptisms per week, and the standard of excellence went up, too. I feel like I haven’t even made it to the lower level, and we’re already moving up, but that’s the way things go. I guess that inspires me to work harder.

This week was a good week; our numbers were pretty decent, we worked like crazy, and the other two companionships in the district baptized, so I was happy. We actually spent a lot of time going from place to place doing interviews, which took away from working time, but no worries.

You want me to explain the pictures? One is of me and quite possibly the coolest guaraná (type of soda) truck ever. Definitely deserving of a photo. Then there’s one of me, Elder Chahine, and Filipe, a young man from the ward who needed his hair cut, so we did they job and then spent today playing chess at his house (not to brag, but I’ve got a 100% win percentage in the southern hemisphere, and above 4,000 feet, as dad might remember from our trip to New Hampshire). Then there’s a picture of Elder Maughan with an umbrella, because for the first time since I got here from Tocantins on April 3rd, rain drops touched the ground (for like 15 seconds, but beggars can’t be choosy).

So, that’s the news from the lodge this week. Thanks for everything, and have fun at general conference (when you’re a missionary, it’s the little things…). Life is good

Elder Maughan