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 12 May, 2008)

Hey guys,

It was really great to be able to talk to everyone last night! Sounds like everyone’s doing well, and there’s not too much to complain about. It’s great to see how, when you’re on a mission, God really takes care of your family. It seems like everyone’s happy and doing well. Like someone once said, God can take care of your family a lot better than you can. And everyone’s changed a lot: Melissa sounds like mom, Craig sounds like Scott, Scott sounds like dad, and Eric sounds like he doesn’t know how to speak English.

I don't really know anything about my itinerary for the trip back home, except that I’m leaving from Brasilia and I have to go through São Paulo. [See right hand column for Eric's return information which arrived today.]

Last night I forgot to tell you about the big news from Brasilia- President Monson’s coming to visit on June 2nd! He’s going to do a family night on Monday night with Elder Nelson, Julie B. Beck, and 5,000 of his closest friends here in Brasilia. We’re going to rent a bus from Posse to go, and everyone’s really excited. He’s going to want to feel the spirit that we have here in Brasilia (maybe to decide if we deserve a temple…??), and it’ll be so good to see the Prophet. On the mission your perspective of everything changes. You spend 2 years teaching everyone about prophets and that there’s a living prophet and everything, so you get really excited when he comes. I’d kind of like to talk to him, too, since he helped Grandpa Watson be baptized. Just to let him know that because of his help baptizing my grandpa in Canada however many years ago, I’m here on a mission. Kinda cool, when you think about it.

That’s actually why, when the mission office called me to ask me which airport was closest to my house, I answered that Posse doesn’t have one, and the nearest was in Brasilia. In my momentary lapse of reason, I was thinking that the prophet was going to come visit us here in Posse. It was only after the missionary on the other end laughed and explained in detail that he was talking about my house house that I understood what he meant. I had forgotten that I have another home, a family, etc. And then I said Albany. Unless one of those C-130s wants to pick me up on the way back from the south pole.

What else is new here? Nothing much, since the last time we talked. 15 hours ago. This week should be good, we’re going to work like crazy again, but that’s what’s fun about the whole thing. But the next step is to go home and rest a little bit, because we’re dang tired. Thanks for everything, it was great talking last night. If you need anything, I’m here for you. Life is good!