It was so great to talk with you guys too! Sorry for my lack of ability to speak English! And just so you know, that doesn’t necessarily mean I know how to speak Portuguese, just that I’m at an in-between stage where I can’t speak either, haha.
[For those who don’t know, Scott is allowed to call home twice a year – on Christmas and Mother’s Day. In much of Brazil, missionaries are given permission to Skype with their immediate family, and a kind LDS store owner in his area allowed Scott and his companion to use their store and computer. We ‘called’ Scott at 9 am New York time (10 am his time) and Skyped for about an hour. Melissa, Eric, and our new daughter-in-law Noelle, connected to our group Skype from Utah, and Craig (the blue square!) called in from his cell phone during a layover he had at Washington National Airport during that time. Scott looked and sounded great! We recorded much of his call, but somehow the sound didn’t copy, so we have some great silent movies! *Ü*]
Well not too much has happened since I talked to you yesterday! Turns out Mother’s Day is a much bigger holiday here that it is at home (sorry, Mom), so everything was closed, and everyone was together with their familes. And, of course, we ate/received a ton of food, because that’s how holidays are celebrated here.
In church yesterday day I confirmed the lady who had just been baptized, which was the first time I had actually been the one speaking. That was a really neat experience! Definitely felt the spirit incredibly strongly. It’s so good to see a family joining the Gospel, and to be so excited about it too! They already want to go to the temple a year from now. Now we are going to teach some of their relatives, to add to the eternal family they are going to have!
Well, that’s kinda it for exciting things I can remember to say right now… but I hope everyone had an awesome Mother’s Day, and that everyone has a great week. Love you all, until next week!
Élder Scott Maughan
Be sure to click on the photo to enlarge it and find Scott among a sea of Brazilians. (He’s the only American in this picture!)