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, May 27, 2015

After Christmas Letter

The after Christmas story.  This is what everyone would have written after Christmas about their lives.  Things change quickly however so and updated version will be out shortly.  
Caleb continues on his mission in Des Moines North and is now serving in Fairfield.  When he Skyped with us he sang “I Am a ChIld of God.”  The scariest thing on his mission w2as someone being shot about a block from their apartment when he was in Des Moines.  He says where he is now has many interesting farm smells.  I guess he is not use to the rural life.  He sang with the choir (bass as they had too many tenors) for Christmas with his companion.  Also sang a duet with his companion in church a few weeks ago. 
Miranda is looking well (or so it appeared on Skype.)  She had a scary incident with a burner being left on in their apartment, and it was only by chance to went back and found it on.  It could have been a tragedy.  She is needing to get arch supports for her feet as they have been in pain.  She has had an interesting time with a new investigator.  She has been sharing about the tender mercis of the Lord and had family prayer with us. 
It seems Skyping time is just too short. 
Tony: Is preparing for baptism and also enjoying gymnastics and his friends.  He is great at school.
Charity: She and Anthony are living in Turlock where Anthony has been student teaching at Turlock High School and finishing his credential so he can teach in California.  Camberly Rose keeps them busy. 
Jeremy: Jeremy and Kayla are living in Tracy.   Jeremy continues to try balancing school and work.  It is a hard thing to do.  They welcomed Bronston Isaac Wardle this year, October 17.   He is a cute little guy.
Mark: He and Lizzy are in Las Vegas.  They too welcomed a baby, Augustus "Gus Gus" Owen Wardle.  He was born
Natalia: Natalia and Ty are still living in the Seattle area where Natalia teaches school.
Sheri: is busy witht he Primary.  She is presidents and they have a couple of groups of rowdy children they try to keep focused every Sunday.  
Billy:  I am rebusy (very busy) at work.  We are short staffed so it seems I try to keep ahead of what a couple others use to do as well as my own work.  I have found a new hobby in genealogy.  This think with the church getting us free access to Ancestry.com and FindmyPast has been great.  I will go to the end of the line in Family Search, get the data and then search on Ancestry.  Quite often I am able to find information with additional genealogy.  Often this starts with someone else’s work, but eventually gets to source material.  You only need one source material to enter the information into Family Search.  Sometimes I get stuck, then I go over to FindmyPast.  FIndmyPast is really good with English records. 
It has been fun.  I have worked in the Netherlands on Mom’s side, the Green and Williams lines (aunt and uncle by marriage) and more recently the Ashton line.  It has been a fun ride.  Now there are plenty of ordinances for family members to do.  The names are at the Oakland Temple in the Manteca, Northland Ward file if anyone wants to take some family names through.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Health as I see It: Auditory Hallucinations

A Look Into Auditory Hallucinations
A couple coworkers were part of the making of this movie.  It is pretty intense.  I liked the quieter part of the movie, at the first where information about mental illness is presented.  When they actually do the demonstration it is pretty intense.  I hope they are describing uncontrolled hallucinations, but with medication the noise form the hallucinations should not be as persistent or as loud.  I myself live with tinnitus (no treatment) but there is always a ringing noise there.  I don't face actual hallucinations with words, hurtful or commanding, which would be very difficult to live with.  A person with mental illness must be some kind of hero to put up with this negative talk.

Health as I See It: Office Ergonomics

This is an article in "Safety Alert Newsletter' from the Employee Services Agency at work, Santa Clara county.  It is important for me as I am one of those who is in an office all day.
Taking Charge of Your Own Office Ergonomics
By Tristan Robledo
From time to time you may notice some discomfort while working at your desk, which is normal. When this occurs you shouldn’t ignore it; it’s your body’s way of telling you that it needs a little attention. Frequently, County employees ask me what is the best way to adjust their workstation, but adjusting your workstation alone isn’t enough. It’s up to you to make changes and adopt good work habits to keep you healthy and ache free at work. Here are some things you can do:
 It’s your chair, adjust it properly. Try to maintain 90 to 110 degree angles at knees, hips, and elbows when seated.
Also, keep wrists and your back straight when seated and typing. Ask a co-worker to look at your seated posture and return the favor.
 When using the mouse, learn to use your entire arm and shoulder. This action uses the larger muscles in your arm instead of overworking the smaller muscles and joints when simply using your wrist or elbow. Also, place the mouse close enough to your body so that you don’t have to straighten your arm to use it.
 Stand up. Even if you can’t take a break or walk anywhere, stand up periodically throughout the day. Standing up at least once an hour will help improve blood circulation, reduce contact stress, and may help with aches and pains.
One simple way to help remind you to do this is by standing every time you use the phone. Another way to design this into your routine is by using a shared printer that you have to walk over to use. Also, instead of emailing or using the phone to discuss work, occasionally walk over and talk with a co-worker in person.
 Take MICROBREAKS! Along with standing, at least once an hour, take time to stretch. Sitting in the same position causes you to overuse certain muscles. Pay attention to your body and perform some ergo stretches.
Common sore parts may include shoulder and back or even forearms and wrists. Don’t forget about your eyes, take 20 seconds to refocus your eyes on an object 20 feet away. This exercises the small muscles in your eyes and helps reduce eye strain. Breaking away from the monitor also increases blinking and will help reduce eye fatigue.
 Vary your work. They are called Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) for a reason. When possible, try mixing up your tasks throughout the day and try not to do the same thing for too long.

You can find a stretching guide, ergonomic tips, presentations and other ergonomic resources

Monday, May 25, 2015

Manteca Stake History 2014: Stay-at-home Missionaries


The Manteca Stake Stay-at-Home-Missionaries serve in different programs and in different capacities.  However one thing is common to them all.  They all approach their duties with a great deal of enthusiasm.  
Church-Service Missionaries have a wide range of assignments.  These missionaries work in the welfare system of the church.  “Church-service missionaries labor in the Lord’s vineyard by inviting members to come unto Christ and help them to become spiritually and temporally self-reliant.”   (LDS.org)  There are several missionaries serving in this capacity at the Bishop’s Storehouse.  Jean Murphy and Pat Tubbs (mother and daughter from the Sycamore Ward) have been serving for approximately ten years.  They say they were called and “sort of forgotten” so never released and just continued to serve.  Now they have formally been asked to continue their services.  Julia and Jonathan Crockett (mother and son from the Lathrop Ward) have been serving almost two years and expect to reenroll and continue to serve.  Cody Dunford of the Yosemite YSA Ward has been serving for about six months.  He says he really enjoys his service.  
Service missionaries at the Bishop’s Storehouse are expected to serve at least one eight-hour shift weekly.  Their tasks include helping patrons fill orders, and making sure the shelves are stocked.  Jonathon enjoys being in charge of the bread.
Hugh and Shelia Brown (Chester Ward) were recently released as Church-Service missionaries after serving as Church Service Missionaries at the Bishop’s Storehouse.  The last thirteen months they had been serving as directors.
There are Family History missionaries.  These missionaries work from home, providing technical support for those using the Church’s family history tools such as familysearch.org.  The duties are described in this manner, “As a FamilySearch Support Missionary, you will assist patrons as they work to identify their ancestors and link families. You will provide both guidance and answers to those who contact FamilySearch by phone, chat, email, or social media.”  (LDS.org)  John and Brenda Parker (Lathrop Ward) have served as World Wide Support Missionaries now called Patron and Partner Service Missionaries.  They provide computer and telephone supports  to those using Family Search.  The expectation for these missionaries is 80 hours per week.  However I find that they indicate putting in much more  hours then the  required.  
Linda Ray of the Northland Ward also services in this capacity.  She is a lead of a QI team of approximately 50 missionaries providing support for family search.  She indicates she serves with people speaking at nine languages and from all over the world including England, U.S. Germany, France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and Australia.  She serves monitoring groups which supports most of the functions of Family Search.  She says if you look across the mast of family search, she works closely with them to make sure they are providing good services.  This includes Family Tree, Memories, Indexing, Search, Wiki and several more.  Again she puts in much more than the expected 80 hours per month, and is enthusiastic about her calling.  She has health conditions which require her to stay home, and this mission gives her the opportunity to help with the missions of the Church.  
Rex and Linda Brown also take on an important role as the serve supporting BYUI Pathway.  This is a program to help people who may have not been able to finish school, to come back and finish.  Linda says for much of the year the commitment is one hour weekly for a group with the participants to see how they are doing.  The students participate in network education through BYU Idaho.  Linda says that during the recruitment time of year the involvement is much more demanding.  
Janet Chance also has an unusual call as a Service Missionary.  She indicates she serves with LDS.org.  She is expected to help cover the LDS.org phone inquiry and email inquiry system at least eight hours weekly but again she says she actual serves much more than this.

The program of stay-at-home missionaries does a couple of things.  It provides opportunities for people to serve missions, who may not have the chance otherwise.  It is also an opportunity for people to participate actively in the missions of the church, whether to redeem the dead, help in perfecting the Saints, or make the humanitarian works of the church function economically.  That this program is such an important part of the church is demonstrated by the enthusiasm these missionaries have to their calls.

Health as I See It: Ebola from Everyday Health.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta from Everyday Health talks about Ebola.  He says it is a deadly disease, but not very contagious.  It is hard to catch from someone else as you ha e to come in contact with their fluids.  It however only needs skin contact, no open sore. 

Life in Manteca123: Memorial Day Service: Park Clean Up

Tony was asking about this family tradition of getting up early on Memorial Day to go help clean the park.  He seemed to overestimate, but based on his years, this is our fourth Memorial Day Park Clean Up.  This is a small part we get to play in the Not Forgotten presentation put on in Manteca every year.  Those who put it on brag it is the largest such celebration West of the Mississippi.  That is pretty cool.  You can see my report of the actual day "Not Forgotten."
Here are a few pictures of this morning.  Tony did quite well, and was busy picking up with his mother for about a half hour before the temptation of friends and the playground took over.  He came home again saying Woodward Park is the best in Manteca.

Life in Manteca 122:Memorial Day Sunday: Helicopter Takeoff, Fireworks, Bouncy Houses, Family History, Memorials, Concerts

Memorial Day Sunday turned into an all day event.  I left church early, and headed to Woodwoard Park to help man the Family History Library Family History tent.  It is amazing how many people are interested in the family history.  I showed people how to get started, and then made sure they were aware of familysearch.org if they want to get started for themselves.
Just as my shift was ending, Kayla and Jeremy arrived.  We walked the boys around through a few booths, went and saw Brother Booher in the Chinook helicopter and took pictures.  Skylar then tried the slides, and really did a good job of it.  Jeremy had to go to work so they left early.

Sheri and the boys arrived in a little bit.  They too went on the bouncy house and slides.  Tony went through the helicopter and got a picture with his  former Primary teacher.  Charity and Anthony arrived and went through the memorial displays and the helicopter. 
  We had to move our spot in the shade for the helicopter takeoff.  It was cool, but also very windy and dusty.  I had gathered up our cups of iceies.  Tony says the blew away and hit a girl.  I hope the ice didn't spill on her.  The Chinook took off over our heads and toppled us all over the place.
We were only somewhat interested in the concerts.  I found my way back to the memorials during the concerts.  The concert that most interested us was Lincoln Brewster.  However the only song I really identified with was "Hallelujah."  They sang what they called a new song "Oxygen."  "I need you more than anything.  I need you more than oxygen."
We though we would enjoy the "Fire Dance" but much of this was not on stage, so we couldn't see it well.  The fireworks started promptly at 9:30.  They were very nice.  A lot of lower fireworks, which were good as we had a very good view.

Manteca weather can be crazy.  All they we were over hot and in the son and sought refuge in the shade.  However, when the sun went done and a breeze came up we  were snuggling under blankets trying to keep warm.
It was a good day.  Saw Brother Booher and his wife Dacia, Sister Goodwin, The Browns, Brother and Sister Zepeda.  The Petersens briefly.