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 Feb 18, 2007)

P-day’s a day that doesn’t seem to happen any more. I’m not really sure why. I guess you just go to work and kind of forget that it’s P-day. I hope my companion’s alright with that, but he’s got plenty of p-days left to enjoy. I’m not too proud to rub every once in a while the fact that he’s got more months left than I’ve got weeks ;). And I mean that in a non-trunky sort of way.

This week was a good week here- a rather hard one, actually. There are some weeks where things go really well and there are others where God wants to test your faith; this week was in the latter category. There were some rough times, but it was good overall. There was one girl baptized here, Jessica, a 15-year-old whose best friend is a member, brought her to church, she liked it, and was taught and baptized. Very cool. The attendance was good this week, just a little bit lower than last week, but overall good. The branch here is getting pretty excited with the missionary work. One thing I noticed right off in brazil is that the members have a stronger bond with the missionaries, maybe because a lot of them are converts themselves, and were taught by the missionaries. They’re really happy to have missionaries here again, and are giving us lots of food, etc. We hardly ever spend any money, because everyone’s always feeding us, and it’s quite nice, actually.

The forecast for next week is also pretty good- we’ve got 5 people who want to be baptized- a couple, 2 20-year-old guys, and a 15 year old. Our goal is to have 20 visitors at church, and the couple wants to be baptized in a river nearby, so there might be some cool pictures coming next week. I’m really happy because they’re really going to help out the church a lot, which is our goal.

In other, sad news- remember the 3 kids who were baptized last week? They were confirmed yesterday (good news), and they live with their dad, who raises them, because their mom was sick in the hospital. She passed away yesterday, which was really sad, but not really too much of a suprise. We visited her in the hospital this past week, and she wasn’t doing too well, and wasn’t a huge influence in the kids’ lives, so they’ll be alright. But if you’re looking for someone to pray for, they might be a good choice.

That means that yesterday was my first Brazilian funeral experience, and it’s quite different. In the USA, when someone dies, you stretch out the funeral as long as you can, to maximize the suffering it seems (the number of funerals I’ve attended in the US, by the way, is 1). Here, it’s a law that within 24 hours of the death, the person has to be buried. Interesting, huh?

We’re teaching a few people who work in funeral homes and a few who work in the hospital, and I find it really fascinating, and am seriously considering going into medicine when I get back. I think it might be a great way to help others, and maybe I might even be good at it, who knows?

Thanks for sending the package, because I don’t think we’ll go to Brasilia for probably another 3 weeks. [trunky thought: I have a feeling that I’ll finish up my mission here, which would mean that I can count on one hand the number of times I’ll get mail from the mission office, haha]. If you don’t mind, stuff it full of chocolate and stuff like that- the family where you’ll send it has a 4 year old, 9, and 13, and they’re a great family. We did a family night there that involved chocolate, and they all really loved the chocolate that Grandparents Maughan sent.

Anyway, that’s the news from here. Everything’s going really well, we’re happy, healthy, and the work is also going really, really well. Thanks for the love, letters, support, etc. Love you guys!

Elder Maughan