Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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RETURNING HOME
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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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from e-mail sent December 3, 2007)

Hey guys,

I should have a little more time to write you this week, since it’s p-day, so I can be a little more relaxed. A little about the 22-day-and counting phone call... no clue what will be going on. Next week is transfers, so we’ll know where I’ll be (most likely here) and who’ll be my companion, and then we’ll figure out where we’ll call for Christmas. It seems like almost everyone is going out of town, but for sure there will be a way. I might start making contacts in the road asking people if I can receive a phone call at their houses, who knows. If all else fails, we’ve got a cell phone here, so if worst comes to worst, I’ll just e-mail you our cell number and you can call. By the way, what’s your phone number?!

I’ll tell you the friend from Miracema story. I think that I sent you a picture of when I was transferred from Miracema, with me, Elder Coelho, and a guy named Luis Henrique. He’s a 19-year-old we met who loved the missionaries, our message, the church, everything. The week that he was scheduled to be baptized I was transferred, and he cried when we found out, because we became good friends. Anyway, two weeks ago, 8 months after that happened, Elder Field and I were walking in Valparaiso I (the other half of he city) when someone from the other road called out “Elder Maughan” (pronounced correctly), and it was him, and we gave it other a huge hug and both of us almost cried. It was awesome. Probably a little more than fate at work there, what do you think?

The sad half of the story is that Luis Henrique was never confirmed, and fell away after. It’s easy to see that he looks much sadder, etc, and it’s sad to think that it was only a few small decisions that made that happen. But now we’ll bring him back.

This week I worked with Elder Field, and it was really fun. We were in the same group in the MTC, and we’re pretty good friends. We worked like crazy, taught a ton, but didn’t really find anyone who is progressing. But we both learned a lot. One thing that a lot of us missionaries have to work on is being bold- doing things like contacts with everybody, and just being bold with everyone. The mission’s taught me a lot about how to deal with people, work with them, make them work, and get things done. It’s actually a lot of fun.

Now I’ll start answering some of the questions that you asked last week. The most spiritual part of the week I always think is when I’m with other missionaries, trying to help them resolve problems, etc. There’s a missionary in our district who’s pretty worried about what’s going on at his home, so yesterday the two of us walked around and talked for a while, and were able to come up with some good solutions. And at district meeting we talked about some of God’s promises for us and what we need to do, and I’m not really sure why, but the meeting this past week had a really great spirit there and we all left ready to work like crazy and see miracles.

The funnest part of the week... it’s all pretty fun, depending on how you look at it. Once again, I always think it’s fun to be with other missionaries, and to act a little crazy. Just joking around with people is fun, joking around with the members, joking around with the investigators, etc. For example, two weeks ago we brought 6 sisters to church, between the ages of 8 and 16. My theory is that sometimes people like that won’t necessarily go to visit the church just because they think it might be true, but because they think the missionaries are funny, so maybe the church is cool, too.

And the weather’s still a mix of hot and rain, with no forecast of changing for the next 7 months.

Alright, that’s the news from Valparaiso. I’ll get to more questions next week, maybe.... I’ve been much happier recently, which is most excellent. Time’s flying, too- just a few weeks and we’ll be on the phone again. Are you guys doing good missionary work there? I doubt that just because I’ll go home doesn’t mean that I’ll stop wanted to see everyone I know be baptized. Ohh, this week I invited people to be baptized in Portuguese, English, and sign language. No one understood anything, except the ones I invited in portugese, but it made for a good time. Life is good!

Elder Maughan