What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tony's First Day of School: Second Grade 2014

Tony started school on Wednesday AUgust 6.  Jesse was visiting us at the time.  He was very excited to be back to school as he really enjoys it.  His teacher is Mr. Custer.  Mr. Custer said he is 57, and Tony wanted to say, "So is my dad;" but he was never called upon.

New backpack

On his way
The school is only a block away so the walk isn't long.  He often runs home.

Sheri walks Tony to school, and waits for him at the corner in the evening

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Life in Manteca 106: Crime Three Houses Down

Miranda and I came home from the temple yesterday at about 2 p.m. we were presented with crime crime tape across the road which prevented us from going up our street.  We turned right into the area by the park thinking we would go around the park and then hit our road, but we noticed that the intersection by the school was blocked off, so we turned around and went back the way we came, went up Atherton to the next entrance which could get us home, and we were successful that way.  Turns our there was a shooting, with lots of crime tape and area blocked off.  The home involved is three house down from ours as the crow flies, or out the end of our cul de sac and down the road. 
Our first report, after calling the neighbors, was that it was a drive-by shooting.  However now the rumor is a drug sell gone bad. Who knows, I guess it is best not to conjecture.  The early news reports tells the story this way:
At any rate, pretty scary.  Sheri and Tony (who was at the neighbors and a house closer) did not hear anything.  I guess a couple homes were hit.  It is conceivable, but very unlikely that a stray bullet could have made it to our back yard.  We have to be grateful for every day God grants us, and rely on his protective hand. 

Elijah, The Priests of Baal and the Spirit of God

I previously presented the story of Elijah and the widow.
Elijah lived in a time of great wickedness.  The king had married Jezebel, who followed the priests of Baal.  The king and queen lead the people to idolatry.  The desecrated the temples, and took town the alters in the mountains where people worshiped Jehovah, and turned these places into sites to worship Baal.
Elijah had finally had enough.  He told the king to gather the people together.  He proposed a test to determine who is God.  He invited 840 priests of Baal to call down fire from heaven to burn their sacrifice.  They struggled with this all day.  However, no matter how hard they tried, they could not call down fire.  Elijah mocked them, maybe your god is busy elsewhere?
Elijah made himself an alter of twelve stones representing the tribes of Israel .  He built a fire pyre using the left over wood.  He built a trench around he alter.  He then covered his alter with water, not once but three times.  So much water that the trench was filled.
King 18: 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
After this display, the people took the priests of Ball and slew them.  When Jezebel heard what happened she was angry, and vowed to take vengeance on Elijah in the form of his life.  Elijah fled to a cave.  He became very discouraged.  Elijah approached the Lord in fasting and prayer.  While he was there an angel of the Lord visited him and he heard the voice of the Lord.

Kings 19: ¶And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
 10 And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
 11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
It is interesting the Lord's voice is not the big and powerful voice, but the still small voice.  Boyd K. Packer described it this way:
The Lord told Elijah to get busy.  He gave him several assignments to carry out. The Lord can guide and direct us when we are down, and he will sometimes remind us of our duty and tell us to move on.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bible Video: The Good Samaritan


This parable is retold without dialogue.  However, the story is so familiar it works. 

Camberly and Tony to the Park

Charity and Anthony stopped by with Camberly on their way to Mountain View.  I needed some exercise so I suggested a walk to the park. 
Camberly enjoyed the swing, but she was drawn by the people playing basketball and always looking behind her to see who was making the noise.
Tony likes kick-back.  This is were you drop kick the ball back and forth and try to catch it.  Anthony and Tony played, and when Camberly was done swinging we all joined in the game.  This is the game Tony plays during recess at school. 

Family Home Evening: The Plan of Salvation

Miranda and Tony taught the plan of salvation for Family Home Evening.  Miranda drew upon the lesson in "Preach My Gospel."  Tony drew upon his primary lesson on the same theme.  Miranda presented the above diagram, preearth life, birth, earth life, death, spirit world, final judgement and resurrection and three degrees of glory.  For more check out Mormon.org
Tony drew Miranda's picture again; but also was familiar with the lesson. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happy 31st Anniversary to Us

Day after our anniversary picture
Sheri and I went out Monday for our anniversary.  Of course no pictures.  Sheri met me in Tracy and we went out to Golden Corral.  This is appropriate as it is close to Corral Hollow Road. 
I didn't realize that the Golden Corral had changed to a buffet.  I was surprised, and I think for an anniversary a buffet is not the best choice because you want to sit and stare at each other while someone else brings the food  However, we had decided Texas Roadhouse wouldn't be a good choice because it was so loud when we went there.  I guess the best choice would have been the Black Bear.
I have written elsewhere what Sheri means to me.  31 years is more than half a lifetime.  It seems they have been good years.  We have been blessed with seven children, not counting Billy Boy in heaven.  We also have five grandchildren, (four boys and one girl) with two more (boys) on the way. 
Sheri has been the strong one in our marriage.  She is the disciplinarian.  I go to work and back, and she minds the home front.  She (I think this is true) has joined me in the fight to lick my high sugar numbers.  This means a lot.  It is she that massages my back when I get too pretzled from the train.  She can get the kinks out.  She keeps me going.