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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(excerpt from e-mail sent March 31, 2008)

Hey guys!

Man, 80-plus weeks on the mission and the first time that Mom didn’t write me. I’ll try to be strong. It’s alright, there’s nothing too exciting going on here, too. We got Elder Schendroski’s memory card, and he was really happy about that, thanks a bunch. This mail thing is actually working out pretty well; it’s fun to get letters during the week (although I only open them on P-day, don’t worry). So far I think I’ve gotten everything, so life is good.

This week was an alright week here, nothing really exciting. We ran in to some depressed guys, the kind of depressed where you don’t want help or anything. I’ll tell you what- I’m good at helping people when they want it, but when they don’t want it, it’s really hard. We also met some really good people, awesome families, etc. The key really is using the members to find the people. Once you gain the members’ trust, they start giving you referrals, and then once these referrals start to progress, everyone gives you referrals. That’s the plan, anyway.

Something really cool happened here today- there’s a cool mountain not too far from us, and today we decided to go climb it. Very fun. We studied a little early today, then left without a map or anything, but there’s only one big mountain, and you just have to walk towards it, so it wasn’t too hard to find. It took us about an hour from our house to the top, although we were moving pretty fast. It made me really miss the mountains back home, and brought back some good memories. It’s also nice to do something a little out of the ordinary once in a while. For a long time it has been work all week and rest a little (or work) on P-day. This week will be work all week and not rest on P-day, but I’m sure we’ll get through it. One little struggle I’m having now is try to be innovative every day, and not get caught in the monotony that can be missionary work if you’re not careful. For example, do you know how many thousands of prayers I’ve said recently?? Haha. Not that that’s a bad thing, but too much of anything is a bad thing. So you’ve got to find ways of changing it up to keep yourself excited. But hey, nothing worth complaining about.

What else is new…. Can’t think of anything at the moment. We got a cell phone, very cool. Actually, all the missionaries got one, and they can talk to the other missionaries for free and have 70 minutes per month to talk to whomever they want. We, however, are in the middle of nowhere, and have to buy all our minutes. Actually, it works out well, because I wasn’t that excited about being able to talk to everybody, anyway. I’m pretty sure Wilford Woodruff didn’t call up Brigham Young every 5 minutes, so why should we nowadays? Sometimes people become too dependant on cell phones. But not me! ;)

Alright, that’s the news from here. Thanks for the letters, packages, love, prayers, etc. Life is good!