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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Caleb Sent Pictures Home: Leaving Fairfield

The missionary train just rolled into town.  Choo Choo!  Elder Tyler Belliston and I
Caleb announced in his email Monday that he is leaving Fairfield.  However a couple weeks ago he sent hom Fairfield Zone pictures.  The captions are his.
Ammon Shaner and I.  We did a ton of missionary woth with this guy here in FF.  He came to a ton of lessons.  Supper good kid.  He is now in the MTC getting ready to head to Greece

Selfie: I realized that I don't take enough pictures so I thought I would start taking more...of myself...awkwardly!  Aha!

Justin Cross is an investigator of ours.  Super great kid!

This picture describes my life.  (Note the quilt his mother made for him.)

My Boy Elder MacDonald.  I'm not sure what he is doing or why I took this picture...but he looks great while he is doing it!  (Elder MacDonald has been with Elder Wardle in several locations)

The Fairfield crew the day (Sunday) before transfers.  Elder Swenson (tan suit) was called to be a zone leader and Elder Belliston was called home to  find himself an eternal companion.  Elder Law and I stayed around and got some new comps!  I love Fairfield.  -)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Christmas Day 2014


Our morning was filled with skyping two missionaries.  It seems the time went much too long.

Baby Bronston



Baby Skylar
Our CHristmas morning was filled with opening presents.  Charity and Anthony and Camberly were here as well as Baby Skyllar, Bronston and Kayla and Jeremy.  It was a lot of people for taking turns opening presents.

Ace Rail 56: Earthquakes Arena

These are my most recent pictures of the stadium going up close to Santa Clara Station; but accessible by car from Coleman Avenue.  The inaugural match is scheduled for March 22, a month away.  It is going to be called Avaya Stadium, as they provided some corporate sponsorship.  It is to hold 18,000.





I am adding a picture of the totem pole on the other side of the freeway which is on Stockton Avenue. Through the years this has been one of the things our family has always wanted to see.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Music Review: Michael McLean: Hold on the Light Will Come

Hold On, the Light will Come: And Other Lessons my Songs Have Taught Me.  (2003)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mormon Book Review: Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites

Tennis Shoes among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger

This is an interesting book.  I am still not sure if I like it; but after it got going there was enough action to keep me interested.  However the concept of falling through a hole and a whirlpool and somehow ending up in Nephite territory many years earlier is very puzzling.  I’m not sure if I buy it; but sometimes letting go of reason can lead to an enjoyable time.  That is what I finally had to do.  
Our three friends from Cody, Wyoming, Jim, Garth, and Jim's sister Jenny, find themselves in the days of the evil Lamanite King Amalakiah.  The boys also meet Moroni, Helaman and Teancum.  These are all familiar Book of Mormon names.  They witness a great war between the Nephites and the Lamanites, and Teancum’s killing of the Lamanite King.  This leads to some very nice action scenes, which keeps the guys interested.  For the woman there is a romance of sorts between Jim and Teancum’s niece.  I see her as a beautiful young woman with long black hair.  If I were that age I would have fallen in love too.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Missionary Portraits from Tony and Caleb

Caleb's portrait of Tony

Tony's portrait of Elder Wardle


Tony's picture of Sister Wardle and companion.  Investigator is saying Yeay with his hands up


Monday, January 26, 2015

I am rediscovering Alfajores

An alfajor is two cookies, with a layer of dulce de leche (caramel) in the center, and then bother in chocolate, dark or white.  I have finally broken down and started buying some alfajores from the Chaparal Super Market.  They are very pricey.  When I visited with my friend from Argentina she gave me several Alfajores Havana.  Havana are the best, and most expensive alfajor.  I wanted to scream no, but inside I wasn't going to say no.  The Havana are like eating a bit of heaven.  The Chaparal sometimes has Havana and they are very expensive.  So last time I was at Learning Partnership (Downtown Mental Health) I went to the store with the intention of getting some alfajores.  I couldn't bring myself to buy the Havana, very expensive, so got the cheap ones, Bon O' Bon.  They had a crunchy cookie, more like a cracker.  Tony discovered them, and ate them all up.
So last week I went back to the store to get some more Bon O' Bon for him and some Havana fir me.  They had neither.  However they had a cheap brand, looked like store brand, and I purchased a couple.  Not bad, but seemed to have a Mexican cookie with dulce de leche, and not quite the real thing. 

I also bought a name brand from Argentina, La Recoleta.  They turned out very nice, and have a great deal of dulce de leche between the cookies.  Not quite as heavenly as the Havana, but I can taste Argentina when I eat them.