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 an e-mail sent Feb 11, 2008)

Hey guys!

How’s it going? Things are still going really well here in Posse. The work here is going really well, and everyone’s getting pretty excited. The branch here usually had attendance of 65 or 70, but yesterday there were 94 people there, 15 of whom were visitors. We’re meeting in a little house that the church rents, but our plan is to have a chapel here before too long. We’ve got to ordain more men, which means baptized more men, so that’s our focus here.

In the meantime, there were 4 baptisms in the branch yesterday, which is always a nice thing. Last week we were walking down the street and met a guy named Jose, an amazingly loving father who’s divorced and raises his 3 kids alone. We taught them all that they needed to know, and they were really happy and wanted to be baptized. Unfortunately, Jose has a past that requires us to have a chat, but his three kids were baptized yesterday, and all four are really happy. Then there’s another young woman, Jessica, who’s been going to church for a while, knows everything and everyone, and told us that she wanted to be baptized. The kind of thing that a missionary dreams about.

The work here is going incredibly well; our numbers from this week were the best from my whole mission. The members here are really excited and helping us out a lot. A cool thing happened the other day, and is says in the missionary handbook that we’re supposed to share spiritual experiences with our family, so here goes. Normally, during Sacrament meeting, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the speakers because I’m busy praying or thinking about the area, the work, etc. Yesterday, while I was doing this, I had an incredible feeling of peace, as if God were accepting the work we were doing here. It was a great feeling, and it had been a very long time since I’ve felt happy about how things were going. But it’s fun to look back at the areas I’ve gone through on the mission and see how God prepares you through a cycle of trials and successes. Cruzeiro was an area where, try as I might, I couldn’t seem to get things on track for the district, and I just about went crazy. When I got to Valparaiso, things weren’t going too well either, but then things started to look up, President opened 2 more areas in our district, divided the district, and our ward started to have some baptisms. It’s all a vicious cycle of tests, but it’s to help us grow.

You asked about district meeting, right? Excellent question. This past week, despite my whining and complaining, we went to district meeting. We got up at 4:30 am to take the 5:45 bus [I even got in my 15 minutes of jump rope]. Then we rode for 4 and a half hours, stopping at every little town on the way to pick up people. The district meeting was really good; we talked about how to bring people to church, etc. There are 8 missionaries in our district and at one point I was the district leader of 4 of them (including the district leader), so I recognized a lot of the suggestions which were given, which was kind of fun. I think that the caliber of missionary has gone up since I’ve been in the field. Then we got to the bus station in time to see the 2:30 bus leave, and waiting around until 4:30, and got home just in time to visit a few people where no one was home and go back at 9:00. But it was actually a good day. The area here is really pretty, plateus, mountains, cattle, etc. Makes me quite homesick, actually, haha.

Alright, that’s the news from here. Were you able to find me on the map? It’s kinda hard, I know. It’s time to head out, though, but thanks for everything, and talk to you guys later!

Elder Maughan