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, June 28, 2015

A couple Historical Things from Stake Conference

The current mission president, President Jardine, announced that the new mission president of the Modesto Mission was arriving at 2 p.m. today.  Consequently we are now part of a new mission, and the missionaries serving here have a new mission president.
The second historical event is a new ward was created in our stake this evening.  This was announced at Stake Conference, and then a special p.m. meeting was held to announce the boundaries and new bishop of the Mountain House Ward.  Yes Mountain House has been in the news as not having any water.  Now they have their own ward.  I understand they will be meeting in the church on the West of Tracy.
By the way, Stake conference was great; very motivating--to pray, read scriptures, love our children, rescue, invite.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Health as I See It: Distracted Driving

By: Tristan Robledo
It’s likely that everyone’s been guilty of distracted driving in one form or another. Everyone knows not to use their
phone while driving, but what about mental distractions. Have you ever missed your exit or gotten home and can’t
clearly remember the drive? This isn’t to say that there’s nothing that can be done. In fact, it’s actually the opposite.
Learning the different types of distractions is the start. The next step is to recognize it when you are driving. A new
approach to distracted driving attempts to help with this task by categorizing distracted driving into three simple types:
 Visual Distraction—Doing something that
requires the driver to look away from the
roadway. Common visual distraction include
sight seeing, rubbernecking, etc.
 Manual Distraction—Doing something that
requires the driver to take their hands off
the steering wheel. This may include using
your phone, eating, adjusting your radio or
navigation system, etc.
 Mental Distraction—Thinking hard about
something other than driving. Mental distraction
occur frequently, but are more difficult
to recognize. Whatever the thought, if
it’s distracting you it’s a hazard. Mental distractions
are particularly dangerous in residential
areas where the road is shared with
walkers, joggers, and bicyclists.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 420,000 people were injured involving
distracted driving in the US during 2012. It’s important to note that these statistics only include visual and manual distractions.
Whether driving for the County, commuting to and from work, or just stuck in traffic it’s hard enough to
drive without distractions. When you get behind the wheel, make a commitment to focus on driving and avoid visual,
manual and mental driving distractions.
County of Santa Clara, Employee Services Agency, Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance Department

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Health as I See It: Documentary Review: More than Sad

More Than Sad, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2009.
This is a collection of two videos.  The first is a general awareness video More than Sad: (teen depression).  This presents four young people who have been going through depression and talks about their specific issues, and how they dealt with depression.  10 to 15 percent of youth will have depression during a school year.  However, most will not get treatment.  This video focuses on reducing stigma about treatment, giving examples of how treatment has helped others, and shows the results of the treatment.

The second video takes off where there first video left off: More than Sad: (Suicide Prevention).  It is more geared for teachers and how to recognize when someone needs help.  In addition to following the youth from the first video, this video also adds several testimonials from teachers who intervened with students who they recognized as needing help.  This video gives examples of when a teacher might intervene.  The teachers had positive results and some even later got thank-you's from the students.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Health as I See It: Suicide Prevention Website

This is a very informative website from HelpGuide about suicide prevention.  This page covers common myths about suicide, warning signs, how to talk to someone about suicide, risk for teens and the elderly, risk factors and how to talk to someone about suicide.  I suggest keeping this as a resource if you ever need a quick reference about suicide prevention.  It can walk you through how to handle a suicide crisis.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Lessons: Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood

Our priesthood lesson focused on the Oath and Covenant of the priesthood, and we went through it verse by verse.  Much of the discussion focused on, how do we magnify for calling?  I turned to the Bible dictionary--no entry.  But in the Topical guide there was a list of scriptures with one word excerpts.  I felt this list would be beneficial for myself to preserve and apply, but also thought I would share this.  The short entries from each scriptures gives action verbs, which if applied, will help us all in serving and magnifying our callings.

  • them that honour me I will honour: 1 Sam. 2:30 .
  • Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness: Ps. 132:9 .
  • lift up thy voice like a trumpet: Isa. 58:1 .
  • thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee: Jer. 1:7 .
  • give them warning from me: Ezek. 3:17 .
  • should not the shepherds feed the flocks: Ezek. 34:2 .
  • seek ye first the kingdom of God: Matt. 6:33 . ( 3 Ne. 13:33 . )
  • great among you, let him be your minister: Matt. 20:26 .
  • thou hast been faithful over a few things: Matt. 25:21 .
  • in all things approving ourselves as the ministers: 2 Cor. 6:4 .
  • For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry: Eph. 4:12 .
  • Neglect not the gift that is in thee: 1 Tim. 4:14 .
  • follow after righteousness, godliness: 1 Tim. 6:11 .
  • stir up the gift of God, which is in thee: 2 Tim. 1:6 .
  • Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness: 2 Tim. 2:22 .
  • such an high priest … made higher than the heavens: Heb. 7:26 .
  • holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices: 1 Pet. 2:5 .
  • received the gift, even so minister the same: 1 Pet. 4:10 .
  • pray always, and not faint: 2 Ne. 32:9 .
  • we did magnify our office unto the Lord: Jacob 1:19 .
  • their exceeding faith and repentance: Alma 13:10 .
  • searched the scriptures diligently: Alma 17:2 .
  • Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings: Alma 37:37 .
  • bridle all your passions: Alma 38:12 .
  • thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word: Hel. 10:4 .
  • we have a labor to perform: Moro. 9:6 .
  • Search these commandments: D&C 1:37 .
  • see that ye serve him with all your heart: D&C 4:2 .
  • The duty of the elders, priests, teachers, deacons: D&C 20:38 .
  • give heed unto all his words: D&C 21:4 .
  • every man which will embrace it with singleness: D&C 36:7 .
  • let every man esteem his brother as himself: D&C 38:25 .
  • teach the principles of my gospel: D&C 42:12 .
  • preach the word of truth by the Comforter: D&C 50:17 .
  • men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause: D&C 58:27 .
  • Thou shalt not idle away thy time: D&C 60:13 .
  • priesthoods … magnifying their calling, are sanctified: D&C 84:33 .
  • testimony may go from you into all the world: D&C 84:62 .
  • from you it must be preached unto them: D&C 84:76 .
  • let every man … labor in his own calling: D&C 84:109 .
  • if your eye be single to my glory: D&C 88:67 .
  • it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his neighbor: D&C 88:81 .
  • Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing: D&C 88:119 .
  • cease from all your light speeches: D&C 88:121 .
  • decisions of these quorums … to be made in all righteousness: D&C 107:30 .
  • let every man learn his duty: D&C 107:99 .
  • controlled … only upon the principles of righteousness: D&C 121:36 .
  • priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering: D&C 121:41 .
  • Let thy bowels also be full of charity: D&C 121:45 .