Hello from…

Mongaguá!

Hey everybody!

Elder Timmons and I are back in Mongaguá right now (where we both previously served), which has been great. It’s so strange to be back working where I’ve already been! It’s cool to notice the differences in how I see the area now–I remember how differently I saw the mission when I was here a year(!) ago. The same thing happened on Tuesday of last week, when we spent the day in Cubatão! Since we went with the Cubatão elders to their missionary correlation meeting that night at the chapel, I got to see a lot of members that I missed. And we got to eat lunch with Rodolfo and visit Bruno and Cleidiane! I saw their new baby Valentina for the first time–she was born since I saw them last year.

This week we also spent one or two days each in a few other areas in the mission: Casqueiro, Samambaia, and São Vicente Ala 1. Here’s a cool story–remember that lady that David met on the plane at the end of his mission a few months ago? [A little background: Craig’s cousin David returned from his mission to Los Angeles in August. On his flight home, he put a Book of Mormon on his tray, and the woman next to him asked if he was Mormon. Turns out that she is not a member, but has a granddaughter who served a mission. Oh yes, and she lives in THE EXACT TOWN in Brazil where Craig was serving at the time!! She was happy to share her contact information with David so that his cousin could come and talk with her about the Gospel. ] Well she lives in Ala 1, but she had never picked up the phone when I called to schedule a visit (I found out she was still out of the state for another month after David met her). When I found out we’d be doing a division in Ala 1, I gave her one more call, and Elder Timmons and I visited her on Friday morning! She was very very nice. She told us all about meeting David, and her granddaughter who served a mission as well who had written her a note telling her to meet with the missionaries. So missionaries or returned missionaries from all over the world are working to help this woman go to church! And we put her in contact with the elders from São Vicente who will be visiting her. Cool, right?

Doing divisions is a really good learning experience–I’ve picked up a lot from the elders we’ve been visiting. And it’s a lot of fun to get to know so many areas and missionaries! In answer to your questions, Mom: we do technically have a home–the office house in Santos. That’s where most of our suitcases are, but we haven’t been there all week and I don’t think we’ll be back until probably November. Until then, we just stay with the elders in the areas that we visit! Elder Timmons and I don’t work together–each of us spends the day with one of the elders in the other companionship. Then the next morning before leaving the area the four of us get together to evaluate the division. Then Elder Timmons and I get a bus to the next stop on our mission tour!

Pictures this week:

Craig with Rodolfo -- soon to be Elder Silva! and Bruno, Valentina, Cleidiane, and also Carlos, who was the ward mission leader when Craig was in Cubatão.

Craig with Rodolfo — soon to be Elder Silva! and Bruno, Valentina, Cleidiane, and also Carlos, who was the ward mission leader when Craig was in Cubatão.

The view in São Vicente looking toward the beach from the Elders' house

The view in São Vicente looking toward the beach from the Elders’ house

That’s it for this week! Thanks for everything, love you all!

Élder Maughan

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