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 e-mail sent 22 October, 2007)

Hey guys,

I noticed that nobody wished me a happy ¾ birthday yesterday, but I’ll try to get over it. I really liked the pictures of Scott and Craig on the hike, and the leaves and the canoe in the background. It was almost 80 up there last week? It hit 95 here this past week, which is actually really hot for the city of Brasilia. But the humidity was also like 30%, so no big deal. The rain’s starting to come, too, so I’ve gone back to clipping the umbrella onto my belt as we walk (although I’m apparently getting thinner, because it almost makes my pants fall off.)

Anyway, it was another normal week here in Cruziero. Our numbers aren’t so hot again, and the zone leaders are going to do a trade here this week, so hopefully that will help.

In other news, yesterday halfway through Sunday School the bishop asked me if I could give a 10 minute talk in Sacrament meeting about how to find investigators. Oh man, was I happy about that! It’s like giving a kid $5 in a candy shop. I started off with the first lesson in 45 seconds, and then talked about how we need to share the gospel with our friends. But I pointed out that just because they don’t know the whole truth doesn’t mean they’re not happy, or just because they’re happy doesn’t mean that they don’t need the whole truth. I used the example of when I played volleyball, and always did my approach wrong. I was happy and once in a while I got a good hit in, but when my coach corrected me and I changed, I could jump higher, hit better, and enjoyed playing more (at this point I let them think that I’m a good volleyball player- they’ll never see me play, anyway). Another thing I talked about was the difference between being willing to work and working. All the members here are very willing to help, and offer their homes for family nights with the investigators, etc, but if everyone’s willing and no one does, nothing will get done. Then I talked a little bit about Preach My Gospel, and invited them to all read tonight at family night chapter 9 about how to find people. (Preach My Gospel says that you should rarely or never talk with someone without leaving them a commitment, which is something that I’ve really taken to heart). Anyway, I did it all in a very loving, smiling way, don’t worry.

We’re teaching some pretty great people here. We are teaching a lady, Liah [“I was reading”] who read the first half of the Book of Mormon in like 3 days. And she dreamed that a man said “take my book and read the fifteenth chapter, verses 3, 10, 13.” And I’m going to make you get out the Book of Mormon and find out for yourself what it says there. But it was pretty incredible, and it shows that, when a person really does want to know, God shows him.

I think that’s about it as far as news from here…. We’re still in the little house, and we’re actually on our way to Guará to help the sisters move. Should be fun. Thanks for everything, guys. Life is good.

Elder Maughan