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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(excerpt from an e-mail sent on April 9, 2007)

...... I kinda forgot it was Easter this week, haha. Yesterday was fast and testimony meeting [since everyone here except me was watching general conference last week], although we talked a little more about the Atonement. But, in general, holidays on the mission are just like any other day; no candy, no nothing, but no worries. It was a good day.

About this alleged package from grandma and grandpa… I have high hopes that I will see it soon. Grandparents Maughan? I actually got two packages this week!! One from Cami that, in an attempt to demonstrate that we delight in inefficiency, someone brought to Tocantins and gave to me as I was getting on the bus to Brasilia, and I opened in here today. Lots of happiness in that package, though. And then I safely got the package with the two pen drives!! Thanks so much. I love the candy and everything, and the pen drives are going to be really useful, thanks.

Anyway, a lot has happened since I wrote last. First off, remember when I told you that I took the 6am bus to Palmas to be at the bus station early?? Well… turns out I was misinformed, and I didn’t have to be there until 7 at night. Anyway, we took an all-night bus ride, and got to Brasilia, where I took another bus for Paranoá, my new area. [that’s par-an-no-ah, accent on the ‘ah’]. Our mission president has called 4 assistants, and they and their companions are living in a house with one other companionship. That’s 10 missionaries. Just stop and think about what that must be like. It’s a blast. Two of the other companions to the assistants, Elder MacDonald and Elder Zent, are from my MTC group, and we’re having a blast together. We’ve also been working like crazy, trying to find people to baptize and whatever. This week the assistants worked together, in two companionship, and I was companions with Elder Camacho, a relatively new missionary from Oregon. We worked together well and learned a lot. I recognized that I’ve really grown a lot these past few months, and I’m really grateful for that. I’m learning to balance work and fun, which is something really important for life, I think. Probably something that I’ll be working on for my whole life, too.

Anyway, like I said, my companion is Elder Meneghetti, who is one of the Assistants. I think that means that we’ll be going from place to place helping the other missionaries. One of the four assistants and his companion will probably head up to Tocantins, but since Elder Meneghetti and I just got back from that oven, I think we’ll stay here in this area. I think we’ll spend every week in a different area, and either I’ll take one of the missionaries back here to Paranoá and we’ll work here, or we’ll have 4 missionaries in one area. Does that make sense? I hope so. But on the other hand, it doesn’t really make sense to me, either, so don’t worry.

Anyway, our main work here is to try and baptize the people that God has prepared. Last transfer our goal was 360 and we baptized 357, so we’re going to try to reach that goal this transfer. We’re off to a slow start, though. The last week of the last transfer 77 people were baptized, but this past week there were only 19. Honestly, that’s a number so low that we all had our proselyting clothes on at 10:45 last night, ready to go find and baptize, before someone was the voice of reason and pointed out that that really probably wasn’t a good idea. Anyway, for me, numbers don’t really mean everything. These past few weeks I’ve been working as hard as I could, and haven’t baptized anyone. God prepares the people, and if He wanted He could baptize everyone. So I’m just going to keep trying to give 100% and be obedient and we’ll see what happens. Cool story: I just found out that a few weeks ago a family was baptized in Gama that we had found and taught the first lesson to right before I left. I guess that just goes to show that you never know the fruits of your labors, but they’ll always be good if you’re doing what’s right.

Anyway, that’s the news from Paranoá, home of the ‘missionary frat house.’ Haha. Life is good here. I have no clue where I’ll be this week or anything, but I’m sure I’ll learn a lot and I’ll do my best to do what the Lord wants. In the meantime, I’m going to go back to the house and eat a bunch more of the food that you and Cami sent this week!! Great to hear from you guys, and thanks for everything. Knock on wood, everything is going perfectly here, but I’ll let you know if something goes wrong. See ya!
E. Maughan