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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Thanks for all the e-mails, guys, it's great to feel loved, and especially right after my birthday.  Birthdays on the mission aren't that cool... it's kind of like Christmas or Thanksgiving, where you just try to forget about yourself and about years past and get to work, but it's a little harder.  During the week I really played it up, telling everyone that my birthday was on Sunday and that the only present I wanted was for them to be at church.  I told them it would be a big party, with water and bread and we'd sing, too.  Most of them didn't buy it, and attendance was pretty weak yesterday.  Actually, all 7 of our investigators wimped out or hid from us instead of going to church, and the person who was going to be baptized made an unannounced, surprise trip Sunday morning to some other city, so missionary-wise, my birthday left a little bit to be desired.  But at night we went to a members house and she had cake for us, so life is good.

Yeah, I forgot to answer your questions last week, sorry about that....  My companion, Elder Coelho, is from Espírito Santo [Holy Ghost], Brazil, even though everyone thinks he looks American.  Of the two other missionaries in our house, one is from São Paulo and the other is from... Utah!!  An American!!  It's way fun!  I get to actually talk English sometimes, and joke around, and it's way cool.  It's very different being in a house with 4 than with 2, but hey, just another change, right?

The branch here is alright, 60 or 80 people at sacrament meeting, on a good day.  There are 325 members on the roster, so we're working a lot with the 250 straglers.  Actually, Miracema's a really interesting city.  It was the first capital of Tocantins (which was made a state in 1990), but then Palmas started to grow, and there's no development here, so a ton of people are moving from here to Palmas.  The majority of young adults are leaving here to study or whatever, and it kind of has the feeling of a ghost town.  It's a smaller city, so it's hard to find a lot of food, but i'm doing my best to stay fat.  It's a battle, but I'm trying.

I haven't got the package yet, but zone conference is next monday [which means you probably won't get an e-mail then], so we'll see.

Another item of business... people have been asking to see photos of home or whatever, but I don't really have any.  If you could, would you mind sending some photos of Salem or the Adirondacks or Mt. Rainier or whatever?  Thanks!!

We spent P-day in the forest/jungle today, which was pretty fun.   It was most excellent, and we've got some sweet pictures.  That's a cable-and-wood bridge we're on, like Indiana Jones, and the river below us has been known to have crocodiles, although there weren't any today, sorry.  Although it's technically the jungle, it feels just like a forest back home, which is really nice.  We also went to an awesome rope bridge, of which I took roughly 30 pictures, so I'll send a few each week.  We went fishing in the river, ate all kinds of crazy fruit growing on the trees, ate sugar cane [highly recommend that....], had a bar-b-cue, kept the insect repellant industry in business, and got roasted in the sun.  It was totally awesome.  I'd write more, but everyone else is done, and P-day's already ended.

Alright, that's the news from Brazil.  Love you guys, thanks for everything, and good luck with everything.

Life is good!

E. Maughan