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 an e-mail sent 8 October, 2007)

Hey guys.

This week was a pretty good week here. I got to watch almost all of general conference, which made me very happy. I actually missed the first part of most of the sessions, because we were out unsuccessfully trying to find people to watch it with us, but from what I saw, it was really good. I watched the first session in Portuguese (which was horrible, because I could still hear the English in the background and read the speakers’ lips), but the rest I watched in English, in a room with 10 other people who can fluently understand English. One of the perks of being in a rich area. I really liked the “good, better, best,” talk, too. And the one on Preach My Gospel, which I felt the urge to give a standing ovation, but wasn’t sure that was appropriate. Most of the talks seemed to be based on relatively basic principles of the gospel, which was interesting. President Aidukatis keeps saying that we need to learn more and more about less and less, that we already have the tools that we need to do what God wants, we just have to get better at using what we have. It seems to be like the prophets are thinking along the same lines.

As far as the work goes, this week was alright. We have been teaching a 21-year-old named Jefferson, and he was moderately interested in the gospel until last week, when we made him go to church. He really enjoyed it and what was taught there, and decided to go ahead with his baptism marked for this week. (lesson here: the best way to get to know is to visit, apparently). So we taught him everything else that he needed this week and he went to conference, was interviewed, liked it, and then disappeared. Not even his family knows where he went, haha. So I missed a good chunk of conference trying to find him (like, apparently, President Eyering’s talk. I was kind of wondering why he didn’t speak. But you answered my question for me), but we’ll find him this week and he’ll be baptized this Sunday instead. Don’t worry.

The district’s numbers weren’t too good this week, but that’s just the way things go. Thanks for your help and prayers, though. I’m pretty sure God wanted me to be humbled, so He sent me to the situation where I could be the least successful, haha. In the MTC an Elder told me that he thought God sends us to the mission where we’ll be most successful. I told him that I think God sends us to the mission which will be the best for us which, I’ve come to believe, in my case means a good deal of suffering and unsuccessfulness (which is probably the longest English word I’ve used in a year). It’s all very interesting.

I’ll answer some of your questions now… I just got back from the office, package- and letter-less, but full of hope for the future. We’re still in the SAK house, until the office gets their act together (we spent like 10 hours house hunting and having houses vetoed, and then 3 weeks ago we got one approved… some day maybe we’ll move in, haha). And, Dad, mom said that you want someone to do some hiking with in the future. I’m personally up for doing the 46 in a week or taking a semester off to hike the AT or buying and flying an ultralight (although I’ll leave the majority of the ‘buying’ part up to you).

Alright, I’m out of fun and exciting things to say. Now I’m going to go home and clean the house. Ohh, wait. Did I mention last week that it rained? Well, it rained. For the first time in 6 months. The neighbors and I were dancing in the street with joy. But the aforementioned joy was short-lived, because it soon started raining inside our house. Fortunately, it hasn’t rained since, but our house is still kind of a disaster. But oh, well. That’s life. Thanks for everything and love you guys.

Life is good
Elder Maughan