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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(excerpt from e-mail sent January 30, 2007)

Hey, we just lost power here in the internet cafe; good thing I didn't get too far in my letter to you. Actually, we've spent a while here just working on photos, so I might not get too far, anyway. The fact that I have a little bit of experience with computers and speak English and Portuguese makes everyone think that I can do anything with a computer. Not true, but whatever. Now all my pictures are on a pen drive and, hopefully in a minute here, on a CD, too, so things are good.

Yesterday was zone conference, and it was really cool. I talked a lot with Elder Jones, although he's the leader of the other zone here in Palmas. We also got letters and packages yesterday, which was awesome. I got the package with the camera chip, thanks so much! and I got the package from grandma and grandpa, skyline, although I haven't opened it yet (there wasn't a lot of time yesterday). I also got a bunch of letters, so thanks a ton, although there's no way that I'll ever be able to reply to all of them, haha. I love having a birthday on the mission; you feel way lucky. On Februrary 20th we'll have transfers, but it's not unlikely that the four of us will stay in Miracema. That means that the next time we'll get letters (or probably the next time we see other missionaries) will be the next zone conference, in March. So you can tell people not to rush with Valentine's day cards to me....

Things are going well here. We're having a fun time, sweating a lot, and working hard. Friday was a neat day, because we went to a school for people who are either mentally or physically handicapped. It was really fun to hang out with them. We helped them do art projects and stuff, and then we had a musical performance for them. Unfortunately, no one told me that we were going to have any musical performance and, as the only one who plays (or fakes playing) the guitar and piano, it was rather embarassing. I wish I had learned more non-church music on the piano and the guitar before the mission, because it would have made my life a whole lot easier now. The kids enjoyed it, though, even though I felt like I was just making a fool of myself with a guitar and microphone.

Friday night we had a really interesting experience. There are some really strange things here in Miracema sometimes, and there's a lady in the ward who was baptized 4 months ago who, before her baptism, had an evil spirit in her. I didn't really believe it, but at 10:20 on Friday night her husband came to get us and tell us that the spirit had returned. We went there, and for the first hour or so she was in the other room talking, and it sounded just like someone who had a case of Multiple Personality Disorder (not that I've ever talked with anyone who's had MPD, come to think of it.) Anyway, then she came into the room where we were, and we stared at each other eye to eye for a little while. I can't really describe what it was, but you could feel that there was something wrong. Very interesting. Just before midnight something happened and all of a sudden she was back to normal, and it was very weird. Anyway, it strengthened my testimony that there are things from God, very good and wholesome in this world, but the opposite is also true. Very interesting.

The members of the ward here realy like seeing the pictures that I've got, and they send best wishes for Melissa, haha. Alright, that's it, everyone's left, and they're all waiting for me to finish up. Ugh, this e-mail thing's not all that it's cracked up to be.... Bye!

E. Maughan