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 5 May, 2008)

Hey guys,

How are things going up there? Is it still cold? There should be some happy medium; I’m dying of heat here. One cool thing about Brasilia is that the sky is ridiculously beautiful, with the clouds and everything. I don’t really know why that is, but it’s true, everybody talks about it. But somehow the clouds always obey Murphy’s Law: there are always clouds, but none between you and the sun. Kinda fun, though. Hot, sunny, and dry. Just like caving, mom.

Anyway, this week was awesome, maybe the best of my mission. Ever since I’ve gotten here to Posse I’ve been mentioning to President Aidukaitis every opportunity I get that we need more missionaries here in the city. So last week he sent Elder Wright (one of the assistants) and Elder E. Silva (as opposed to the other 4 Elder Silvas I’ve worked with on the mission) to work with us. It was incredible. So much fun. Elder Wright and I worked in the upper half of the city, and our companions in the lower half, and it was incredible. There were so many miracles this week, I don’t think it would do them justice to write it in an e-mail. But the church was nearly standing room only and we ended up re-using baptismal clothes. God really has some big plans for this area, and He helps out an awful lot.

It was really fun being with Elder Wright, too, because we were both living in Paranoá a year ago at this time, so we’ve known each other for a while. And he’s a really great missionary, and taught me a ton. The mission’s funny, because if you’re not careful you’ll get lulled into a kind of “carnal security,” and think that you already know what you need to be a good missionary. But, even after quite a while as a missionary (I’m sure you know how many days, mom), I learned so much this week, and I think it’ll help a ton in the work here.

It was really fun with Elder Wright, because it was also the first time in quite a few months that I was with another American. So we spoke almost all English. (you know, the English that a missionary uses after almost 2 years without using it. I doubt you guys’ll be able to understand me). Very fun. And then, yesterday, we were walking down the road and a guy stopped and asked us if we were Americans. In English. Then we hopped in and he gave us a ride (we, of course, asked in English, too). He’s an American who lives in Mississippi but owns a farm down here, and has been coming down on and off for the past few years. It was awesome. He had a really strong southern accent, and it was really fun talking to him. The end of our conversation went like this: “How long do ya´ll stay here?” “2 years.” “Two years?? Good lands!!!” It was the first time I’d heard someone use the term ‘good lands’ in a long time, and Elder Wright and I laughed for about an hour afterwards.

So, that’s the news from here. Oh, wait, I forgot… this Sunday’s mother’s day, so happy mother’s day, mom!!

Alright, time to head out. Thanks for everything, and I’m way excited to talk to you guys on Sunday! Have a great week!
Eric