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 5 November 2007)

Hey guys,
How are things going? Hello from Valparaiso, a city approximately 982 km north of São Paulo and 2km south of Brasilia, in the state of Goias. Exciting, huh? Anyway, it’s a good place, pretty close to Gama (my first area), so sometimes I get a little homesick for Gama, but I’ll be strong. It’s actually a pretty big city, with two companionships of missionaries (although the others live a ways from us, and their side of the city has the chapel, etc). Our district also has two other decent-sized cities, so we’re a 4-companionship district. One of the companionships, incidentally, is Sister dos Santos and Sister da Silva, the two sisters I worked in Gama with a year ago. Kind of fun. They’re also the only companionship that baptized anyone this week (I think I’m carrying bad luck with me throughout the mission...), but we’re going to get better, don’t worry.

Anyway, there’s a quick rundown of the new area. My new companion, Elder G Gonçalves, in from Rio de Janeiro, and we’re having a great time together. He’s the only member of the church in his family, and likes to work a lot and walk fast, so we’re getting along very well. I had the great experience this week of being transferred as a leader, which is quite possibly the worst feeling in the world, haha. The zone leaders were calling every 30 minutes asking stuff that I had no clue about, while in the meantime I was trying to find a cell phone charger (the last missionary brought it with him up to Tocantins). But, always looking to be efficient, I solved both problems by turning off the cell phone. And don’t worry, now we’ve got a charger, I actually know who the missionaries in the district are, and we’re all set to work like crazy.

It was a pretty good week here. Actually, I’ve got a good story. On Friday I got really sick, to the point where I had to go back home at 7:30, and couldn’t find the strength to work for the rest of the night (the first time I stayed home sick the whole mission). And I didn’t sleep too well that night, since I was up constantly through the night using (to be polite, I’ll use the Portuguese word) the ‘sanitary vase.’ The sisters had an interview to be done at 8 in the morning, so I got up at 6:30, showered and changed, and then asked my companion to give me a blessing. I think it might have been the first time in my life that I’ve asked for a blessing of health, but I should do it more often. After the blessing, I was a completely cured person, and didn’t feel sick at all for the rest of the day, ate like a normal person, etc. The only difference was that I was 3 kilos lighter, haha. But it was really incredible.

In other news, it rained yesterday, the first time I got really wet it a long time. It rained at 2, and church starts at 3, so church attendance was not too hot, but what can you do. We also got completely soaked, but it was probably a good thing, since I needed to wash my suit, anyway.

I also saw my first boa constrictor yesterday. He was in the bathroom, but I killed him with my bare hands.

Actually, he was in the road, and like 4 or 5 feet long, and some guys had already grabbed him. And I didn’t have my camera with me, sorry.

Alright, it’s time to run. Just so that you know, for the elder in the ward and everyone else who got to the MTC on july 5th, today is the 2/3 mark. Crazy. Not sure how I feel about that….

Hey, life is good! Love you guys,
Elder Maughan