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  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

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

    Happy Friday Everyone I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving (to everyone who celebrates). I'm starting this blog to get the url for my weekly email. It's hot and spicy this week as you'll see :). Feel free to start listing any weekly highlights or goals for next week. I'm gett... 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • SPOILER...

    11/20/2014 10:55:19 AM, by JLAMING263

    The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet God.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    11/19/2014 10:08:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    “As we work to build and encourage faithful, loving marriages in which men and women become as one and nurture their families, the Lord will multiply our efforts.” —Henry B. Eyring https://www.lds.org/church/n
    ews?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/18/2014 10:58:59 AM, by JLAMING263

    Love is: Deep devotion and affection. Love for God includes devotion, adoration, reverence, tenderness, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, grace, service, gratitude, kindness. The greatest example of God’s love for his children is found in the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ.... Read more

  • Day 218 Update: Snoozy Lays an Egg!

    11/17/2014 8:44:11 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Hope you had a great weekend! Today is Day 218 of my 10+ Fitness Minutes Streak. Just did 5 minutes on the rowing machine and am about to do quick weights. Here's a fun update building on yesterday's blog about my chickens: Snoozy laid her first egg yesterday -- woohoo!!... Read more

  • Snowy Day

    11/17/2014 9:06:43 AM, by KESTRYLL

    Four inches so far and still coming down, good thing I am off today! ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/17/2014 6:10:03 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Let us acknowledge that most often gaining a testimony is not a task of a minute, an hour, or a day. It is not once and done. The process of gathering spiritual light is the quest of a lifetime. Your testimony of the living Son of God and His restored Church, ..., may not come as quickly as you des... Read more

  • Love

    11/16/2014 8:47:14 PM, by KESTRYLL

    1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrong doings.... Read more

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    11/15/2014 11:22:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf,... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Chicken Videos

    11/14/2014 6:09:10 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Fun edit on 11/17: Snoozy layed her first egg yesterday! Now 5 of the 6 hens are laying eggs. As I mentioned in the email, we're excited to have this fun way to have healthy food for our family -- produced very locally :). I know not everyone can raise chickens, but hopefully yo... Read more

  • Eye Opening

    11/12/2014 11:21:38 AM, by RINGLETS888

    So we had a drug rep bring us lunch yesterday at work. I was so proud of myself because I ordered a salmon topped Santa Fe salad. Later in the day I went to record the calories on SP and found that it was 1380 calories. WTH? So, good intentions, but less learned. Look then order, no matter what... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/12/2014 9:28:00 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Placed around the world, temples have their own unique look and design on the outside, but inside they all contain the same eternal light, purpose, and truth. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” We too … have been p... Read more

  • SPOILER...Discipleship

    11/11/2014 9:33:34 AM, by JLAMING263

    Be strong. Live the gospel faithfully even if others around you don’t live it at all. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/04/the-cos
    t-and-blessings-of-discipl
    eship?lang=eng... Read more

  • Thank you Veterans

    11/11/2014 8:56:42 AM, by KESTRYLL

    We took my Father in Law out to dinner yesterday. It was very nice and we saw a lot of other veterans as we went to Ponderosa to eat and they had a special day just for them. Nice to see so many veterans in one room. I would like to thank all the veterans and current service members for their servi... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/10/2014 12:49:05 PM, by JLAMING263

    By careful practice, through the application of correct principles, and by being sensitive to the feelings that come, you will gain spiritual guidance.... Read more

  • Back to Business

    11/10/2014 9:54:17 AM, by RINGLETS888

    I'm back into town and was mindful of cholesterol while I was out. Today is go time! ... Read more

  • Day 210 Update: Fun Weekend

    11/9/2014 8:29:51 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Hope you are having a good weekend! Today is Day 210 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. 40 minutes for the day. Today was pretty quiet after a busy day yesterday. The highlight of the weekend was my boy's soccer game yesterday. They have had a rough season so far with no win... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/9/2014 1:53:09 PM, by JLAMING263

    Trying to please others before pleasing God is inverting the first and second great commandments (see Matthew 22:37–39). It is forgetting which way we face. And yet, we have all made that mistake because of the fear of men. In Isaiah the Lord warns us, “Fear ye not the reproach of men” (Isaiah 51:7)... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/8/2014 10:12:42 AM, by JLAMING263

    “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6)... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/7/2014 1:07:41 PM, by JLAMING263

    "So how do you best respond when mental or emotional challenges confront you or those you love? Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. ... Never, ever doubt that, and never harden your heart." —Jeffrey R. Holland,... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Seasonal Affective Disorder

    11/7/2014 11:43:25 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Thanks for coming here from my weekly Hello from SparkGuy email or blog on the site. If you haven't read the email or blog yet (the email is sent out starting at 12:05 Eastern), just check it out here: http://www.sparkpeople.c
    om/blog/blog.asp?post=tis_
    the_season_ho... Read more

  • Business Trip

    11/6/2014 11:24:33 AM, by RINGLETS888

    Tomorrow I leave for a business trip. The last few days I've been on antibiotics for a sinus infections-not excited about flying with sinus issues lol But Monday morning I am starting new habits. Exercise each morning, fruits and veggies, lots of water, and lean protein. You know...the right stu... Read more

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    11/6/2014 11:05:10 AM, by JLAMING263

    As we look to Jesus as our Exemplar and as we follow in His footsteps, we can return safely to our Heavenly Father.... Read more

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    11/5/2014 11:07:06 AM, by JLAMING263

    The Lord invites us using various verbs: “Come unto me,” “Follow me,” “Walk with me.” In each case it is an invitation to act.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/4/2014 12:00:48 PM, by JLAMING263

    “Refuse the evil, and choose the good” (Isaiah 7:15).... Read more

  • Day 204 Update: Woohoo for crossing 200!

    11/3/2014 7:24:46 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Thanks for all the great comments on yesterday's Lebron blog! I shared a bunch of those with our team. As a quick update, today is Day 204 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. It was fun to cross the 200 day milestone late last week. Here's something fun: I was recently c... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/3/2014 10:06:20 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.... Read more

  • Monday Day Off Number Two

    11/3/2014 8:32:52 AM, by KESTRYLL

    It is still chilly here with a little wind. I have lots of things to do to keep me busy. I have four turtles and a cat to clean up after. Hope to get some exercise in and eat more salad.... Hope everyone has a great day!... Read more

  • FitBit

    11/2/2014 8:47:48 AM, by RINGLETS888

    I connected my fitbit, which has been in hiding for a few months lol Hoping to motivate my caboose! ... Read more

  • Beautiful Sunday Off

    11/2/2014 8:38:48 AM, by KESTRYLL

    It's a little chilly here but I always enjoy my days off. I had my granddaughter with me today and we are planning a good breakfast of fruit and then get ready for church. I hope everyone has a great day!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/1/2014 11:10:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    When all is said and done, the home is the ideal forum for teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

    10/31/2014 1:39:35 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone If you didn't already read my weekly email, here it is on the site. Read this first before watching the commercial below so that it makes sense :): www.sparkpeople.com/blog
    /blog.asp?post=the_most_mo
    tivating_video_youll_see_all_week Here is the commer... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/31/2014 11:06:17 AM, by JLAMING263

    But God intends that His children should act according to the moral agency He has given them, “that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.... Read more

  • Chemo-Rad Jane Edges Out Another Day and Keeps Going!

    10/30/2014 2:40:48 PM, by HARTINGL52

    Well I have started another round of new and different chemo. I thought great I will not experience any more feelings of being sick at my stomach. Well Chemo-Rad Jane has another thing coming. She did not know what she was in for. This chemo does not make you sick but it makes you muscles so ac... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/30/2014 10:28:18 AM, 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