Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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ERIC IS HOME!
And we're so happy to see him! Photos are in the slide show on this page.

Check out LOTS of new photos here. (06/03/08)

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POUCH MAIL IS BEING DISCONTINUED FOR ALL MISSIONARIES SERVING IN BRAZIL. All mail must be sent directly to the mission office. (See Contact Information link)

Questions or comments?

E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from an e-mail sent 9 June 2008)

Hey guys!

How are things? Sorry to hear that it’s so hot up there. It’s gotten a little cooler here in Brazil, since it is winter here (using the term ‘winter’ loosely), although the sun is just as hot in winter as it is in summer, not that that should be the case. I was thinking today that it had better be really humid up there, because here it’s really dry, and my hands are all cracked and the skin is all falling off. But what can you do?

Mom, that’s funny that you said that you went on a clothes shopping spree, because about 15 minutes ago Elder da Silva and I were talking about this, how I’m going to need new clothes when I get home. I did buy a new suit (I don’t know if you noticed in the pictures from last week), so that’s a step in the right direction. Anyway, thanks.

Nothing really exciting going on here. I had mistakenly thought that maybe my last transfer would be a little easy, or that I had maybe gotten a hang of this missionary thing, but God was quick to prove me wrong. We’ve run into a serious wall in the work here, and I can’t really figure out why. We work like crazy (my companion’s lost 10 lbs since we got here...), and do everything that I’ve been taught to do, and nothing seems to be going right. But it’s fun to see how much I’ve changed in the past two years. I just about died when this sort of thing happened to me in Cruzeiro, but now I’m pretty calm about the whole thing, because I feel like I’m doing my part, what else can I do? Still, I wouldn’t mind seeing some results here. But after the great trial of your faith comes the miracle, right? Judging by this trial of our faith, the miracle will be a big one.

In answer to your question, yes, my companion is straight from the MTC. I don’t know if you noticed, but the picture that had Elder Hoon in it was supposed to be a family shot (me and my kids), but Elder Chahine got there late to the transfer, so there was no time to take a picture with everyone. It’s really fun to be with a new missionary, because you see how it is again when you get to the field.

What else...? I don’t even think about going home ever, but all the members think about it and, just to help me out, like to ask me how many more days. I normally reply that I don’t know, but my mom’s got it all on the computer. Or I reply that it doesn’t matter, what matters is that my companion has more months left than I have days. That makes everyone happy.

Alright, that’s the news from Posse. I’m still awaiting the Ensign package, and the one from Grandparents Watson, but it’ll probably get here soon. We might go into Brasilia this week, but we don’t know when zone conference will be. We’ll see. Well, have a great week, go ahead and keep preparing for my homecoming, haha (do we have 2 working tennis rackets?) and I’ll keep working my tail off here.

Ohh, phrase of the week. Elder da Silva said that our family gets blessed while we’re on the mission because while his parents and brother are at home, he’s here in the field suffering for the four of them. That’s funny, in a sick sort of way that maybe only missionaries understand, haha. Love you guys!

Life is good
Eric