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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(excerpts from an e-mail sent 28 April 2008)

Hey guys!

Thanks for the e-mails, it’s always good to hear from everyone. Let me sum up the e-mails: Melissa’s back home, Scott’s running the 4x8, Craig’s playing tennis, dad wants to hike, and mom opened my room for the summer. Man, if that’s not enough to make a missionary homesick, I don’t know what is!!
Nah, I’m just kidding. You would all be very impressed to see how un-homesick I am. And we’re working like crazy here in Posse (Paw-see). This week was incredible, 90 people at sacrament meeting again, 15 visitors, and 4 baptisms. We had been in somewhat of a slump, but it looks like this trial of our faith is almost over. We’ve been working more in the neighborhoods farther from the church, which are a little more humble, and it seems like it’s working pretty well. We’ve met some great families, and our plan is to build a chapel here and by the time it’s done, these families will be strong in the church and we’ll divide the branch.

Anyway, this week was awesome. We are teaching a family, Reis, Wilma, and their three kids: susiani, susimara, and suelaine. The parents aren’t yet legally married, but they want to be to be able to be baptized. We weren’t able to get in touch with them on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday we went by there, and Reis said: “today my daughters will be baptized, and then I’ll get married so my wife and I can get baptized, too.” That kind of shocked us, since we weren’t even sure that anyone was going to be baptized yesterday, but if he said that they were going to get baptized, who are we to say no? Their mom’s cousin was also baptized: zelia, whose daughter, gizleni, was baptized last month. It’s a small world, huh? And we’re working with a bunch of other great people who are all going to be baptized in the next few weeks.

Doug said something in a letter a few weeks ago that I thought was very enlightening- he said don’t try to be the investigator’s best friend, try to be the missionary whom the investigator’s grandkids with thank because you helped their grandparents go to the temple. Or something like that. Anyway, Doug’s a smart guy. And I don’t think I would have understood that if I weren’t a missionary, but it’s like this: there are a lot of members and investigators who talk a lot about other missionaries: “so and so came by every day and washed his clothes here and his mom sent peanut butter from the states…” and on and on. But sometimes it seems like members were only helped by having friends, and nothing more. Although it’s important to be friends with the members and investigators, I think it’s more important that they do what’s right.

So I’ve been applying that recently here in Posse. For example, there’s a family here who was firm in the church for 3 years, and then stopped going. We stopped by Sunday morning to bring the mom to church, and she started giving the same excuses- she had to clean the house, had somewhere else to go, etc. So, in a lovingly way, I told her we didn’t want to hear her excuses any more, that we were going to talk to some other people, then come back in 20 minutes, and she was to be ready when we came back. Then we left, although she was saying that that wouldn’t work out. And guess what happened when we came back, 20 minutes later. She and her son were in their Sunday best, waiting for us. And we all walked the 50 minutes to church together. Sometimes people just need a little nudging along.

Things are going really well here. In approximately 13 days it’ll be Mother’s day, so you can give me a call!

I hope you like the pictures: there’s one of me, my cool pants, and John, the neighbor’s kid (from the church). That’s the wall that separates our house from his, and he was actually talking to his mom. He’s a really funny kid, and comes waltzing into our house rather often. Then there’s a picture of us and Ruddzank, and his truck. He gave us a ride to the other side of the city yesterday, sitting on the tailgate of his truck. Not really safe, but when your mom’s on another continent, you do what you want ;). And then there’s one of the baptism last night. And one of me and Elder Aidukaitis, of the First Quorum of the Seventy [very official sounding, huh?]. He’s much taller than me.

I think that’s the news that’s fit to print for now. For the record, I’ve been thinking for a while that it would be kind of nice to join the YMCA to have a place to learn to swim and become an excellent triathloner [a word Microsoft Word doesn’t recognize, maybe because of the “loner” half], even before you said anything, mom. Oh, wait, zone conference was this week. Very good. I’ve never been so tired in my life. Bought a chess set at the bus station to burn time until our 11 oclock bus. Two nights riding buses instead of sleeping. But it’s all filmed on the camera, you’ll see one day.

Thanks for everything. If you need anything, I’m here for you. ‘Here’ being a long way away, but what can you do? Love you guys, and life is good!