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  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/20/2014 11:26:03 AM, by JLAMING263

    "This Christmas, as the spirit of the season permeates our hearts, let us do something that expresses our feelings in an outward way, showing that we understand that the babe born in Bethlehem is the real Redeemer." —Gary E. Stevenson... Read more

  • SPOILER...Addiction

    12/20/2014 11:23:31 AM, by JLAMING263

    You Will Be Freed Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all can be transformed, cleansed, and freed from addiction. https://www.lds.org/media-li
    brary/video/2011-03-001-yo
    u-will-be-freed?cid=HPTH12
    1814573&lang=eng... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

    12/19/2014 8:24:45 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Friday evening everyone! I'm starting this blog to get the url for my weekly email. The email will include fun photos of "chicken ornaments" (you'll see what I mean on Sunday morning :)). List any highlights this week or goals for next week below. Have a great weekend! Chris (... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/19/2014 9:09:35 AM, by JLAMING263

    The Reason Behind Christmas This Christmas season, give the gift Jesus Christ wants us to give; the gift of ourselves. Amid the shopping and commercialism, focus on the reason we're celebrating and remember to keep Christ in Christmas. https://www.lds.org/media-li
    brary/video/2013-11-018-t... Read more

  • journal 2015

    12/18/2014 11:35:42 AM, by APLTEST

    First 2015 entry... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/18/2014 10:42:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    "This Christmas, as the spirit of the season permeates our hearts, let us do something that expresses our feelings in an outward way, showing that we understand that the babe born in Bethlehem is the real Redeemer." —Gary E. Stevenson,... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity & Forgiveness

    12/18/2014 10:36:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    Hebrews 4:15-16 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Different kinds of adversity require different responses. For example, people who are stricken with illness may simply need to be patient and faithfu... Read more

  • training

    12/18/2014 9:24:47 AM, by APLOUIS

    Need a new a training program for the mohican 100.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/17/2014 10:21:44 AM, by JLAMING263

    He Is The Gift The first gift of Christmas was a simple gift given by a father to all his children, to us. He gave us his son, the Christ. He is the gift. This Christmas season, how will you share the gift? http://www.christmas.mormon.or
    g (2:43)... Read more

  • Day 247 Update: Site Updates -- Streaks and More!

    12/16/2014 4:21:45 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I've done about 10 minutes so far today to get another day in the books -- more to come later. I hope you like the new site updates we launched today! Here's a page that shares the details if you are interested: http://www.sparkpeople.c
    om/blog/blog.asp?post=ne... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/16/2014 11:37:02 AM, by JLAMING263

    When we submit to Jesus Christ’s transformative influence, we become humble and teachable, and we recognize the divine Light of Christ inside each of us. http://beta.mormon.org/belie
    fs/jesus-christ.php#what... Read more

  • Day 246 Update: Chicken Races

    12/15/2014 8:56:27 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great Monday! Today is Day 246 of my streak -- about 45 minutes today spread throughout the day. Last week was a little crazy around here. We had a big storm here in California that gave us a bunch of much-needed rain. We were lucky that the winds... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/15/2014 10:24:22 AM, by JLAMING263

    I love the words penned by the English poet Christina Rossetti: What can I give Him, Poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb. If I were a Wise Man I would do my part, Yet what can I give Him? Give my heart. https://www.lds.org/broadcas
    ts/article/christm... Read more

  • SPOILER...Kindness

    12/13/2014 1:38:02 PM, by JLAMING263

    Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2013/10/be-meek
    -and-lowly-of-heart?lang=eng... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Recipes!

    12/12/2014 12:06:23 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you enjoyed my weekly email/blog about the different types of recipes on SparkPeople! I think the next time I focus on recipes, I might do a video of us using our slow-cooker for some of our favorite recipes. Here is a link to the email posted on the site as a blog if y... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    12/12/2014 9:28:56 AM, by JLAMING263

    As we celebrate this Christmas season, our thoughts turn to that sacred event long ago when the Prince of Peace and the Light of the World was born (see Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, who was “wounded for our transgressions, ... and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    12/11/2014 9:22:18 AM, by JLAMING263

    "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." –David O. McKay http://www.mormon.org/values
    /family... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/10/2014 11:27:20 AM, by JLAMING263

    Seeking the kingdom of God leads to joy and happiness. If needed, we must be willing to change. Frequent small corrections are less painful and disruptive than large course corrections. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/the-boo
    k?lang=eng#watch=video... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    12/9/2014 10:19:43 AM, by JLAMING263

    When all is said and done, the home is the ideal forum for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/parents
    -the-prime-gospel-teachers
    -of-their-children?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    12/8/2014 10:28:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    It is the gospel of Jesus Christ that provides the foundation upon which we can find lasting peace and build eternal family units. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/finding
    -lasting-peace-and-buildin
    g-eternal-families?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/8/2014 10:24:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)."... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/7/2014 9:20:59 PM, by JLAMING263

    If we keep our focus on the Lord, we are promised a blessing beyond comparison. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/stay-in
    -the-boat-and-hold-on?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/6/2014 11:00:48 AM, by JLAMING263

    Service and Eternal Life https://www.lds.org/liahona/
    2014/03/service-and-eterna
    l-life?lang=eng... Read more

  • SparkPeople Amazon Affiliate Information

    12/5/2014 6:26:26 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello Everyone! As mentioned in last week's "Hello from SparkGuy" email, a super-simple way you can help SparkPeople is to do your Amazon shopping using this link: http://sparkpeople.com/a
    mazon
    When you use this link, SparkPeople earns a commission for each ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Man's Search for Meaning

    12/5/2014 6:13:58 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Hope you liked one of my favorite quotes and favorite books! Here is a link if you are interested in learning more about this all-time classic book: http://www.amazon.com/gp
    /product/080701429X?ie=UTF
    8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0
    80701429X&linkCode=xm2&tag
    =ba... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/5/2014 11:26:49 AM, by JLAMING263

    Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2013/10/be-meek
    -and-lowly-of-heart?lang=engot mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/4/2014 4:42:40 AM, by JLAMING263

    When we think of Christmas, we often think of giving and of receiving gifts. Gifts can be part of a cherished tradition, but they can also detract from the simple dignity of the season and distract us from celebrating the birth of our Savior in a meaningful way. https://www.lds.org/liahona/
    ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/3/2014 8:51:33 AM, by JLAMING263

    If we keep our focus on the Lord, we are promised a blessing beyond comparison. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/stay-in
    -the-boat-and-hold-on?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/2/2014 9:28:17 AM, by JLAMING263

    "[Jesus Christ] is 'the Rock of Heaven.' When we build our house upon Him, the rains of the latter days may descend, the floods may come, and the winds may blow, but we will not fall. We will not fail, for our home and our family will be founded upon Christ." —Robert D. Hales... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    12/1/2014 10:31:47 AM, by JLAMING263

    We look heavenward for that unfailing sense of direction, that we might chart and follow a wise and proper course. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/guided-
    safely-home?lang=eng#watch=video... Read more

  • Day 232 Update: From chicken to stomach

    12/1/2014 9:15:14 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today is Day 232 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Good luck to all streakers out there! I did 15 minutes on the exercise bike this morning while reading to help me wake up. Here's a fun story from yesterday at our house: As I have m... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/30/2014 9:51:03 PM, by JLAMING263

    We must put aside our pride, see beyond our vanity, and in humility ask, “Lord, is it I?” https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/lord-is
    -it-i?lang=eng... Read more

  • Small Steps

    11/29/2014 7:42:58 PM, by RINGLETS888

    So today was day 2 that I'm going at this with all I've got. I am definitely identifying my struggles. I really think that I need to make a cut off of when I'm allowed to eat. 7pm is the absolute latest I can eat. I figure if I'm working (I work 12 hr shifts as a nurse 7a-7p) That I'm allowed on... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/29/2014 11:10:03 AM, by JLAMING263

    As followers of Christ we should live peacefully with others who do not share our values or accept the teachings upon which they are based. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/loving-
    others-and-living-with-dif
    ferences?lang=eng... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Products I Love

    11/28/2014 2:52:56 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great weekend! Thanks for reading today's weekly email. As mentioned, I'm excited to share some of my favorite products with you. I started off with the lightbox that I use during the fall/winter. In this week's email, I share a product called Orega th... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/28/2014 11:09:13 AM, by JLAMING263

    "I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness." —Thomas S. Monson,... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 8:52:11 AM, by KESTRYLL

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Sparkfriends. I am grateful for the opportunity to work today and feed my special patients whom I care for all year and glad to do it on special days too! Have a wonderful in all you do. ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    11/25/2014 12:41:55 PM, by JLAMING263

    https://www.lds.org/topics/fam
    ily-proclamation... Read more

  • Day 226 Update: Sunny morning

    11/25/2014 11:30:49 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Good morning SparkPeople! Just a quick update this morning. I completed 10 minutes of fitness so far so I can cross off Day 226 of my streak. Part of my 10 minutes was outside on the mini-trampoline in the morning sunshine. This morning when I went to open the chicken coop, Snoozy was al... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/24/2014 10:28:06 AM, by JLAMING263

    God cares about you. He will listen, and He will answer your personal questions. The answers to your prayers will come in His own way and in His own time, and therefore, you need to learn to listen to His voice. God wants you to find your way back to Him, and the Savior is the way. God wants you to... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/23/2014 8:22:36 AM, by JLAMING263

    This is true for every generation. Spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers from God. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/joseph-
    smith?lang=eng#watch=video... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/22/2014 10:54:46 AM, by JLAMING263

    Your personal testimony of light and truth will not only bless you and your posterity here in mortality, but it will also accompany you throughout all eternity. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/receivi
    ng-a-testimony-of-light-an
    d-truth?lang=eng ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/21/2014 12:12:02 PM, by JLAMING263

    It is God’s will that we be free men and women enabled to rise to our full potential both temporally and spiritually.... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Plan to Plan

    11/21/2014 8:18:45 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello Everyone! Thanks for visiting my blog and for reading this week's Hello from SparkGuy message. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is on the site: http://www.sparkpeople.c
    om/blog/blog.asp?post=one_
    easy_trick_for_a_more_prod
    uctive_day Here is a link to a... Read more