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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POUCH MAIL IS BEING DISCONTINUED FOR ALL MISSIONARIES SERVING IN BRAZIL. All mail must be sent directly to the mission office. (See Contact Information link)

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(excerpts from e-mail sent December 17, 2007)

Hey guys!

Yeah, a week from tomorrow we'll be on the phone, and I'm pretty excited. I think that the best plan is for you to call up the cell phone. No clue how to call it from out of the country or anything, but I'm sure that you've already done a significant amount of searching and will probably put it on speed dial before finishing the e-mail, ;) We're all going to go to Alex's house (Melissa knows him, sort of. He went to BYU and facebook-ed her), and the other three will use his phone, so they have to plan exactly when they'll call, etc, but I'll be the only one on the cell phone, so just call whenever you want.

Things are going really well here. It's ridiculously fun hanging out with 4 missionaries. The other 3 are from São Paulo, and we all just joke around and never sleep and have a great time. I don't know that I've ever laughed so much in one week. But we've been working hard, too, don't worry. Actually, this week I took care of the 6 companionships in the area, and not one of the 6 had a baptism. That's horrible. The elders from Valparaiso 1 almost baptized a 14 year old young man, but his mom wouldn't let him be baptized, despite our best efforts. It was horrible- the 14 year old was saying "I want to be baptized right now!" and the mom wouldn't let him. But we explained a few things to her, in a friendly, missionary sort of way. Anyway, he'll be baptized next week. One neat thing about being a missionary is that you see parent-child interactions a lot. Some parents are really over-protective, and some seem to not even care about their children. I've been learning a lot about the kind of dad I want to be.

My companion, Elder Reis, is a really good guy, quiet and humble and easy to get along with. He's been out for 10 months, and has been out the second-longest in the district (besides me- imagine the power trip. I've been out twice as long as the others). He likes to work hard, which is really good, and we worked really hard this week, although there were few results. you win some, you lose some.

I got the letter from Jean (She mentioned Amber's bridal shower; Amber's married/getting married/engaged? Thanks for the heads up, friends), and a bunch from dad. In answer to dad's question, it generally takes about 8-10 days for a letter to get here, but the limiting factor is us going to the office, which happens like once every month.

Alright, it's time to run; I'll answer all your other questions next week. Thanks for everything, and I'll talk to you next week!

Elder Maughan