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, October 22, 2014

Movie Review: Max Lucado 3:16

Movie Review: Max Lucado 3:16
This is basically a preacher’s recounting of the scripture from John, over and over with different stories.  I am not sure if I agree with his philosophy.  He basically says it doesn’t matter who we are, if we believe in Christ, we then receive Eternal life.  The King James version: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  However the version he uses says: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  There is a difference.  I don’t want to down play the grace of God.  Without the atonement of Christ there is no immortality nor eternal life.  That we will all resurrect is a gift from God to everyone.  That we can also receive eternal life is also a gift from God, after all we can do.  I guess I also believe the Bible when James says, faith without works is dead.  We do need to life our lives in accordance with our belief.
Another subtle difference between Mormon thought and what others might think is the difference between eternal life and immortality.  Eternal life is in God’s presence, enjoying the association with our family.  However immortal life does not necessarily include these blessings. 
I think we cannot underestimate the role of Christ in our lives.  However, his life was one of example as well.  We should live and follow his example as much as we can.  IN this way we will be comfortable lifing with God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Birthdays: Jeremy, Bronston and Skylar

 Saturday birthday barbeque and celebration

 Charity made cakes

 Jeremy and Skylar, and yes we sang twice

 Baby Bronston, born day before Jeremy's birthday and on Natalia's birthday.

 Tony and Laura Ly (Kayla's sister) with their electronics

Bronston Isaac Wardle Born Friday October 17, 2014

At the Family Center, Sutter Hospital in Modesto.  Bronston is Jeremy and Kayla's second.
 Grandma Sheri, Skylar, baby, Uncle Tony and Jeremy

 Uncle Tony

Kayla and Skylar

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Movie Review: Walking Down Your Blood Sugar

This exercise video features Leslie Sansone who walks you through a two-mile aerobic walk.  The part that relates to diabetes is the pep talk she gives while you are walking.  This includes saying we do not let exercise beat us, but invigorate us.  We are only beaten when we stay on the couch.
I found the two-mile workout more than I could handle.  However, Sheri says she has a DVD with the same concept, which has one to four mile workouts.  I think I can handle the four mile.  Sheri says it is pretty mild.  her walks start slow, then build and then cool down and stretch.  That sounds good. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beach Trip: Seabright Santa Cruz

Seabright is next to the Beach Board Walk in Santa Cruz.  October it is lovely at the beach.  The waves sound cool, a cool breeze is blowing, but the sun is bright.
Tony Chasing Waves

There is something out there.  We heard a sea lion barking

looking back at the pier and the cloud bank

Life in Manteca 114: Columbus Day Weekend

Columbus Day was a bit of a lazy day.  I pulled a few weeds.  I took Jeremy, Kayla and Skylar to see "Meet the Mormons."  I still recommend it to anyone who wants to see a positive movie.  Went to Tracy and helped shovel a bit  with Jeremy and his father-in-law.  I must admit I didn't do much.  I took a drive first up Corral Hollow Canyon and then Patterson Pass, following the route of the 49ers many years ago.  I was looking for the old zinc house plaque, but couldn't see it.  I had read on the internet that it had been destroyed, but thought maybe I could find where it was.  Patterson Pass road is not very safe for two-way driving, and I was going up at the wrong time. 
I tried to new fish and chips in Manteca.  No need to give the address, because it was not good.  The waitress tried hard, but her attention was split with watching her three children.  But the worse part was the fish.  It actually did not have any taste.  The only taste was the tarter sauce or the lemon,  The fish had no taste, and the dough crust was either gooey or crunchy.  This place was even expensive.  When I saw the prices I wanted to bolt, but thought I would stay and try the deep fried Twinkie.  I had never tried one of those.  It wasn't worth it.  Again the Twinkie sort of melted in the deep fryer, and parts were crunchy and parts were gooey.  The whipped topping that came with it was OK.  Their chips were tolerable, and their clam  chowder must of sat too long.  It had plenty of potatoes but was short on clams. 

The construction continues to progress at the Lathrop-99 interchange.  Here is the new clover leaf on ramp from Lathrop going West to 99 going South. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday School: Isaiah Recounts Blessings from the Savior


This week we focused on the words of Isaiah in Sunday School.  He spoke symbolically, but looking through the symbols, we can see some of the blessings the Lord has given us.  These are just some of the things for which we say, "He shall be called wonderful."
1.  He opens the door to His kingdom.  Because He is the one who accomplished the atonement, it is He who stands at the gate.
2.  He went and initiated the teaching of the Gospel to those in spirit prison.  Because not everyone accepted Jesus in the life, and many did not even hear of Jesus, a way was prepared for all to come to the gospel.  Jesus, while his body lay in the tomb, visited these realms, and organized the preaching of the gospel to the dead.
3. The Savior is a strength and a refuge.  In Him we find shade from the sun, water in a dry pace, shelter from the storm.  Isaiah speaks symbolically to let us know that Jesus provides a refuge from the world.
4. The Savior prepares a feast, and destroys the veil.  The Savior feeds us with spiritual knowledge through the temples, and with the scriptures and prophets.  He destroys the veil of unbelief.
5. The Savior wipes away our tears. The Savior knows us intimately.  He loves us and takes away our sorrows.  Because he wallowed up death, death is but a brief parting, and because he atoned for our sins, their is repentance.
6.  The Savior brings the resurrection.  Because the Savior has conquered death, we all shall be resurrected.  This is a gift from Him. 
7. The Savior is our sure foundation.  If we build upon the rock of the Savior, we shall not fail.
8. The Savior has brought about the restoration of the Gospel.  We have the priesthood anew, prophets and apostles, revelation, and we have additional scripture including the Book of Mormon.
The Restoration
9. The Savior knows our trials, and directs our path.  When we experience hardship, and we all will have our turn, the Savior leads us and directs us and helps us find peace.