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  • SPOILER...Marriage

    10/6/2015 9:40:24 AM, by JLAMING263

    It is brought about not simply by ceremony or circumstance or chance, but by two mature, loving adults who are able and willing to learn the principles upon which a vital and durable marriage may be fashioned and who, day by day, year by year, work on that process. Marion D. Hanks... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/5/2015 12:22:53 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Life rarely goes exactly according to plan for anyone…it is still important to understand and teach the Lord’s pattern." —Bonnie L. Oscarson... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/4/2015 4:59:32 PM, by JLAMING263

    "If grace is a gift of God, why then is obedience to God’s commandments so important? Why bother with God’s commandments—or repentance, for that matter? Why not just admit we’re sinful and let God save us? Brothers and sisters, we obey the commandments of God–out of love for Him!" —Die... Read more

  • Spark Blog October 2015

    10/4/2015 1:50:09 PM, by MAW_OH

    It's Sunday and I am preparing for the week ahead. I did some shopping yesterday and will do just a tiny bit more today, because I always seem to forget an item or two! I used to be better at keeping lists, maybe I need to start using them again! Have a good week all!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    10/3/2015 8:42:54 AM, by JLAMING263

    Do you think in this increasingly dark world we live in, God would leave us to navigate it alone? NO! I believe he loves us too much, and we have a living prophet today to bring us light and direction to navigate these crazy storms of life. I am so excited to watch the counsel he gives us! I will de... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    10/2/2015 8:55:07 PM, by JLAMING263

    "One place where we best seek to be filled with light and truth is in our own homes…Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth." —Cheryl A. Esplin... Read more

  • Oh yah

    10/1/2015 3:50:25 PM, by JKNEPFLE

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  • Hello

    10/1/2015 3:45:52 PM, by JKNEPFLE

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  • SPOILER...

    10/1/2015 3:41:30 PM, by JLAMING263

    The only length of life that seems to satisfy the longings of the human heart is life everlasting. Russell M. Nelson... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/30/2015 7:39:10 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Remember that our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, know you best and love you the most." —M. Russell Ballard... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/29/2015 6:16:56 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Jesus Christ can help us fix anything that needs fixing in our lives." —M. Russell Ballard,... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    9/28/2015 9:24:11 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi SparkPeeps! I hope you are having a great start to your week. I got a good amount of work done today and managed to get in a bunch of fitness minutes as well. Happy to be home after my business trip. Thought I would stop in and hang out with everyone for a while :). SparkChee... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

    9/26/2015 8:13:47 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a great weekend! I am fried today. Coming back from my trip, on Thursday I woke up at 5:30am Eastern, took a late flight home, and got to bed at 3:15 Eastern -- then woke up about 5 hours later because my body was on Eastern time. Fortunately I don... Read more

  • SPOILER...Obedience

    9/26/2015 7:40:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak or passive." —L. Tom Perry... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/25/2015 7:29:51 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Obedience is a choice." —L. Tom Perry... Read more

  • Feelin...un...

    9/25/2015 10:35:39 AM, by SANDY1969

    Today is the first day of my "vacation". Actually my vacation is all next week but I have a nice boss that I think actually see's how much I work so when I asked for the weekend before and the weekend after he actually gave it to me and threw in today as well. So folks that's 10 days total. ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Agency

    9/24/2015 10:10:55 AM, by JLAMING263

    There are two powers, brothers and sisters, in the universe; one invites us to choose the right and experience eternal joy and happiness, and the other invites us to choose the opposite, bringing sadness and regret. Our doctrine teaches us that life is a test—a time to see which invitation we will... Read more

  • How I'm doing...and how I'm doing it.

    9/24/2015 8:05:47 AM, by SANDY1969

    I don't know what's going on. Every day this week I have lost 2 pounds and a total of 10 pounds in 6 days! I set my calories to 1500-1700 a day. I drink at least a 20 ounce bottle with 2 teaspoons of sugar free metamucil in it each morning. I hit my water all day long. (about 60-80... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/23/2015 9:21:47 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Only God knows hearts, and so only He can say, in truth, “I know how you feel.”" —Henry B. Eyring... Read more

  • 2 with a Sharpie

    9/23/2015 9:11:51 AM, by SANDY1969

    As posted yesterday each day I am putting a number on the back of my hand as a constant reminder to WORK at this, and what my goal is. So far this past few days it's been a 7, a 6, a 4 and today it is a 2. 2 pounds to go to reclaim (yes folks once AGAIN) my hundred pound badge! The great part abo... Read more

  • 9 22 15

    9/22/2015 1:11:31 PM, by SANDY1969

    Just checking in from work. Its been a great few days. I feel full of energy. The last 2 mornings I had to get up a little after 5 to get in my bike time before work. I've been food good. Water is great. I want to loose 4 more pound by Monday. I have been writing a number on the back of my ha... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    9/22/2015 9:44:28 AM, by JLAMING263

    The depth and the willingness with which we serve is a direct reflection of our gratitude. Gordon T. Watts... Read more

  • SPOILER...Accountability

    9/21/2015 11:46:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    While we are not all equal in experience, aptitude, and strength, … we will all be accountable for the use of the gifts and opportunities given to us. James E. Faust ... Read more

  • New week - feeling great!

    9/20/2015 10:04:56 AM, by MAW_OH

    The sun is out and the weekend has been a good one. I made it to the Y to swim and have been keeping up on some reading. Hope all is well for you!... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith...Hope

    9/20/2015 9:32:13 AM, by JLAMING263

    "If a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope."... Read more

  • Non relaxing Sunday morning.

    9/20/2015 7:13:52 AM, by SANDY1969

    Hello Spark World! 7 am on a Sunday morning and Im drinking my water, dressed in work out clothes ready to hit the bike, treadmill, hill, stairs and whatever else I find! 316 Totals goal is to just try and stay active today and get in 12,000 steps even though I am off work today. OY! 198 ... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In

    9/19/2015 7:09:39 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I'm writing today from our hometown of Cincinnati -- I'm here for a short visit to do meetings with our team. I hope you are having a great weekend! Feel free to post any highlights from last week or goals for next week! My fitness highlight today was sprinting (hard)... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/19/2015 9:25:41 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Remember that casualness in spiritual matters never was happiness." —Jörg Klebingat... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/18/2015 8:59:38 AM, by JLAMING263

    Robert K. Dellenbach It’s the same mouth you use to pray, to bear testimony, or to bless the sacrament. Be careful to keep it clean.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/17/2015 9:55:44 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Selective obedience brings selective blessings." —Jörg Klebingat... Read more

  • Exercising

    9/16/2015 10:42:18 AM, by KARENJOJO

    I joined Planet Fitness and for several months tried out the different machines while noticing how my body reacted. Because I've had six surgeries on my left hip, starting at age 11, I have to be careful with my exercising. 1) The treadmill was good. I walked smoothly with no incline. It was hard ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/16/2015 8:26:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    L. Whitney Clayton - No matter who we are or where we live, there is much about our daily lives that is routine and repetitive. As we go about this dailiness, we must be deliberate about doing the things that matter most.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/15/2015 10:36:36 AM, by JLAMING263

    Keith H. Hilbig When we invite the Holy Ghost to fill our minds with light and knowledge, He “quickens” us, that is to say, enlightens and enlivens the inner man or woman.... Read more

  • SPOILER...Family

    9/14/2015 6:16:42 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Happy and successful homes cannot be built on immorality." —Ezra Taft Benson... Read more

  • Making it great

    9/14/2015 9:49:18 AM, by APLOUIS

    I'm working on trying to make this a great fall.... Read more

  • Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: How to make your routine exciting

    9/12/2015 6:52:25 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone I hope you are having a good weekend. I hope you enjoy this week's email about how to make your routine exciting! I'm a proud papa today because my 9-year-old had his first league basketball game and was the leading scorer with 10 points. His team won and both sides had a ... Read more

  • Butterflies

    9/11/2015 3:50:55 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Here's s picture of a Monarch Butterfly that just emerged from its clear chrysalis. It's just hanging around until it's wings have dried. The drying process of flittering also strengthens their wings readying them for their purposeful flight. We humans also must flitter our muscles by exercising/s... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    9/11/2015 10:21:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    This life is an experience in profound trust—trust in Jesus Christ, trust in His teachings, trust in our capacity as led by the Holy Spirit to obey those teachings for happiness now and for a purposeful, supremely happy eternal existence. Richard G. Scott... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/10/2015 9:34:54 AM, by JLAMING263

    "All the commandments are of eternal importance in the context of the great plan of happiness." —Rafael E. Pino... Read more

  • Fun movie screening in Cincinnati

    9/9/2015 4:32:29 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone If you happen to be in or around Cincinnati this weekend, there is a fun and motivational movie screening happening in downtown Cincinnati as part of the Cincinnati Film Festival. The movie is named "From Fat To Finish Line" and was produced/made by some longtime SparkPeople fr... Read more

  • no gumption.

    9/9/2015 11:24:38 AM, by SANDY1969

    Why do all of my blogs lately feel like confessions? UGHH! Back up to 322 today. So this past 30 days, no difference in weight, only I lost and gained, lost and gained. 2 months ago I was at 309. I've been lower. I even dipped into the 290's once and I could just kick myself for giving in ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/9/2015 9:56:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    As followers of Christ we should live peacefully with others who do not share our values or accept the teachings upon which they are based. Dallin H. Oaks ... Read more

  • Bad dog

    9/9/2015 9:38:26 AM, by APLOUIS

    My kids recently convinced us to get a puppy. But of course it is me that the dog is keeping up all night with his yelping. It is like having a new born in the house. Why can't this dog just sleep.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/8/2015 11:45:34 AM, by JLAMING263

    Exemplify in your lives four tested, specific virtues: an attitude of gratitude, a longing for learning, a devotion to discipline, and a willingness to work. Thomas S. Monson ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Humility

    9/8/2015 9:43:49 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Our exercise of agency to keep the commandments enables us to fully understand who we are." —Robert D. Hales... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/7/2015 10:26:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    Take advantage of this great opportunity in your life to live it well, to be good, to have good works, and to influence other people for good. David B. Haight... Read more