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, December 10, 2017

Light the World Day 10 2017: Search the Scriptures

Search the Scriptures 

For sometimes my most favorite scripture is from the Doctrine and Covenants section 121.  This revelation was given to Joseph Smith while he was in bleak circumstances in Liberty jail.   I especially like the last two verses:
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.
That is so beautiful I don't think I need say more.  Merry Christmas.

Light the World Day 9: Visit the Sick

I was sick and ye visited me.   As the series of little services continues, yesterday we were comforting the sick.  I called my mother who is in nursing home in Utah.  She has lost her memory.  She wanted to go home, but by home was talking about returning to Lincoln, Idaho where she grew up.   I am unable to get to Utah to visit her, but my son will son be living in Logan, and I promised her he would visit often.  I don't see my mother often enough, but at least I know how to contact her.  It is difficult because she sleeps in until very late.
Also saw Sister Brandow today.  She is convalescing from having knee replacement surgery.  However the thing I can do most is pray.  There are many who need prayers. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Light the World Day 8 2017: Love Your Enemies

—Matthew 5:44
Some of the ides suggested include resolving any past dangling wrongs you may have done, or apologize for times you weren't at your best;  Making an effort to be kind to those with whom you have a hard time getting along; And stand up for those being bullied.  The scripture itself suggest prying for those who "despitefully us you."
My biggest issue in this area is with fellow commuters, whether they be on bike or in car.  A couple times in the past couple days I have almost been run over by cars, while I was int he crosswalk.  It is hard to have react, but I am working on my thoughts which tend to go to name-calling.  I have already committed to myself $1 to my wife when I actually make statements, but even my thoughts betray me.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Little Match Girl, with Rolando Villazón - 2016 Christmas Concert



Here is the Little Match Girl Story in a different light, and with the Mormon tabernacle Choir providing song, and Rolando Villazon narrating the story.  I love this story, and this version is very memorable.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Light the World Day 7 2017: Serve Children

Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me:   Ideas presented include teaching your children and grandchildren about the Savior.  This idea touches my heart.  In the past, we have gathered grandchildren together and told the Christmas Nativity story.  This year there will be just Sheri and Tony and I.  Still the tradition will continue as we tell the story of the Nativity.  I will also check with my children and assure that they are carrying on the tradition with their children. 
Other ideas include smile at a child, make a child feel special, play with a child.  And then donate a toy to a children's hospital or children's program.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Light the World Day 6: Judge Not

Judge Not that Ye Be Not Judged  This is a simple reminder that no one is perfect.  We are all different, and we need to be accepting of those differences.  I find myself, too often, talking down about others under my breath.  (Usually this deal with driving.) This does not help me or the others I might think negatively about.    So I commit to stop doing this.  I will donate $1 to Sheri each time I think this.  Sheri can use this how she pleases.  She could become wealthy quickly. 

Light the World Day 5 2017: Honor Your Parents

Honour Thy Father and Mother.  This of course gets me thinking of my parents.  I shared the story of how they each experienced Pearl Harbor as young people.  I also have shared my mother's birth certificate on Family Search.  Most importantly I am writing my mother a letter and going to make contact with her via phone.  My father has passed away several years ago.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Light The World Day 4 2017: Love Your Neighbor

Thou Shalt Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself.  So the question is how to do something nice for the neighbors, or maybe just get to know some of the neighbors a bit better.  The children's calendar suggest leaving a surprise on your neighbor's porch.

Light the World Day 3 2017

It is lawful to do well on the Sabbath.  Being a commuter, often my Sabbath is very busy.  This is the day I home teach, and have family time.  I am going to take up on of the suggestions.  The first Sunday our local children visit.  This Sunday I am going to expand our efforts and involve those family members who are not close.  Sometimes they are forgotten or left out because of distance.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Light The World Day 2 2017, Water

The theme for Day 2 comes from "I was thirst and ye gave me drink."  I have a couple movies I have found about this theme.  I am reminded of the section from "Meet the Mormons" on establishing a well in Nepal.  I found what I think is a good place to donate for water resources.  This program is called Charity: Water.  It was founded by Scott Harrison.  He tells his story and that of Charity Water.  I encourage you to check it out; and maybe donate as well.  The numbers are different.  The Charity:Water puts the number of over 600 million people, while the LDS video over a billion.  The bottom line is too many people do not have access to clean water.  They saw unclean water causes more deaths than all the gun violence combined, including wars. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fall Festival Northland Ward 2017

Because of a scheduling conflict the Fall Festival was the Saturday after Halloween rather than before.   This means it was on November 4.  We started with dinner.  They served pulled pork.  Tony and Sheri helped with the Cup Scout activity.  They were running remote control car races.  I passed out candy.  Tony was in the parade.  He was a skeleton.


Manteca Stake Polynesian Culture Party


This was a fun evening.  Man those Polynesian dancers have some talent.  There weren't enough men, so they invited young men and missionaries up to be lead in a  Haka.  The food was different.  I ate something like a potato with more fibers.  This was in November.

Northland Ward Party Next Saturday

These parties are always nice, and their is alway a presentation about Baby Jesus.  I can't wait to see this year's.  There is a musical interlude in which I will be participating.


Dec 9  4 p.m. Activities, 5 p.m. Musical Interlude, 6 p.m. Dinner and Program

Light the World Day 1 2017

Light the World Day 1  Freely ye have received, freely give.
#LIGHTTHEWORLD campaign is a great motivator.  The first day focus is on giving back from our abundance.  I have gone through my clothes and selected some to pass on.  I am encouraging all members of my family to do the same.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Light The World for Children

This handout was presented to all the children in Primary (children's organization) at church this last Sunday.  Starting tomorrow they will doing an act of love everyday until Christmas.  Won't you join them?  For more information and alternative activities check out Mormon.org.  This comes from AYEAROFFHE.net

Light the World

December 1 marks the beginning of this years #LIGHTTHEWORLD campaign.  I thought I would share a calendar.  However for ideas and details, please go to Mormon.org or LDS.org.  I invite you to join my family and I as we provide 25 acts of service in 25 days.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Binghams Brought Us Thanksgiving Treats

This is very unique and a great Thanksgiving idea I thought I would share.  The Binghams rang our door bell and brought us sweetened popcorn with lots of additives.  It was a very nice gesture and much appreciated.  Here is the explanations:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Oakland Temple Hill Christmas Events

Temple Hill is active with Christmas activities now through the end of the holidays.  I have not seen a brochure, but you can checkout the events at the Temple Hill Events Website.  Everything is free, many professional quality entertainers, etc. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Preserving Agency, Protecting Religious Freedom


Elder Hales challenges us to stand up for our own religious liberty, and respecting the free agency of others. He gives some simple guidelines:
First become informed of issues in your community with regards to religious liberty. 
Second join with others who share our commitment to religious freedom.
Third live your life to be a good example in word and deed. 
Lastly, run to receive the blessing of agency by following the Spirit.

O Come, Little Children (Music Video) - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


This song is beautiful and is overplayed on the story of a cancer patient which adds even more.

Sheri is Proud of Her Rose

Sheri pointed out her rose, while we were all taking pictures yesterday.  She is proudest of the bright yellow bloom.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

After we were done eating, I thought I hadn't taken very many pictures.  However I made up for it later.  Miranda did a photo shoot with everyone, so I stepped in and took some of my own pictures.  Only one decorating picture, sorry.  Here for Thanksgiving meal were Jeremy Kayla and the boys, Charity Anthony and the girls, Kayla's friend Monique, Miranda's roommate Melanie, Miranda home from school, and Sheri Tony and I.  We had a good time.  We had to wait a while before eating pie.  Anthony and I watched football and grand babies, while the rest played a game.  Annie, Todd and Caleb returned for pie, picture shoot and games.