Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Elder Eric Maughan
July 2006 - July 2008

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Look here for new photos and a movie. (09/03/07)

TRANSFERRED (06/25): Eric has been transferred to the town of Cruzeiro, an area that he has worked in before. It has a McDonald's and WalMart and lots of English-speaking people.

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Elder Eric Maughan
Brazil Brasilia Mission
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Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150     

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(excerpt from an e-mail sent September 10, 2007)

I’m also doing my best to send some pictures to you, but the computer and I are fighting right now, and it seems to be winning. But don’t worry.

Let’s start by talking a little bit about the miracles from this week. A girl named Paloma was baptized, a 14-year-old, who is completely ready to be baptized. She was taught for two months in Jardim Inga, by one Elder Fernandes, my trainer! But her dad wouldn’t let her be baptized, and when he finally let her, she moved to Estrutural, our ward. So we went there on Friday, and she seemed really happy to talk to us, the missionaries. She said that she wanted to be baptized, but that there were two things that she new needed to be done: she had to fill out the baptismal form, and had to be interviewed, so she was pretty sure that it wouldn’t work for this week. Little did she know that we happened to have a blank form with us, and I did the interview right there, and everything worked out perfectly, and she was baptized yesterday. Three of the four companionships in the district baptized this week, the first time since I’ve been here that more than one baptized.

I got the package last week, too, thanks so much. I loved the movies, especially, haha. And the skittles were a big hit at district meeting, too. While we’re on the subject, did you know that in the past 2 months I’ve received 2 letters? One from Dad and one from Doug. That’s right, at the beginning of the mission it was one per day, and now it’s one per month!

Alright, the internet is down, so I’m not sure how I’ll get this to you, but I’ll find a way. Thanks for everything, and for all the e-mails and everything, too. Life is good!!
Elder Maughan

Anyway, last night there was a fireside at the church that was pretty cool. It was supposed to be along the lines of a quick movie and then Elder Maughan talks, but we ended up watching the whole The Work and The Glory, which is a good movie. It’s interesting watching movies as a missionary, because you look at things through a different perspective. I was watching it and thinking, “I should be a missionary more like him…” and “if I were walking down that street I would make a contact with that man… and that….” Actually, that was just half of my subconscious that was thinking that way. The other half was noticing that it was a love story that takes place in upstate NY and was getting really homesick.

In other news, the mission has baptized 301 souls in the last 4 weeks, which is pretty good. And now that our district is actually a part of the action, I’m happier. Even if we weren’t I’d be happy, though. And this Thursday I’m going to the office to renew my visa!!! Woo-hoo! A real milestone for a missionary, and I’m excited.
Alright, off to run off to Wal-mart to retrieve our photos. And maybe buy another doughnut, who knows? I decided today that I’m not a big fan of P-day. It gets in the way of working. And I’m not the kind of person who can just sit and rest, I need to do something. I think that the anticipation of p-day is actually better than the actual day. Next week is transfers, so p-day will be Tuesday, by the way. Anyway, thanks for the pictures and everything, I really love them. And it was great to get so many e-mails today, thanks. Life is good!