This week has been pretty good after our long drought of slowness. Speaking of drought, it started sprinkling this morning. Not sure that it will completely rain today. Elder Shepherd made some home made bread last night and baked it this morning. We gave one loaf to a former investigator in our complex, Giovanni. We are making sure that we can still have a good lasting impression with him even though he doesn't want to hear our message anymore. He occasionally will ask us a question here or there. It seems like he forgot what he was trying to ask this morning, so we just left it at that.
This is my last week with Elder Shepherd ya know! I'm going to enjoy every last minute of it with him. Let this week be the week of miracles and that we have a baptism or two before he goes home. Sally Molenari and Corey made it to church again this week. Sally is now on date again for I think it was this Sunday the 28th. She promised that she wouldn't smoke anymore. She has waited for 5 years for it to finally happen. This might just be the day. We shall see. We are also hoping to get Corey baptized the same time too. We just need to get through all the lessons and make sure he doesn't smoke anymore. Hopefully he won't be turned off from the gospel because of his occasional smoking.I'm sure he can do it. He has his wife to support him. Pray for Sally and Corey if you all could. That would be much appreciated.
So this week's activities: We were able to have another Zone Conference in Stockton on Wednesday. I saw my 2nd cousin, Elder Brown again. Interestingly enough, there was an Elder Black too. They both have been out for about 2 months or so, so there is a picture of the3 of us colors in the mission. It's quite funny really. White, Brown, Black. Each gets a shade darker by the mention of the name. Also that night, we had another visit with Marcia Baker about kindness. We are just making sure that she is getting along with everyone where she is living so she doesn't get evicted again.
Another funny moment was on Sunday. Elder Shepherd promised this girl named Mikaela that he would make it to her baptism whenever it happened, so after a year from teaching her, she finally got baptized by the watchful care of the sisters who are serving in the YSA ward now. The funny part was when former Elder Jaron King showed up to the baptism in his white jumpsuit. We were all surprised, especially Sister Palmer. He drove all the way here from Utah to baptize her. She wanted him to do it, and so it happened. He was my Zone Leader when I moved up to Modesto from Clovis at the beginning of my mission. He is such a wonderful person. Just being around him fills your entire soul with light. Not many people are like Jaron King, or Christ for that matter, but we all at least strive to be as loving and compassionate as we can.
Friday, the Spanish Elders came over to take apart Elder Shepherd's bike. They took off the handle bars, wheels, even the tubes and the pedals. Now Pedals are very hard to get off, from what it appears. Those elders were of great help. Though, it was sad to realize that it just makes it one step closer to him going home and me being left desolate until I gain a new friend called a new companion.
I wonder who it will be? I will tell you next Monday!!!
P.S. I also went on an exchange again with Elder Ashton before the transfer ends. It was a great day with him.
On exchanges with Elder Ashton