It all gets mixed up in the stomach anyway…

Boa tarde!

So I hope everyone had a wonderful week! This week really flew by, probably because it was rather busy. When all your plans fall through, that’s when the hours and days crawl by. But when things are going well and are busy, there aren’t enough hours in the day!

But that actually doesn’t mean everything went so smoothly this past week. Unfortunately, there was a probably with the documents in the marriage. But there’s no problem that we can’t resolve, especially with the help of God! But, also, faith without works is dead, right? So here are our works: we travelled to Belém yesterday, and today, and tomorrow. All this so that I can be there still at their baptism, haha.

That being said, their wedding ceremony was Friday, and that was a big hit! Lots of members came, the music was nice, the decorations were pretty, and the food was awesome. And, best of all, Divaldo and Joana seemed sooo happy!

The next night they made us dinner to celebrate: rice and beans (typical) and bull’s heart, sheep’s ribs, and pig’s feet (not so typical).

So I don’t have time to tell you about my day today… but let me just say that I can tell I’ve grown a lot since the beginning of the mission, seeing my capacity to speak to strangers, get information from them, and get people to do favors for me. I remember that Eric said once that if you walk and act like you own the place, people won’t ask you questions and you can do what you want/need to do. Well that’s pretty true! Next week I’ll tell you more.

Well sorry for the short, sporadic (sp?) email, hopefully I’ll be able to write next Monday also. Have a wonderful week, thanks for all your prayers and support!

Com amor,
Elder Maughan

Star Spangled Postcard

Good morning!

I hope everyone had a wonderful week, and a great 4th of July! Eric had an american companion on his only 4th of July on the mission, right? Well I never had an american companion… but thursday night I called up another missionary in my district and we sang “The Star Spangled Banner” as I waved a postcard that Dad postmarked with 3 american flag stamps, haha. That seemed to cheer us both up, since we both had had rather tough days (see below). But to get back in the brazilian hang of things, I sang the brazilian national anthem friday morning. Which, let me say, is much harder to sing than ours!

So, unfortunately, I don’t have pics to send of a wedding and baptism, since some of the paperwork got all tied up. BUT we got it all figured out, so things look more certain for this week now. And I think that one more week was actually for the better! They were able to get to know all the members a little bit more now. Divaldo prayed in Elders’ Quorum, in Sunday School, and even bore his testimony in the sacrament meeting. All the members seemed really impressed, and they are giving them lots of support. So it was a great week! I’m thinking that God had a better plan for them, and that’s why it didn’t work out last week.

Well I’m off, have a wonderful week! Thanks for all the love and support, until next week!
Com amor,
Elder Scott Maughan

Pray with faith!

Bom dia!

Glad to hear that life is good for everyone in the States!

So here’s a small, testimony-building story. After filling out the papers of a marriage on Saturday, we needed 100 reais to pay for the marriage, and we need it by Sunday night so that they can get married/baptized this coming week. But they only had 50 reais, so we had to somehow get 50 more in one day. That ended up being a little bit tricky, since there aren’t too many members here in the branch, and all have a rather modest living. Some of the members pitched in what they could, but we still were lacking. (And mission rule: we missionaries can’t pay anything at all). After brainstorming with the branch president’s family (and not coming up with anything) we decided to just pray with faith that it would all work out.

Talking with the branch president’s wife last night, she asked if we had gotten all the money. I told her that we were still lacking 20. A less active member who had come to the fireside perked up next to us and said “20? I felt like to needed to bring R$20 tonight, but I don’t know why, because I won’t use it. Here ya go!” So yup, that was the miracle of last week! The miracle of this week will be everything turning out just right for the wedding and baptism on Saturday. Let’s pray with equal faith for that to happen also!

Well that’s my short email for the week. And I sent 2 pictures, so that’s 2000 more words. Thanks for all your love and prayers and letters and support, have a wonderful week!

Love,
Elder Maughan

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Service Project

Here’s part of the wall that we painted at the branch president’s house! It was a fun service project. Elder Sales worked a few years as a painter, so he helped us to learn a bit more about how to paint. Can’t say I’m the best painter ever… but practice makes perfect! At least I didn’t totally paint myself blue, like the last time I painted a house…

Festa Junina!

Festa Junina!

Here’s a pretty sweet holiday celebrated in all of Brasil: June Party! It lasts the whole month, and it’s characterized by a lively dance, lots of forró (a type of music with an acordeon), little flag decorations, and, of course, lots of food. Especially corn. Here was the branch party last week, which was really fun! We missionaries even sang a song and everyone danced. Lots of less active members and investigators came to the party also, so it was a successful missionary opportunity as well!