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  • January 28, 215

    1/28/2015 10:23:30 AM, by BARBRUCKER1

    Well the first month of 2015 is almost over and I am still not drinking any soft drinks. I did not eat any "junk food" for 21 days and then sort of started eating a little. Not like chips and dip and chocolate, but more and extra good food. Like I got some cereal with 3 grams of fiber per servin... Read more

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    r-of-human-rights

    1/28/2015 9:48:24 AM, by JLAMING263

    Every person, regardless of religion, race, gender or nationality, possesses fundamental rights simply by being human. They include the right to life, liberty, security, equal protection of the law and the freedom of thought, speech and religion. http://www.mormonnewsroom.or
    g/article/in-... Read more

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    1/27/2015 12:58:29 PM, by JLAMING263

    “Because we are frequently asked for our position on these matters, the Church asserts the following principles based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, and on fairness for all, including people of faith: We claim for everyone the God-given and Constitutional right to live their faith according ... Read more

  • The Beat Goes On

    1/26/2015 7:01:32 PM, by RTCTFIELD

    Another 4-pound loss this week. I had my first really starved out of my mind day last Friday. I satisfied that hunger with real food- not the junk that I was tempted to inhale. It helps that my wife (who doesn't struggle with her weight) has helped me keep our fridge and pantry fairly junk free. ... Read more

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    1/26/2015 10:03:27 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Heavenly Father's love for all His children is unbounded, and there is no need to resent that love when it is manifested in the lives of others. There is plenty of love for us, and we share more fully in that love as we not only celebrate the return of the prodigal but also assist as many as possib... Read more

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    1/25/2015 7:29:11 PM, by JLAMING263

    "His gospel is a gospel of love—love for God and love for one another. He directs us to follow his example. Our discipleship is measured by how well we comply." —M. Russell Ballard... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Pizza!

    1/24/2015 5:13:32 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I just returned from a quick trip to Cincinnati with our team. I took a late flight home last night and was awake yesterday from 5:50am eastern to 5:15am eastern the next day. The flight was very turbulent so no sleeping (and had a 90-minute delay in Chicago for the 2nd flight). ... Read more

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    1/23/2015 9:11:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    Have you ever wondered if God and Jesus Christ are really there? You are not alone. Rich Millar grew up believing completely in the reality and importance of the gospel. Prayer, scripture study, and service were his way of life. But that changed. “Losing the faith that I had always had was a sl... Read more

  • Chemo-Rad Jane Takes life One Day at a Time

    1/23/2015 8:37:37 AM, by HARTINGL52

    Life has a way of giving you a perspective you never expected. Breast cancer sure has changed my views on life and totally changed my outlook on how I am living my life and going to live my life in the future. My day to day struggle on fighting chemo and radiation systems and the way I look at fo... Read more

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    1/22/2015 1:53:08 PM, 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?cid=HPTU012015
    629&lang=eng#watch=video... Read more

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    1/21/2015 11:37:45 AM, by JLAMING263

    https://history.lds.org/exhibi
    t/life-of-christ?lang=eng&
    cid=HPWE011415624#mv23... Read more

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    1/20/2015 1:52:30 PM, by JLAMING263

    "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." —Boyd K. Packer... Read more

  • News said, "We predict the coldest winter ever!"

    1/19/2015 9:25:14 PM, by MAW_OH

    It was like spring out there this past weekend. Beautiful sunshine and warm (in comparison). I'm not really complaining - just making a note that sometimes the weather does not follow the news.... Read more

  • Picturing Success

    1/19/2015 8:50:27 PM, by RTCTFIELD

    Buying a cool throwback Star Wars t-shirt off the rack at Target. Riding rides at the amusement park with my kids. Going to a beach without being so self-conscious that I can't take off my shirt. Lower blood pressure. These are all thinks that I can vividly see in my head. They provide th... Read more

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    1/19/2015 11:21:18 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The very moment you begin to seek your Heavenly Father, in that moment, the hope of His light will begin to awaken, enliven, and ennoble your soul. The darkness may not dissipate all at once, but as surely as night always gives way to dawn, the light will come." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • It's Sunday evening already?

    1/18/2015 8:17:44 PM, by MAW_OH

    Weekends seem much too short! And I have to work on MLK day. Oh well, I'm glad to be working. Have a great week everyone!... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    1/18/2015 12:59:50 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

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    1/17/2015 7:11:27 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Don't yield to Satan's lie that you don't have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Courage to be Coached

    1/17/2015 2:41:40 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! I hope you are ready to have the courage of a lion like mentioned in my email this week! Feel free to list any highlights from last week or goals for this week. Have a great week everyone! NFL fans: who are... Read more

  • motivation

    1/16/2015 10:04:21 AM, by JLAMING263

    Embrace the Rut... Read more

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    1/15/2015 7:40:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Everybody in this life has their challenges and difficulties. That is part of our mortal test. The reason for some of these trials cannot be readily understood except on the basis of faith and hope because there is often a larger purpose which we do not always understand. Peace comes through hope."... Read more

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    1/14/2015 7:56:29 PM, by JLAMING263

    "A testimony of the hope of redemption is something which cannot be measured or counted. Jesus Christ is the source of that hope." —Boyd K. Packer... Read more

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    1/13/2015 9:49:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Above everything else you are seeking to learn, seek to know God, your Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Come to know Them and love Them, as I do." —Russell M. Nelson As I do... ... Read more

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    1/12/2015 7:34:23 PM, by JLAMING263

    "So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • Week One in the Books

    1/12/2015 5:33:28 PM, by RTCTFIELD

    I had a great week. I lost four pounds. This time, I have reduced my calorie intake to a manageable level. In the past, I would aim for 1700-1900 calories per day. I would be successful for a few weeks, but then I would fall off the bandwagon with a vengeance. To start, I'm shooting for 2... Read more

  • spring

    1/12/2015 10:03:53 AM, by APLOUIS

    Spring... Read more

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    1/11/2015 6:50:42 PM, by JLAMING263

    ""As you hear or read the words of the ancient and modern prophets, refrain from thinking about how the words apply to someone else and ask the simple question: “Lord, is it I?” We must approach our Eternal Father with broken hearts and teachable minds. We must be willing to learn and to change. ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Learning to Dance

    1/10/2015 6:01:32 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Here is the video mentioned in my email: I love this video because it tells such an amazing story in less than 2 minutes. I like that Karen is o... Read more

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    1/10/2015 10:21:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    “To achieve our common goals we must have mutual respect for others whose beliefs, values, and behaviors differ from our own. This does not expect that we will deny or abandon our differences but that we will learn to live with others who do not share them.” — Dallin H Oaks https://www.lds.o... Read more

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    1/9/2015 10:22:36 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The miracle of forgiveness is available to all of those who turn from their evil doings and return no more." —Harold B. Lee... Read more

  • SPOILER...Prayer

    1/8/2015 10:36:34 AM, by JLAMING263

    Prayer is more than words we speak to God. It is a two-way communication between God and His children. https://www.lds.org/liahona/
    2014/10/the-prayer-of-fait
    h?lang=eng... Read more

  • Injury Update: Whew :)

    1/7/2015 8:29:21 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Thanks for the comments about my shoulder everyone! I"m finally back. Turns out it wasn't a shoulder injury and instead was a neck injury that was sending ridiculously painful nerve pain to parts of my shoulder which then made my brain think there was a serious shoulder injury so the brain bas... Read more

  • SPOILER...Christmas

    1/7/2015 10:25:48 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/prophets
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  • SPOILER...“Lord, is it I?”

    1/6/2015 11:02:00 AM, by JLAMING263

    ""As you hear or read the words of the ancient and modern prophets, refrain from thinking about how the words apply to someone else and ask the simple question: “Lord, is it I?” We must approach our Eternal Father with broken hearts and teachable minds. We must be willing to learn and to change. ... Read more

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    1/5/2015 2:55:42 PM, by JLAMING263

    The Feeding of the 5,000 Matt 14:13-21 https://www.lds.org/bible-vi
    deos/videos/the-feeding-of
    -the-5000?cid=HPTH10231450
    9&lang=eng... Read more

  • Here's to a great 2015

    1/3/2015 8:36:42 AM, by MAW_OH

    To all my sparkfriends. ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Happy New Year!

    1/2/2015 12:41:55 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Edit: Ouch, I think I somehow managed to dislocate my shoulder making it hard to type, will update this text soon :). *** Hi Everyone Happy Friday! I'm starting this blog to get the url for my weekly email and to check in and wish everyone a Happy New Year. Let's all make 2015 ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Scriptures

    1/2/2015 9:41:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    Studying the Scriptures The scriptures teach us ways we can follow Heavenly Father’s plan and keep His commandments. The scriptures also have messages for us about how we should study them. Solve the code to find out what you can do to learn more from the scriptures. https://www.lds.org/frien... Read more

  • SPOILER...Resolutions

    1/1/2015 9:59:44 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Now is the time to align our goals with God’s goals. His work and His glory—"to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man"—can become ours." —Russell M. Nelson... Read more

  • Day 262 Update: New Year's Eve!

    12/31/2014 9:04:39 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Today is Day 262 of my streak -- today's highlight was a good one -- 40 minutes on the exercise bike at a higher level than normal -- while again reading Call of the Wild. I have it much easier on the exercise bike than the dog in the book, that's for sure :). My wife and I jo... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    12/31/2014 10:16:51 AM, by JLAMING263

    Families Can Be Together Forever https://www.lds.org/music/li
    brary/hymns/families-can-b
    e-together-forever?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Children

    12/30/2014 11:17:32 AM, by JLAMING263

    Matthew 18:3 New Testament And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.... Read more

  • Day 260 Update: Mom's Birthday

    12/29/2014 9:33:39 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great Monday -- last one of the year! Today is Day 260 of my streak. Today's highlight was taking my Mother-in-law out to lunch for her birthday. We gave her a poster of her with our 2 boys on a vacation together. My fitness highlight was doing 3... Read more