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 9/18/2006)

Hey!! Thanks for the e-mail, it's so good to hear from you guys! It's been a pretty hard week here, so it's great to hear about things back home. Dad and Andy are hiking the Appalachains right now? That's so awesome. As much as I like being in a desert [Brasilia is, by the way, a desert] I've got to be honest and say that I miss the mountains, rivers, and that "green" color a fair amount. And I'm really excited about the packages/letters! Every Tuesday we can get mail, at the district or zone conference, I think. More or less. well, not more. sometimes less.

So, let me tell you more about what's going on here, now that I have a little bit better idea myself. Gama is apparently a very large city, because today we walked to the center, and it took a very long time. We do a lot of walking, and I mentioned not a lot of eating, so needless to say, my pants are no longer snug. I've been using the step counter the 4x8 gave me before I left, and it's registered anywhere between 15,000 and 21,000 steps per day. I'll let you do the math, but if each step is about 2 feet, that's like 10+ km a day. anyway, maybe the counter is wrong.

The weather here is pretty nice. Well, at night and morning. It's pretty hot during the day, but it could definitely be a lot worse, so I'm not complaining at all. Our apartment is actually really nice, although most of the houses around here are... very different. Not like America, that's for sure. They all have floors, but a lot are only a couple rooms, and very small rooms at that. It makes me really appreciate America and what we have there.

We had one American sister in the ward, but she was transferred, so now I'm the only American for a good while. Which means that I can only really communicate with anyone once a week, at District conference. It makes for some long days, but that's alright. It's not really too bad, and it's fun to try to help people learn about the gospel. The people here are really accepting to it.

Yesterday was stake conference, which was a broadcast from Salt Lake, and we had a room where it was broadcast in English for the Americans, which was awesome. Just like 5 American missionaries in a room where we could all understand what was going on was way fun. We brought an investigator with us, but he keeps deciding to put off his baptism. Yesterday he and I talked alone for probably 15 minutes about baptism and everything, and it was great because I could really feel the Spirit helping me, telling me what to say and how to say it. He still decided against being baptized yesterday, but I know he will soon, and I think it was a great experience for both of us.

The language is coming alright. it's hard to understand the accents of people, but that will come with time. Only once this week did people laugh during the prayer because of my accent [but they were young girls; their opinion doesn't count]. And during one lesson I taught about how baptism 'cleans' our souls, although it turns out "clean" is an english word ['limpar' is the portuguese]. The rest of the lesson was in Português, though.

Alright, i'm out, probably to go buy another pastery. Thanks for everything, and I love you guys! Be good! Life is good! Eric