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 e-mail sent April 16, 2007)

First, the bad news: It's 5:59 and P-day ends at 6, so this e-mail might be a little bit short, haha. Sorry about that. But I figure it's not my fault; when you're the junior companion and your companion's the assistant, you're not often the scapegoat. Actually, right now we're at the mission office, which is pretty cool, and it's my first time here. One benefit of visiting the mission office: the mail goes right from the mailman into my hands, no need to wait 6 weeks like when I was up in Tocantins. Pretty cool.

That's a really... interesting article about the shooting at Virginia Tech. Let me know when they have more details about it, and I'll definitely be keeping them in my prayers. It's a huge school, but I know a lot of people that are studying there. Thanks for letting me know.

Anyway, things are going well here. I spent the week in Planaltina, a city somewhere, although I have absolutely no clue where. It was really fun, and we worked hard and everything. Although no one was baptized this week, we've got a lot of people lined up for this Sunday. Elder Meneghetti and I will be working there this week, too, which will be a lot of fun. Our house there has 6 missionaries, 4 Americans, so we had a lot of fun amidst all the hard work. It's fun to talk with Americans, because we speak a strange mix of English and Portugues, and you don't really recognize when you're speaking which language, you're just communicating.

Hmm... I can't even really think of what else is new or interesting or what I had to say. I'm learning that it really pays to be obedient, and it's always better to be obedient that to justify, and do something else. When you're disobedient, you're really being arrogant, and thinking that either the rules don't apply to you or that you know better than whoever gave the rules. And, in the case of the mission, the "whoever" is God, so be careful with that.

Alright, time to get on a bus, get to Planaltina, and get to work. Elder Meneghetti and I are planning to take some cool photos this week. We make contacts in crowded buses a lot, talking loudly so the whole bus can hear (a lot of fun, you should try it sometime), and we're going to try to take pictures of it this week. We'll see how that works out. For now, thanks for the news, thanks for the packages (my closet is stuffed with candy, thanks to you, Carolyn, and Cami. Thank them for me; if I have a real P-day in the near future, I'll write), and thanks for the prayers!

Love you guys!
E. Maughan