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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Health As I See It: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center: Your Health: Diabetes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrGhAEwkv0o&list=UUEBqPBM4kLVhTH4Auzp3PSw
There are a series of informational videos produced by the hospital where I work, Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA.  In this video Dr. Tyler Aguinaldo and Carrie Wickware RN explain how diabetes works, and some of the risks from diabetes.  They explain that in type I diabetes or juvenile diabetes our body doesn't produce insulin.  However in type II diabetes the body produces insulin, but does not use it correctly.  Common symptoms of diabetes are frequent thirst and urination.  Other symptoms may be tingling in the hands, blurred vision, fatigue and weight loss.  Slow-healing sores and frequent infections can also point to diabetes.  However most people with diabetes do not have symptoms, and are identified through blood tests. 
People with type I diabetes are insulin dependent.  However with type II diabetes, exercise, weight loss and diet viable treatment options.  Medications are also available.  However, sometimes insulin is also needed.
Education can be the best tool to handle diabetes.  How to check blood levels/  How your diet effects blood sugar?  How to use exercise to lower sugar levels?  Lifestyle changes can prevent and have a big impact on previously diagnosed diabetes.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Coming Unto Christ

A few years ago, while taking a course on "Preach My Gospel,  Sister Ure was called upon to answer the question, “What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?”  She had talked about this question with her family, and provided an answer she had gotten from her daughter, Caroline.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is to “Come unto Jesus.”
Perhaps we hear the invitation of the Savior, “Come unto me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest; Take of my fruit and you will be blessed.”
And so we ask ourselves, what are the blessings of coming unto Christ.  Page 1 of the Preach My Gospel Manuel refers to the people in our day.  "They want 'peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come' (D&C 59:23), but they are 'kept from the truth because they know not where to find it' (D&C 123:12)."  (PMG p 1)
The Savior defined His gospel to include some very vital and basic doctrines. He came into the world to do His Father’s will, and His Father sent Him into the world to be lifted up on the cross. By His Atonement and Resurrection, all men will be lifted up to stand before Christ to be judged of their works, whether they be good or evil. Those who exercise faith in Christ, repent of their sins, and are baptized in Christ’s name can be sanctified by the Holy Ghost. If they endure to the end, they will stand spotless before Christ at the last day and will enter into the rest of the Lord. (Preach My Gospel pg 5)
 
Through the atonement we can find peace.  However we can also find peace in our family units, eternally.  "The message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ makes it possible for families to be united now and in eternity. By living the principles of the gospel, families can experience peace, joy, and a sense of belonging and identity in this life. Through the light of the gospel, families can resolve misunderstandings, contentions, and challenges. Families torn by discord can be healed through repentance, forgiveness, and faith in the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 'Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities' (Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102)."(PMG p 3)
"Obedience to Jesus Christ is a lifelong commitment. Through exercising faith, repenting, being baptized and committing to serve Christ, and then receiving the Holy Ghost, we can experience healing, forgiveness of sins, and complete conversion to the Savior and His gospel. (PMG pg 6)"

Health As I See It: Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Week

LDS Bible Videos: Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-10-031-jesus-heals-a-woman-of-faith?category=bible-videos-the-life-of-jesus-christ&&lang=eng

Luke 8: 43 ¶And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
 44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
 45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
 46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
 48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Speaking of this story,Sister Anne C. Pingree said: I have asked myself what might have happened if this woman with the issue of blood had not believed in the Savior enough to make whatever effort was necessary to touch the border of His robe. In that throng I imagine getting even that close to Him took some doing. Yet, “nothing wavering,” she persisted.  In like manner, we must demonstrate that faith in the Lord has penetrated our hearts deeply enough to move us to action.


I once included this story in a song I wrote entitled "He Healed Me."  This is a quartet, with four solo parts.  Each verse is a different miracle, told from the viewpoint of the received of the miracle. It concludes with, "Thy faith hath made they whole."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Miranda's First Zone Conference

I am borrowing these pictures for the mission group.



I invite You to Visit our Chapel for a Tour




Health As I See It: Preventing Falls When You Are Older

Sept 23 is Fall Prevention Day
http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls/adultfalls.html
Falls among older adults is the leading cause of fatal and non fatal injuries.  One in three older adults fall yearly.  However not all are reported to a doctor.  Falls cause over 20,000 fatalities a year.  They are also responsible for almost half traumatic brain injury among older adults.  They also cause significant injury due to broken bones.

Exercise and nutrition (including calcium and vitamin D) can help prevent falls.  Also being aware, and perhaps decluttering your home to prevent hazards.  Also adding grab bars, by the tub, by the toilet etc can be helpful. 

Out family has experience with falls.  Mom has fallen several times.  She has broken her neck and her hip, and banged up her face very badly on occasion.