The happenings of the Billy and Sheri Wardle family
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.
New Years Day we took a trip to Monterrey. This included Grandpa and Ty and Tali traveling with us in the old van. Charity and Anthony were following us with Tony keeping Camberly company. We arrived in Monterrey with no problem. Jeremy and Kayla and Mark and Lizzie were in separate cars, but we all met at Dennis the Menace Park where the kids played and we had snacks.
Roller slide, Dennis the Menace Park
Mark and family
To the beach after the park. This is where we sat for our lunch. We had a good time. I played bocci with the women. Tony hit the beach with Anthony to dig for sand crabs. The boys ran and we had fun. Form here Jeremy and Kayla went to the aquarium, Mark and Lizzie went sound for further play on their vacation.
Jeremy and family
Natalia and Ty
Charity and family
However the evening ended up longer than we had hoped, and with the destruction of a couple cars. Along the route, I saw a stop sign late and stopped quickly, resulting in a rear ender with Anthony who was following. His car was towed, but ours still ran. His radiator was destroyed, while our back side. Both cars were later totaled.
baptism was Saturday. It was fairly well attended with primary
friends. Jessie came and took Elis away having to watch him as he
wanted to play and not attend the baptism. Daniel (neighbor across the
street) and his mother also came. We had Natalia and Ty for the
weekend, Charity and Anthony, Jeremy and Kayla, Mark and Diana, and a
few others from the ward. The Boohers had to be away but sent him a
After the baptism Mom served sandwiches and desserts. It was pretty fun.
Kayla missed the picture as she has to hurry back to work. Since Tali and Ty were here, we played games, and rented a movie, Big Hero 6.
Among other things Sheri has given our house (family room and kitchen) a green tint. We also have added shelves, and Jeremy helped make shelves and insert for the entertainment center (paint to come).
And guess what, we have a new van, Toyota Sienna, 8-passenger. Tony loves the little seat that you can take out.
Wow! It's been a good week! There have been many miracles!
On Tuesday, we went to the temple and I had an amazing experience. It wasn't anything special, but just being able to feel the peace that is there was enough. I love going to the temple. The spirit is so strong and you can truly focus on Heavenly Father. It helped get my mind into that eternal perspective I've been looking for. Trials are just a small moment in an eternity of happiness. I've learned that a lot over the past couple of months. I feel like I'm beginning to be myself again. I'm excited to get to work in the morning and excited to teach these people. It's a wonder feeling.
The work is progressing! It wasn't easy but it was rewarding. First off, a part member family we are working with came to church yesterday. I was so excited to see them there. They seemed to enjoy it and stayed for the whole three hours. It was definitely a miracle. We taught them on Friday about Jesus Christ and who He is to us. I think I learned more in that lesson than they did. It was amazing!
We have met several times with Duane this week. He is preparing for his baptism on March 21st. He seems excited.
On Thursday, we had Zone Conference. We built a tower for King Benjamin out of Red Solo cups, had a traffic jam, watched the Assistants and Sister Training Leaders demonstrate the worst companionship inventories I've ever seen, and learned about grace. It was a lot of fun and I loved every minute of it!
This week I've been studying about the Atonement. I've learned that the atonement is not only for the worst of times. It's for the best of times too. The atonement is not only for the wicked, but for the righteous. The atonement not only takes us from bad to good, but from good to better. We all need the Atonement in our lives. We could all be doing a little bit better.
I love you all and hope that you have had a great week!
We are the Wardles. I am Billy. We are the parents of 8, one in Heaven
(stillborn,) 6 birth and 1 adopted. Four are away from home, two
daughters married and two sons in the Logan area going to school. Tony,
our adopted son is 11 years younger than our youngest birth child, so
he is greatly spoiled. I have worked for the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Utah State Social Services, part of the time working with the Ute Tribe, Uintah Basin Counseling and Santa Clara County Mental Health for the last 21 years. Active Mormon and I follow the prophet.