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 January 14, 2008)

Hey guys,

This week was a good week- two of the assistants came to the area to do a trade with us. It was a great time. I worked (and will work this week again), with Elder Galbes, a missionary from Sao Paulo who's going home at the end of the week. I learned a lot, about being a missionary, a leader, etc. One thing that he really pointed out is the importance of being a good listener, so that you can resolve people's problems, etc. Sometimes I get in the lesson and I'm so excited to get everything across to the investigator that I forget about resolving their problems, etc. Numbers-wise, it was actually a horrible week. We had one baptism, a 13-year old named Iago, whose family is baptized and who was visiting for the week. So we capitalized on the opportunity to baptize him. But we didn't find a whole lot of new people, and now we've got to work like crazy to find new people to baptize this week.

There's one girl, Manoela, who we've been teaching, and she was all ready to be baptized until Sunday morning, when her boyfriend went over to her house and talked her out of it. You meet a lot of people who don't want anything with their lives, and they don't really bother me, but the people who don't want anything with their lives and don't let other people do what they want to do bother me. But hey, that's the way things go. And she'll be baptized this week, don't worry.

What else happened this week? We bought pizza at night a few times, and that was really fun. Everyone drinks a lot of coca-cola, and I was never much of a soda fan, and less now than ever. We went to the office today and I got the skyline package, and then later in the afternoon the missionaries in the office called me to tell me that 3 more packages arrived, so thanks for everything. It'll be a good birthday, I think. I wasn't expecting to be transferred, but after a two-week trade with the assistants right before the transfer, I'm not sure what will happen.

For those of you keeping score at home, it is also my 21st birthday on the 21st day of the year, a milestone only mom and dad have passed in the family.

Alright, sorry for the rush, but we've got to get back to Valparaiso in a bit. Thanks for everything, I really appreciate the love and prayers, etc.

Love you guys,
Elder Maughan