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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tony's School Picture and Second Grade Art

Tony is still short a few teeth

I think Tony's art work is becoming more sophisticated.  He is including hands and pictures.  He drew the picture above at church of his brother who is serving a mission.  The pictures below are from the same page, and represent pictures with a patriotic theme.
Don't Tread On Me

Log Cabin

Abraham Lincoln

Statue of Liberty

Health As I See It: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Here is a link to a page with ideas for suicide prevention.  You can help save a life.
http://www.afsp.org/preventing-suicide/warning-signs-and-risk-factors

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Caleb's Baptism Week

This is Caleb's note about the baptism:
Brianna was baptized this Saturday! What a miracle. She is so wonderful! I had the opportunity of baptizing her. When she came up out of the water she looked up at me and she had the biggest smile on her face. She looked me in the eyes and seemed to say "It's done, I finally made it. And I'm happier than I could ever be. Thanks for baptizing me." It was a wonderful experience and the Spirit was really strong.

Miranda's First Companion

Miranda's First Companion is Sister Wieler.  They are serving in Burley.  Miranda says their area in the ward is two streets that extend about four miles.  However they also cover the Singles Ward, which is a much larger area, as many as 50 miles away.  They only work in these outlying areas if they can get a ride.  They are on bikes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bible Videos: Thy Sins Are Forgiven: Jesus Heals a Man with Palsy

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-10-038-jesus-forgives-sins-and-heals-a-man-stricken-with-palsy?category=bible-videos-the-life-of-jesus-christ&&lang=eng
Jesus said to the man with palsy, "Thy sins are forgiven."  How could the Lord forgive sins?  To show that he had power to forgive sins, he cured the man of palsy, "Take up your bed and walk." 
The Lord had all power.  He is the son of God, the creator of heaven and earth, and the healer of our souls.  It is He who brings peace.  It is he who brings love.  It is he who restoreth the soul.  Jesus is the Christ.  He has gong below all things, so he can succor all.  Of this I testify in Jesus' name, Amen.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Health As I See It: Women and Heart Attacks: Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms

At my recent first aid training, they made this point two times, "Men have more heart attacks than women, women have more fatal heart attacks than men."  It would seem those two statements are contradictory, but the reason for this is that heart attacks often generate different symptoms in women than men, symptoms that are harder to recognize as a heart attack, and so women get help less often than men.  These are the list of heart attack symptoms:
First Signals: Pain or discomfort, which can come and go; it can range from a mild ache to unbearable pain,  Usually last longer than two minutes.  (Pain can by in chest, shoulder, inner arm, neck, jaw)
Lesser signals: Pain between should blades, stomach pain, no pain or discomfort but generalized weakness. (Pain between shoulder blades, abdomen)
Other signals: Sweating, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, generalized weakness, heartburn.
Women more often have the lesser symptoms, which are not always associated with heart attack.
Risk factors over which you have no control: Heredity, male vs female, increasing age, diabetes, race.  Risk factors over which you have some control: cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, obesity, bad diet including overindulgence or excessive caffeine, and lack of exercise.
The universal sign for heart attack is when someone places their fist or hand to their chest.  They can be sleepy, agitated, restless, having bizarre behavior, violent, anything that is not normal for them.  The individuals heart is not working properly, so lack of oxygen to the brain may result in abnormal behavior.
If someone is having heart attack the best response is to call 9-11.  They need help as soon as possible.  The quicker the help the better the chance of survival and lessening the damage to the heart.

Life in Manteca 111: Manteca Stake Broadway Review: Gardening

I survived the late Friday night practice and the all day practice Saturday.  I have the hardest time hearing and the music and where I am suppose to be.  Finally I just had to count the beat to get the song right.  But probably the best  I ever did was singing that night for the performance, although I was a little flat at the first.  I even danced a little, which went OK for a fat man.  As I mentioned I sang "Night of a Thousand Stars" form Evita.  
From the Stevens Creek Ward The Hammonds were there, Erin Hammond and her husband and her mom.  The Carrenos also were there.  Their daughters are both married but they have no grandbabies. Both families live in our stake, the Hammonds in the Tracy Ward and the Carrenos in the Monta Vista Ward.  Pat came from the ACE Train.  She brought a friend from Manteca.  I tried to find her after but couldn't.  Also Jeremy and Kayla and Kayla's dad as well as Charity and Anthony were there.


Tony had a hard weekend.  It finally got to him Sunday morning when he claimed he couldn't get ready for church without his mom as he hadn't seen her enough all weekend.  Sheri attended "Time Out for Women" with Charity in Sacramento.  Tony was with me at rehearsal Friday night.  He played with his Ipad.  We were rehearsing until after 11.  Then didn't get home until almost midnight.  Saturday he was with the Petersons all day while I rehearsed.  He came home briefly at 3 when I came home, but was back to the Petersons.  Mom came home at about 5 and we had dinner with Charity and Anthony and Camberly Rose.  Then Tony was left with Elise as babysitter for the performance. 
Sheri left right after the performance to rescue the baby sitter.  Skylar and Camberly were at the show.  My highlight for the night was I got to hold the Hokanson baby for a long time during the show.  Her name is Moriah.  She was big when she was born at over 10 pounds, but she is still beautiful little baby. I also got to hold Camberly.  

I stayed home from work Thursday.  I worked in the garden, in the heat.  I may have over done as I was sore.  exercise is good however, and we have a lot of weeds around the fence to get rid of.