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 10/9/2006)

Things are pretty good here in Gama. We’re actually having a real famine when it comes to missionary work, apparently. Yesterday we had 5 investigators ready for church, we even talked with them earlier in the day, and then when we passed by just before church they all either said no or left before we got there. I’m learning a lot, though, so I haven’t been frustrated with anything, really. I figure my main purpose here in Gama is to learn, and it's been working out pretty well. I can kinda speak portuguese now, as long as the other person speaks clearly and slowly, which no one does. Just like in America.

Let me explain the pictures that I hope you got. One is the room of Americans for General conference, which was way fun. Then I think there's one of me someplace in gama, not really sure where, but it's where we were playing soccer. Then me and Elder Fernandes on our way to round up investigators for church. You can tell we're going to church because we have our suits, which we use only on Sunday, and bags, which we use only when we're going to have a baptism. During the week we proselyte without bags or anything, just carrying a bible and a Book of Mormon in our hands. it's pretty cool. And the last picture is my Joseph Smith pose, because someone didn't pay the electricity bill or something and we were studying in the dark for a few days. if you look carefully, on the box I was using as a candleholder, you can see the playmobile artic explorer you sent me. haha. he's become a cross-country skiier.

In other news, I'm sure you've heard the theory that for every rainy day on your mission your future wife is that much more beautiful. So, if any girls are gorgeous as of Saturday, I know where their husbands are. Right here in Gama. it rained hard and all day. In a way it was nice because we spent 4 days without a working hot water heater, so we could finally get clean. I made a lot of good memories, though, like Elder Fernandes trying to dry his dayplanner by ironing it. That didn't work.

I gave my first blessing the other day, and it was a really neat experience. I actually had no clue what was going on, but Elder Fernandes asked if I wanted to say "the prayer," and I obviously said no, but all of a sudden we were giving a blessing to an older man, and Elder Fernandes did the anointing, so I did the sealing and blessing. It was really neat, because when you're doing something like that you really feel more calm and can speak better, because of having the Spirit with you. And the gift of tongues kicks in when the Lord needs you.

So, with whom are you talking in Spanish? that's really cool. If you want to throw in some Portugues, estou cansada is how women say they're tired, and 'eu quero sobremesa agora' is 'I want dessert now.' two handy phrases.

We got mail at zone conference the first week, and then district meeting the second week, but that’s been it, so maybe we’ll get some tomorrow. I kinda hope so. Time for my weekly letter to the president, and the challege of typing in Portuguese. it's way fun. Love you guys! Eric