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 on March 4, 2008)

Hey guys!

Thanks for all the letters! It’s great to hear from everyone, everyone’s happy, doing well, etc. Thanks for the trunkiness (I doubt that’s a word in English) in pointing out that I’ll get home on July 2nd, haha. If you want to really make me sick, you could have pointed out that I’ll get home around noon, but that’s alright ;).

Transfers was actually this week, but nothing happened, and for the first time in over a year, there’s a transfer at the train/bus station and I’m not there. Kind of weird. Elder Schendroski and I will stay here together, just the two of us, hanging out alone in the boondocks of Brazil. It’s actually really quite nice. There’s just two of us here, so there’s no drama- who’s going to be the next zone leader, etc. We call our district leader every night, but other than that we’re all alone, which I’m really enjoying. Word on the street is that, starting this week, every companionship in the mission will have its own cell phone, and I’m not really excited about that, but what can you do? There are some times when you just don’t want people to know where you are, haha.

Last Tuesday I got the letter from Skyline that mom sent about pre-med department, it took one week to get here, so my hopes are high about the future and getting letters here. Next Thursday we’ll end our 6 week sentence of isolated confinement and visit the missionaries in Brasilia, so maybe there will be a letter or package or two for us there. Who knows?

This week was a good one, work-wise. A young man named Getulio was baptized, an awesome guy who’s attending seminary and everything. He had been wanting to be baptized for a few weeks, and his mom didn’t let him. But we went to his house this week and did our part (the smooth talking), and God did His part, and she let him be baptized. She even accepted being baptized, but had to go out of town this weekend. But she will be, don’t worry. On other good news, all the 7 people who were baptized last week were confirmed this week, which is something that a lot of times we as missionaries overlook. But they’re really happy, all of them, and two of them were given the Priesthood Sunday, too, to get them on the right track. It was also fast and testimony meeting, and it seemed like the only thing the members wanted to do was thank the Lord for sending missionaries here and thank us for the work.

What else…? My fever got a little better… and that’s all I’ll say in case mom happens to read this. Nah, it’s not too bad, although yesterday I slept almost the whole day. Our branch president’s a pharmacist, so he helps out quite a bit, actually.

I’m not really sure what else to say, life is good, I’m not thinking too much about home, although it maybe crosses my mind once in a while. I might have mentioned it, and I think you probably know, that I’m the kind of guy who almost always thinks on the future, which keeps me out of trouble a fair bit, but can also be a problem because I don’t always value the present like I should. But I’m working on that.

Anyway, lots to do still today, so I’m out. Thanks so much for everything, and if you need anything, I’m here to help. Except I’m in the boondocks of Brazil. Oh, well. It’s the thought that counts. Love you guys!
Elder Maughan