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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Different Way to Work

I have been toying with a different commute.  Currently I take the ACE to Diridon Station, from there catch the light rail to the Fruitdale Station where I catch the 25, or walk depending on if the bus stops.  I have been toying with getting off at Santa Clara Station and taking the 22 or 522 express to taylor.  At Taylor I get off and take the 61 or 62 to valley Medical where I work.  I tried this a few times last week, and it was OK but the wait is a bit long for the 61/62.  However I did get some pictures of the Santa Clara Station to share.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jesse and I Walk to the Train Station

From Jesse's house to the train station is about a half mile walk.  Last week on Friday I picked him up and walked him to the station so he could spend the weekend.  Along the route, among other things, we saw a fireman school and a telephone pole climbing school.  The school as a bit distant; you can see it better from the light rail.
Climbing tower
Training School
You can see the telephone poles for climbing.  This is across the street from the fireman school.

Manteca Mural I Hadn't Noticed

I noticed this mural while I was downtown on Yosemite.  It is only about a block west of Main Street.  It is above ground level and maybe that is why I hadn't noticed it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Charity and Sheri Attend Women's Session and Tony Has His First Zit

This Saturday it fell to me to watch the kids while Sheri and charity went to conference.  I had Jesse, tony's friend from San Jose, and Camberly and Hayley Dawn.  It was hard keeping track of Hayley Dawn as she wanted to play outside.  We went out for a while and she chased a ball around the court, and Tony and Jesse kicked a ball, and Camberly helped Hayley Dawn.
We got a notice on our basketball hoop that they don't like it on the road, so I moved it to the driveway.  Later, Jesse and the girls were out back, and Jesse turned on the hose.  Camberly fell and got her bum wet.  She wanted a change of clothes, but I din't have any.  She sat with me on a towel and I tried to dry her.  She fell asleep, and I was stuck underneath her the rest of the night.  (Half hour until the women came home.  I tried to watch the session, but just got the songs.

Then last night Sheri and Tony were complaining about marks they have.  I felt they both looked like spider bites.  However Sheri Popped Tony's first zit ever tonight.  Tony is worried this means he is getting old.  Maybe it does.  I am still not sure what Sheri's is.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Love Manteca April 8.

Love manteca is happening in Manteca April 8 8:30 to noon.  This is a day of service.  There are lots of projects and you can sign up for one ahead of time.  Among other things spreading bark at parks, working at the cemetery, spreading love to local service providers, yard work at local shelters etc.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jesus Teaches about the Widow's Mites

What should we give.  Jesus teaches that it is the attitude with which we give, rather the amount of what we give, the determines the sacrifice.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crystal Apple Awards 2017

This has been a presentation ever since we moved here six years ago.  This is an evening to honor local educators.  The award recipients are nominated by the students.  Usually all the local schools are represented.  Those who nominate someone actually present the award with a short statement about why that teacher has influenced them.  It is held at the Mormon Church 6060 Northland in Manteca.

2017 04 1000 invite to watch april 2017 general conference 1080p eng

The church has published methods you can watch conference.  Even though the Women's session was tonight, it is still not too late to watch it.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Greatest Commandment

This is very wise teaching, and even the Jewish Sanhedrin agree.

Manteca Flooding 2017

This is where the train goes over the San Joaquin River.  First you see the river and the bridge.  then you see a farmer's field where the river has over run the usual dike.  The train track is now serving as the dike.  Then there is a bit more farm land flooded.

The After-basketball Party at the Bouncy Place

Tony was pretty proud he made it to the top

Sheri took him on the Monday after basketball.  The other kids were part of his team.

Tony's Last Basketball Weekend

Tony's last weekend ended in one victory and one defeat.  Tony placed against a team made of of many of his friends from church.  I don't think either team played well, and it wasn't Tony's best game.  However he did play good defense.  ton's team won by three points, but both teams missed a lot of shots.  Tony said he got his hand on the last shot, and deflected it enough it missed, of the other team which would have tied the game.

Tony played much better the second game, and was a big man on both offense and defense.  He had half a dozen points and helped control the ball.  However they played a better team and were defeated.  This was an end of the season tourney, so they made the semi-finals.  Had they won they would have had another game on Sunday.
We took Tony to Waffle House after the first game, where he had a chocolate milkshake.

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Some good news form the train, the WIFI is general instead of limited to one car.  And it works for the most part, except through the tunnel in Niles Canyon, the internet coverage is much better.

Look Who had Another Turn in the Hospital

Asher came down with another cold, that went to his lungs, and gives him such a hard time to breath.  This is the day before he came home so he is a bit more chipper.  He seems to be doing better now.  He is Jeremy and Kayla's baby as is now almost five months old.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus – Emily Brown – Music Video

Here is another song from Mormon Channel.  I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus was a theme of a talk I gave in sacrament meeting a couple years ago.  This presentation puts a new light on what it means to love as jesus loves.  It is also a song I have song in Primary as a teacher and is one of my favorites.  It is written by Janice Kapp Perry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

What a Wonderful World - Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

This will give you tingles.  Bryn Terfel is an Welsh opera and concert singer.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Positive Thinking Book: Silver Boxes

Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement by Florence Littauer, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1989.
This is a fascinating book about treating others with kindness.  What she says is that our "words should be like silver boxes with bows on top."  That is the basic philosophy.  She adds a personality assessment, to give some warning that we are not all the same, and sometimes, with our different natures, we may offend someone without realizing it.  She talks of four personality types:
Sanguine the popular person, Choleric the powerful person, Melancholy the perfect person and Phlegmatic the peaceful person.  We can have strengths and or weaknesses in these areas.  All personality types are important.  There are some who have a combination.  We are all unique.

Silver Boxes was put into a poem for this book.  The poem summarizes the theme.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh singer, who is very familiar to the theater scene in England.  However to the American population she is more known for her appearance on Dancing with the Stars.  Her partner was Mark Ballas, and she makes a special appears to do a Latin dance with her, which I felt was the high light of the performance.  This is the 2012 Pioneer Day Concert, and the Choir starts with two pioneer songs,; but after that the focus is on the theme of the concert: The Joy of Song.  They have several people talk about their joy of music, including the guest, Mack Wilberg the conductor and a group of children.
Among other songs the choir sings, "In the Morning of my Life" a person favorite and It's a Grand Night for Singing.  Katherine Jenkins sings "The Prayer" with the choir.  The song is introduced by commentary by the composer, David Foster.  Jenkins also sings a Welsh song with the choir, "Cymru Fach."  Another high light of the concert is the concluding number "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Jenkins and the choir.  There is lots to enjoy here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concert with Rebecca Luker, Dallyn Bayles, an...

This is the President Monson 85th birthday concert.  It is hosted by Steve Young and Jane Clayson Johnson.  It features the Mormon tabernacle Choir.  Soloist were Dallyn Vail Bayles, Rebecca Luker and Stanford Olsen.  The each sang two songs.  Bayles does a beautiful rendition of "Bring Hime Home" as well as "There But for You Go I."  His voice is clear and piercing and his sound is incredible.  Olsen sings 'Golden Days" and "The Holy City."  It gets emotions singing "The Holy City" which is likely the high light of the concert.  Lastly Rebecca Luker sings "Memories and 'All I ask of You."  The choir sings "You raise Me UP," "Seventy-six Trombones" and another high spot, "Consider the Lillies."  The concert includes portrayals of President Monson's life, as well as tributes from other general authorities and also the Boy Scouts.  This concert is very enjoyable.

The Lord's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

No words, but we still see Jesus' majesty and His love for people.

Friday, March 10, 2017

**Watch Your Step

This short video from the Mormon Channel makes you stop and think about little decisions, and how they can have such long term effects.  A father is presented with two choices with regards to pornography, with two very different endings.  It is hard to measure the cost of pornography, but I am sure it is more than anyone could ever dream, in lost love, intimacy and families.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spiritual Whirlwinds

This is a short video based on a talk geared for youth given by Neil L. Andersen.  He warns against spiritual whirlwinds.  He states the powerful force of repentance that will subdue the whirlwinds, and the Rock of Christ which is the sure foundation and our safety.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Restoration of the Priesthood

This short video shows the effect the restoration of the priesthood has had on the life of others.  It is well worth a listen, as the priesthood helps us in so many ways.

Camberly Rose Bladder Infection

On our trip, Miss Camberly Rose developed a bladder infection.  Maybe too much travel has its consequences.  Caleb and I gave her a blessing Saturday before she went to the hospital in Rexburg.  The blessing seemed to help her relax.  I re-blessed her a couple days later with the same result.  The big consequence of the infection was that she felt like she needed to go potty, but couldn't go.  Sheri and Charity went with her to the hospital.  Tony and I took Hayley Dawn to church.  Grandpa Scoresby and Caleb were also there.  Sheri said Camberl was just a few minutes from a catheter when she finally went potty at the hospital.  She received an antibiotic and also took tylenol to help.
Outside Rexburg Hospital

Friday, March 3, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Health As I See It: Diabetes and Wound Care from Everyday Health


This is a short article on foot and wound care.  It says the number one defense against infection, and poor healing, is to keep you blood sugar within normal levels.  It also mentions four other safety tips:  Check your feet and vulnerable areas frequently, if you have worrisome areas get medical help, if you have issues with your feet try to stay off them, or if elsewhere avoid pressure which interferes with blood circulation,  and lastly, maintain adequate nutrition and hydration.
Sometimes poor nutrition habits may keep wounds from healing well.  We need to make sure we are eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, which will aid in healing.