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3/19/09 10:33 P

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Procrastination is a habit. But it’s a habit that can be broken. First of all you have to make a decision to CHANGE! Next, take the problem to Heavenly Father. Through sincere prayer I know he’ll give me the guidance and support I need to make the change. Then it’s time to back up my prayers with some serious action.

President Spencer W. Kimball was right when he wrote, “One of the most serious human defects in all ages is procrastination,” and then he defined it: “an unwillingness to accept personal responsibility now” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 48; emphasis in original).

President Monson said, “Someone has said that procrastination is the thief of time. Actually, procrastination is much more. It is the thief of our self-respect. It nags at us and spoils our fun. It deprives us of the fullest realization of our ambitions and hopes.”


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3/15/09 11:52 P

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I was studying to teach Galatians this week in Seminary. In my study I became more aware of the application of the Law of the Harvest.

Galatians 6:7-9 “…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

The fruit of my harvest will come – in God’s time. Walk now – healthy later. Wholesome foods now – health in progress. Work and have faith – down size on God’s time table. No need to get anxious. It’s still early in the season. It is spring. All harvests are in the fall.


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3/13/09 7:23 P

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Today I couldn't get Moses 1:39 out of my head. "For behold, this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

What strikes me about this verse today is that all good things come from work. In addition, work brings glory. If I intend to succeed in my journey to better health and down sizing - I have to work. If God works, I work. Who am I to think I'm better than God and can have the reward of a smaller body without working for it? When I look at it that way I am instantly humbled. No matter what, I can not quit.

I am also intrigued with the separation of immortality and eternal life. Everyone will receive immortality. A resurrected body is a gift given to all people who ever came to earth. This gift has been paid for in full by te Savior. Eternal life is an other story. Eternal life must be earned. It takes work. Eternal life has been paid for too - a huge debt paid for by the Savior. However, I must work in order to access this gift.

When I think of this separation I realize that this is the body I will be resurrected with. Am I putting in the work? Am I paying the price to receive the best model available? It's become great motivation to seek health. I must express my great gratitude for these gifts through taking care of this body.

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3/11/09 10:37 P

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Today I looked at D&C 18:10-19. “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” That includes me. I am of great worth. I am worth the ultimate price.

“For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him.”

The price has been paid. If Jesus thought I was worth such a great price, shouldn’t I be willing to pay a great price too? Shouldn’t I be willing to sacrifice comfort for discomfort of exercise? Shouldn’t I be willing to sacrifice some foods that may harm my health for simple foods that will increase my health? Shouldn’t I be willing to think positive thought rather than cave into negative thoughts? If Christ loves me, shouldn’t I love me? The answer is YES! Yes to sacrifice. Yes to loving me. YES to I am of that great of worth.

“And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance.”

I will rise again. Because of the Savior, I can rise from dis-ease to health. Because of the Redeemer of the world, I can rise at the resurrection. Because of Christ, I can rise from corruption to incorruption.

“And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!”

Joy! I feel joy when I leave the donut on the plate and eat a ripe strawberry instead. I feel joy when I finish a long walk. In a sense this is repentance. Turning from what I had been doing that was keeping me from being the best me and choosing actions that would improve my abilities to draw closer to God by controlling my passions. My joy increases as I share my experiences with others and inspire them or am inspired by them.

“Ask… believe that ye shall receive… and you shall have the Holy Ghost, which manifesteth all things which are expedient unto the children of men.”

In asking I gain strength and guidance. I will succeed with God’s help.


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3/9/09 6:52 P

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I decided I needed to study scriptures on the subject of worth. It seems that many of my road blocks in health stem from feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. It seems I need to understand this principle better.

I looked up Gen. 32 :9-11 "... O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee: I am unworthy of the least of all the mercies, and all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant... Deliver me, I pray thee..."

I'm feeling confident the God has told me to return home too - home to better health, home to spiritual wellness, home to Him. I too feel unworthy of even the lowest of His mercies, yet, I know He loves me and I know that He will help me accomplish all righteous goals.

Jacob worked toward worthiness. That is the key. It takes work. He never stopped; I must never stop. This is a way of life. Jacob served others; I must serve others. Jacob was obedient; I must be obedient. Jacob was humble; I must be humble. Jacob took responsibility for his choices; I must take responsibility for my choices. I must own up to what I've created thus far and get to the business of changing things. If I created thus far, I create in the future.

Finally, Jacob trusted the Lord and knew that God would support His as he was obedient; I trust God. I don't understand how this is going to happen, but I do know that I will obtain health. It will require sacrifice - exercise everyday, forever - careful food choices - constant spiritual renewal through scripture study, prayer and service. But I will succeed because I have faith in the Savior and in His healing and restoring power.

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3/9/09 12:31 A

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Joseph Smith taught that "it is the will of God that man should repent and serve him in health, and in strength and power of his mind, in order to secure his blessings." (Teachings, p. 197.) That makes sense. I healthy person has more energy and vigor and is in a much better position to work and to be an effective instrument of the Lord.

I am seeking better health that I may more effectively work out my salvation, serve the Lord in my family, church, and community, and that I can be an instrument of the Lord at the ready at all times.

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3/6/09 12:51 A

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Things to remember:

Proverbs 3:7-8 – “Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear (reverence and respect) the Lord, and depart from evil (and that includes things that are not good for me in particular). It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.

Proverbs 3:13 “Happy is the man (and the woman) that findeth wisdom, (like the WofW and the words of the scriptures and prophets) and the man that getteth understanding.” (The Holy Ghost enlightens my understanding in all things – even in health).


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3/5/09 12:17 A

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Today I studied 2 Nephi 4. Verses 15 and 16 reflect my feelings well today. “… I write the things of my soul, and many of the scriptures which are engraven upon the plates of brass. (Well, in my case, all scriptures). For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and profit of my children. (I write because I’ve got to remember what I’m learning and I want my children and grandchildren to know what I believe and what I have learned). Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.” (I am in a constant state of learning. And it is great!).

Verse 17 “Nevertheless, notwithstanding the goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth; O wretched man that I am! (Woman, in my case). Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh (sometimes I just can’t coordinate with this body. Sometimes I cave); my soul greiveth because of mine iniquities.” (My mistakes could so easily overwhelm me!).

Tomorrow I will look at Alma 12.

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3/3/09 4:23 P

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Today I read Helaman 13.

This chapter talks of the "hardness of the hearts" of the people. They had turned away from God's ways and were seeking riches, fame, and power instead. They did "... swell with great pride, unto boasting, and unto great swelling, envyings, strife, malice, persecutions, and murders, and all manner of iniquities."

Many things have led to my "curse", my trap - an obese body. I showed some measure of pride as I tried for years to "loose" weight on my own, never seeking the Lord's help on my journey. Funny, my swelling was in my pants size! LOL. I envied people with cute little athlete bodies. There was much contention, strife, self persecution and even hated within my heart. I deemed myself unworthy. I found reasons to justify self loathing.

I now see that by turning my heart to the Lord in this manner, I am setting myself free.

Tomorrow I will read 2 Nephi 4.

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3/2/09 7:06 P

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I decided to look at D&C 104 today.

Vs. 13 caught my attention. “… every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made…” It makes sense that I have this drive to gain better health. I am feeling the responsibility of having the blessing of a body weighing on my mind and heart. Thankful, God supports me in my desire.

Vs. 17 “For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.” Much of my anxiety stems from the belief that there isn’t enough, that I’m not enough. But here in this scripture I am reminded that God provided all that is needed. There is enough. There is even enough to spare. I am enough.

Still, “… it is my will that you shall humble yourselves before me, and obtain this blessing by your DILIGENCE and humility and the prayer of faith. And inasmuch as you are diligent and humble, and EXERCISE the prayer of faith, behold, I will soften the hearts of those to whom you are in debt, until I shall a means unto for your deliverance.”

I must keep going. I must be patient. I must keep walking. I must continue to pray. Eventually, the blessing of down sizing and good health will be mine.

Tomorrow I will look at Heleman 13.

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3/2/09 12:25 A

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It is interesting that I choose to study D&C 6 on a Fast Sunday. I can see many things that apply to my journey to better health.

vs. 1 - A great and marvelous work is about to come forth...

It's true! As I recognise the great and marvelous work of the Savior - that of bringing pass the eternal life and immortality of man, and their joy - I see that my health is improving. I see small and simple changes are making a huge difference in my heart.

vs. 3 Behold, the field is white already to harvest...

I am ready. I am ready to make changes that will affect my life in the long run. This isn't a diet - it's a lifestyle and I 'm ready to "harvest" the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.

vs. 4 "Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God".

God expects me to do my best. He will make up the difference. It takes effort to change. It takes work.

vs. 5 - "...if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you."

I need the Savior in this process. IN fact He commands me to look to Him in everything!

vs. 36 "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not."

Just how do I ask for His help righteously? How do I gain His power and help? The answer is found in verses 5-11, 18-19... ask... keep the commandments... seek to bring forth the gospel... seek wisdom... desire good... repent... EXERCISE the gift of God... be diligent... be patient... be hopeful...

As I seek better health it must be motivated by desiring the ability to better serve. I must exercise my gift to teach... I must exercise my gift to understand... I must exercise my gift of compassion... I must exercise my gift of faith... Doing so will bring about the greatest gift - salvation.

Christ is the light that shines in the darkness. I have hope in this process because I have hope in Him and in His healing power.

Just as mentioned in vs. 23, He has whispered peace to my heart. I have no need to worry that the scale is not reflecting my efforts. My heart is. I know that I am doing all that I can; all that I have been prompted to do; and that God knows of my effort so result will come. There is no need to get upset. I trust in the Lord.

Tomorrow I'll look at D&C 104.

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3/1/09 12:19 A

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I decided to read Alma 37 today.

41 Nevertheless, because those miracles were worked by small means it did show unto them marvelous works. (It really is a miracle that I can document a small reduction. God is truly supporting me in my quest. Each little effort – no matter how small – does make a difference) They were slothful, and forgot to exercise their faith and diligence and then those marvelous works ceased (I will not be on e of the “they”! I will work! I will exercise my body! I will exercise my faith!), and they did not progress in their journey;

46 O my son, do not let us be slothful because of the easiness of the way; (it would be so easy to sit and read rather than walk. It would be so easy to clean off my kids plates at the end of the meal, rather than scraping it into the trash. It would be so easy to pile it on rather than measure each and every morsel. But I will not cave. I will work. I will measure. I will throw out leftovers.) for so was it with our fathers (“Tradition! Tradition! – imagine a bunch of poor Jews breaking into song); for so was it prepared for them, that if they would look they might live; even so it is with us. (I CHOOSE to live – for today and tomorrow!) The way is prepared, and if we will look we may live forever. (If ye are prepared ye shall not fear…. Hmmm… I see a pattern here. Good thing I “prepared” today and I’ve got dinner for a month in the freezer!)

Tomorrow I'll read D&C 6.

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2/27/09 6:43 P

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I’ve been contemplating the principle of this: My body is not my own. Today I taught 1 Cor. 3:16-17, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

That led me 1 Cor.6:19-20. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

My body is not my own; it is a loaner from God. The choices I make about the use of my personal temple will affect me throughout all eternity.

I must more carefully consider what I take into my temple and what we do with my temple.

The Proclamation on the Family explains, we as spirit sons and daughters of our Eternal Father ". . . accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize [our] divine destiny as . . . heir[s] of eternal life."

I have a responsibility to care for this gift!


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2/26/09 1:27 P

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I've come to the conclusion that my pursuit of better health is really a pursuit for salvation. I'm improving my understanding of salvation for my soul- that of a peace between God and me. As I read Alma 5 I caught a glimpse of salvation for my body.

The chapter begins reminding the people of God mercy in delivering them from the hands of the wicked King Noah, only to find themselves in the bondage of the Lamanites in the wilderness. Yet, once again they were delivered out of their bondage by the power of God word (scriptures and prophets count).

In verse 7 we learn that he "changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God." I have to say I'm there. My heart is changing - I'm changing what foods I crave. I'm changing how I feel about exercise. I'm changing how I look for answers in the scriptures. I'm changing how often I turn to the Lord in my process. I really have awakened from a deep sleep. I didn't see the darkness before because it was what I knew. I was surrounded by it. When I started my journey I could feel the "bands of death" tightening around me - choking the very life from me. I had no desire to exercise. It was inconvenient. I got sweaty. It hurt. I didn't fit well into chairs. It hurt to get up off the floor. My heart was struggling to keep me going if I walked up the street 2 houses to the church. My spirit was withering too. It wasn't that I was neglecting "spiritual" things - but I was. It's hard to explain, but now that I'm the light I can see that by neglecting the needs of my body in the areas of health and well being, I was neglecting me spirit. What broke the bands? What brought me into the light? The Savior. In turning to Him for help, in resolving to do whatever He inspired me to do, no matter how much I didn't like it, I am in the process of being freed! Oh what a feeling it is!

I think I will continue blogging about this throughout the day.

Maybe tomorrow I'll look at 1 Cor. 3.

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2/25/09 4:57 P

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I'll get to Alma later. Today I'm distracted by what I taught in Seminary this morning. Level after level of applications are flooding into my mind and heart. It starts with this thought:

Give Simply Rule Diligently Forgive Cheerfully

I taught Romans 12 today. I’ll back track a bit to get all of my thought on the chapter.

Romans 12:1 I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Today the Lord commands us to offer ourselves as "living sacrifices" by dedicating our lives in obedience and service. After I got home I started thinking how this verse applies to my journey to health and a celestial body. I realized that my journey requires total sacrifice on my part. It requires that I study things out in my mind, make good choices, seek the Lord’s will regarding my health, and get to WORK!

Romans12:2 And be not conformed to this world (ok. It is clear that God expects me NOT to conform to the world’s view of looks and health): but be ye transformed (shedding the “natural man” for a “spiritual, Godly man – or woman as the case may be) by the renewing of your mind (hmmm… So that is why studying the scriptures, journaling, and using methods of relaxation have helped so much in releasing fat cells!), that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Clue: I’m on the right track in seeking God’s will. There must be more clues in the following verses!)

You can read my blog to get all my thoughts.

Tomorrow I'll look at Alma 5.

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2/24/09 2:09 P

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Today I study Psalms 131. It’s short – 3 verses.

“Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great manners, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.”

At first I wasn’t sure what to think of David’s words of wisdom. I needed a dictionaries help. I looked up “haughty”. Haughty means disdainfully proud; snobbish; scornfully arrogant; supercilious; overbearing; having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy; 1530 meaning was "high in one's own estimation". That being the case, my goal needs to be to avoid feeling disdainful of people that are different than me; to avoid the aristocratic attitudes and walking with a prideful swagger. It would seem God is reminding me this morning to be humble. Especially when you add the meaning of “lofty”! - a feeling of being exalted above others or treating others with a condescending manner.

The truth is – I do have the destiny of greatness, but I must earn it. To earn it I must cultivate a humble heart. I have been “weaned” from the presence of my Father in heaven. Now it is up to me to be “a big girl” and act like I’ve been taught – like I would if I could see him. Thank the Lord I have hope. Hope that He provided a plan; hope that He believes in me; hope that I can make it with His help.

So, today, I work on being humble. Brigham Young said we should pray as if everything depended on the Lord, then work as if it all depended on us. "Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work" (D&C 10:5)

Tomorrow I'll look at Alma 5.

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2/23/09 12:44 P

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I*'ve had a rough start to my day. Sure, I got up and went to seminary. We played a game. All the kids seemed to like it. Then, I went home. It seems like chaos reigns. My hubby stayed home to work on projects he wants done, so te family schedule was thrown off course. Instead of family scriptures at 5:30 we had them at 7:15 because he didn't get up earlier. My walk was postponed. Then it was pouring. My daughter didn't want to ride her bike, without fenders in the rain, so I took her to choir. When I got there, I pooped into the school to tell her teacher that I would have time to move lights around tomorrow afternoon. Small problem. He needs to return them today. My daughter skipped singing and helped me take down the light. That took an hour. Walk was postpones again. An hour later I came home to everyone fighting with their dad. It seems they don't have the same urgency in cleaning the house as he does. (As I type he is yelling at her to hurry a shower because he wants her to work. I'm beginning to feel like I'm in the wrong job - that of wife and mother. It's too stressful and sometimes very inconvenient. I was feeling crabby enough that I knew my only chance was to get a scripture into my brain and to start processing it.

So, here I am reading through Alma 13.

At first I can't see what this chapter has to do with my journey to better health. It is a chapter on priesthood. However, vs. 3 does catch my attention. "And in this manner after which they were ordained - being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, an the account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good, and exercising great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such."

Ok God knows me. I've got it pretty good here on earth - relatively speaking, so I must have shown some measure of faith and good works before I got here. I did choose then... What's more, I can continue to choose now. I can choose to let life "happen" to me, or I can choose to MAKE life happen. I can choose to be happy (that whole whistle while you work thing) or I can choose to have a sour attitude. I can choose to exercise and see what happens later when I do. Motherhood is the holy calling I accepted. I was prepared for it. Once more, I am preparing 4 lovely daughters for the calling too. I had better choose a better attitude and exercise my faith by setting a better example - in attitude, work, exercise, food choice, faith and service.

I believe that I will work on having an attitude like the one found in vs. 27-29. "...I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain (that old saying - no pain, no gain is true), that ye would hearken unto my words(more than my words, but my actions too), and cast off your sins (this one is for me - choose happy! Choose move it! choose feast! - in all appropriate ways) and not procrastinate the day of your repentance (there is no day like the present! Stop finding excuses and move - chores can wait! Stop eating fast foods! Healthy one don't take that much longer). But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord (it's not about me. I really do need help)... watch and pray continually (why am I complaining? At least my hubby got in family scripture and prayer!), that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear ( ah! There is the key! Safety from temptation requires watching, praying, and moving away at all times! Got it!) and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming (here is the list) humble, meek (real strength), submissive (to God's plan not mine), patient (It's hard to get part the 'I want it now' phase of weight reduction), full of love (working on loving self) and all long-suffering (That might be what is takes today). Having faith on the Lord (I can't do this alone); having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life (to know God); having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into rest (peace at least!)

OK. I've got my work cut out for me. I can see that I will be challenging these ideas as my family really doesn't see the light of co-operation this morning. But I'm going to give it my best.

Hey I do feel better. I do feel hope that maybe I will be able to get it all into... and I won't hurt anyone. emoticon

Tomorrow I'll read Psalms 131.

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2/22/09 8:42 P

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I will have to come back to Alma 13. I've been distracted by D&C 109. This past week my ward had New Beginnings for the YW. The Bishop read to them D&C 109:5-13 (which is part of the dedicatory prayer for the Kirkland Temple) and asked them to insert their own name where ever "temple" was mentioned. I've been pondering it ever sense. He mentioned it again in Sacrament Meeting.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 states:
"16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

This scripture refers to the church as the temple of God. However, the most common use I've experienced is in reference to our marvellous gifts of bodies. If my body is a temple - a place that the Spirit of the Lord can dwell in, teach and offer peace in, than I should do all that I can to treat my body like I would treat a temple.

Romans 12:1-2 teach:
"1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

This is an "if, then" statement. IF I am seeking to be transformed, IF I seek to be renewed body, mind, and spirit, IF I want to prove acceptable and perfect - God's perfect, THEN I must dedicate ME to God and His purpose, THEN I must LIVE, THEN I must serve, THEN I must seek God's will and DO IT! It occurred to me, occurred to me, "I can achieve my goals by dedicating ME, like a temple to the Lord." With D&C 109 as my guide, I've come up with what I see as my personal dedicatory prayer, dedicating my temple, my body to the Lord. I recognise that this alone will not bless me with the size or health I seek. This "prayer" serves to change my heart; to change my direction; to give my purpose and hope. You can read my thoughts in their entirety on my blog.

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2/21/09 7:37 P

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2 John has inspired my to be a better parent.

vs. 4 "I rejoice greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth..."

I am rejoicing that my kids are learning. Someone asked me on my blog how my kids are responding to my life changes. For the most part, they are going along for the ride. They are learning to enjoy veggies and whole grains. They have stopped asking to have candy and other sweets every time I go to the store. Some of them are learning to exercise more. My oldest two daughters get up and run on the treadmill every day, in addition to the numerous dance classes they attend and the bikes they are riding everywhere for their transportation. Yup, I rejoice that they are learning better habits then I learned at their age. I rejoice that they appear to be beginning adult life in a far healthier state than I did!

vs. 6 "And this is love, that we walk after his commandments..."

I give my self a gift ever time I burn it up on the treadmill or walk around the block. I show love for myself and my creator when I take care of my body - a gift God gave me. Reading this verse I am reminded that it is a commandment to take care of God's creations - including me.

I think I'll get my walk in now!

Tomorrow I'll look at Alma 13.

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No big things jumped out at my in Phil. 3. I was just reminded that to walk well, I must have my mind on the right things. I must be positive. I must keep pressing forward.

Tomorrow I'll look at 2 John 1.

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So I was reading Ephesians 5 and was reminded of many good principles, but got a bit of laugh as well. I'll start with the laugh because.... why not. I was reading vs. 23 when my husband called to check in. He asked what I was doing and I told him I was reading in the scriptures that the husband was the head, but the wife was the neck. He didn't believe me, but I got a good chuckle.

I choose this chapter because it has many "walk" words in it and I'm looking for inspiration to "move it move it."

vs. 2 "And walk in love..." Every day I am impressed with how much love effects this journey toward health and well-being: love of nature, love of my family, love of fresh air, love of "the burn" (well, I'm trying to love that), and love of self.

I most impressed with ridding myself of what I used to love in favor of new things to love: leaving behind a love of sugar in favor of loving veggies, setting down a love for seeking "Twiggy" in favor of loving the quest for health (a major change in focus), dropping a love for diet Pepsi and picking up a love of water, walking away from the "foolish talking" of fad diets and walking toward the wisdom of sensible eating and the Word of Wisdom, running from my tendency to be an "idlers" and loving exercise of all forms.

It occurs to me that all of this comes down to loving God by loving His greatest creation - ME

vs. 6 - "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." That is so how I got here! I believed I wasn't worth the effort. I believed that exercise wasn't fun. I believed that healthy food wasn't as tasty and more time consuming that junk food and that I should love chocolate. All of these lies deceived me and experienced the consequences in a collection of fat cells that are strong and able to resist their release (although I know I will prevail!)

But here is my salvation! Here is my relief! vs. 8 "... now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." When I seek the Savior first I can walk with strength - I can conquer the fat cell and reverse the effects of the many years I walked in darkness being deceived by the voices of self doubt, advertising, idleness, and public opinion around me.

I have found that I need to be accountable for my choices. I can no longer hide in my house and pretend that I eat healthy. I have to record my calories. I have to record my exercise. I can no longer hide my weight. vs. 12 "For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." It is time to make thing "manifest by the light."

It is time to "awake" and "arise".

It is time that I (vs. 15) "walk circumspectly (carefully), not as fools, but as wise," because that is how I will be successful.

The last part of the chapter is about marriage relationships. This too applies to my journey to good health. Many of my issues stem from various weakness in my relationships with others - including my marriage. I do feel that I made good choices, but there is always a lingering thought of a lack acceptance and safety that I am working to overcome. As I heal my heart and I feel more love and acceptance and I feel added safety I am able to release more fat cells that have protected me.

I don't understand all of the mechanics of the emotion/body tie, but I believe that many of my fat cells have been protecting me - the best they can from pain, disappointment, and discouragement. The trouble is,they have only added pain, disappointment and discouragement. As I trust in the Lord with all my heart - not even trying to understand in my way, I am finding that I can release those fat cells and the emotions that went with them. That is why I release them - with a vote of thanks. They did their best to do their job, but now I need muscle cells to work in my behalf. Now I need the Savior to strengthen me,and cause me to stand.

So, I will practice: practice standing tall and in Holy places, and practice walking in love.

Tomorrow I think I'll look at Philip. 3.

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I found a few vs. that jumped out at me in Psalms 119.

vs. 1 - "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord."

It struck me that the blessing comes when I keep 2 actions on my part. #1 stay clean - do my best to keep the commandments. and #2 WALK - walk on my treadmill... walk outside... walk with God noticing all that He provides and directs in my life. Walking with gratitude will bare fruit.

ve. 2 - "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart."

Success comes when my greatest treasures are the testimonies of the Savior found in the scriptures and the words of the prophets and I live by those testimonies. Success comes as I develop my own testimony of the healing power of Savior and I do so with all the energy of heart that I have. Success comes when I jump in and not be satisfied with sticking in my toes.

vs. 3 - "They also do no iniquity; they walk in his ways."

This is more than no sinning and staying righteous - well not really. It's choosing to walk rather than sit on the couch. It's choosing to play with the kids rather than sitting. It's choosing to stretch rather than loosing flexibility. It's choosing to build strength rather than loosing all muscle.

vs. 45 - "I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts."

Walking, moving is liberating!

Set yourself free today!

Tomorrow I think I will look at Eph. 5.

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Somehow I missed yesterdays. They are both great and encouraging, which I needed today.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson,
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Today I looked at Psalms 26. I could not pray a more perfect prayer. It is my goal to be able to report to the Lord that "I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the Lord; therefore I [did] not slide." What a wonderful thing to report on all fronts! "... I have walked in thy truth." "... that I may publish with a voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works." This is my goal today... to live this prayer all day. Tomorrow I'll look at Ps. 119.

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I found all kinds of "fitness" words in Lev. 26. It really started my mind whirling around into new depths of understand concerning my "contract" with God regarding my salvation - including finding perfect health and nor just thinking in the eternal sense. I think that is what Nephi meant when he instructed that we should "liken the scriptures" to ourselves and situations. Here is God's contract with Israel and I can see many ways it that this contract can apply to my quest for good health (and thinness).

3 ¶ If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.

So, IF I keep the commandments THEN I receive the blessings I seek - on God's time. When I apply this to my own journey I understand that IF I keep the the commandments... IF I seek the kingdom of God first and make scripture study, prayer, and service a priority in my life... IF I seek understanding of the WOW... IF I apply the wisdom I learn from all sources, but especially the wisdom of God, in this journey... IF I keep virtue in my thoughts... IF I EXERCISE faith and body... THEN I will be blessed in God's time... THEN I will see results... THEN my body will yield up the unneeded energy storage I've collected all these years... THEN will I eat until I'm full and be able to turn down the extra... THEN will I receive the nutrition I need because the foods I crave will be whole and served the way God intended then to be prepared... THEN will I understand that I am safe and I no longer need the food or the fat cells that have protected me and comforted my in times past.

6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.

Think of that! No need to fear having "lack" in my body. No need to fear the future. No need to fear being hurt. No need to fear dis-ease. God will replace that with peace.

12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

I'd like that. You couldn't ask for a better walking buddy! We are never left alone.

13 I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

Freedom! Not only are we not alone, we are free from emotional eating... free from binging... free from laziness... free from boredom... free from dis-ease.

14 ¶ But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

Hmmm.... this I understand! This curse I have experienced. By making my quest about "loosing" weight and avoiding the spiritual changes I needed I brought upon myself fear... I have been consumed with my looks and forgotten my overall health... I have disregarded God and common sense in favor of a "quick" fix and in the process bought into the lies of "designing men - vultures at best - who are interested in making me fatter by offering produces and services that "look" like they are helping me toward my goal, when in reality they are hoping to keep me fat and unhealthy in order to continue collecting my money. I've turned a blind eye to God's way and my efforts have been in vain. No wonder I quit!

21 ¶ And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven (this number is the symbol for complete) times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
22 I will also send wild beasts among you (maybe these wild beasts include heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol), which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number (HA! I'm think I'm right! All these Health problems do rob my children of an energetic mom and a longer life); and your high ways shall be desolate.

26 And when I have broken the staff of your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver you your bread again by weight: and ye shall eat, and not be satisfied. (Sure a lot of unsatisfied people in this world. I think God is telling us that if we seek His ways we ill be satisfied).

I know that these scripture were given to the children of Israel to remind them to do better in days of old and that the prophecies have been fulfilled with the scattering of Israel, but I can't help wondering if they have been preserved for me to find meanings in my life. I realise it's not quite the same, but I can see lessons for me and the importance of applying what I learn.


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Luke 6:19 is a great reminder that virtue is a healing power. My goal is to collect virtue... to heal my soul and the souls of others.

Today's scripture is Lev. 26:21-24, 40-41. Enjoy!


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I started off examining virtue. Yesterday I learned so much about virtue. In my journey I am seeking strength. I seek to gain muscle. I seek to gain strength to resist tempting junk food. I seek strength to stay positive. In D&C 121:45 I learned just how "wax" - grow strong. To gain real strength I need to have charity - for everyone, including myself. And I need to have "virtue" in my thoughts - and my actions. Virtue is strength. It is courage. Virtue is an active quality or power. It is great energy. I believe it has healing power. To have virtue in my thoughts is to heal my soul maybe even includes a forgiving heart. It is to have integrity. To grow strong physically, emotionally, and especially spiritually requires love and virtue.

The verses before that remind me of the path to achieve this level of charity and virtue: long-suffering (continuing day in and day out with a good attitude), gentleness (easy to handle), meekness (teachable - learning new skills and trying new exercises or foods), kindness (especially to myself by going to bed at a descent time, eating "whole" foods, and using positive self talk, but including other), pure knowledge (listening to wise counsel from medical professionals, but always seeking the inspiration of the Spirit), reproving at times with in an increase in love(accepting correction and being willing to make changes to encourage improvement - without getting all "down" on my self), and faithfulness (depending on the Savior in all things).

Today's scripture is Luke 6:19. Enjoy.


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I'm glad you looked up the work VIRTUE. I learned so many things I didn't know. Thanks for all the insight.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
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This section is given to Emma... an elect lady who endured many trials with dignity. I am intrigued with the counsel to walk in the paths of virtue. so I looked up virtue in a on line dictionary to see if I could find a deeper meaning to this word. I was looking for the meaning of the word when it would have been recorded. So often the meanings of word change over time. I had to know what it meant then to understand how I could apply it to my now. Here is what I found.

1. Manly strength or courage; bravery; daring; spirit; valor. [Obs.] --Shak.

Built too strong For force or virtue ever to expugn. --Chapman.

Funny. I've discovered that walking is my best form of exercise. I am getting stronger, braver (I'll try new things more often, and I have greater courage to complete my goals each day.

2. Active quality or power; capacity or power adequate to the production of a given effect; energy; strength; potency; efficacy; as, the virtue of a medicine.

Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about. --Mark v. 30.

I'm thinking I could use that kind of power. If I walk - if I seek the Savior each day - if I do my best to follow God's laws of good health I have great faith in and hope in Christ "virtue" being with my. In Him I can be successful.

3. Excellence; value; merit; meritoriousness; worth.

I made virtue of necessity. --Chaucer.

I can walk through this journey knowing that I am of great value. I can press forward because I am worth the effort.

4. Specifically, moral excellence; integrity of character; purity of soul; performance of duty.

Virtue only makes our bliss below. --Pope.

If there's Power above us, And that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works, he must delight in virtue. --Addison.

Recording my efforts keeps me honest. I'm learning that health is an overall effort. It's not just eating right - it's moving - it's staying active - it's seeking greater understanding - it's having the influence of the spirit in my mind and in my heart daily - it's choosing happiness!

So, I will walk. I will walk on my treadmill. I will walk outside on nice days. I will walk hand in hand with God. I will walk in virtue.

Today's scripture is D&C 121:45. Enjoy!

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Reading your interpretation of these scriptures has been great! Keep it up!!

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Normally, "the field is white already to harvest," as found in the D&C is interpreted as a missionary scripture. But I always think "what if?" What if the field that is ready to be harvested is my possibilities? My own divine potential? Can I apply these principles of the "harvest" to my journey toward perfect health and peace?

Yes!

Here is the promise: "... he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul." This is journey that the expectation is to keep moving. It's work. A little effort now will pay off later - like getting off my plateau!

But it's more than work. vs. 5 "And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work." The longer I am this journey the more I understand that all things are spiritual. To make lasting changes I must first seek a mighty change of heart. I am beginning to see that in order to qualify for the blessings both from and of the work, I must my focus on what God what's me to do. I must be faithful - to my plan and God's laws. I must have hope and a positive attitude. I must love my self and show that love by developing an attitude of gratitude, positive self talk and making the time to develop good health habits in eating and exercise. I must take the time to learn of God and His ways in DAILY study of the scriptures and through prayer!

vs. 6 "Remember faith (hope in things unseen yet true), virtue (moral excellence; goodness; righteousness), knowledge (acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; general erudition;familiarity; gained by sight, experience, or report;awareness), temperance (moderation or self-restraint in action, statement, etc.; self-control), patience (the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like; quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence), brotherly kindness (the Golden Rule!), godliness (conforming to the laws and wishes of God; devout; pious; coming from God; divine), charity (generous actions or donations to aid the poor, ill, or helpless;something given to a person or persons in need; alms; a charitable act or work; benevolent feeling; leniency in judging others; forbearance), humility (the opposite of pride), diligence (constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken; persistent exertion of body or mind)."

I need to develop these qualities too. Imagine what a different experience it would be if I gain deeper faith and virtue the powers of heaven I could invite into my life and the lives of my friends and family. Imagine the amount of knowledge that I could acquire - all the facts, truths, and principles I could have as I study from study and investigate the scriptures and the prophets!Oh the insight! Temperance is so vital to my journey - it's all about moderation or self-restraint. I am developing patience as I wait for the weight to shift. Let me tell you, that scale can provoke, annoy, and pain me. I am much happier when I go through the week without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. The biggest surprise is that the fat is released because I am calm. Go figure! Brotherly kindness Has been an awakening experience for me - when applied to myself. I'm finding I no longer hide from pictures and I'm beginning not to cringe in mirrors. This has been a good one for me. Learning godliness, real charity, humility,and diligence have brought me closer to peace - closer to God.

vs. 7 These are all spiritual gifts. All we have to do is ask. When we ask we receive. When we knock doors are opened.

THese scriptures are more than just "missionary" scriptures. They apply to all of our righteous endeavour - all of our efforts to return to Heavenly Father through His son, Jesus Christ. They apply to my journey to health and I feel peace.

Today's scripture is D&C 25:2. Enjoy!

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I decided that the entire chapter of Philippians 4 moved me.

vs. 1 "... stand fast in the Lord..." Is this not the point. Standing fast in the Lord is the ultimate form of exercise. It takes work. It takes strength.

vs. 4 "Rejoice in the Lord always..." We know that God put us here to obtain joy. Why not choose joy now?! Why not choose to see the joy in every situation and in every opportunity to improve ourselves?

vs.5 "Let your moderation be known unto all men..." Moderation is an interesting choice of words. Moderation seems to be key in gaining control of the "natural man". When you look at the Greek meaning, gentleness, it brings a different meaning into focus. Moderation is a means of expressing gentleness, humility, and and self restraint.

vs. 6 "... in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving..." I've heard some say that it seem awkward to ask the Lord to help us in our quest to health because we created the problem through our choices. Doesn't every request we make really fall into this category? We do create our own grief through our mistakes. Yet, God is always willing to rescue us when we humbly approach Him. We must pray. We must plead. We must give thanks in order for our efforts to long lasting. When we do include God in our efforts, we will be blessed. vs. 7 - "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

vs. 8 - "... whatsoever things are true (including in line with God's laws and God's truths), whatsoever things are honest (including avoiding the advertisements of evil and designing men), whatsoever things are just (including righteous desires to follow all of God's commandments), whatsoever things are pure(free of corruption), whatsoever things are lovely (being filled with the light of Christ - you know, beauty from within), whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue (including all good virtues like courage and chastity), and if there be any praise (the praise of God), think (study and motivate ourselves) on these things."

We can do this! We can succeed in releasing fat cells from service. vs. 13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." vs. 19 "...for my God shall supply all [my] need..."

Today's scripture is D&C 4:4-7. Enjoy!

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When I read D&C 88:40 I think of my thoughts and what my thoughts may be attracting in my life. If I seek intelligence then I must think intelligence. If I wish to obtain wisdom my thoughts must be centered in the wisdom I know. If I wish to know truth I must think and declare truth. If I wish to know light I must do all that I can to invite light into my life. It seems to me that my thoughts must be centered in Christ and then I will have all answers, peace, wisdom, light virtue, faith, power and health that is available to me. Christ does comprehend all things - even all things I cannot comprehend. Christ will help me, sustain me, uplift me, and strengthen me. No wonder we are commanded to "let virtue garnish our thoughts unceasingly!" This has deeper meaning for me when I remember that one of the Savior's names is "Virtue". Today's scripture is Phil. 4:8. Enjoy!

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I love the idea that all things are given to us, already, to succeed! We are given the opportunity to partake in the divine nature of God... of ourselves! We can escape the corruption and lust of the world. We can add to our virtue of faith and out virtue of knowledge. All things add up to an end result. This journey to health is helping me to develop patience, godliness, kindness and charity (even for myself), and great knowledge. It takes diligence, but I am seeing that I can not fail if I put things in order and in the right perspective. Today's scripture is D&C 88:40. Enjoy!

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I'm so grateful that God does know my intents and my heart. I am learning the great wisdom found in keeping my thoughts directed at God. Scriptures counsel to not look beyond the mark. When we turn to worldly sources for our inspiration and guidance we miss the mark. God is the only one who knows us as we really are. It is safest to follow Him! Fear is not Godly! Have not fear! Today's scripture is 2 Peter 1:3-10. Enjoy!

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Sorry, for some reason, Alma was dry for me. I kept trying to apply it, but I guess I need to repent!

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Sorry I missed a couple of days. I'm wrestling with a cold. I've got the upper hand now. Alma 36 gave me cause to think. Vs. 14-15."... I have led [many]away to destruction." I'm thinking of the habits I've taught my family. Thankfully, they are still young and I still have the opportunity to train them better in a healthy approach to eating, exercise, and well-being. My oldest two daughters dance. They run on the treadmill and the bike to their various activities. My son needs work. He has flat feet and complains that exercise hurts. I've taken him to doctors for help, but left disappointed. I struggle to get him to move and develop him muscle. My youngest daughters are pretty active for being young kids - dance, playing, bikes, etc. Food is where I really need to repent in what I teach my kids. I am guilty of using food as "the reward" for too often. I am guilty of not teaching portion size and not teaching them more balance in their food choices. I'm even guilty of supplying them junk food Thankfully, I'm improving! As far as teaching them the value of positive self talk and a good attitude, well... we'll just say that we are a work in progress. Each child is so different. Some are naturally positive, the glass is half full people, while others are a bit more pessimistic and the glass is half empty people.

Actually, it is the recognition of my kids health compared to my own that was a partial wake up class to changing my own health perspective. My favorite scripture is 2 Ne. 25:26 - all we do is so "...our children will know..." I needed to live by example what I felt they needed to learn regarding their gifts from God - namely a body. I needed them to know that the tender merciful arm of the Savior even extends to our physical well-being and encompasses more than what meets the eye. As Alma said, I too was "... in the gall of bitterness... and encircled...by the chains of death." In my mind and in my heart I knew that my body and spirit were inseparable - or at least that is the goal, and that I needed to do something for my body to make it ready for Celestial glory.

Turning to the Savior - through pray, scripture study, and study of the words of the prophets and application! - has brought me to a new place. I can say that, for the most part, I "...remember my pains no more."

THere is still a way to go on the road to good health, but I see the light. I feel hope. I have renewed energy. Oh the joy! Oh the marvelous light that fills my soul!

Today's scripture is D&C 6:16, 36. Enjoy!

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It's hard to think of behavior regarding eating or exercise as wicked. It's not like you can "not" eat and be healthy. Yet wicked would be anything that takes further away from God and a state of being just like Him. In Isaiah 55:7 the wicked are ask to forsake, or abandon their habits that are keeping them from God. In my case, I need to abandon fog eating, lazy thought and thoughts that try to convince me I am not a worthy daughter of God. In fact, the next phase of the scripture mentions thoughts and turning them to the Lord. THat has been a big step in my progression. Each day my testimony strengthens in the understanding that to way to conquer the bad habits of the past is only in adopting the habits of the Lord. Today's scripture is Alma 36:14-15, 18-19. Enjoy!

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This fall I learned to appreciate this scripture even more that I had before. I was at a football game. One of the students in my seminary was a prince on the Homecoming court. Each elected student was asked to share their favorite quote as part of their bio to be read as they were introduced to the crowd. This student choose this scripture to be read over the P.A. as his favorite quote. My heart swelled with pride - pride that I knew a student of this amount of courage and pride in the realization that I too was no ashamed of the gospel of Christ. I am not ashamed of my dependence on Him. I am not ashamed that I actively seek His help on my journey to good health. Today's scripture is Isaiah 55:7-9

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I like 1 Cor. 10:13. It is a basic principle - something that is always true, the temptations happen to everyone; rich-poor; black- white; male - female; religious- nonreligious. What's more, God provides an out for every temptation. The ultimate "out" being the Atonement - the only way to truly overcome the world and become unspotted and clean before the face of God. These are basic principles, but I think they are often mis-understood. Many people believe that the trials we face won't lead us to fall because God won't let them. The truth is we must take hold of the "escape" in order to receive the promise. I am reminded of what Elder Joseph B Wirthlin said, "No one is immune from Satan's influence and temptations. Do not be so proud to think that you are beyond the adversary's influence. Be watchful that you do not fall prey to his deceptions. Stay close to the Lord through daily scripture study and daily prayer. We cannot afford to sit back and take our salvation for granted. We must be anxiously engaged our whole lives. (Ensign, Nov. 2004, p. 101)." We must act in order to the escape to work. It includes avoiding high calories and getting up and moving. We do that and eventually we will feel the Lord blessing our journey. Today's scripture is Romans 1:16. Enjoy!

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I got to thinking about leaven. Leaven is yeast or another additive that lifts dough up. If Christ becomes my leaven, then I am uplifted. If I need to purge the old leaven, it must be bad. Every time I make bread I "proof" the yeast. If it doesn't jump to life and begin the process of uplifting, I through it out. I've thrown out plenty of yeast in my day. I makes sense to me that I would need to throw out old habits that don't lead me to Christ or up lift my soul. I have so much more success in this journey when I concentrate on improving my invitation to the Spirit of Christ in my life. Purge is in interesting word too. To purge is to clean out - somewhat aggressively. I am going to attack my bad habits more aggressively.

Today's scripture is 1 Cor. 10:13. Enjoy!

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A few phrases stuck out to me in Helaman 15:6-11. Theses phrases apply to the manner that I need to proceed in this journey.

"striving with unwearied diligence" I must continue whether I feel like it or not.

"add to their numbers daily" I may not be subtracting some numbers, but the inches are adding up and the strength is increasing.

"brought to the knowledge of the truth... led to believe the holy scriptures... leadeth them to faith on the Lord...and a change of heart..." I am constantly learning new and exciting things about myself and about health in general. I credit this knowledge to my increased effort in scripture study nurturing my spirit.

"firm and steadfast..." I'm excited for "firmness", but I can be steadfast. I can continue even when I don't feel like, am too tired, or fed up.

"buried their weapons of war" My weapons of war are foods with calories, a bad attitude, poor exercise habits. To bury them is to never look back - to never go back for them. That means, I am not on a diet, I am on a way of life. I'm changing everything about how I think.

"they are once enlightened, behold the Lord shall bless them and prolong their days..." This is the reward. I can do this. This reward is promised to those who try - who give it their best every day.

Today's scripture is 1 Cor. 5:7. Enjoy!


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Evil is an interesting word. Could eating be evil? Could sitting on my can be described as evil? I had to know a little more what evil means. I had to look it up. Here is what I found:
1. morally wrong or bad
2. harmful; injurious
3. characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous
4. marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.
5. harm; mischief; misfortune
6. anything causing injury or harm
7. a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence

With all those descriptions I can see how this scripture fits my journey and why I wish to change my heart - why I wish to "no more desire to do evil."

I guess the key is to repent of my old ways and adopt new ways!

Today's scripture is Helaman 15:6-11. Enjoy!

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The change of heart that I seek is a change of action - "No more disposition to do evil" and "to do good continually." These are two separate changes. Putting down one habit and picking up a new habit. The power to change is only in faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ! Today's scripture is Alma 19:33-36. Enjoy!

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Oops! My bad. Today's scripture is Mosiah 5:2,7. Enjoy!

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I love Alma 5:7 - I believe this is happening to me! My heart is changing. I am awakening out of a deep sleep - a fog that has kept me in an unhealthy state. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the distance I have to go to achieve good health. I feel as though I am "encircled about by the bands of death, and the chains of hell, and an everlasting destruction" does await me in this fat suit I am carrying around. At the moments of greatest despair, when I'm ready to give in and "not walk" or eat that cookie, I feel the Lord illuminate my soul with courage as the words of the scripture flood into my mind and heart.

My faith is strengthened. My heart is changing. My trust in the Lord is increasing each day. I am seeking to have the face of God as a part of my face. I am seeking to reflect His light. My heart does sing. I do feel the change now!

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Alma 5:7-I think this really applies to me. It's like I have done things, because I have always done them...and then as I have wanted to change my mind through prayer, God has touched on my memories as a child, and I "woke up" and realized what I was doing to myself.

12-14-Now that I see these bad habits of health, I have to accept them and seek to change!

19-I am trying harder to be Christ-like

26-This is a pretty powerful scripture...when I read it, I imagine seeing it dramatically portrayed in a play. I am learning that as I change my heart and my mind, that this journey can be easier, reminding me about:
Matthew 11:28-30

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Part of believing is understanding the ability to have hope even when the scale troubles me. Having hope that the rest of me is getting healthier

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Probation:

1. the act of testing.
2. the testing or trial of a person's conduct, character, qualifications, or the like.
3. the state or period of such testing or trial.
4. Education. a trial period or condition of students in certain educational institutions who are being permitted to redeem failures, misconduct, etc.

So this is the test.... it is only a test.

How do you pass? BELIEVE!

Today's scripture is Alma 5:7,12-14,19, 26. Enjoy the feast!

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IN James 1:19 the first thing to attract my attention were the contrasts in adjectives; swift vs. slow, "lay aside vs. receive, be a doer vs. hearer only. Of course there are all the positive words of action; hear,work, lay down the bad, receive the good, meekness, save,doer of the word,blessed, bridle (guide or direct),visit, keep. It strikes me that God not only asks us to work, he requires it.

vs. 19 He expects me to jump up and move... not just stroll, but book it to do the things that he teaches me to do... yet he expects me to control myself and be slow in saying things I can't take back later and slow in getting angry. That is the agency thing. I can choose to be happy or choose to mad. He expects me to choose happy.

vs. 21 "Lay aside all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness." Thank goodness for dictionaries and the notes at the bottom of the page! The Greek version of superfluity is an overabundance of malice (hate), trouble, or evil. I already understand that no unclean think can enter into God's presence. So, just what should I lay aside? All things that keep me from God! In the case of my journey to health, this would include: food that is not good for me, thoughts that berate or belittle me - a beloved child of God,laziness, mistreatment of my gift of a body, anger, etc. INstead I need to receive, humbly, the gifts God has to offer me, including: trials and opposition that are opportunities to grow and improve, my body, knowledge, love, friendship, help, and the Spirit. God's word is a part of this great gift and opportunity and I must let implant deeply into my heart!

Then I need to get up and DO! Eat well - food and scripture! Exercise - faith and body! Drink deep - water and spirit! To do less would be lying to myself about God's greatness and my potential.

I must not forget that what I seek will take sacrifice. What I seek will take work. What I seek will take trust.

NOthing is changed by knowledge. Things move with action. Just DO IT!

In doing, I will be blessed - in God's way and in God's time.

Mastering this body is part of becoming Godly. It's time I remember who is in charge! God is the captain of my soul, but I am the captain of my ship - my body.

Time to scrub off some spots, loose myself, roll up my sleeves and dive into work!

Today's scripture is D&C 29:43. Enjoy!

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James 1:19-27
vs.21:lay aside food that isn't good for me
vs.22:eat what is good for me
vs.23:my body will not change with just knowledge, I need to also DO
vs.25:I love the idea that by doing, I can be healthier
vs.26:So you mean that as I gain knowledge about my health, that I actually have to do it?! LOL. Sounds like a great plan.

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W, I really like your thinking. Sometime when my young kids ask my why I am working out, I tell them that it is because it is fun and it makes me feel good! LOL! I think of my daughter who says to me often "Mom, I LOVE my life! I love my body". Really, to have an appreciation for what my body does do is great!

1 Cor. 2:14: I think that the words "spiritually discerned" really stuck out to me. I really appreciate this scripture in the fact that it reminds me to be mindful od Christ.

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OK so I need the Spirit to help me, as vs. 16 says, to have the mind of Christ. I'd like to have His mind... His heart... His power. I guess I'd better get working on it. At least I've been given a clue on how to get rid of that natural man. Yesterday's scripture said I need to be more like a child. Could that include playing? It doesn't say that in the scriptures, but it would sure make exercise easier if I thought of it like playing rather than work... my kids like to play. I wonder if I do. Hmmmm.... Today's scripture is James 1:19-27. Enjoy the journey!

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Mosiah 3:19

I honestly thought of this scripture throughout the day. I kept trying to figure out how to liken it to me...but it wasn't until I came back here and I read your entry. Thank you for turning on the light bulb! You make a lot of sense. Thank you!

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So I’ve been thinking about what make a person an enemy to God. I’ve decided it is our tendency to rebel – even just a little. In addition, we are now separated from God – due to the effects of the Fall and a few indiscretion of our choosing. So, how does a person become God’s friend? The answer is so simple, yet so difficult to execute. We must “yield (surrender) to the enticings (arousing hope or desire) of the Spirit and putteth off the natural man.” That would mean we need to fight. We need to fight for our promised blessings. At the same time we need to be humble and admit our dependence on the Savior and His atoning sacrifice. I just love the meaning of each word that is listed as our goals: submissive - unresistingly or humbly obedient; meek - humbly patient or docile, gentle; kind; humble - not proud; patient - bearing provocation, annoyance, misfortune, delay, hardship, pain, etc., with fortitude and calm and without complaint, anger, or the like; full of love – overflowing with God’s love for self, others and God. These are all things I’m working on. Some days are easier than other days. Today’s scripture is 1 Cor. 2:14. Enjoy!

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I love this story of Moses! There is so much richness of gospel principles. It is a perfect example of learning about the nature of God and our relationship to Him.

vs. 8-9 In this verse Moses is shown the expanse of God's creations. The most great of which were people. The complexity and beauty of people caused Moses to wonder. So great was this vision of people and their beauty as God's creations that it exhausted Moses.

vs. This verse can seem a bit contradictory. Moses was amazed and drained by his vision of God's greatness and the wonder of His creations - people. But Moses' statement, "... I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed." Really isn't that big of controversy. Remember, Moses was raised in the courts of Pharaoh, surrounded by traditions that these Egyptian kings were all powerful. Now he was blessed with a testimony of truth - that God is the holder of all power. Compared to the power that is within God, man is nothing and yet we are something - God's greatest creation. This testimony of the nature of God and His relationship to His children is what strengthened Moses in times of trouble.

Vs. 12 - "Satan came tempting him saying, Moses, son of man..."

Satan attacks Moses' identity as a child of God! Now that takes a lot of nerve. Yet, that is the battle we all face everyday. Commercials, Hollywood, and mainstream thinking would like to convince us all of our own greatness to the point of rising us above God or berating us into believing we are not worthy to be called children of God, His greatest creation. Those lies in my head that say, "I'm not good enough," NO one cares," "You are too fat to be loved," all can from that same messenger, the Father of all Lies.

There is great hope in Moses' response, and I can follow that example because I know the truth too. vs. 13 "Who art thou?... I am a son of God." I can say that too! "Thought, who are you? I am a daughter of God! One of His greatest creations! Take a flying leap!"

Moses knew that this person addressing him was not Got because he had to be changed in order to endure the presence of God. The same goes for me. I need the Spirit with me at all times. With the Spirit as my guide I can discern from whence these messages are coming from. vs. 15 "... for His Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me... and I can judge between thee and God..."

vs. 18 "... I will not cease to call upon God..."

In this journey I will not cease to call upon God. Other scriptures teach that I need to pray unceasingly; over all things.

Such determination seems to invoke a temper tantrum in Satan and his minions. This is scary. I admit it. It does feel like at the moment I declare my testimony and determination to choose the right, the adversary ramps up the temptations. In my quest for health I've noticed these adversarial attempts coming in seemingly rapid fire. Hunger pain seems stronger. Stressful situations seems more frequent. Boredom seems more prevalent. Cookies call more loudly.

But I can take heart and follow the example of Moses. vs. 20 "Nevertheless, calling upon God, he received strength..." He was able to resist temptation. He was able to overcome. He was successful at removing that which would condemn him through the help of the Lord - even with Satan leaving, not just reluctantly, but kicking and screaming. THe saving grace caused Moses to give thanks and credit to his God who had come to his rescue.

Now, I've seen many people who say they can not pray that God would help them to resist eating a cookie or resist drinking a soda. However, I've come to the conclusion that these prayers are not so much a prayer to resist food or a prayer that God will lift you off the couch. These are prayer for assistance to overcome the natural man; to bridle all my passions; to appropriately give thanks for the gift of being one of God's greatest creations! This goals can not, and must not, be done with out the assistance of a loving Father and His Beloved Son. A mighty change of heart can only be accomplished with the Savior. For this reason I will pray for help in this journey. This is war and the pasta is the ammo. The army is the Adversary. The war is for the convincing of me that I am not of great worth. But I can receive strength. I can have impentrable armor. I can be armed with the sward of truth and the good word of God. I can be victorious. My victory is in the Savior. Oh the greatness of my God! My heart is humble at the thought of His majesty and greatness and yet His love for me is the ammo to destroy that which seeks to destroy me. My heart sings. Today's scripture is Mosiah 3:19. Enjoy the feast!

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W, Thanks, I had not thought of it like that...but I like your style!
Moses 1:7-26

When I got to vs.15 "...And I can judge between thee and God.." I was thinking about how when it comes to food, it can go one way or the other. Same with exercise.
vs.20 reminds me to pray at those moments of truth or decision...I know that God has the power to help me overcome.
vs.26 I am reminded here that the Lord can be with us, if we make the choices emoticon

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I found a couple things that made me smile when I tried to apply these scriptures to my current quest to good health.

"...element{s} shall melt with fervent heat; and all things shall become new." I can tell you that there is some serious heat involved when I am getting to the end of my 2 mile walk. Every inch of me is soaking wet with sweat! I'm grateful to know that the end result of this "heat" will be a "new" me!

"... And in that day the enmity (a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism)... shall cease..." Now that is reason to rejoice! However, I'm beginning to understand that this is also a goal. I am in the process of eliminating enmity from in - especially enmity FOR me.

I can ask for help in this process. Scriptures promise that help will be given.

There will be a day when temptation will no longer have power over me. There will be a day (soon) when a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie will no longer have power over my mind and stomach. I have already come to a realization that some foods (Cheetoes) no longer call loudly. Diet Pepsi no longer beckons me to indulge in embalming preparation! That day is coming when my emotions and emotional eating will have no say in fuel I choose for my perfect machine. The day is quickly approaching when my engine and my body will match!

Look at the marvelous future ahead. The water may be rough for now, but the wind is pushing me toward the promised land.

Each day I grow stronger. Each day I am better at finding joy. With the Savior I will realise my full joy!

Today's scripture is Moses 1:7-26. Enjoy the feast!

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Going back to 1/9/09 Doctrine & Covenants 101: 25-36...

I read this, and it gave me hope. I thought of what great blessings the Lord promises us, we just need to keep enduring.

The real verse that struck me the most was not assigned, but right there anyway...

37 & 38: "Therefore, care not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul. And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life"

These two scriptures are a huge comfort to me and relate to my feelings of putting first things first. Really, this process to change my body, begins in my soul. Healing the outer edges, and finding that inner peace is helping me loose cravings for sugary things. I find the treat hollow. Peace comes from God. Prayer is a blessing.

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I'm so bummed. I thought I hit post and must not have yesterday. Sorry about that for those who are following along. Work and reward are tied together. In order to get the reward I need to WORK. What is that reward? Old things will leave and new things will replace it... and the new includes the inheritance. How cool is that? Today's scripture is D&C 101:25-26 Enjoy!

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W, That was a great take on overcoming your world! You really are laying out a great foundation.

Doctrine and Covenants 63:
vs.48 stuck out in my mind...old things will pass away, and all things will be new...


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There are days I want to give up. It just seems too hard to continue on the journey, especially when I can't "see" the progress. However, vs. 47 reminds me that when I am "faithful and endure" (finish) that I will "overcome" my issues. The rewards will come. They do come. I need to open my eyes to see them and give thanks for them. There are many things I am changing now that will make a day in the future a much better day! This is all part of the cycle of life. The prophet counseled in the last conference to find the joy in the journey. I think am making progress there. Old things are leaving and the new is moving in! Today's scripture is D&C 101:22-36. Enjoy the Lord's feast!

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It's amazing how often we become "new". Think about it. Our skin is in a constant state of renewing with old cells sluffing off and new cells growing beneath. Even when we eat our cells are renewed by the nutrients and the old passes away and the new moves in. Funny how we all miss that this renewal propose is on going.

I love vs. 32! It is a giant reminder that first things must come first! The spirit is always first! Get the scriptures in! Get the prayer in! Get the commandments in. Everything else can be worked on, but there is an order to God's plan. But it also serves as a reminder that thoughts are a creative process. Thoughts lead to actions. It always works that way. All things are spiritual! All things I do here reflect what I will do there! So even the laws governing health are spiritual laws.

Then comes the greatest gift of all - agency. I choose! Choosing to keep the commandments leads me to heaven. Anyway, I'm learning this lesson now. Getting healthy is far more spiritual than I suspected.

Today's scripture is D&C 63:47-51. Enjoy!

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W~
I missed the forgiving point, but I am finding that I am having to do a lot more of that, especially with myself.
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Doctrine & Covenants:
vs 24: Love this verse! Each bite we eat, gives us new cells, and if we eat clean, those new cells will be bursting with health and are "new". Our minds will become new as we "change" in our hearts and in our minds.

vs 32: Takes the cake for me! I have been trying to focus on priorities or putting all my marbles in first before the sand. 1st heal spiritually, 1st put God first..2nd take care of myself temporally, 2nd heal my body...then as I get enough rest, and remove weight, I will grow spiritually. From growing spiritually, I will want to be kinder to myself and my body and work hard temporally....
vs. 33: It really is never ending!
vs. 34: Caring for my body is spiritual, I am taking care of the creation that God made ~ ME!
vs.35: Okay this vs bites! You mean I can't it on blame my hubby's soda addiction? or my mother's cakes as dinner? or that I have no time to exercise? Shocking! LOL! You mean I am my own agent!? I decide with my agency what I could do!? AND then we are told that God does not have temporal commandments. So taking care of myself really is a spiritual thing. (For some reason this vs sent me to chapter 89: vs's 18-21).

Thank you for doing this topic. I think it is a great way to apply the spiritual side of change, that I hope will bring the end result of weight removal!

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Bee - Love your thoughts here!

I too believe the key is that "broken heart and contrite spirit". We must go to the Lord - even when we feel it it for an insignificant reason like food choice or help getting up off the couch. We must humble ourselves and come unto Christ. We must implore God in all things. It was hard to go to the Lord at first about my weight issues, after all, I created the problem. But I realised that we are commanded to pray over all things and be willing to do what we are inspired to do as a result of that prayer. That's what joseph Smith did. He knew God would answer prayers and he has every intention to do whatever God instructed - no matter the cost. I've working on getting that into my head and heart... real intent.

I was also struck by the anger comment... and the comment on calling someone "Raca or fool". This is not only about what I may think about or call others. This includes me! I can not do that to myself, for I am putting myself in danger by doing so. Why have I never noticed that before?

Vs. 24-25 remind me that I have to forgive. I must let go of feelings of disappointment, anger, rejection, resentment, and hurt. Letting go allows me to draw closer to God and feel His love even stronger.

Some of the other commandment seemed not to apply to me and my situation until I started thinking about the root of the problem... pride. That does apply. I need to seek to be humble. My "communications" need to be positive, uplifting, and simple. I need to look for the positive in each situation - the good in all people, rather than dwell on why they annoy or hurt me. I need to be generous. Hey, this is beginning to sound a little like it all applies to me. Not only am I commanded to speak kindly to others, I need to speak kindly to myself. Not only am I commanded to look for the good in others, I am commanded to look for the good in me. It is true, I am my own worst enemy. I am commanded to pray fro myself, to do good to myself. This is the formula - maybe even the secret to success! I can become perfect in Christ. As I draw closer to Him by keeping commandments - even the hard ones - I become more like Him. Can't get more perfect than that! Today's scripture is D&C 29:24,30-35. Enjoy the feast!

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I read this and really tried to find a personal application here. I thought vs 19 was a KEY --broken heart & contrite spirit. I got a little lost until vs 44. I have read this many times, and it is one of my favorite scriptures. But, today, I looked at it differently. I applied it as if I was my own enemy. Does that make sense?

So, "love your enemies" for me is to accept the not so good parts of me..."bless them that curse you"..is giving myself positive talk when I have not followed the plan or if I am being negative inside..."do good to them that hate you"...so when I am having a moment and I am not liking myself, that is when I need to get out the nail polish and paint my toes and embrace myself..."pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you"...so I need to pray for myself when I sabotage myself, etc.

I think the rest says that we will be more Christ-like by trying a day at a time, and in the end we will be perfect at this concept.

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1/5/09 1:34 P

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I'd like to think that to be changed from a carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness includes changing from driven by all my passions - food and laziness included. I'm looking forward to the day when my body isn't in the driver's seat, but my spirit is. I think it is all part of the process of learning to bridle all my passions. Today's scripture is 3 Ne. 12:19-48.

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I love looking at the scriptures for how they can strengthen us in our current endeavours. The more we draw nearer to Christ the more "new" we get. I am noticing this in my journey. The more I attend to my spiritual feast the more in order the temporal things are in my life. What a blessing! Today's scripture is Mosiah 27:25-26. Enjoy the feast!

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I realise that this scripture is not generally applied to the journey of health... but why not? I'm ready to let go of the "old me" in favor of the "new me". Besides, isn't that what conquering the natural man is all about - getting rid of the old "natural" man in favor of the new "godly" man? I like that it says, "Marvel not." I have tried many ways to gain what the world dictates I should be. This time is different. This time I'm going after it from a spiritual direction first. Why should I "Marvel Not"? Because all things are possible in Christ! He fulfills all that I lack! It is only through Him that I can gain salvation and peace - including peace of mind, peace of body and peace in spirit. Today's scripture is 2 Cor. 5:17. Enjoy the feast!

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This month I want to change the response to, "I know you! Come and join me." I can only do that if I seek Him and try to hear His voice. I find His voice in the scriptures, the prophets and in the spirit. I must do this daily, once a week is enough to know about Him, but daily is the way to know Him. Today's scripture is 3 Ne. 15:2-3. Please feel free to read it, find the principles and how you would apply this scripture to your currents situation or goals. Happy day!

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The keeping Christ in Christmas scripture a day thing was fun and helped me keep myself in the habit of scripture study. A couple of people expressed interest in doing it in January. I've titled this series, "New year, New Me and intend on focusing scriptures in that direction. Today's scripture is 3 Ne. 14:23. Sorry it's late. Tomorrow I'll do better.

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