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.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mental Health Callcenter: Unity Based Team Recognition

This is the certificate we received at Board of Supervisor.  Look here for the visit.  This is signed by Rene Santiago, Director of Valley Medical and Health Systems, and Toni Tullys the director of Behavioral Health Services.

Life in Manteca 126: California Drought: Drink Less Water!?

Saturday morning (7/25) I started early while the weather was still cool and Tony and I hedged the lawn with the shovel.  We cut back all the grass that is overgrowing the driveway.  Now hopefully we can stay ahead of it with the electric trimmer.  Also trimmed the bushy flower out front, mom swept and Miranda mowed.  The lawn looks better than it has since we moved in, although it has many draught caused yellow spots.  We are only allowed to water three nights a week, Sunday, Wednesday, Friday.  If you miss you night you do't get to make it up.  We are doing our part because of the draught.  I see the signs on the freeway that say “serious draught, use less water;” I always think “Drink less water.”  It is pretty serious.  

If you look at the news the effects are obvious, farmers have less land under irrigation, the central valley is sinking as more ground water is used, the reservoirs are empty, the rivers are lower.  There is worry trees will start falling over.  There is a heightened alert about wildfires.  There is pressure to remove lawns and replace them with rock gardens, or plants that don't use much water.  Lawns are yellow throughout the state.  A yellow lawn is a badge of honor.  The only people prospering are those who put in fake lawns or are painting existing lawns green.  (Some people actually do that.)  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Caleb's Weekly Report (only two left); Nauvoo Pageant

Wow, another busy week full of miracles and fun. I can"t describe the way I am feeling. I'm so excited to be home and to see family again and start up home life again. But, I love the mission and the people are great and being a missionary is by far the best thing I have ever done. So it's a little interesting. I guess the typical conflicted feelings that you have when you gear up for the end. It's pretty interesting. But! I am definitely still living up the time I have left and we are working hard. 
We had a good exchange with the Elders in Keokuk today. It's like the most interesting place on Earth. And it's also the Geode capital of the World. We are going Geode hunting today. IT should be cool.
Anyways, the work is starting to pick up again here. We have found some new people to teach so hopefully we can get some people on date and prepped for baptism before I go. 
I have seriously just fallen in love with Nauvoo. The Pageant is amazing. We met a Brother and Sister who have received a 5 year call to be the supervisors of the stage crew. The crew is all volunteer young men over 16 who work 18 hours a day. During the show they move the stage. (like the stage literally moves and pieces rotate and they are under the stage moving the thing) and there is also a 60 foot prop of the Nauvoo temple which stands up and down. The temple has a counterweight of 2000 pounds that they men have to push in perfect coordination when they stand it up and down. The Brother who is in charge is recruiting people for next year. So he asked Elder Broadbent and I if we were interested in watching how the stage moved. So of course we agreed. And it's one of the most impressive things I have ever seen.He wants us to apply. We will see. 
I love the Lord and I love being a missionary. I miss you all and will see you soon!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Health as I See It: Smoking and Children: Third-hand Smoke

I attended a training on Wellness and tobacco usage.  Smoking is not good.  Smoking accounts for more preventable deaths than all other preventable deaths combined.  It is especially hard on the lower income people, and those people with behavioral health problems.  Those with behavioral health issues have a life expectancy 20 years younger, and much of this has to do with cigarette usage.
I recently learned a new concept, third hand smoke.  We all know of first-hand smoke, the smoke you blow into your own lungs, or second hand, the smoke you blow into someone else's lungs.  Third-hand smoke has to do with the second-hand smoke landing on things, furniture, carpets and curtains, and then when those things are jostled or bumped it brushes into the air, and can be another source of chemicals and particles getting into the lungs.  Children and pets are especially vulnerable to third-hand smoke.

Minecraft Saga: Is it Good for Kids?

I came across a short article June 2015 issue the "Parenting on the Peninsula" periodical.  The idea of this article is that Minecraft is a good thing.  It seems almost everyone is playing these days; at least all of our younger people.  Tony is really into it, and has been for several years.  This article is written by someone who uses Minecraft in his school--one of the after-school schools called Tech Rocks.  They use Minecraft to teach creativity, problems solving, and technology.  The platform has two major platforms.  First is that of building your world.  Their are an unlimited number of lego like bricks available in the game, and people can build any kind of world they can imaging with them.    The other platform is similar to others games, staying alive in a hostile world.  This is where problem solving comes into play.  The final educational tool is to teach programming.  The Tech Rocks school use the platform to teach some basic platforming using Java according to the article.

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Caleb Is Stoked About Nauvoo Pageant

leadership meeting front row, second from right
zone conference, top row, second from left.
Just a brief note from Caleb about zone conference and the Nauvoo Pageant.
Nauvoo has stolen my heart. There is honestly no place like it in the world. We had Zone Conference on Friday in the Nauvoo Stake Center. we were lucky enough for he Nauvoo Pageant core cast to come and perform one of the historical Vignettes that they do. The vignette was focused on the calling and missions of the 12 apostles and the sacrifices that they went through to get there. It was amazing. They performed for us in the chapel. On there way in they shook the hands of the missionaries sitting in the aisles. Some how I ended up in the aisle. I had the privilege of shaking hands with Willford Woodruff, Brigham Young, and Parley P. Pratt. Although the actors were portraying these men it seemed as if I was shaking hands personally with the apostles themselves. I think I cried the entire 20 minutes that they were performing. I will never forget the feeling that I had when I watched. It was remarkable.
Elder Broadbent and I gave a training to about 90 missionaries at zone conference this week. We trained bout church attendance and how to get investigators there. It was really cool. The spirit was really strong. Although we didn't have too much time to train it's been amazing to see the direct correlation between the training that we gave and the number of people in the Nauvoo zone who attended church. Hopefully the missionaries in the other zones followed the counsel we gave as well and are benefiting from doing so.
I have a firm testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel. It has especially been confirmed this week as I had another opportunity to view the Nauvoo Pageant and to hear President Jensen speak about the Restoration and Joseph Smith. I love it. The gospel truly has been restored.