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 16 July, 2007)

Hey mom!!

That’s awesome that you’re in the new house. I was going to send you pictures of our house this week, but I forgot to. Sorry. I think maybe I’ll take one when I get home today, so that you can see how it is when we’re washing clothes, because our clothes line runs from wall to wall, so it’s a mess. But I think my room there is probably 5 or 6 times bigger than this house, haha. But hey, life is good. It’s not like we’re ever really in the house, anyway.

This week was a really good one. I did a trade with Elder Atkinson, and it was really a good time. We’re really similar, so that made it really fun. He even knows the Red Green Show!! Haha. We worked really hard, too, and just lacked 2 visitors in sacrament meeting and a baptism to have a “standard of excellence�? week, so that made me really happy. Sometimes missionaries just need someone to give them a little pick-up, so I think it was a successful trade. The other companionship in our district that needs a little pick-up is the sisters, but I think that President wouldn’t approve a trade with them. What do you think? But they’re pretty self-motivated, and this district’s about to be the best district in the mission.

In Guará (an area of the district), a lady was baptized who’s 22 years old and got a 1400 on the SAT and a full-ride scholarship to Harvard. Keep in mind she’s Brazilian. I didn’t even know that they could take the SAT! For lack of anyone else, I did her interview, and it was another really incredible experience. I think God sent me here just to talk with her, because we’re really similar, and apparently talking with me really helped her be less nervous about her baptism. Not that I did anything. But it’s amazing how God uses His power to make small, ineffective, useless 20-year-olds like me tools in His hands. I’m sure there’s a much better way, but I don’t make the decisions about how God works.

I’m trying to think of what else is new and exciting. We made a goal as a district to be 100% obedient (like D&C 82:10), which includes getting home at 9:30 every night. It’s been an adventure once or twice. It’s like track practice again, but with a shirt and tie and the wrong shoes. If nothing else, at least we, as missionaries, get attention!

This week should be a normal work week, etc. Things in the mission don’t change a lot. And it hasn’t rained for like 4 months here, so I’m dying from the lack of humidity. But working in the rain’s also not so cool, so what can you do. Thanks for the e-mail, and especially the pictures. It’s great to hear about what’s going on back home, in a non-homesick sort of way, don’t worry! Life is good!

Elder Maughan

Man, I’m going to be 20 ½ this week!! I’m so old!!!