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  • SPOILER...

    3/6/2015 9:52:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Conversion will not be a single event or something that will last for just one season of life but will be a continuing process. Life can become brighter until the perfect day, when we will see the Savior and find that we have become like Him. The Lord described the journey this way: ‘That which is ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    3/5/2015 10:09:01 AM, by JLAMING263

    "True conversion is more than merely having a knowledge of gospel principles and implies even more than just having a testimony of those principles. It is possible to have a testimony of the gospel without living it. Being truly converted means we are acting upon what we believe and allowing it to c... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    3/4/2015 11:07:50 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The Lord taught us that when we are truly converted to His gospel, our hearts will be turned from selfish concerns and turned toward service to lift others as they move upward to eternal life. To obtain that conversion, we can pray and work in faith to become the new creature made possible by the A... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement & Comfort

    3/3/2015 9:24:59 AM, by JLAMING263

    Like many others, I have often been inspired by beautiful works of art and music. One such occasion was when I stood before a masterful painting created by the Danish artist Frans Schwartz titled The Agony in the Garden.1 This achingly beautiful painting depicts the Savior kneeling in the Garde... Read more

  • A blog title

    3/2/2015 11:12:32 AM, by COUGARPAINTBALL

    a blog pic... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    3/2/2015 9:47:58 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We cannot foresee what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions every day with our future in mind." —M. Russell Ballard... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    3/1/2015 12:54:52 PM, by JLAMING263

    If we truly want to become like the Savior, we must learn to teach in the way He taught.... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: October Sky

    2/28/2015 4:52:37 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! I hope you liked my email about the movie October Sky! Have you seen this movie? Feel free to start listing any highlights from this week or goals for next week. SparkCheers! Chris (SparkGuy) 529 ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

    2/28/2015 4:50:44 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Happy Saturday Everyone! I'm starting this blog to get the url for my weekly email that is delivered late tonight. This week, I'll share a favorite motivational movie we watched for family movie night. Feel free to start listing any highlights from this week or goals for next week. ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/28/2015 11:18:36 AM, by JLAMING263

    Christians Need to Work Together, Elder Holland Tells Faith Group POSTED: 26 FEBRUARY 2015 Whatever their doctrinal differences, Christians need to work together in addressing society’s ills, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared February 26 to a faith-based audi... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/28/2015 11:16:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    Many of the sayings and words of wisdom, I get from these conference talks. I invite all to join in. April 2015 General Conference MARCH 28 AND APRIL 4-5, 2015 https://www.lds.org/church/e
    vents/april-2015-general-c
    onference?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/27/2015 8:15:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny." —Russell M. Nelson... Read more

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    2/26/2015 10:42:05 AM, by JLAMING263

    "It is a great source of spiritual power to live lives of integrity and righteousness and to keep our eyes on where we want to be in the eternities." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • Devastated and sad

    2/25/2015 8:44:44 PM, by DIAMORROW1

    On Monday my husband of 18 years died suddenly during a routine surgery. I am lost and devastated. I am trying not to eat myself through this. I just dont know how to recover from this loss. He was my best friend and soul mate....just clueless and lost.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/25/2015 7:48:21 PM, by JLAMING263

    "A pivotal spiritual attribute is that of self-mastery—the strength to place reason over appetite. Self-mastery builds a strong conscience. And your conscience determines your moral responses in difficult, tempting, and trying situations." —Russell M. Nelson... Read more

  • Time to go streaking!!!

    2/24/2015 4:47:44 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    You heard me. Don't sound surprised. Everyone needs the freedom to streak every once in a while, right? 224 I've been so focused that once I hit my goal weight (again) this time around I'll be all ready to start a streak of maintenance. I'm always able to have the push and the drive to lose ... Read more

  • Bit of a Setback

    2/24/2015 3:29:54 PM, by RTCTFIELD

    I lost over 80 pounds several years ago. While on top of cloud nine, I celebrated with a night of Mexican food and ice cream at my favorite parlor. The celebration continued the next morning with doughnuts from the corner bakery, pizza for lunch, and wings and appetizers that evening. Not even a ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Youth

    2/24/2015 12:01:20 PM, by JLAMING263

    As the youth of the Church begin a new year, they have also been given a new Mutual theme that will be the focus of youth conferences, camps, programs, and lessons throughout the year. This year’s theme is found in D&C 4:2, “Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve h... Read more

  • Slipping away

    2/24/2015 9:58:52 AM, by BARBRUCKER1

    How is it that you are doing so well and then oops life happens. Mother got sick, I got busy taking care of everyone else but me. I have not exercised in over a week. I am frustrated because I have lost right around 19 pounds all together and am stuck. I had not had a diet drink in over 2 months... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/23/2015 10:34:40 AM, by JLAMING263

    Human intimacy is reserved for a married couple because it is the ultimate symbol of total union, a totality and a union ordained and defined by God. ‐ Jeffrey R. Holland... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sexual Intimacy

    2/23/2015 10:33:34 AM, by JLAMING263

    “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). http://overcomingpornography
    .org/spouses-and-families/
    sexual-intimacy-is-sacred-
    and-beautiful?lang=eng&cid
    =HPFR022015712 I know ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/22/2015 6:36:38 PM, by JLAMING263

    Human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life. We need revelation from God.... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Make Your Life an Adventure!

    2/21/2015 6:14:52 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our vacation adventures in this week's SparkGuy email! What adventures would you like to have this year? List any highlights from last week or goals for next week. SparkCheers! Chris (SparkGuy) 529... Read more

  • SPOILER...Agency

    2/21/2015 10:37:02 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The choice is yours, and the choice is mine, remembering that our choices, our decisions, determine our destiny. God will guide you in your determination to serve Him and keep His commandments as you listen, as you learn, as you labor, and as you love." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/20/2015 2:57:48 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The choice is yours, and the choice is mine, remembering that our choices, our decisions, determine our destiny. God will guide you in your determination to serve Him and keep His commandments as you listen, as you learn, as you labor, and as you love." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • SPOILER...Agency

    2/19/2015 10:03:16 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change. Your yearnings to learn and change come from a divinely instilled striving for eternal progression. Each day brings opportuni... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/18/2015 9:42:00 AM, by JLAMING263

    "In moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold to the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. . . When these moments come and issues surface, the resolution of which is not immediately forthcoming, hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowl... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/17/2015 11:22:17 AM, by JLAMING263

    "There will be times when you think you cannot continue on. Trust the Savior and His love. With faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the power and hope of the restored gospel, you will be able to walk tall and continue on." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • Is anybody out there?

    2/17/2015 10:22:52 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I love SP. It's a place I've recommended and come back to time and time again for about the 7 years. I always end up seeing results, I always change *some* habits for the long term, and overall it has been a super healthy addition to my life since an old coworker introduced it to me. But at tim... Read more

  • February 16, 2015

    2/16/2015 1:39:59 PM, by BARBRUCKER1

    Either I have been sick or mom or DH has been sick but I had a rough week last week. I did not do bad at eating but I overate good food, and either I didn't feel like exercising or my many errands and many doctor visits with me or mom or DH has caused me to not exercise....well I guess I chose not ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    2/16/2015 9:29:38 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. https://www.lds.org/general-
    conference/2014/10/finding
    -lasting-peace-and-buildin
    g-eternal-families?cid=HPW
    E021115689&lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/15/2015 11:56:33 AM, by JLAMING263

    Seek after those things that are monumentally important and equally available to everyone. https://www.lds.org/ensign/2
    015/02/the-most-important-
    things?lang=eng... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/14/2015 10:58:13 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Just as chalk can be removed from a blackboard, with sincere repentance the effects of our transgression can be erased through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That promise applies in every case." —Boyd K. Packer... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Like a Girl

    2/13/2015 6:08:53 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello Everyone! Here is the video mentioned in my weekly email -- such a great message for us all to see: Share any thoughts about this video below. We might try to get in touch with the team that put this together and show them that SparkPeople members are behind their efforts and ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/13/2015 10:48:10 AM, 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?lang=eng... Read more

  • February 12, 2014

    2/12/2015 12:07:26 PM, by BARBRUCKER1

    Have not felt good for the last few days, so bitterly cold outside, fibro is acting up, I am at a plateau, stuck, wish I felt like doing something but I don't. Am not really overeating but just feel blah! Have a wonderful day! 386... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/12/2015 9:51:22 AM, by JLAMING263

    The appeal by Church leaders for a balanced approach between nondiscrimination and religious liberty does not represent any change or shift in the Church’s doctrine https://www.lds.org/church/n
    ews/churchs-doctrine-on-ch
    astity-will-never-change-s
    ays-elder-christofferson?c
    id=HP... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/11/2015 10:04:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Even as we seek to be meek and to avoid contention, we must not compromise or dilute our commitment to the truths we understand. We must not surrender our positions or our values. The gospel of Jesus Christ and the covenants we have made inevitably cast us as combatants in the eternal contest betwe... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/10/2015 5:09:16 PM, by JLAMING263

    "There is an important difference between the sorrow for sin that leads to repentance and the sorrow that leads to despair." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/9/2015 7:47:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    "We need not worry if we can't simultaneously do all of the things that the Lord has counseled us to do. He has spoken of a time and a season for all things. In response to our sincere prayers for guidance, He will direct us in what should be emphasized at each phase of our life. We can learn, grow,... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/8/2015 7:28:26 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Be not moved. You have a great destiny before you. This is your moment! I truly believe that one virtuous young woman, led by the Spirit, can change the world!" —Elaine S. Dalton... Read more

  • School Story

    2/7/2015 6:06:35 PM, by SPARKGUY

    I'm posting this as a blog since many people missed it last week because of Super Bowl Sunday :) ** Hello SparkPeople Members I hope you had a great last week of January! Keep going strong to enjoy the rest of winter and get ready for spring. Motivation in a Minute: Why do you ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: SparkFriends

    2/7/2015 5:58:01 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hello Everyone! Here is a link to the story about HEALTHYHABITGAL and her SparkFriends if you'd like to read it: http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
    ypage_public_journal_indiv
    idual.asp?blog_id=5866032 Also, if you are interested, here is my interview by Inc. Magazine radio: http://www.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/7/2015 5:39:36 AM, by JLAMING263

    "My earnest prayer is that you will have the courage required to refrain from judging others, the courage to be chaste and virtuous, and the courage to stand firm for truth and righteousness. As you do so, you will be ‘an example of the believers’ (1 Timothy 4:12), and your life will be filled with ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/6/2015 11:30:53 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Virtue is the strength and power of daughters of God. … If all humanity really understood the importance of the statement ‘We are daughters of our Heavenly Father,’ how would women be regarded and treated?" —Elaine S. Dalton... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/5/2015 9:48:55 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain, and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity. He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28)." —T... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    2/4/2015 12:05:07 PM, by JLAMING263

    "No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to love God! For what we love determines what we seek. What we seek determines what we think and do. What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more