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 12/31/2007)

Hey guys!

How are things up there? Ahh, I just wrote an e-mail and then something happened to the computer and the e-mail’s chilling in cyberspace. Dang it! Oh, well.

Things are most excellent around here. We’ve had three baptisms since I last wrote. For the last 6 weeks we’ve been teaching a family with 2 kids, Maiza (19) and Marcilio (21). They’ve known for a while that the church is true, but haven’t had the courage, etc to be baptized. So, on Christmas Eve we went over there and talked forever with Maiza, and she decided to be baptized on Christmas Day, which was maybe the coolest Christmas present ever. And then we decided that it was time for the mom to be baptized, and she agreed, and was baptized on Saturday. We ran into a few hurdles with that baptism (we filled the font, but didn’t plug it. And the fire department was unwilling to lend us their pumper truck, can you believe it?), but it worked out. And the son, Marcilio, had always been set on being baptized the first week in January, but we had lunch there today, 6 missionaries, and deemed it prudent that he be baptized today, which happened after all. They’re a great family, and were really strong in another church, but have strong testimonies about the true church, and will no doubt stay strong in the church. And, I think that I may have had the honor and privilege of performing the last baptismal ordinance in the Brasilia mission in 2007. Yes!

Not too much else exciting going on here. Still eating a lot of pizza, drinking more coca-cola than is healthy, but working like crazy, too, don’t worry. And getting skinnier, too. Ohh, and hitchhiking more than ever. I’ve made signs for the towns we go the most, so I stand and/or jump by the side of the road, waiting for someone to stop. And someone always does. When you’re living really righteously the bishop or another member stops by, and you get door-to-door delivery. Or an 18-wheeler (yeah, that’s right, I hitchhiked in an 18-wheeler). My companion thinks I’m crazy, but whatever.

It’s good to hear that everything seems to be going well for Christmas and everything. Have a good new years day, I think we’ll hang out here, and maybe the other Elders will spend the night, and we’ll play games and listen to fireworks the whole night. But for now, we’re off to work, so love you guys, and I’ll see you later!

Elder Maughan