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 25, 2017

Health As I See It: Suicide Attempt Stories: Stories of Hope and Recovery


This presentation gives three stories of people who attempted suicide, but are now on the way to recovery,  It has stories from three different age groups high school, adult and older adult.  Jordan, in high school, appears to have everything going for him.  However getting a C, and his parents discovering he is drinking leads him to attempt.  He jumped out of a window, and was in a coma for a week.  As he came out of the coma, he committed to taking steps to lead to his recovery.
Terry's husband passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease.  Things spiraled until a year later she attempted suicide via drugs and alcohol.  This story tells us of the importance of asking the questions.  Sometimes we fear intruding, but if we are worried, we need to ask, "Are you thinking of suicide?"  Terry first worked at being safe.  Her therapist suggested she write, and she published a book about hr experience.
David was older, and works in the mental health profession.  A time away from his family lead to spiraling depression, and suicide attempt.  Others said, you need help, but it wasn't until he said I need help, that things started to get better.
This film is good for the insight it gives and the hope.
it is sponsored by"
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK and
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Ten Year Colonoscopy

Guess who went in for the 10 year colonoscopy.  This is my second. The actual experience isn't that back as the give you something to make you sleepy.  I slept through most of it, but also watched some on the monitor.  However that pineapple stuff you have to drink is just terrible.  Orange would be a better flavor.  It was at the end of each glass that the stuff would gag me.  Or if I paused while drinking it I would gag.  I had the just try to chug the stuff as best I could.  I just received the report and now they are recommending every five years instead of ten.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day this year was different.  It was yard work in the morning.  I went and helped with feeding the Veterans.  It was at the VFW Building.  they served tritip and chicken.  I mostly helped with the clean up.  I arrived in time to serve only a few stragglers.  We took down the big tent which was interesting.  It was a big circus type tent used for shade.  Inside the VFW there was a display of all the service men from California who had passed away in the war.
In the p.m. Jeremy and Kayla hosted a barbeque.  Jeremy had made a water structure as part of their pool.  The kids were already having fun when we arrived.  In addition to us, the Halls and Miranda, there was one of the missionaries who taught Kayla, and his wife.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Whole Foods Solicitation Control

I had never seen a sign like this before.  It was in front of Whole Foods on Bascom Avenue.  I guess this might be like "Don't Feed the Animals." that giving to solicitors might make them sick or something?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Peter Preaches and is Arrested

Very powerful testimony which Peter expresses of the Lord Jesus Christ. https://www.lds.org/bible-videos/videos/peter-preaches-and-is-arrested?lang=eng

Click on the link to see this video

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Manteca Datsun Rally

I noticed a car rally by J.C. Penney this last Saturday, and went to check it out.  I got a few pictures.  the theme seemed to be old Datsun's although there were other brands as well.  there were some sweet sports care, as well as some clever pick-ups.  My brother had a Datsun.  It was his first car.  I helped him make the down payment.  It was an orange color much like one of the vehicles at the rally.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pack Meeting: Armed Services Day

Pack performed a services taking down flags last Saturday.  The Pack committee had put them up at about 4 in the morning.  We removed flags from a section of Yosemite.  This made it hard, as you can't park on parts of Yosemite, so we had to drive to a location and then bring the flags to the car.  They keep the flags in place with rubber bands.  You have to roll them tight, put on a rubber band, and then carry to a collection spot.
I helped put the flags in the truck, four at a time, 24 in a section.  It was pretty fun.  They have a nice fan in the truck, otherwise it would be very hot.

Manteca Mural: Unveiling the Vietnam War Mural

The mural was painted by Linda Schrader and Echo Westover, a mother and daughter team.  the individual scenes are fantastic, and each tells a different story.

A Tribute to the Armed Services - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Armed services day was last weekend.  the Manteca flags were out, and tony Sheri and I helped with taking them down.  The Mormon tabernacle sings the song of all branches of the service.

What Is the Book of Mormon?

This video includes links to learn more about the Book of Mormon.  If you have seen the musical "Book of Mormon" you have been given only the tip of the iceberg.  This book changes lives everyday, and it can change yours.  It is another testimony of Jesus Christ.  It is a true book, with true teachings.  If one is serious about being close to Jesus, study of the Book of Mormon is the best way.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Display, Del Osso

I took a picture of the display which can also be seen from the freeway.  I don't think I had very good light.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Peter and John Heal a Man Crippled Since Birth

I love this story.  I use to read this to people when we as missionaries would bless the homes of inactie members, in an effort to get them activated again.  "I have not gold nor silver, but what I have I give, rise and walk."  "No tengo plate ni oro, pero lo que tengo le doy, levatate y anda."

Jesus Christ Implores Peter To "Feed My Sheep"

I think Jesus is teaching Peter that there are more important things to be doing than gong fishing.  That his was a monumental task which would take much effort.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial Day Display at Del Osso Park

The Memorial Day Display, which is usually at Woodward Park on Sunday before Memorial Day, has been set up along the freeway at Del Osso Farms for 30 days this year.  The display will be seen by many more than normal, but we will miss some of the activities at Woodward Park.  Some three million people will drive past the display of seven thousand crosses.

By way of activity in Manteca, there is a memorial day barbeque Monday at the Senior Center and a "Riding for the Troops" Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tony Checks Out Silva Park; Plays Percussion

Tony wanted to check out Silva Park while I was Pokemoning.  This is the south end of Manteca.