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 an e-mail sent May 19, 2008)

Hey guys,

Thanks for the e-mail, and once again it’s great to see that things are going well back home. Good to hear that you got my itinerary, just to help me focus a little bit more, right?? Haha. Nah, no worries. Thanks a lot. And I’m really excited to sit next to Sharon [Crapo] on the plane. This week I realized that I’ll be on the plane with a bunch of other missionaries who will all think that I’m flirting, but they’ll get over it.

This week was a good one in the mail department, I got the letters that had been taking a while to get here, including dad’s letter all about his AT adventure, which made me somewhat jealous, but I’ll be alright. I also got Grandparents’ Watson’s package, which was excellent. The candy made everyone happy, and it was awesome to get new ties. I’ll have to bring home a lot of my ties just to show you guys their awful state. They are all one shade of brown or another, regardless of the color they were when I got on the mission. But the new ties that they sent me are really pretty, and solved the question that every missionary thinks about: which tie will I wear on the plane home? On July 2nd, 10:25 am. Thanks for the info.

Melissa mentioned a little about the reading frenzy that’s struck the house, that’s good to hear. That sounds like my family that I know!! After reading about my brothers, I decided that I’m getting more excited to play tennis with Craig than run with Scott, I think with Craig it will be more competitive. You can point out to Scott that in 2006, when I went to watch Kyle run at State’s in VA, the winning mile time was a 4:27.

This week was a good one in Posse, a “gold standard” week. God’s blessing this area like crazy. There were 100 people at sacrament meeting this week (96 last week, 104 the week before), and I think as long as we continue with an average attendance of 100, soon the area presidency will start to notice and put a chapel here. That’s the plan, at least. It was a hard week, and we worked a lot. The mission is full of ups and downs in every aspect. On Friday I was full of energy, and even commented in my journal that I was surprised at how un-tired I was. Unfortunately, someone must have read that, because we spent the whole day on Saturday walking, and I thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion, haha. Funny how that works out. Another thing that I’ve been learning a lot about is hope, like President Hinckley always said, that things will work out. Hope is a gift that the Spirit gives us when we need it, and is really helpful. This week we were teaching a girl who wanted to be baptized, and all her friends wanted her to be baptized, but on Sunday her parents thought that she should wait a little bit. But, before we went to her house, I felt a really strong feeling of hope, and I was really relaxed about the whole thing. Thing will always work out. We were able to go, solve the problem, and she was baptized yesterday. Hope and attitude are really important, and keep you from going crazy on the mission, too.

I was thinking this week that Scotty finishes up his two years on Friday, and soon all my other friends are coming home, too. Weird. As they say, “I”ll be leaving soon; the others are already there.” (Dad will probably be the only one to get that; look at your calendar). But things are going really well here. I’m not sure how the e-mail will work out next week, I think I’ll write you from Cruzeiro, since it’s transfers, but we’ll see. Thanks for everything, and keep up the good work! Love you guys!