Service with a Smile and a Cutlass

A District Activity with Service

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Ben with a young member of the branch named Emanuel, Emma for short (EE-ma), after cleaning the chapel. 
Time has been flying. Like seriously. I can’t believe that I’ve already spent one full transfer as a zone leader. This past week has been pretty normal missionary work, but today we had a district activity.

It started out well. We had a service project where I got another cutlass and started to whack at some weeds… again. I felt kinda studly, until I realized that my hand had like six blisters, four of which opened. I switched to my left and got another blister, so I decided it was time for me to stop and save it for another day. I don’t even think I’ll be able to wash my clothes tonight, my hand is paining me too much, but I’ll be okay!

Then we watched Legacy, which is a powerful movie, and we ate Ampesi, which is basically boiled yam and plantain with stew. It was really yummy. On top of that, I made fruit smoothies for all the missionaries. Sadly, they were without strawberries and we all know that no smoothie can reach perfection unless it has some strawberries.

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This is an Internet photo of ampesi.

I’m still working hard, I’m still helping people to progress in the Gospel and enjoying the warmth of the Spirit every single day. It feels awesome, I must tell you.

Some Shout Outs

To those that have written me and I haven’t written you back: I’m on it. I found the letters after I went on transfer, so I’m doing it now!

Thanks to Scott for sending me a copy of your farewell talk. I can’t believe how much you have grown in the gospel. It is so wonderful to me to see that growth. I really am impressed. Now I just need to keep up the good work on my end and keep progressing in the gospel as well!

Thanks Mom for always being there for me. I love you so much. I Did get the letter from you! I loved it. Thank you so much. I nearly started to tear up when I saw the picture of Aric and me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve wanted that picture so much.

Stay strong,
Elder Gilbert
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