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!!

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(excerpt from e-mail sent 7 April 2008)

Hey guys,

Things are going relatively well here, nothing worth complaining about. The big news this week was general conference, which I hear was good, although here in Posse we didn’t watch it. I’m 2 for 4 in general conferences on the mission, watched 2, missed two. And President Aidukaitis was called to the first quorum of the Seventy, which is pretty cool. Who else in the family has a Seventy on speed dial? I do!

Last Monday was a good day, we had two baptisms. It was actually really crazy. Satan’s not really happy with the work here in Posse, and he’s trying to do everything to stop us, which is really annoying. Monday we ran out of water twice, in both of the two water sources, and we were going to do the baptism kneeling down, but fortunately there were so many other problems that by the time everyone got there, 2 hours late, there was enough water to do it regularly. Although just barely. You would think that after quite a while as a missionary in Brazil I would know how to baptize, but I had to redo the ordinance 5 times in all, which was rather embarrassing. There were two girls baptized, Gizilene, a 15-year-old who lives on a near-by farm and has to sacrifice like crazy to go to church, and Andressa, an 8-year-old who turned 8 on Monday and her mom surprised her by having her baptized. We put the white clothes on her, and then after the first girl was baptized I asked (from the font) if there was anyone else in the room who wanted to be baptized, and she looked at her mom and the excitedly raised her hand. Very cool.

Not much else happened this week. Things are going well here. Transfers are next week, but I doubt that I’ll be transferred, so no worries. I don’t want to be, at least. I can’t remember if anything else really exciting happened last week; it’s all the same. The work is hard, you sometimes feel like you’re pushing a brick wall or it’s 1 step up and 2 steps back, but there are some excellent life lessons to be learned.

Ohh, good news! The family that was baptized a little while ago, Sidmar and Nara, (river baptism) are really happy in the church. Yesterday I ordained Sidmar to be a Priest and then the two of us blessed the sacrament together. And then he was called to be the young mens president, and she was called to be the young women’s. It made me very happy. The mission’s worth it.

Alright, now I’ll sit and ponder a little on my life, which classes I should take, etc. It’s actually really hard to do that from Brazil, on the mission, since it’s not exactly fresh on my mind, but it’ll turn out fine. Thanks for everything! Love you guys!
Elder Maughan