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!!

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E-mail me at family@maughan1.com.

(excerpts from an e-mail sent on June 24, 2008)

Hey family!

How is everything going? Here it is, although I’m having a hard time believing it- the last e-mail. I’m not really sure what happened, since it feels like I got here yesterday, but here we are.

This week was a pretty good one here, lots of works, and we’re starting to see more results, so everyone’s happy. We saw a huge miracle this week. We had been teaching a man named Evilasio, who had already visited the church, but has a few problems, and won’t be baptized right now. Anyway, he’s separated from his wife, who lives on the other side of town, and we really felt like we should go see her, so we went there Wednesday afternoon. I should mention that Wednesday morning I was doing that inevitable end-of mission deep pondering, and realized that I had never reactivated a family, but that that would be nice, and had mentioned that in my prayer that morning. In the afternoon we went to his ex-wife’s house (Cleonice), and she seemed really excited to see us. It turns out that she was baptized 17 years ago, in Gama (my first area), was strong in the church for 8 months, and then moved back to Posse, where the church didn’t exist 17 years ago. Her kids said that she always told them she was a member of the church and, less than a month ago, saw us walking down the street and told her daughter “I’m a member of that church, and I’m going to go back soon.” Rather incredible, and probably the happiest lesson of my mission. She and her kids went to church on Sunday, loved it, and her 4 kids are excited to be baptized next week. A little more than fate at work here.

Yesterday was also a really good day- zone conference. My last, and President Aidukaitis’ last, too, so it was really sad. An awful lot of homesickness. To make matters worse, Sister Aidukaitis talked a little bit about marriage, just to help us be really focused on the work. And then, icing on the cake, President called me aside to have… the exit interview. Since I’m going home with 22 other missionaries, and the mission president, too, he’s getting them out of the way now. It was really awesome. I almost cried, but I was strong. We just chatted about the mission, what I learned, and then we talked about the future: college, marriage, etc. It was actually really good, and a great feeling. I always saw the older missionaries going home, and it’s hard to believe that it’s me, now.

After the zone conference, we said goodbye to everyone (“see you in the millennium!”), and then Elder da Silva, Elder Saldanha, Elder Hoon, and I went to the mall and wal-mart, because we had to wait 6 hours for the buses to our cities. We laughed a lot, talked to everyone about the gospel, and had a great time. It was cool saying goodbye to Elder Hoon at the interstate bus station, where our buses left, because he pointed out that that was where we met for the first time 11 months ago when he first got to the field.

And now we’re back in Posse, where we’ll work like crazy this week. Sunday night I’ll get a bus to Brasilia, and Elder Coelho (also going home) and I will leave our companions there in Cruzeiro to work and go together to the mission office. It sounds like then we’ll eat lunch, do who knows what, and then off to the airport. Strange, huh?

These past two years have been awesome. Someone once said, “whoever said these were the best two years didn’t work very hard,” and there’s some sick humor in that. “The best two years” doesn’t mean that your life will be easy for two years, or that it will be two years of fun. I think it means the most rewarding. You learn to work, to lead, to follow, to learn, to study, to work and interact with people, to love, to motivate… pretty much everything. And then you can see the fruits: the people you loved and helped, the miracles, your personal growth, and it’s all worth it.

Alright, I won’t get too sentimental here. Besides, I’m hungry, and it’s lunch time. Thanks once again for everything. Ohh, forgot to mention, just got Grandparents watson’s package from the post office. No need to reply to this e-mail, the next time I use a computer I’ll be out of luck because it’ll be all in English, and I don’t remember anything.

Love you guys and see you next week!
Elder Eric Maughan