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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(excerpts from e-mail sent February 5, 2007)

Hello from Miracema, home of (and I'm not making this up...) the world's largest ox. it's actually a house in the shape of an ox, but if you were wondering where the largest ox in the world is, I taught a lesson in front of it. For the record, I'm in miracema (Mear-oh-same-uh) in the state of Tocantins (Toak-an-cheens). haha, that ought to clear things up.

Things are going well here. It's been relatively cool, like maybe only mid 80s, which has been a nice treat. And we got some pretty good rain, which isn't all that fortunate, since our roof is a little leaky. But hey, life is good. The work here is a little slower than we would like, but things are getting better, and no worries. There are a ton of inactive members here, so we're working with them, trying to bring them back to the church and strengthen the branch here. On the mission you really learn how the spirit works, but also how satan likes to work with people. He likes to use laziness and procrastination, telling people to do things correctly, but do them next week. Very interesting.

It's lightly raining outside, but really lightly, so it almost looks like snow. If it weren't 80+ degrees, I would think it's snow. Just a moment of homesickness for you, haha.

It was awesome to see the pictures from the wedding and everything. I know all those people; they're the ones I hung out with every day my junior year before school started. Man, we've all really changed since then, I think. that was a long time ago, haha. It's weird to think about that.

I'm thinking that maybe I'll look into a career as a teacher when I get back. This Saturday we have three classes planned: how to speak English at 6, how to direct music at 7, and how to play the organ at 7:30. despite the fact that I don't know how to play the organ or teach anything, I'm teaching all three. The English class has been the talk of the branch for a while, and I think it'll be a great chance to meet people and introduce them to the church. If anyone knows how to teach anything, let me know. It'll be fun, though, and I think things will go well. There's an organ here, not a keyboard, but an electric organ. it's got two keyboards, one to play and one to look at, a bunch of buttons, and a pedal, which is like a car's clutch in that I know it's important, but I don't know how to use it. And the settings randomly change in the middle of the hymn, which is kind of exciting. I think there's a lesson to be learned here, though. All I want is a simple keyboard, to play hymns during church. But, we have a complicated, fancy, more expensive organ, which looks nicer, and probably has more potential to be better, but is less effective. Anyway, just something to think about.

Anyway, thanks for the letters, the prayers, the love, and the packages!! I love the food from grandma and grandpa, thanks a bunch! Life is good!

E. Maughan