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  • SPOILER...Sabbath

    11/25/2015 8:29:31 AM, by JLAMING263

    Russell M. Nelson The Sabbath was given as a perpetual covenant, a constant reminder that the Lord may sanctify His people.... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 24

    11/24/2015 10:16:04 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Today is a sad day. Yesterday evening a bobcat killed all 6 of our chickens. It was a traumatic scene that my wife walked in on as she went down to close up the coop. The bobcat was still there getting ready to leave. We think the bobcat climbed on top of the coop and then jumpe... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 24

    11/24/2015 10:15:59 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Today is a sad day. Yesterday evening a bobcat killed all 6 of our chickens. It was a traumatic scene that my wife walked in on as she went down to close up the coop. The bobcat was still there getting ready to leave. We think the bobcat climbed on top of the coop and then jumpe... Read more

  • SPOILER...Agency

    11/24/2015 9:15:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    Dale G. Renlund As God encourages us to keep on trying, He expects us to also allow others the space to do the same, at their own pace.... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 23

    11/23/2015 11:48:40 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for a good week ahead! This morning I'll share a fun post to my blog over the weekend. A great example from a longtime SP member showing the power of looking at SparkPeople in a new way with this Ultimate SparkPeople Life... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    11/23/2015 8:30:32 AM, by JLAMING263

    Dieter F. Uchtdorf This is our high and holy calling—to be agents of Jesus Christ, to love as He loved, to serve as He served.... Read more

  • Weekly Email Text: The Rest of the Story

    11/22/2015 6:52:50 PM, by SPARKGUY

    This is the same text from my weekly email. I'll post it here since emails can be rejected sometimes: *** Hello SparkPeople Members A few weeks ago I shared the story about a SparkPeople employee named Paul turning my 10-minute challenge into a trip to the world championships. Here... Read more

  • SPOILER...Choice

    11/22/2015 2:21:22 PM, by JLAMING263

    Robert D. Hales "We need to tighten our grip on the rod that leads us back to Him. Now is the “day of choosing” for all of us."... Read more

  • SPOILER...Health

    11/21/2015 6:50:18 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Our bodies are sacred gifts from our Heavenly Father. They are personal temples." —Linda S. Reeves... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 22

    11/21/2015 12:33:33 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone This blog is for Sunday, but I'll post it now since my weekly email starts getting mailed out at 12:05 Eastern so some people receive it early. I hope you like part 2 of Paul's story linked in my email. Next week I'll write a blog about my perspective on his journey using the ... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 21

    11/21/2015 10:41:55 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Saturday everyone! My highlight yesterday was driving down the coast to Monterey, CA for the weekend with my family. We arrived in the dark and took a walk along the foggy beach and breathed in the cool, fresh, salty air. Everything was going well until my oldest accidentally stepped of... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 20

    11/20/2015 10:36:51 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Friday, SparkPeeps! Yesterday's highlight for me was a sad one: yesterday was my Mom's birthday, but she passed away earlier this year. I tried to focus on the positives including how much she helped me and how I'm now trying to do the same with our 2 boys. For fitness, I did so... Read more

  • Interested of Committed?

    11/20/2015 10:01:32 AM, by NHEMBERGER

    I'm Committed! Have a great weekend Sparkfriends! ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Agency

    11/20/2015 8:47:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    M. Russell Ballard God’s plan is in place. He is at the helm, and His great and powerful ship flows toward salvation and exaltation. Remember that we cannot get there by jumping out of the boat and trying to swim there by ourselves.... Read more

  • Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 19

    11/19/2015 2:19:40 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great day! One of my highlights yesterday was a funny one. My wife made tasty broccoli for dinner. She saved the "broccoli water" because I like putting it in a glass with healthy salt and drinking it. Has anyone else ever tried this? If not, give it... Read more

  • SPOILER...Obedience

    11/19/2015 10:02:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    Quentin L. Cook Happiness in this life and happiness in the life to come are interconnected by righteousness.... Read more

  • Looking back to 2012

    11/18/2015 8:54:48 PM, by NHEMBERGER

    I just now updated my intro text on my SparkPage. I joined SP over 3 1/2 years ago and have accomplished so much, I wanted to share my success. I've read so many success stories & am glad to share that SP has worked for me too! We can do this! Taking it one day at a time! ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/18/2015 6:16:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    "In this cause we are all valued. We are all needed. The righteous cause we serve is the cause of Christ." —Carol F. McConkie,... Read more

  • #Find30

    11/18/2015 1:30:13 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Over the summer I was a part of a SparkPeople Challenge on Facebook that I really enjoyed and really got me involved with other members. I honestly couldn't tell you what challenge it was - but it was on Facebook and it really gave me a wonderful drive and sense of community. Today, I decided t... Read more

  • ready for christmas?

    11/18/2015 8:32:25 AM, by APLOUIS

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  • SPOILER...

    11/17/2015 9:05:52 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The divine nature within…us is refined and magnified by the effort we make to draw nearer to our Father and His Son." —Rosemary M. Wixom... Read more

  • 6lbs

    11/17/2015 7:16:36 PM, by KIMCO1970

    well I lost 6lbs last week I am so excited 311... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/16/2015 6:04:10 PM, by JLAMING263

    Dieter F. Uchtdorf This is our high and holy calling—to be agents of Jesus Christ, to love as He loved, to serve as He served.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/15/2015 1:37:06 PM, by JLAMING263

    Elaine S. Dalton In an extremely challenging world, that is what I see young women and women of this Church doing. They are an influence for good. They are virtuous and exemplary, intelligent and industrious. They are making a difference because they are different. They are acting well their part.... Read more

  • The Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Main Page

    11/14/2015 8:01:28 PM, by SPARKGUY

    This is a VERY EARLY beta-test draft of this page to give you an idea of the elements you can select from for the challenge. I will continue building out this page and let you know when it is updated. Challenge Notes: 1) This will be an ongoing challenge with periodic sub-challenges 2) D... Read more

  • SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System Overview

    11/14/2015 7:59:43 PM, by SPARKGUY

    This is a simple list of the SparkPeople Fuel for Improvement System Cornerstones and Building Blocks. The goal for this page is to provide you with a quick view of the system to help you visualize how everything fits together. Focus Cornerstone Get clear about your goals so you know where y... Read more

  • First Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog

    11/14/2015 7:07:05 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I'll start a new blog like this most days for this challenge. To participate, just make any kind of post to the comments. This can include goals or highlights or anything else. Here is a link to the main challenge page if you haven't seen this yet:<... Read more

  • SPOILER...Repentance

    11/14/2015 1:33:04 PM, by JLAMING263

    Dallin H. Oaks The gospel of Jesus Christ challenges us to change. “Repent” is its most frequent message, and repenting means giving up all of our practices—personal, family, ethnic, and national—that are contrary to the commandments of God. The purpose of the gospel is to transform common creatur... Read more

  • Happy Saturday!

    11/14/2015 10:18:53 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Good morning everyone! I hope you have a great Saturday. I just earned 3 SparkPoints from spinning the wheel :). As part of my new "Ultimate SparkPeople Life" Challenge, I will start checking in with you most mornings. Today I am finishing up the content for this week's email that wi... Read more

  • Happy Friday!

    11/13/2015 2:18:33 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great week! Today I'm working on the new challenge I mentioned in last week's SparkGuy email. This will be a lot of fun. The name of the challenge will be The "Ultimate SparkPeople Life" Challenge. The idea with the name is that the elements of the ch... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    11/13/2015 9:00:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    Hartman Rector, Jr We must serve our fellowmen, women, and children, and if we do all else but we do not serve the poor, the needy, the downtrodden, the oppressed, the sick and afflicted, both temporally and spiritually, according to their wants, we cannot retain a remission of our sins from day t... Read more

  • Life can be difficult...

    11/13/2015 8:43:12 AM, by DFWMOMOF3GIRLS

    This has been a very difficult year. We have had numerous deaths in the family, illnesses like cancer close to the family, and many other things. One thing it has made me realize is life is so precious. And because it is precious, I need to make the most of it with those I care about AND I must make... Read more

  • gym

    11/12/2015 2:28:14 PM, by KIMCO1970

    a couple things I feel after going to gym today motivated no stress feel good about myself energy up and when I don't go to the gym I feel drained and I over eat... Read more

  • Today I Weighed In

    11/12/2015 9:28:21 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Today I weighed in for the first time since August. I knew I haven't been treating my body right. I knew my clothes felt much tighter. BUT I also knew that weight loss is a lifelong journey. Change does not come in a day. Everyone falters. So I stepped on that scale, told my husb... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    11/12/2015 8:17:21 AM, by JLAMING263

    Jeffrey R. Holland Maternal love has to be divine. There is no other explanation…What mothers do is an essential element of Christ’s work.... Read more

  • need to lose 100lbs

    11/11/2015 7:53:50 PM, by KIMCO1970

    so far doing okay im on my 3rd day and starting to feel drained I know I not eating right still but I work til 10pm 6 days a week so usually stopping at a fast food place before going home 39... Read more

  • SPOILER...Peace

    11/11/2015 11:12:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    Richard L. Evans To find peace—the peace within, the peace that passeth understanding—men must live in honesty, honoring each other, honoring obligations, working willingly, loving and cherishing loved ones, serving and considering others, with patience, with virtue, with faith and forbearance, wi... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/9/2015 6:49:34 PM, by JLAMING263

    Our divine nature has nothing to do with our personal accomplishments, the status we achieve, the number of marathons we run, or our popularity and self-esteem. Our divine nature comes from God. It was established in an existence that preceded our birth and will continue on into eternity.. R... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/9/2015 6:41:38 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Heavenly Father generously shares a portion of His divinity within us…with a love that only a parent can feel." —Rosemary M. Wixom... Read more

  • Email Text for New Motivation Project

    11/8/2015 8:40:02 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Just in case you didn't see my weekly email announcing this project, I thought I'd copy the email text into a blog: ** Hello SparkPeople Members Wow, can you believe it's November already? The mornings are starting to get crisp in my area. On a couple of cool mornings my chickens didn... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    11/8/2015 4:28:15 PM, by JLAMING263

    Dallin H. Oaks Our Savior experienced and suffered the fulness of all mortal challenges “according to the flesh” so He could know “according to the flesh” how to “succor [which means to give relief or aid to] his people according to their infirmities.” He therefore knows our struggles, our heartac... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    11/7/2015 8:31:18 PM, by JLAMING263

    "How do we make the Lord’s ways our ways? I believe we begin by learning of Him and praying for understanding." —Neill F. Marriott... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: New Motivation Project!

    11/7/2015 7:32:08 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello Everyone I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm super-excited to share more about a fun project I'm working on in this week's email. I hope you like it. If you didn't see my weekly email, here is a blog that contains the exact same text as the email: Read more

  • SPOILER...Study and Prayer

    11/6/2015 9:15:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    Robert D. Hales That is why we must study and pray. Having the eternal plan as a goal in our lives, we will make eternal choices. However, we will not make the right eternal choices based solely on our pure intellectual deduction and factual analysis from our own understanding: Prayer and study mu... Read more

  • SPOILER...Hope... Faith

    11/5/2015 9:41:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    Dieter F. Uchtdorf Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God’s laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our p... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sabbath

    11/4/2015 6:23:21 PM, by JLAMING263

    Russell M. Nelson God gave us [the Sabbath] not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief.... Read more

  • Three Steps to November

    11/4/2015 9:48:27 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Back to basics. Another beginning. There are so many titles that this Blog could have had. I've written them in the past. But it all seemed so simple, it all seemed like everything I've said before. So the long and the short of it is this: I've not been treating my body 100% well 100%... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    11/3/2015 9:22:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    Neil L. Andersen Although your beginning fire of faith may be small, righteous choices bring greater confidence in God, and your faith grows. The difficulties of mortality blow against you, and evil forces lurk in the darkness, hoping to extinguish your faith. But as you continue to make good choi... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    11/2/2015 1:39:34 PM, by JLAMING263

    L. Whitney Clayton Mercifully, the Son of God offers us deliverance from the bondage of our sins, which are among the heaviest of all the burdens we bear. During His Atonement He suffered “according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their trans... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sabbath

    11/1/2015 1:18:22 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The Savior identified Himself as Lord of the Sabbath. It is His day!" —Russell M. Nelson... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Paul's 10-minute Adventure

    10/31/2015 7:33:36 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great weekend! I'm finishing up this week's email and then will head out to trick-or-treat with my kids. Are you doing anything fun today? This week's email will share a fun story written by a member of our tech team. Feel free to list any h... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    10/31/2015 10:07:04 AM, 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

  • SPOILER...

    10/30/2015 11:00:02 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Challenges help us become more like our Father in Heaven." —Richard G. Scott... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/29/2015 11:04:32 PM, by JLAMING263

    "May our Heavenly Father bless us…that we may be obedient to His commandments, and…follow carefully the steps of our Lord." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • SPOILER...Charity

    10/28/2015 9:08:12 AM, by JLAMING263

    When we have charity, we are willing to serve and help others when it is inconvenient and with no thought of recognition or reciprocation. Silvia H. Allred... Read more

  • Don't delay!

    10/28/2015 8:41:28 AM, by SANDY1969

    Get up early in the morning and exercise before your body knows what it's doing. I am finding out that (since I have extra time today) that this is entirely true. I got up, weighed myself and put my socks on (to eventually add the shoes). Then I sat here. At the computer. Goofing off. ... Read more

  • WOO HOO! Back on Track!

    10/28/2015 8:18:26 AM, by NHEMBERGER

    Finally seeing the scale move down after 2 years of staying within a 10 pound range. (I had lost 53 pounds thanks to SP in 2012 then got stuck). I owe this to my Fitbit Flex & it's compatibility with SP! I'm still tracking my food in SP & love how everything syncs between the 2 websites! The bigg... Read more

  • Some good, some bad.

    10/27/2015 8:59:31 PM, by SANDY1969

    I love how when you are entering your food for the day and you just get started and it like cuts you through yet??? Uh no just being honest here. Tonights meal wasnt the best but at least it was at home and not pizza. I am not over calories, was active all day so if the sc... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/27/2015 8:02:01 PM, by JLAMING263

    "A loving Heavenly Father is aware of our righteous desires…nothing will be withheld from those who…keep their covenants." —Bonnie L. Oscarson... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/26/2015 10:02:19 AM, by JLAMING263

    When we open ourselves to the Spirit, we learn God’s way and feel His will. Sister Neill F. Marriott
    g-our-hearts-to-god?lang=eng#d... Read more