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, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

Went for a walk with the trick-or-treaters.  Tony went with the Petersens, and we all went for the walk.  It was pretty fun.  We came back after an hour to give out candy, and got most of the bowl gone.  The big issues was getting the kids to wait for the slower parents.  Tony wore his Power Ranger costume, and Miranda as a cowgirl.
We saw Haleigh and her friends dressed as Disney princesses at the corner. 
Also saw a few friends, Carson's mom.  Carson had choir with Caleb, and the Lopez family. 
I need to walk more.  We were going slow, and not very far, and still my legs were sore. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Does She Overstep the Bounds of a Good Neighbor?

What do you think of this woman who plans to hand out notes instead of candy to any children she  deems as being over weight because it "Takes a Village."  I would not do well with such a neighbor.  The first idiot is Hillary Clinton for such a stupid book, it takes a parent, and this relationship should not be subject to a "village" unless there is immediate danger.  "The Village" should keep their nose out of other people's business is my thought. I think if my child received such a note I would be very angry, but I would probably avoid this person in the future.
I would like to entertain other opinions on this subject.


Sometime tomorrow I will have reached 100,000 views between my five blogs.  I think this is worthy of celebrating, but will celebrate Halloween instead.  I am grateful for everyone who takes a few minutes to look at something I have written.  I appreciate it, and hope I do not overstay my welcome.

Billy Wardle Family Blog:  This blog has the most views, and the most posts.  It is my journal, plus were I talk about topics that interest me such as mental health, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mormon Movies, ACE Train, Life in Manteca etc.
Billy Wardle Genealogy Blog: This blog gets the most views per post, over 80.  I am writing the history of Isaac John Wardle, handcart pioneer, and this is where I put my research, and the chapters as I finish them.  I also write about other ancestors and genealogy posts.
Wilhelm's Thoughts:  This blog is a place for my poetry, music, and where I am writing my history, one story at a time.  I also write stories of my contact with people I know who pass away.
Billy Wardle History Nut:  This blog is where I write history stories.  It started as a place for reenactment notes of California Pioneer History.  I now write about any number of topics including WWII, Civil War, anthropology, history of holidays etc.
Movies, Music, Books and Other Entertainments:  Sheri said my family blog was bogged down with reviews, so all new reviews go in
this blog, and I also moving reviews I have already done to this blog as well.  There are now almost 200 movie review posts.  Shortly I will have the complete L. Frank Baum Oz books reviewed as well. 
You can also catch me on You Tube, where I mostly but videos of family events, and music from the kids or myself.

Monday, October 28, 2013

My Thoughts About the Doctrine and Covenants

I have enjoyed some of the modern day scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants immensely.  In this book of modern day revelations are some of the most beautiful scripture, and proof that God has not left us a lone in our day.  The testimony of Jesus is so clear:  D&C 19:
 16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
 17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
 18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
 19 Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men.
D&C 76:  22 And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!
 23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
 24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.
The example of Joseph Smith and his dealing with persecution, are as great a teacher as the book of Job.  
D&C 121:  My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.
 Thy friends do stand by thee, and they shall hail thee again with warm hearts and friendly hands.
 10 Thou art not yet as Job; thy friends do not contend against thee, neither charge thee with transgression, as they did Job.
This work has revelation dealing with the priesthood, the restoration of the priesthood and the use of the priesthood, and the blessings of the priesthood.  It includes the word of wisdom.  
My most favorite scripture is after we are advised not to exercise unrighteousness dominion. I don't think there is anything more beautiful than these words.  The blessing promised is tremendous.
D&C 121: 45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
 46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever.
You can download this scripture free here

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Northland Ward Halloween Party

The Young Women and Primary organized the ward Halloween Party this year, and it was quite the event with hay ride, bouncy house, carnival games, dinner and trunk or treat.  Tony said he had a really good time.  One time he said he liked the bouncy house best, another he said he liked everything, and finally he said he liked hanging with Joshua and being best friends. 
Halloween Costume Parade

Tony, Josh and Blue Man

Tony, Anthony, Charity and Camberly

Tony on the hay ride

Tony after the bouncy house

Tony with Eyes

Miranda holding the bat with Anthony and Charity

Tony and friends

Health As I See It: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives 2001

I am looking at some National goals 12 years after the fact.  The goals and objectives were redone in 2012.
Goal #1  Promote awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable.
One of the objectives for this goal is increase the number of public service campaigns.  Outside of the mental health community, I am not sure how effective we have been in this area.
Goal 2: Develop Broad-based Support for Suicide Prevention
One objective here is to increase public/private collaboration.  Another objective is to integrate suicide prevention in professional and other groups.  I know it is a big part of education and licensure for social workers and other help professions.

Goal 3: Develop and Implement Strategies to Reduce the Stigma Associated with Being a Consumer of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention Services.
There has been a slow push for parity with medical insurances with regards to treatment of behavioral health being equal to physical health.  The only great push in this area that I have noticed was the discourse of Elder Holland at the last conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Goal 4: Develop and Implement Community-Based Suicide Prevention Programs  As a result of this goal we now have a national suicide hotline, which is actually answered locally in most cases.  Many of the local hotlines have gone through a national certification to be included.  1-800-273-2855
Goal 5:  Promote Efforts to Reduce Access to Lethal Means and Methods of Self-Harm This objective could be alarming to gun rights advocates, but reduced access does not necessarily mean gun control.  This area should include better safety measures, and ways to keep guns safe.  Also included are proper disposal of medications and manufacturing cars in such a way as to make carbon monoxide poisoning more difficult.
Goal 6: Implement Training for Recognition of At-Risk Behavior and Delivery of Effective Treatment
  There is a campaign among the professional community to recognize at-risk signs.  This is spilling over into the population in general.

Goal 7: Develop and Promote Effective Clinical and Professional Practices 
Goal 8:  Increase Access to and Community Linkages with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services  This is a tricky area which is influenced by budgets, and most often budget cuts recently.
Goal 9: Improve Reporting and Portrayals of Suicidal Behavior, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse in the Entertainment and News Media  I do not know how to judge the media, but for myself I have seen no change
Goal 10: Promote and Support Research on Suicide and Suicide Prevention
This is an area which is slowly developing
Goal 11: Improve and Expand Surveillance Systems
This sounds scary, but I th ink they are hoping for better reporting of suicide so numbers will be more accurate.  This includes investigation of all deaths which may be attributable to suicide or other violent causes.

The biggest judge of the effectiveness of what we are doing would be by adecrease in suicides.  However the opposite has been true, a slight increase.  You can argue the increase could have been more, or that we are more aware of and report suicide more often, but the bottom line is to this point there has not been a decrease in suicides. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Health As I See It: Suicide is Preventable

Let us take a step to stamp out suicide.  We are all in this together, and it is always OK to  make an observation, express our worry, and ask if someone is feeling suicidal.

Come Join Us for a Good Halloween Party this Saturday

This Saturday at 5 p.m.  I understand there will be a hay ride.  Should be a very good time.  I know Tony is excited.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Member Missionary 5: Caleb's Latest Advice

The goal is to see miracles together. We [missionaries] want to help them [members] with their missionary work, not ask them when we need help. Missionaries are members of the ward who help in the missionary work that happens in the ward, rather than create all the missionary work and the members help if that makes sense.
Remember the model from past posts:
1: Pray for missionary experiences
2: Share: share our lives, activities, homes
3: Invite: To church, an activity, to hear the missionaries
4: Testify: participate in the lessons with the missionaries, host missionary discussions, and testify when prompted by the Holy Ghost

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Camberly Rose Blessing/Christening Day

Today was Camberly's special day.  She is such a cute little baby. 

After picture time at Charity and Anthony's we had dinner at our house.
Anthony's brother and wife, Tacy

With Natalia and Ty

Day Away in San Jose with Tony and Jesse

We had a day away with Tony and his friend Jesse.  It included miniature gold, and even though I took my camera, I forgot the memory clip, then realized later I had a second, so not pictures at the gold course.  We also play many video games, some where they gave you little toys.  Tony got some men he is really enjoying.  Gold was expensive.  We always went on family night, or discount night in the past. 
We purchased food at McDonalds, kids meals for the boys, and went to Central Park for a picnic.  Kids also played hide and seek on the big boy play ground.  They had fun.

October Birthdays

Jeremy Happy 25th October 18 and Natalia a few years older October 17, but celebrated backwards. 

For Jeremy's we had Navajo taco lunch and Kayla baked a cake.  Skylar is also turning one this week, but they will celebrate with Kayla's family

And Natalia we went to Chili's,but I took picture at the park afterward.  We were luck to have Natalia from Washington. She flew in Friday p.m. for baby blessing.

Tony is a Super Star Student Project

These are the pictures Tony chose display for his special student week at school.  This is what he said. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Three Grandbabies Comparison

Our three grandbabies are each just less than a year apart.  Elliott is born December 2011, Skylar October 2012 and Camberly September 2013.  Here are newborn pictures to compare.
Camberly Rose