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, February 13, 2016

Training at Campbell Community Center

I am intrigued byt he Campbell Community Center.  I attended a two-day training on facilitating reflection, and realized I am not very good at reflecting.  However I am also intrigued with this old high school turned community center with gym, pool, tennis center, track, skate park and theater, and like six or more private or charter schools.  I attend the EMQ training through West Valley College which also has a presence in the building.  I like to walk the track at lunch, but also to try out the assorted exercise equipment next to the track.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tony's Ninth Birthday

 It is hard to believe that our Tones is already nine.  He had his birthday Monday and seems to be maturing nicely.  It is lovely to be his parent.  Amongst the presents were lots of Lego sets, and some clothes.
Nieces and nephews came to play
Jeremy, Kayla and Anthony and Charity and babies were here as well as Annie.

Sheri prepared missionary delight, Tony's favorite.  Missionary delight was introduced to my mother by a missionary, and thus the name.  It is Kraft macaroni and cheese with tomato soup and hamburger added.

Tony wanted to do  something fun for his birthday, so Sheri took he and his siblings to ride go-carts.  He got to ride with Caleb in the big cars, and then drive a small car by himself.   Looks like they had fun, I was at work.

Tony and Sheri lit the candles, but Camberly was excited.

Love that boy

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Stone in Front of the House.

 Caleb had a plan to use his skills from work to rock the pillars in front of our house, and put this plan in action today.  Jeremy came over to help, and Kayla and Miranda and even Sheri and I got into the act.  A bit more to do to finish the second pillar but one pillar is completed and looking cool.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Being The Osmonds (2003 UK Documentary Featuring The Osmond Brothers)

This is a very interesting documentary featuring the Osmond brothers.  Marie did not participate.  The brothers talk of growing up in a family with high pressure to not only perform, but to perform perfectly.  This includes some exploration of the progression of the family entertainment business, which left the older Osmond Brothers behind, being replaced as lead singer, and in fact preventing their pursuit of a rock band career.  This was a cathartic exercise for the brothers, and let them air things maybe they would not have otherwise.  It appeared to be a healing process.  There were not only jealousies over careers, but also over women.  It appears Donny Osmond married a woman who had previously dated Jay.  The oldest performed, Alan, now has M.S. and talked of his struggles with this.  I really enjoyed this look at inside the Osmonds as they were coming back together to perform in Branson.  This was produced for BBC television.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Final Osmond Family Concert (2008)

This concert was presented at the Conference Center in Salt Lake, and included the orchestra and Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  It is overall very good.  Marie seemed to have technical issues a few times, and tried to control the volume by moving the mic which was bothersome.  However this is a good concert.  The two oldest brothers join them for the last two numbers, and their use of sign added to the vocal is very nice.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Book Review: Sacrament Time

Sacrament Time: A Book for LDS Children, by Kathleen H. Barnes and Virginia H. Pearce, Photographs by Don O. Thorpe, Deseret Book, Salk Lake City, Utah, 1973.
This is just a short book on what children can think about to help them be more reverent during the sacrament.  It suggest thinking of things Jesus did,
Jesus prayed to Heavenly Father,
Jesus helped the sad,
Jesus cared for the Sick,
Jesus fed the hungry,
Jesus helped people in trouble,
Jesus obeyed the law,
Jesus loved.
It suggests thinking of ways we can follow these examples of Jesus during the sacrament.
The illustrations are photographs, often of the Holy Land.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: Joseph Smith and the Priesthood: Why Heavenly father Gives Us His Power and Authority

Joseph Smith and the Priesthood, By jay A. Parry illustrated by Jerry Harston, Liahona Publisher, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1979.
This is an interesting book, geared for children, about the restoration of the priesthood.  It tells the story of the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood very succinctly.  It tells a story with regards to the restoration of the Melchizedek priesthood which I had never heard before.  It tells that Oliver and Joseph were running away from a mob intent on taking their lives and putting an end to the new religion.  The fled into a wood, which became very dark.  the struggled all night.  As the sun was coming up the next day, Oliver asked Joseph how long would there be persecutions.  At this moment a light appeared and Peter James and John who restored the Melchizedek Priesthood and called Oliver and Joseph as apostles.
As I had never heard this story, and this is a children's book, I wondered if it could be true.  The story is attributed to Brother Addison Everett.  He said it was told to him by Joseph Smith shortly before the martyrdom.  However he did not relate the story until some 38 years later, and then he was in his seventies.  So this is a witnessed account, but the reliability of the witness may be in question.  
This article linked from lds.org spends considerable time discussing the date of the restoration.  It concludes it had to take place between 16 May and 29 May 1829; the day after the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood until Joseph and Oliver left the Susquehanna area due to persecution.