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.

(excerpt from e-mail sent March 24, 2008)

Hey guys,

First off, don’t worry, I’m healthy and happy now. Actually, I got better right around Tuesday, just after having written you (ironic, huh), but had no good way of getting into reach with you until today. But don’t worry, the fever’s gone, and I’m being well taken care-of here.

Anyway, it was a normal Easter weekend here, nothing too exciting. The Branch President is out of town, so this week we were kind of in charge, which is always intimidating. I directed the meeting, which was a fun time, and my first time. Everything went smoothly, except that the microphone broke, and the two of us were also the two speakers (Elder for 5 minutes and me for 30- but I ended at 10 minutes til, I was very proud of myself). I talked about the last week of Christ’s life, and I think we all learned quite a bit. In my humble opinion, it was a pretty good talk, although it was mostly all stolen from President Aidukaitis, but no one needs to know that, right? I talked a little bit about the cross, why we don’t use it and everyone else does, because we like to worship the resurrected Christ, and not dwell on His death and that, like President Hinckley said, the lives of our members should be the symbol of our religion. Anyway, very fun.

There was also one baptism this week, a nine-year-old named Lucas. He was actually going to be baptized with his mom and cousin, but his mom is firmly set against keeping the law of chastity. I did her interview, and she was really happy with the church and everything and wanted to be baptized, until we started talking about the law of chastity, and she decided that it was a horrible commandment, and she would never keep it. Oh, man, I just about went crazy. I did everything I could think of- started with love, then cited all the curses that the scriptures talk about (Jacob 2:29, Alma 39:3- very fun, read them sometime), but she was very convict in her decision, so wasn’t baptized. Man, women can be so irrational!

The package with the adapter got here this week, and made everyone very happy. We opened it at the relief society president’s house, and her family was very happy. We ate all the candy in a matter of minutes, and I don’t think her kids slept all night, haha. But thanks a bunch. One of the pictures I sent is of me and her kid, Waldemar, who’s 13 and had a cool hat yesterday, and I wanted a picture with his hat. Then there’s a picture of Lucas’s baptism yesterday, and then a picture of our district at our transfer-ly district meeting. It’s great being with Elder Zent and Elder McDonald, although we’re not very good at taking serious pictures together. Elder McDonald will live at Liberty Square, too, so we’re pretty excited for BYU.

I hope everything’s going well with everyone in NY, Utah, and Europe. It sounds like everyone’s doing pretty well. Last week I felt really sad, for the first time in a long time, because I used to have a big influence on my sibling’s lives, and now I don’t even know what’s going on. But that’s alright. Three months and a week from now you can fill me in. ;) Thanks for everything, and I’ll talk to everyone later!
Life is good!
Eric