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 on 8/22/2006)

It's great to hear things are going well up there! Sorry about all the construction and everything, but since I'm in a city where fireworks are apparently not only legal but encouraged, i don't have as much sympathy as I should, sorry. In fact, the São Paulo Futebol team scored a goal last Wednesday night at 11:18, in case you were curious. Either that or there was a massive bombing of São Paulo.

Last thursday was an excellent day because the Brazilian missionaries with whom we're going to the mission field came to the MTC, so the end is near! There are 9 Brazilian and 13 American missionaries going to Brasilia two weeks from today, and we're really exciting for it. There are only a few things to do between now and then, like learn how to speak Portuguese. I can talk about prophets or the Restoration of the Gospel pretty well in portuguese for a good 20 or 30 minutes, but I'm going to be severely humbled in about half an hour when I go try to buy rubber bands at the store. It'll come eventually, though. We've already felt to some extent the Gift of linguas [don't remember how to spell tongues in English], where you can feel the Spirit help you speak clearly when the Lord needs you to. It's so amazing!

We had some visitors to the MTC last Saturday, Elder Oaks of the Presidency of the Seventy and Elder Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve. It was really amazing to have them here. You could really feel the Spirit when they spoke, and they had some amazing things to say. Like people always say, your testimony really grows here at the MTC. It's a great experience.

Thought you might be interested to know... people here can't pronouce ´Maughan.´ That's nothing against the Brasilians, though, because it's not like anyone can do it in the US. Having a companion named Powers makes it fun, though. It goes like this:
Brasilians: Elder... Powers
Us: sim
Them [Every time]: Powers... power rangers
Us: ha ha
Just like in Mexico, remember how everyone was familiar with American TV shows and cartoons? Anyway, then they get to my name, sit and stare, and say something that starts with an M. Remember Coach humphreys and sanders? like them. I just say yes, but I thought you might find that interesting. So, Scott and Craig [and Melissa], hope you get called to England. Or idaho.

Alright, it's time to head out. since it's p-day, we're going to go play some volleyball, so once again I can realize that the Brazilians we play with are better playing with their feet than I am with my hands. I love you guys, and good luck with everything!! Eric