The 4th of July was an epic one this year in the California Modesto Mission. Elder Shepherd organized it all and sent out food assignments. I brought two pans of cobbler to the party. I had some batter left too. I just decided I'm not going to cook the rest because I don't need any more cobbler for a while. It involved lemon cake mix, Voltage Mtn. Dew, eggs, oil, raspberries, and blueberries. It turned out pretty good. Not a whole lot of people ate it though, probably because everyone was enjoying the BBQ food and other stuff. There was a lot of food we missionaries mustered. Even the Palmer's and the assistants showed up as well. Overall, it was a really fun day. We also had dinner at the Sam's that evening. We couldn't stay for their fireworks though. We were able to see some from our apartment, but this time, I didn't feel like taking pictures. I think I'm all patrioticked out. The exception would be the 23rd-24th, which is pioneer day. Our stake is hosting a party at the Stake Center, so I will be looking forward to that, along with my 20th birthday. JULY is totally Awesome!!!
Other than that day, it's been pretty boring. Tuesday, we tried going out into the country side in our ward and contacting the part members out there. Nobody was home though. It was a nice drive out there though. Wednesday we talked to Corey Scheeringa real quick, but we ran out of time to share a message, so we just talked. We then traveled to Tracy to have President interviews. That went alright. After that, we taught Marcia Baker with Bro. Ivers, and Marcia was excited to see him all better after his terrible episode with Bell's Palsy. We talked about Ether 12, and also told her that she has finished all her new member lessons, so she is still trekking forward in the gospel.
Thursday, we helped the Stott's pack up their trailer so they can move to the mid-west. It was sad seeing them leave the stake, but oh well. Friday, we also helped the sisters who are serving in the Ripon Ward move some people. Saturday we went on exchanges with our District leaders again for the transfer, and this time I went to their area for the day. Interesting enough, I was with the same Elder. Well, so much for being companions with Elder Ashton. He is at least sitting next to me right now as I'm writing this E-mail. While I was out, Elder Shepherd helped another move in Ripon again. This time, they had a bunch of heavy dressers to go up into a 2nd floor apartment. That really flared up his leg after he pulled it a year ago.
Lastly, after church, we went to Brother Ruben Cortez' house and had lunch. For dessert, he served us rainbow sherbet in a pineapple shell. It was really good topped with whipped cream. We then went to dinner and then helped out again with mission prep class over in Tracy. The kids are really doing well in preparing and learning how to be a future missionary.
That's about it for this week people, have a great week.
Elder White and Elder Shepherd get delicious dessert!