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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Elisha and Naaman


The story of Elisha and Naaman is fascinating.  Elisha became the prophet after the ascension of Elijah.  He took up his mantle, and in every way was a prophet.  He did miracles similar to many of Elijah.  He stopped the Jordan River and blessed a widow (but in a bit different way.) 
Naaman was a Syrian centurion.  A great man in battle, he also had leprosy.  A young Jewish woman, his servant who had been taken prisoner, remembered to tell him about the prophet who could heal him.  And so arrangements were made for him to visit Elisha.  But Elisha did not come out to him, but sent a servant with the message, wash in the River Jordan Ten Times.  The prophet asked for exacting obedience.  Naaman was able to humble himself, and give this obedience. 
Went to missionary farewell talk of Maddy Banks.  She talked of this in her talk today.  She said that in serving a mission, her goal is to be exactly obedient.  That going on a mission would not be worthwhile without exacting obedience. 
That is what President Monson says in this short conference excerpt.  Blessing come from obedience.

Calebs Recent Pictures: Baptism!!

Caleb has been very busy.  As zone leaders he often spends days away from home doing exchanges with other missionaries; but they always have time to work in their own area as well.

Caleb's Caption: An investigator decided to pile his dogs on me

Health As I See It: Snacks that Lower Cholesterol

This is an article from Everyday Health.  For the most part, these are pretty common snacks.  Each has its own method of helping lower cholesterol.  Apples have plenty of antioxidants; but the good stuff is in the peel, so eat the peel.
Nuts and seeds, particularly sunflower seed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, almonds, and pine nuts.  But don't overdo if you are trying to lose weight.   One ounce per day.
Oat Bran.  It is true what the boxes of Cheerios and Quaker say, these are heart healthy snacks.  Somehow oatmeal can block the absorption of cholesterol in you stomach.
Finally grapefruit is good for lowering cholesterol.  Just be careful as grapefruit can hinder the absorption of some medicines.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Manteca Stake Broadway Review

Last Year

If you like Broadway musicals, or just good music, I would like to invite you to come hear myself, and many other more talented people from our stake sing.  Christine Papworth puts the show together and always does an excellent job.  We are singing a group number from Les Miserable, and there are going to be individual numbers from a wide ranch of productions. 

Health As I See It: Diabetes Walk

With type II diabetes I walk for myself--walking is good for you.  But I also walk for all those who have lost limbs, eyesight, hearing, healthy hearts and so many other things we give to diabetes.  Unfortunately I will miss the organized walk due to conflict with the Sabbath and prior obligations.  I will be with them in spirit.

Health As I See It: Anybody Hear of these new Condiments?

These new suggested condiments reportedly can add flavor, and health benefits.  As I look at the list, there are a few I would like to try.
Flax seed is reported to get rid of belly fat.  I have way too much belly fat.  Flax seed was also recommended in another article I read about snacks.  Flax seed absorption is greatly improved if they are ground.  They can also be used by stirring them into food. They go well in oatmeal, soups and smoothies.
Chia Seeds come from Mexico.  They have a nutty taste.  You can sprinkle them on foods like oatmeal, rice, salad, cereal and baked goods.
Hemp seeds are the edible part of the hemp plant.  They are similar to sesame seeds and again can be added to most foods.
Wheat germ is general removed from flour, but is the part of what with the most vitamins.  Again you can add it to just about anything.

Photo Essay of Elliott: Caleb's visit summer 2013, and Summer Visit 2014

2013 visit, Caleb went to say goodbye before his mission

With family looking back at San Francisco

At the batteries

With Miranda (They came so Miranda could say goodbye before her mission)

With Grandma Wardle
Hair cut time

At the Beach

With his dad

Miranda: Before Her Mission Pictures

Natalia took some pictures of Miranda while she was here for Miranda going through th tempole for the first time (Sacramento).  Miranda had asked her to do a portfolio.  These are still unedited pictures.

Sebi (Grandson): Summer Pictures

The Batteries above Rodeo Beach

Big shipped that just passed under the Bridge

Sebi came with Mark and Lizzy this summer to spend a few days.  We went to San Francisco, and found it too crowded.  We went North of the Bay for a picnic.  We also had a day at the beach and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. 

Tony: Summer Pictures, Beach, Seattle, and More

At home

At Mrs. Beck's Farm

Calaveras Big Trees with Miranda


With Friends in the Back Yard

Craters of the Moon


Bubble Gum Wall

Mrs Beck's farm
With nephews: Oli, Elliott, Sebi

San Francisco Batteries

First day of school

Kick back; Tony's favorite game