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  • SPOILER...Family

    5/22/2015 10:44:04 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=en
    g#watch=video... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    5/22/2015 10:37:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Make the Sabbath a delight by rendering service to others." —Russell M. Nelson... Read more

  • bloggin

    5/21/2015 1:59:38 PM, by JKNEPFLE

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  • Girls Gone Strong!

    5/21/2015 1:29:03 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Just wanted to share some of my favorite things related to strength training. Including a saying, a website, and a person who all tickle my fancy when it comes to lifting weights! First of all, the person: Molly Galbraith This woman amazes me. She's out there to help women look and feel the... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/21/2015 11:06:40 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Family is the center of life and is the key to eternal happiness." —L. Tom Perry... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    5/21/2015 10:14:12 AM, by JLAMING263

    Mark 4:37-40 https://www.lds.org/bible-vi
    deos/videos/calming-the-te
    mpest?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/20/2015 11:52:56 AM, by JLAMING263

    The power of procreation is not an incidental part of the plan; it is the plan of happiness; it is the key to happiness. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/the-pla
    n-of-happiness?lang=eng#wa
    tch=video... Read more

  • To Do!

    5/19/2015 2:38:17 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I'm infamous for lengthy to do lists! They hang nicely on my refrigerator with many cleaning, scrubbing, organizing and improving things to do around my home! Time for a better to do list! A to do list to clean, scrub, organize and improve my body! Before the end of the summer, the following i... Read more

  • test

    5/19/2015 10:45:25 AM, by JKNEPFLE

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  • SPOILER...Family

    5/19/2015 10:42:49 AM, by JLAMING263

    Let us help build the kingdom of God by standing up boldly and being defenders of marriage, parenthood, and the home. The last time I posted this statement, I got some blow back about discrimination. The standing up for my beliefs is not to be confused with denigrating or denying others belief... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/18/2015 5:20:01 PM, by JLAMING263

    The first line of the song teaches: “Our Father has a family. It’s me! It’s you, all others too: we are His children.” From the family proclamation, we learn, “In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father.” In that realm, we learned ab... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/17/2015 2:46:29 PM, by JLAMING263

    My heart filled with the Spirit as I listened to these families teach that sacred truth: “The family is of God.” Inspiring music is just one of the many ways we can feel the Spirit whisper to us, filling us with light and truth. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/filling
    ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Health Recipe

    5/16/2015 7:29:19 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great weekend! Yesterday my boys had their season-ending soccer tournament. Unfortunately, our oldest hurt his knee today and couldn't play in the games (nothing serious). Our youngest played well and scored 1 goal, but his team lost all 3 of their gam... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/16/2015 4:45:21 PM, by JLAMING263

    "You can show your daughter by the way you love and honor your wife that she should never settle for less." —Elaine S. Dalton... Read more

  • Who am I??

    5/16/2015 3:35:10 PM, by DIAMORROW1

    It has been almost 3 months since my husband died. I have been surviving I guess. I am going to the gym 3-4 days a week and that has really helped me with the stress and to sleep. I have been eating better and have actually lost some weight. Grief takes over some days and I try to not let it co... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/15/2015 12:32:01 PM, by JLAMING263

    "You have entered into a partnership with our Father in Heaven to give mortal experience to His sons and daughters." —Gordon B. Hinckley... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/14/2015 6:55:30 PM, by JLAMING263

    Youth of the Noble Birthright: What Will You Choose? https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=bZs69qrtBcY&list=PL692
    BA064D6DC7291&index=4... Read more

  • Why my battle with the scale has made me better...at everything!

    5/14/2015 9:37:07 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Just like so many others - I fought the scale, and the scale won. For the past six months I've quietly been whittling away at a goal weight that I was sure would be easy. On January 1st I stepped on the scale like so many others across the nation. And I frowned to see that I weighed 147 lbs. Ma... Read more

  • SPOILER...Adversity

    5/13/2015 11:40:43 AM, by JLAMING263

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=aoe1-YXuuKU&index=1&list
    =PL4E784EC0770935C0... Read more

  • Can you Identify this Creature?

    5/13/2015 8:10:37 AM, by NHEMBERGER

    I was out for my early morning walk before work and was startled to see this creature about 6 feet away form me! I slowly drifted away from it as our eyes were locked upon each other. Once I felt I'd put enough distance between us, I started watching ahead of me and was on my way. As I reached the e... Read more

  • Walking 10,000 steps

    5/12/2015 1:19:06 PM, by KESTRYLL

    I walked all around town today to get my steps in and found a lot of interesting and beautiful sites. I just moved there and am having fun exploring new places to walk, I am going to do that every day for 21 days them maybe go on if this works out.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Citizens

    5/12/2015 10:48:53 AM, by JLAMING263

    Wherever they live, [citizens] have the responsibility and privilege to make their corner of the globe a better place. They act in hope that the demands of citizenship and conscience will be weighed in balance and peace. http://www.mormonnewsroom.or
    g/article/citizenship-and-
    conscience?u... Read more

  • SPOILER...Broadcast

    5/12/2015 10:38:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    How Firm a Foundation https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=sSNj1m2Q968&index=2&li
    st=PL692BA064D6DC7291... Read more

  • Gumption

    5/12/2015 8:26:41 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    gump•tion ˈɡəmpSH(ə)n/ noun informal 1. Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness. 2. Courage, spunk, guts. I love the word ‘gumption’ because it’s so old fashioned and so forlorn and so out of style it looks as if it needs a friend and isn’t likely to reject ... Read more

  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step...

    5/11/2015 10:06:15 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    I had heard all the hype about Fitibts and was curious to see if they were really what they were all cracked up to be; but me, being the thrifty person that I am, was trying to convince myself that I needed to spend that much money to pacify an idle curiosity. Well… as they say, curiosity killed t... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    5/11/2015 9:54:59 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Make the Sabbath a delight by rendering service to others." —Russell M. Nelson... Read more

  • Are You a Fantisizer or a Dream Builder?

    5/10/2015 9:49:07 PM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    Fantasizers… Rely on luck. Focus on the destination. Cultivate unhealthy expectations. Minimize the value of work. Look for excuses. Create inertia. Breed isolation. Wait. Avoid personal risks. Dream Builders… Rely on discipline. Focus on the journey. Cultivate healthy discontent. Maximi... Read more

  • Happy Mother's Day!

    5/10/2015 6:22:08 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms out there in SparkLand! I hope you are having a great day. We're taking it easy here. My wife is spending a good part of the day in the garden with her Mom here. SparkCheers! 529 ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Mother

    5/10/2015 1:14:22 PM, by JLAMING263

    Share your time. Share the moment. Make a mother's day happy. http://www.mormonchannel.org
    /timeformom?cid=HP_FR_5-1-
    2015_dMC_fMC_xLIDyL1-B_... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Photography

    5/9/2015 5:35:27 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend! I'm a bit under the weather, but stood outside in the sunshine for my kids' soccer game on Saturday -- that felt great. It was a fun game. Our youngest was fortunate to score the only goal of the game. A good game by both teams. I ... Read more

  • Like A Community Post

    5/9/2015 1:40:44 PM, by KESTRYLL

    Can anyone help me with how to like a community post? I've liked everything I can like to know avail! Thanks!... Read more

  • Life's a climb. But the view is great...

    5/9/2015 12:00:31 PM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    Life's a climb. But the view is great... I love and look forward to my walks; but this morning's walk was a struggle! My calves burned and ached, I had no energy, and no motivation; but I pushed myself two miles. What's up with that? Me, being the analyst that I am, sought to figure out why. 1... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/9/2015 10:48:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    Let us help build the kingdom of God by standing up boldly and being defenders of marriage, parenthood, and the home. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/defende
    rs-of-the-family-proclamat
    ion?lang=eng#watch=video... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/8/2015 10:22:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    In order for us and our families to withstand the pressures of the world, we must be filled with light and gospel truth. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/filling
    -our-homes-with-light-and-
    truth?lang=eng... Read more

  • What Did You Learn This Week?

    5/8/2015 8:52:37 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    “Me, I've seen 45 years (and then some) and I've only figured out one thing. That's this: if a person would just make the effort, there's something to be learned from everything. From even the most ordinary, commonplace things, there's always something you can learn.... Fact is, if it weren't for ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/7/2015 6:29:54 PM, by JLAMING263

    How can you ensure that your behavior on the Sabbath will lead to joy and rejoicing? https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/the-sab
    bath-is-a-delight?lang=eng... Read more

  • Memories

    5/7/2015 10:40:52 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    LaLaLa…. “Memories, light the corners of my mind, misty water-colored memories, of the way we were”…. Oh! Sing it Barbara! Ain’t that the truth? Some of us are haunted by the memories we have of ourselves at a thinner, healthier time of our lives; a time when we had more confid... Read more

  • Results and Roses

    5/7/2015 5:18:30 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    The man who wants a garden fair, or small or very big, With flowers growing here and there, Must bend his back and dig. The things are mighty few on earth That wishes can attain. Whate'er we want of any worth We've got to work to gain. It matters not what goal you seek, It's secret here reposes: ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Agency

    5/6/2015 10:14:58 AM, by JLAMING263

    Let us press forward by learning our duty, making correct decisions, acting according to those decisions, and accepting the will of our Father. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/if-you-
    will-be-responsible?lang=eng... Read more

  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!

    5/6/2015 9:21:44 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”– John Wooden I have been weight conscience for as long as I can remember. My awareness began in junior high when my body began to develop curves and shape before many of my friend’s bodies did. Over the course of se... Read more

  • Not So Comfortably Numb

    5/5/2015 10:57:08 PM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    I love walking! I believe it was Friedrich Nietzsche that said,"All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking". There is no better way to think things through, than to take a nice brisk walk. Add some sunshine, brilliant blue skies, and some billowly white clouds and you have instant bli... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/5/2015 12:53:19 PM, by JLAMING263

    The thought of His coming stirs my soul. It will be breathtaking! The scope and grandeur, the vastness and magnificence, will exceed anything mortal eyes have ever seen or experienced. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/thy-kin
    gdom-come?lang=eng... Read more

  • Join my Team!

    5/5/2015 10:47:22 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    Hi, my name's Diane and in October, I will be fifty. I can remember when age fifty sounded so old; but now that I am almost there, I realize that it is not very old at all. I still have a lot of life left for living and I want to live it as healthy and happy as I can. Do you know what that means? Fo... Read more

  • The Spark of Sparkpeople

    5/5/2015 5:24:57 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    Light a match in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes the darkness. Observe the power and grace of that single, solitary flame dancing with life. Now light several candles or kindle a fire and experience the added warmth and comfort extending from that first, vulnerable flame thro... Read more

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat...

    5/4/2015 9:03:30 PM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    Row, Row, Row your boat, Gently down the stream, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily Life is but a pee (I mean dream). Do you ever feel that way when your body is adjusting to increased water intake? Like you are caught up in a never-ending flow of trips to the bathroom? Me too! But this too sha... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    5/4/2015 12:58:44 PM, by JLAMING263

    For decisions that affect eternity, having a gospel perspective is essential. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/the-ete
    rnal-perspective-of-the-go
    spel?lang=eng... Read more

  • THINspired...

    5/4/2015 9:29:22 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    THINspired…. To powerfully become stimulated, encouraged, or awakened with the spirit to become smaller in thickness or width or weight, by an extraordinary or great influence. THINspired! That’s what I have been over the last week, and I have found it to be a key ingredient in my quest ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    5/3/2015 7:39:23 PM, 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

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Get Ahead of the Curve

    5/2/2015 7:00:49 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. Another soccer game here yesterday. Our boys lost 5-2 today, but they played well. It is sunny and in the 80s here. Our neighbor got a new puppy, so we went over and played with her for a while. I hope you liked this week's email a... Read more

  • SPOILER...ENDURE to the End...

    5/2/2015 12:06:46 PM, by JLAMING263

    Enduring to the end is a hallmark of true discipleship and is essential to eternal life. But when trials and challenges come our way, we are often told to simply “hang in there.” Let me be clear: to “hang in there” is not a principle of the gospel. Enduring to the end means constantly coming... Read more

  • SPOILER...How Bad Do You Want It?

    5/1/2015 9:58:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    Today and forevermore God’s grace is available to all whose hearts are broken and whose spirits are contrite. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/the-gif
    t-of-grace?lang=eng... Read more

  • Mission Inspiration and Determination

    5/1/2015 7:57:47 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    “Inspiration springs forth when we allow ourselves to be “in-spirit,” aligned with our true essence. Stop and think about it: When you feel truly passionate and inspired about someone or something, what frame of mind are you in? What are you willing to do? What kind of effort are you willing t... Read more

  • SPOILER...Religious Freedom

    4/30/2015 10:40:58 AM, by JLAMING263

    The faithful use of our agency depends upon our having religious freedom. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/preserv
    ing-agency-protecting-reli
    gious-freedom?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...Easter...

    4/29/2015 11:19:38 AM, by JLAMING263

    Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could lift us to eternal life. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/where-j
    ustice-love-and-mercy-meet
    ?lang=eng#watch=video This talk is awesome... Inspirational... Life affirming... Life changing...... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/29/2015 11:18:20 AM, by JLAMING263

    To marvel at the wonders of the gospel is a sign of faith. It is to recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives and in everything around us. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/is-it-s
    till-wonderful-to-you?lang=eng... Read more

  • Choices

    4/29/2015 7:22:56 AM, by BUTTERFLYSONGS

    I read this this morning and had to share....."The power of choice is one of the greatest gifts we are given. Although we make many choices every hour of the day, we rarely make neutral choices. Each choice has a positive or negative consequence for us at some level. Our ability to choose is a gift... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/28/2015 11:18:10 AM, by JLAMING263

    As we deepen our understanding of the Savior, we will have an increased desire to live joyfully and a conviction that joy is possible. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/seeking
    -the-lord?lang=eng#watch=video... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/27/2015 11:03:43 AM, by JLAMING263

    To marvel at the wonders of the gospel is a sign of faith. It is to recognize the hand of the Lord in our lives and in everything around us. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/is-it-s
    till-wonderful-to-you?lang
    =eng#watch=video... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    4/26/2015 2:05:05 PM, by JLAMING263

    Every one of us can strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ on our individual journey and find joy. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/returni
    ng-to-faith?lang=eng... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Gardening!

    4/25/2015 6:00:16 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello Everyone! We're having a good weekend here. On Saturday our boys played on opposite soccer teams. The league doesn't have enough players this season, so there are only 2 teams. They switch players around to make it more fun. Fortunately everything worked out and they didn't end up tac... Read more

  • SPOILER...Disciple

    4/25/2015 8:49:17 AM, by JLAMING263

    I pray that we will resist the temptation to draw attention to ourselves and, instead, strive for a far greater honor: to become humble, genuine disciples of Jesus Christ. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/on-bein
    g-genuine?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/24/2015 10:00:58 AM, by JLAMING263

    One important step of faith for you as a pioneer is to resist going along with the crowd in ways that would lead you astray. A modern pioneer also encourages others to stay on course. When you lead out in righteousness, others will follow you. - Janette Hales Beckham... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    4/23/2015 2:35:25 PM, by JLAMING263

    May we each enjoy the fulness of Father’s blessings in this life and the fulfillment of His work and His glory by becoming fathers to our families for eternity. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2015/04/fatherh
    ood-our-eternal-destiny?lang=eng... Read more