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 October 15, 2007)

Hey guys,

It’s good to hear that things seem to be going well up there. There’s nothing really exciting worth reporting here in Cruzeiro. Numbers-wise, it was the worst week of my mission, but hey, what can you do? We didn’t have a single investigator at church, which is ridiculous. The district didn’t do so well, either. But oh, well.

I was going to send some pictures, but the camera’s making another visit to the camera hospital (the buttons of the zoom stopped functioning, but it’s under warranty from the place that fixed it), so sorry! There’s nothing really exciting to take a picture of, though, haha. We found and brought home a road sign (the arrow up, arrow down, two-way-traffic one), and thought up a bunch of creative ideas for pictures with that, so maybe you’ll get some next week.

Honestly, almost nothing happened this week. I just asked Elder Chahine what were the highlights of the week and he pointed out: we ate a lot of good lasagna, ice cream for dessert, found a road sign, etc. Exciting, huh? It’s fun training, because new missionaries have a lot of energy and are willing to learn. It’s fun because it puts pressure on you to do the right thing and not slack off. My first day with Elder Hoon I woke up feeling incredibly sick, and decided that I was going to stay in bed and die, but then I remembered that I was training, and had to set a good example. It’s also fun being with a new missionary because you can pass the traits that you want to: your work habit, way of thinking, way of teaching, etc.

I’m having fun speaking portuguese, too. I’m just now noticing that the sign on the wall says “Por favor, faça silêncio” or “please, make silence.” How does one make silence? But I guess English has got a bunch of weird sayings, too. Although it’s been a while since I’ve spoken English. I’ll be honest, General Conference was a little tricky, because they were using a lot of big words that I didn’t really remember. But I worked my way through it alright.

Man, I hope I don’t sounds like a worn-out, beaten-down missionary. It’s all part of the plan. Ohh, next week we’re moving!! To an apartment! I’m pretty excited. I like our little house, though. Every morning I jump rope in front, so I’m friends with the daily dog-walkers, etc. And the garbage man and I are practically brothers. We even took our picture together last week!

You asked about Christmas last week, and I forgot to answer…. You can rest assured that I was not about to part with the inflatable Christmas Tree- it’s carefully tucked away in by suitcase, and I think it’s got a future that extends far beyond the mission and into married life. The stockings, however, have other owners (my old companions). As far as what I need… My shirts, pants, socks, etc, are holding up really well, the only books I can read I have, and I can’t really think of anything else. Reese’s and Butterfingers are always welcome, though. And I guess you can surprise me, haha.

Alright, I’m going to go get something to eat. Do you have any questions that you want answered? Some people from the ward here have been looking at the scrapbooks website, and have given it high reviews. I can’t, haha. Alright, thanks for everything, and love you guys.

Life is good
Elder Maughan