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 25 February, 2008)

Hey family!

How’s everything going? I hope it’s going well- things are great over here. God was awfully nice to us this week- there were 7 baptisms in the branch here, which is the most I think there have ever been here in the branch, and also the most of any companionship in the mission this week- good thing it’s not a competition. It was one of those weeks where everything went right, although I’m not going to pretend that it was very easy. I’m not sure that I’ve ever worked harder or been more tired than this past week. I was thinking that if these next 5 months wear me out as much as the first 19, someone’s going to have to carry me off the airplane. It’s great having Monday as p-day, because come Saturday and Sunday, you’re more or less dead, and need a break. Saturday night we had to almost run from appointment to appointment, because there were a lot of people to see and because I thought that if I walked slowly I’d fall over because I was so tired. And this morning I woke up with a fever that, if it were an FM dial, would be a hard rock station in Albany (notice the code- I doubt that mom knows the hard rock stations-she can pretend is 99.5-the river). Anyway, it’s actually a really great feeling.

Yesterday was a crazy day- lots of baptisms, interviews, etc. First off, Sidmar and Nara were baptized in a river about 10 miles from here, and it was incredible. They had taken a while, but finally decided to be baptized, and it was probably the most spiritual experience of my mission, or at least the most spiritual baptism. There were only 10 people there, and we sang and everything, and it was amazing. The river was a little secluded place, surrounded by coconut trees and other cool plants I’ve never seen before. They’re a family with a lot of potential in the church, and the church will really help them out. Plus, our focus here is finding and baptizing more men, to have a chapel here, and there were 3 men baptized yesterday, so things are looking pretty good.

Then, after the river expedition, we went to the chapel, where most of the branch was waiting to see the other baptisms of the day. There were only going to be two more, but God was smiling on us, and we kept finding people, teaching them, and sending them to be interviewed by the branch president. It was all good until we ran out of white clothes to baptize people in, and had to go to the neighbor’s house to ask for a white shirt. But it all worked out, everyone was baptized, and they’re all really happy. One of the guys baptized is Roney, a 24-year-old cowboy who competes in rodeos all over the country. And then there was a son of a member, and then three referrals from the young men’s president. It’s rather incredible.

One thing I’ve been learning about recently is the quotation from I think Ezra Taft Benson in Preach My Gospel, when he says that the secret of missionary work is work, and that when you work, you forget about all the other things, and have the Spirit, etc. This week we worked like crazy, and it helped me not think about home, or college (which had been a struggle), etc. It was very nice.

Another thing we learned this week is Alma 50:20, although I don’t really remember what it says. I think that the gist is that, if you keep the commandments, God will help you out, but it you don’t you’re out of luck. For example, there’s a girl we’re teaching who’s the live-in girlfriend of an inactive member, and they’ve been reading the Book of Mormon, going to church, and doing everything right for the past month. She was telling us this week about how much her life has improved; her husband was able to find a job to pay for their wedding, her depression left her, etc. It’s really incredible. And we’ve seen quite a few examples the other way around- good people who mess up and lose everything.

Anyway… what else is new? Sounds like Scott did pretty well at sectionals. What were his times? How’s my Maughan-family-record 4:39 mile holding up? Do I want to know?

Alright, I’ve got nothing else really exciting to say. Now we’ll just head out, and I think I might take a nap today, which will be the first nap of my mission. Thanks for the love, e-mails, letters (which I hope to get soon), prayers, and everything else.

Love you guys!
Elder Maughan