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!!

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)

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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from e-mail sent June 16, 2008)

Hey guys!!

Thanks for all the e-mails, you all made me really excited to get home, thanks for nothing ;) I hope everyone had a super holiday weekend, with both father’s day (which, incidentally, is in August here in Brazil) and, of course, Flag Day. From what Melissa said, I’m convinced that it’s much hotter there than it is here, and I’m reconsidering this whole coming home from the mission thing. Although the humidity might be a nice break. Like I mention in the last e-mail, the leprosy on my hands (using that terms in the non-literal sort of way, mom, don’t worry) is kind of rough. But life is good!

Anyway, this week was another rather unproductive one. Not really sure what’s going on here. We’re being obedient and all, but things just don’t seem to be going our way. I think God still has a lot to teach me, and He’s trying to cram it into these two weeks. But I’m still happy, don’t worry. Its times and experiences like these that make you grow. Last night we were talking with the branch president, and he said that he had a rough time at the very end of his mission, but said that he decided to not let a few weeks spoil two years. He’s a wise man.

Glad to hear that everyone’s getting excited at home… I’m getting rather excited, too. Not that I should be thinking about going home, right, but no one’s perfect. You should all be really excited to see these tan lines. The coolest is the little parallelogram on my chest between the shirt collar and the garment top. Very cool. You can even see where the tie goes.

This week we went to Formosa, for our district meeting. It’s kind of fun, the 5:45 bus, stop in all the little nearby towns, and get there at 10:15. It was good to see the elders again, like Elder Hoon and Elder Macdonald. I had every intention of sending you pictures, but I left the camera at home. Zone conference will be next Monday, so I’ll write you next Tuesday.

Good news from last week: I got the package from you guys! Three weeks to the day from when you sent it, not too bad. Everybody loved the candy, especially the Laffy Taffy (which John, the 4-year-old stuffed in his mouth at once), and the Ensign was also most excellent. Interesting how you value some things more important than others on a mission.

One thing that I’m really enjoying doing is looking back on my mission and see how I’ve changed, and the things I’ve passed through. But the end of the mission is also really sad, because you think of the things that you wanted to do and see, the miracles, the blessings, and sometimes not all of them happened. Kind of like Alma in Alma 29: “oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of my heart- that I might go forth with a voice of a trump and cry repentance unto every people… but I am a man, and I sin in my wish. I ought to be satisfied with the things that God has given unto me...” [or something like that]. Sometimes you want something really bad, and you fast and pray for it, but sometimes it’s not what God wants. Very interesting.

Alright, that’s the news from here. Nothing too exciting, sorry. Maybe things will be better next week. Happy Father’s Day, dad, and everyone have a great week. Life is good!
Eric