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#33 Get a Blog Post Up to 20,000 Views

nighttrafficI like blogging. I like creating blogs and I like writing in the blogs that I create. I don’t really make any money off it and it’s sketchy as to how many people actually read those blogs. It is always interesting to me to see what is going to be popular and what is not. I really never know what is going to catch on. Case example is my first blog post to get over 20,000 views. It was a fun blog post, I like working on my genealogy but I really don’t know that many other people that are interested in that kind of work. To me there is lots to find in looking at our past, but I don’t have many conversations on the topic.

Apparently, however if people are not talking about it, they are reading it. My blog post regarding 150 generations quickly overtook it’s nearest competitor (A Walk in Tijuana). I officially saw that on 12/10/14 I had over 20,000 hits on that blog post. On all my blogs I keep statistics. My statistics gives me some interesting data about the people who come and visit my blog. My Pedroza Place blog is kind of just a family journal of sorts. The idea was that it was going to be a place that Denise and I could write about our family adventures, but most of the blog posts are done by me (John).

The dynamics of those who read my blog (but seldom comment) are very interesting. The main commenters are from the United States, but the main readers are global. I get people visiting from all over the world. Most of them come from China. I suspect that a lot of them are really just spambots trying to leave stupid comments on my blog, but I know not all of them. For example I see some of the China hits using firewall maskers, which I think is against the law in China. Why anyone would want to risk political strife to read my family blog is beyond me. Recently, I have been getting a lot of Europeans. The Asians and the Europeans are not commenting, but they are unique and they are reading. I hope one day they make more comments and I can interact with them more. Until then, it is kind of fun to know someone is out there reading.

If your are interesting in seeing my ever growing viewership of a post you are very welcome to check it out at:

Thank you for reading!

#26 Articles of Faith Goal

faithingod“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints when I was 18 years old. As such, except for a brief time when I taught a 10-11 yr. old class, I never went through the Primary program. In order to graduate from the Primary program and get your Faith in God award you need to memorize all 13 Article of Faith. I always admired the children that could do this and ever since I first joined the church wanted to emulate them. It has taken me a long time to memorize them, but mostly that was because I have been procrastinating about it. Last week I had the Bishop quiz me in front of the Teachers and Priests and I am pleased to say that I passed. I also did this little video, it isn’t perfect, but I did do this all in one cut and all by memory and that is good enough for me:

If you want to memorize the Articles of Faith you can do so too:

13 Articles of Faith

  1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
  2. We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
  3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
  4. We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  5. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.
  6. We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
  7. We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
  8. We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
  9. We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
  10. We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
  11. We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
  12. We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
  13. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.