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 12/11/2006)

Hey there,

Things are going well here in Gama, the most beautiful city of my mission.  It's never really too hot or too cold, and rain's not really a big deal as long as you bring your umbrella with you everywhere.  There have been days when I've left the apartment without my scriptures, but it's been months since I've left without my umbrella.  Maybe I should fix my priorities. Elder Silva and I are getting along well.  He's a hard worker, so it's been good working together.  The only problem still is that he talks really, really fast, to the point where it's really hard to understand him, both for me and the investigators.  You know something's wrong when people turn to the American for a translation of what's going on.  But hey, life is good!

Thanks for the Christmas stuff; everything's all set up and I think I've gotten everything, so thanks!  I took pictures, but I can't send them on this computer right now for some reason.   i'll get them to you, don't worry.  I'm kind of excited for Christmas mostly just to talk to you guys on the phone.  Although I don't think that i've had a conversation in English for a good 3 months, so it might be a little bit tricky.  But hey, we'll figure something out.

We had another baptism this week: in our quest to baptize a singles' ward we baptized an 18-year-old young woman with an 23-year-old ready to be baptized this coming week, too.  It's really fun to think of the potential that they have in the church, and how they'll be able to help the church and how the church will be able to help them. The girl baptized this week, Geniane, was ready to be baptized a while ago, but was scared to leave her old church and everything, although she knew that our church is the only true church.  We talked with her for a while about it, and realized that in the scriptures all the blessings come from putting the will of God before what you think is best, or what might appeal to you.  Like Ammon, who refused both being a king and later being a prince to be a servant, because God wanted him to be a servant and a missionary.  Anyway, I think there's a lot we can learn from that.

Man, apparently this week wasn't that exciting, because I don't have anything else to write....  I'm learning that there's always something to laugh at or br happy about.  Like yesterday, the girl who was baptized has 3 rolled r's in her name, and I struck out during the prayer, 0 for 3.  Needless to say, everyone likes to say her name in a pathetic American accent now, but it's pretty funny.

I think that's about it as far as news from the lodge.  Ohh, Elder Silva found a sister in the ward who's willing to wash our white shirts!!  I'm way excited about that.  Mine aren't exactly white anymore, and I learned that if your shirt's going to be as dirty after one day as after three, you might as well be efficient about the whole thing.  Anyway, life is good, and thanks for everything!


Talk to you in 2 weeks,

E. Maughan  <=I like the ambiguity of that. Elder or Eric...?