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  • SPOILER...

    7/27/2015 9:48:22 AM, by JLAMING263

    "No more sacred word exists in secular or holy writ than that of mother." —Ezra Taft Benson... Read more

  • Countdown to vacation

    7/27/2015 9:36:00 AM, by MAW_OH

    I'm on vacation from work for 2 weeks, with a trip to Canada (Montreal) in the works for the upcoming weekend and days surrounding it. Woo hoo!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/26/2015 1:03:37 PM, by JLAMING263

    Every one of us can strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ on our individual journey and find joy.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Inner Peace

    7/25/2015 9:52:21 AM, by JLAMING263

    The Savior of the world taught us to seek that inner peace which taps the innate happiness in our souls. James E. Faust... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    7/24/2015 12:57:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    We are all required to make journeys of faith. That is the gospel plan. Our path may not be crossing an ocean or walking alone from an empty train station. But whatever it is, it will demand faith in every footstep. Years from now your grandchildren will tell with amazement stories of your choice... Read more

  • Big things happened this week.

    7/24/2015 10:22:50 AM, by SAABSTORY

    Well what a difference a week can make in your life. Well actually a few days, I am just now getting a chance to put it on paper. First my son graduating basic training and then on Saturday, I didn’t find out till Tuesday, my oldest daughter got engaged. So two pretty big events happening... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    7/23/2015 4:17:22 PM, by JLAMING263

    Our spiritual progress is inseparably bound together with the temporal service we give to others. Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • New blogpost

    7/23/2015 10:44:44 AM, by SPARK_JOE

    just figuring this stuff out. 😁... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/22/2015 11:02:23 AM, by JLAMING263

    Someone has said that it is not where you are but the direction in which you are going that counts; not how close you are to failure or success but which way you are headed. How can we, with all our weaknesses and frailties, dare to arrogate to ourselves the position of a judge? At best, man can ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Choose

    7/21/2015 10:07:38 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest between truth and error. There is no middle ground in that contest." —Dallin H. Oaks,... Read more

  • I met my hero last Wednesday and Thursday

    7/20/2015 12:40:21 PM, by SAABSTORY

    I met my hero last week. It wasn’t the first time we had met. As a matter of fact I have known him all his life. I was there the day he was born. He is my son. And he is now a soldier in the Ohio National Guard. And he graduated Basic Combat Training on Thursday of last week. When he le... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    7/20/2015 10:30:22 AM, by JLAMING263

    "First observe, then serve." —Linda K. Burton... Read more

  • SPOILER...Are You Ready for What the Sabbath Offers?

    7/19/2015 9:03:51 PM, by JLAMING263

    Each day brings with it a fresh set of worries and worldly cares. Each Sabbath day brings an opportunity to put worries on hold and remember your true purpose. All it takes is a little preparation on your part. Blessings come when you prepare for the Sabbath. https://www.lds.org/church/n
    ews... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    7/18/2015 10:02:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The secret of a happy marriage is to serve God and each other. The goal of marriage is unity and oneness, as well as self-development." —Ezra Taft Benson,... Read more

  • SPOILER...Preserving Religious Freedom

    7/17/2015 11:09:35 AM, by JLAMING263

    Preserving Religious Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=cPvqRiwDl5A&feature=em
    -uploademail... Read more

  • SPOILER...Self Mastery

    7/17/2015 9:55:43 AM, by JLAMING263

    “If you can control your thoughts, you can overcome habits, even degrading personal habits. If you can learn to master them, you can have a happy life.” —President Boyd K. Packer... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/16/2015 8:15:16 AM, by JLAMING263

    The next time you’re tempted to groan, you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable. Joseph B. Wirthlin... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/15/2015 10:05:02 AM, by JLAMING263

    Matthew 13:1-23 Parable of the Sower https://www.lds.org/bible-vi
    deos/videos/parable-of-the
    -sower?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    7/14/2015 10:06:51 AM, by JLAMING263

    Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in th... Read more

  • SPOILER...Government

    7/13/2015 10:27:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    Religion and government are most successful and effective when they protect and encourage each other. https://www.lds.org/ensign/r
    esources/religion-and-gove
    rnment?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/12/2015 3:20:27 PM, by JLAMING263

    Ye Are the Temple of God - 1 Corinthians 3:14-17 https://www.lds.org/bible-vi
    deos/videos/ye-are-the-tem
    ple-of-god?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Judging Others

    7/11/2015 9:50:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    The Lord gave a warning to guide us in our judgment of others: “With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/10/2015 9:31:46 AM, by JLAMING263

    Patience may well be thought of as a gateway virtue, contributing to the growth and strength of its fellow virtues of forgiveness, tolerance, and faith. Robert C. Oaks... Read more

  • Simple

    7/9/2015 9:38:52 AM, by SANDY1969

    Man my computer ate my blog! ARRRGH! I am having issues so if I disappear for a while it's just my computer and not me. Short version of blog: Housework Worked out Ate good Drank water Slept bad No weight change LET"S DO IT AGAIN!... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    7/9/2015 8:57:44 AM, by JLAMING263

    I have wished that I could set before you a finely carved chest, placing it where the light is just right. I would carefully unlatch it and reverently uncover the word—marriage. Perhaps then you would see that it is priceless!Boyd K. Packer I have wished that I could set before you a finely c... Read more

  • Ready to begin again. Again.

    7/8/2015 2:10:42 PM, by SAABSTORY

    Ready to start again. And again. And again. I know I am not alone in this. I know probably most of here have been in this position before. And here I am again, ready to start this journey another time. Sadly I can’t recall how many times I have tried to start this. Most likely that is a... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/8/2015 9:38:38 AM, by JLAMING263

    In reviewing Paul’s previous description of charity, we learn that charity is not a single act or something we give away but a state of being, a state of the heart, kind feelings that engender loving actions. Silvia H. Allred... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/7/2015 11:40:53 AM, by JLAMING263

    Think how it must have grieved our Heavenly Father to send His Son to endure incomprehensible suffering for our sins. That is the greatest evidence of His love for each of us! Dallin H. Oaks... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/6/2015 10:02:48 AM, by JLAMING263

    What is the purpose of my life? Who am I? Why am I here? What happens when I die? Explore the purpose of life and discover God's plan for you through the restored teachings of Jesus Christ. http://www.mormon.org/belief
    s/jesus-christ... Read more

  • Riding it out.

    7/5/2015 7:43:33 PM, by SANDY1969

    Extreme hunger when I got off work tonight. I had to head to the border. All told I have a little over 2000 consumed calories for the day. Fit bit says I burned 1500 calories by movement and over 3000 total so I hope I am in the clear. I just could not help it!! lol. I have been moody (moo... Read more

  • SPOILER...Religious Freedom

    7/5/2015 8:04:55 AM, by JLAMING263

    As we walk the path of spiritual liberty in these last days, we must understand that the faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom. Robert D. Hales... Read more

  • Walking With The Grands

    7/4/2015 11:16:45 AM, by KESTRYLL

    I enjoy having the grandkids for the month. It definitely gives me a reason to get out and walk to get exercise. Have a happy Fourth Of July, my friends... Read more

  • SPOILER...Patriotism

    7/4/2015 8:33:06 AM, by JLAMING263

    Patriotism is more than flag-waving and fireworks. It is how we respond to public issues. If we ask only, ‘What’s in this proposal for me?—What do I get out of it?’—we are not patriotic and we are not good citizens. But if we ask, ‘Is this right?—is it good for the … people?—would ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    7/3/2015 12:38:48 PM, by JLAMING263

    My assurance to you is that, with the Lord’s help and with repentant hearts, we can catch a glimpse in this life of the kind of life we want to have forever. Heavenly Father loves us. He wants us back with Him. The Savior, through the power of His Atonement, makes possible the change in our hearts... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/2/2015 10:55:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    When people try to save face with men, they can unwittingly lose face with God. Thinking one can please God and at the same time condone the disobedience of men isn’t neutrality but duplicity, or being two-faced or trying to “serve two masters.” Lynn G. Robbins ... Read more

  • Someone asked me what I did to get here.

    7/1/2015 10:10:33 PM, by SANDY1969

    Let me just say first that I began this in 2010. Not 6 months ago, not a year ago but what? 5-6 years in the making? I have not always been successful. BUT, I can say this...I have been successful when I have really tried. So in the beginning I had a pretty decent 80-85 pound weight los... Read more

  • July Goals

    7/1/2015 10:29:37 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    So I was inspired by my SparkFriend PickleFish7 to set up goals at the beginning of every month. I've always had goals. Goals for each day, goals for the summer, goals for my overall weight loss - but I feel like monthly streaks, challenges and goals will really push me. As a Type A person - I love ... Read more

  • Oh Wow.

    7/1/2015 9:09:47 AM, by SANDY1969

    OH MY GOSH! The response to my last blog was so unexpected and I am so grateful to you all for responding to me. I woke up this morning a little later than usual and I think it's thrown me off just a tad. I have a late work day today so I stayed in bed till after 7. Yes that's late ... Read more

  • Showing Up

    6/30/2015 11:37:23 PM, by EAE428

    I haven't been very diligent for the past few months, but I have logged into SparkPeople every day. Sometimes showing up is the best thing one can do. I have been reaching my water goal lately. I've only been swimming once so far. That needs to change - I didn't buy a new suit for nothing! BUT ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    6/30/2015 10:29:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    We may not always be delivered from our trials, but as we seek the assurances of the Lord, we can know that all is well even in trying times. https://www.lds.org/ensign/2
    015/06/young-adults/trusti
    ng-in-the-assurances-of-th
    e-lord?lang=eng... Read more

  • -100, again.

    6/30/2015 7:45:17 AM, by SANDY1969

    I wish this was my 2nd hundred pounds lost but alas it is still just my 1st. I've hit this mark 2-3 times and it never seems to stick. I get comfortable and smug. My clothes fit better. Im able to purchase new clothes...IN STORES and I almost feel slim, yes at still over 300 pounds you can feel ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    6/29/2015 10:52:03 AM, by JLAMING263

    “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins” (2 Nephi 25:26) https://www.lds.org/ensign/2
    015/06/how-we-preach-of-chRead more

  • SPOILER...Family

    6/28/2015 8:05:48 AM, by JLAMING263

    The greatest help we will have in strengthening families is to know and follow the doctrines of Christ. Christ.Barbara Thompson... Read more