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  • Spoiler...Becoming a witness

    6/18/2018 11:51:27 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The abundance of choice, however, carries with it an equal portion of accountability. It facilitates your access to both the very best and the very worst the world has to offer. With it you can accomplish great things in a short period of time, or you can get caught up in endless loops of trivialit... Read more

  • Spoiler...Fatherhood

    6/17/2018 7:55:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Your sons will learn how to be husbands and fathers by observing the way you fulfill these roles." —Larry M. Gibson... Read more

  • My Commencement Speech

    6/16/2018 11:13:00 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Here is my weekly SparkGuy email that will go out tonight: ** Hi Everyone I'm back to writing! I've been working with our team on what will likely be the best upgrade to SparkPeople we've ever built. This should launch by the end of August. This is what I've always wanted SparkPeople t... Read more

  • Spoiler...Small and Simple Things

    6/16/2018 12:22:10 PM, by JLAMING263

    We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, seemingly small things bring to pass great things. - Dallin H. Oaks... Read more

  • Spoiler...Tender Mercies

    6/15/2018 9:43:05 AM, by JLAMING263

    David A. Bednar Through personal study, observation, pondering, and prayer, I believe I have come to better understand that the Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritu... Read more

  • Happy Thursday!

    6/14/2018 8:04:58 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! I hope you had a good Thursday? My highlight today was exercise bike and stretching out in the sunshine. We have had a relatively cool spring and start of summer here so far. I hope you are having a good start to summer (or other seasons if you are in a different part of the... Read more

  • Spoiler...Bullying

    6/14/2018 10:59:00 AM, by JLAMING263

    Dieter F. Uchtdorf - When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm—stop it!... Read more

  • The countdown is on!

    6/13/2018 2:36:09 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! In my last blog, I mentioned we are working on our biggest site upgrade ever. As an update, we finished all of the plans for this and our tech team is now developing the software. I wish I could share all the details here, but this is so exciting I don't want to give competit... Read more

  • Spoiler...Adversity

    6/13/2018 6:53:10 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Remember that the Lord will shape the back to bear the burden placed upon it." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    6/12/2018 11:33:25 AM, by JLAMING263

    "While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not. In the very beginning, God initiated marriage between a man and a woman—Adam and Eve. He designated the purposes of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults to, more i... Read more

  • Spoiler...Perseverance

    6/11/2018 12:02:39 PM, by JLAMING263

    Joseph B. Wirthlin Perseverance is a positive, active characteristic. It is not idly, passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen. It gives us hope by helping us realize that the righteous suffer no failure except in giving up and no longer trying.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Fathers

    6/10/2018 6:29:45 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Fatherhood is much more than a social construct or the product of evolution. The role of father is of divine origin." —D. Todd Christofferson... Read more

  • Spoiler...Atonement

    6/9/2018 12:11:16 PM, by JLAMING263

    "If we truly understood the Atonement and the eternal value of each soul, we would seek out the wayward boy and girl and every other wayward child of God. We would help them to know of the love Christ has for them. We would do all that we can to help prepare them to receive the saving ordinances of ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    6/8/2018 9:43:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Let us remember, the most important work we do in our families is through the power of the Holy Ghost. Whenever we raise our voices in anger, the Spirit leaves our companionships and families. When we speak in love, the Spirit can be with us. Let us remember that our children and grandchildren meas... Read more

  • Spoiler...a Mother's Love

    6/7/2018 1:59:03 PM, by JLAMING263

    Jeffrey R. Holland No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child... It is not only that they bear us, but they continue bearing with us. It is not only the prenatal carrying but the lifelong carrying that ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Small and Simple Things

    6/6/2018 9:22:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    Dallin H. Oaks We are taught many small and simple things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, these seemingly small things bring to pass great things.... Read more

  • Back On Track

    6/5/2018 3:50:35 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's amazing how crazy life gets in the spring! From travel, work, events, parties, family and everything else in between - things get busy! Thanks to that craziness, I haven't been 100% focused on taking care of me. I'm not doing awful at it, but I'm starting to feel a difference in my mindset, sle... Read more

  • Spoiler...Improvement

    6/5/2018 3:29:01 PM, by JLAMING263

    Howard W. Hunter We live in a world that seems to worship its own kind of greatness. Because we are being constantly exposed to the world’s definition of success and greatness, it is understandable that we might frequently find ourselves making comparisons between what we are and what others are, ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Family

    6/4/2018 1:20:13 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Let us remember, the most important work we do in our families is through the power of the Holy Ghost. Whenever we raise our voices in anger, the Spirit leaves our companionships and families. When we speak in love, the Spirit can be with us. Let us remember that our children and grandchildren meas... Read more

  • Spoiler...Teaching our Youth

    6/3/2018 12:49:09 PM, by JLAMING263

    "I pray that ... we may each of us do all things that lie in our power to teach our youth what source they may look to for a remission of their sins, even the Lord Jesus Christ. May we each respond with our most sincere efforts to “all hands on deck” as it pertains to saving our own rising generatio... Read more

  • Spoiler...Holy Ghost

    6/2/2018 11:30:34 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The Spirit works with us at our own speed, one step at a time, or as the Lord has taught, “line upon line”." —Larry R. Lawrence... Read more

  • Spoiler...You are Loved

    6/1/2018 3:44:08 PM, by JLAMING263

    "One of the sweetest messages the Spirit will relay is how the Lord feels about you." —M. Russell Ballard... Read more

  • Spoiler...Holy Ghost

    5/31/2018 1:38:02 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Concepts like faith, prayer, love, and humility hold no great significance and produce no miracles until they become a living part of us through our own experience, aided by the sweet prompting of the Holy Spirit." —Richard G. Scott... Read more

  • Spoiler...Holy Ghost

    5/30/2018 10:09:10 AM, by JLAMING263

    Henry B. Eyring My hope is to increase your desire and your ability to receive the Holy Ghost. Remember, He is the third member of the Godhead. The Father and the Son are resurrected beings. The Holy Ghost is a person of spirit. It is your choice whether to receive Him and welcome Him into your he... Read more

  • Spoiler...Obedience

    5/29/2018 5:45:27 PM, by JLAMING263

    Claudio D. Zivic To endure means “to remain firm in a commitment to be true to the commandments of God despite temptation, opposition, and adversity.” Even those who have had powerful spiritual experiences and have given faithful service could one day go astray or fall into inactivity if they do n... Read more

  • Spoiler...Ultimate Sacrifice

    5/28/2018 9:06:31 AM, by JLAMING263

    Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen. --- Dallin H. Oaks... Read more

  • Spoiler...Service

    5/27/2018 12:47:12 PM, by JLAMING263

    "It is our hope that you will prayerfully determine what you can do—according to your own time and circumstance—to serve the refugees living in your neighborhoods and communities. This is an opportunity to serve one on one, in families, and by organization to offer friendship, mentoring, and other C... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    5/26/2018 9:46:42 AM, by JLAMING263

    Reyna I. Aburto Even though we may not have seen our Savior with our physical eyes, we can know that He lives. As we draw closer to Him, as we seek to receive a personal witness through the Holy Ghost of His divine mission, we will have a better understanding of our purpose; the love of God will d... Read more

  • Spoiler...Charity

    5/25/2018 10:25:24 AM, by JLAMING263

    "When we have charity, we are willing to serve and help others when it is inconvenient and with no thought of recognition or reciprocation. We don’t wait to be assigned to help, because it becomes our very nature. As we choose to be kind, caring, generous, patient, accepting, forgiving, inclusive, a... Read more

  • Spoiler...The Language of Love

    5/24/2018 9:14:01 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Whatever your mother tongue, learn to teach and speak in the language of heartfelt prayers and joyful testimony so that angels, earthly and heavenly, can encircle and minister to us. We need gospel mentors who speak the language of praise and friendship. We need to give regular spiritual report car... Read more

  • Spoiler...Discipleship

    5/23/2018 9:49:32 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The kind of life you live, your disposition, your very nature, will be determined by your thoughts, of which your acts are but the outward expression. Thought is the seed of action. Character springs from the depths of the soul. You tell me what you think about when you do not have to think, and I’... Read more

  • Spoiler...Holy Ghost

    5/22/2018 10:10:32 AM, by JLAMING263

    Larry Y. Wilson The arrival of a typhoon is no time to dust off the gift of the Holy Ghost and figure out how to use it. We need the Holy Spirit as our guide in calm waters so His voice will be unmistakable to us in the fiercest storm.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Love of God

    5/20/2018 5:42:25 PM, by JLAMING263

    1. It may not be on the mountain height Or over the stormy sea, It may not be at the battle’s front My Lord will have need of me. But if, by a still, small voice he calls To paths that I do not know, I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine: I’ll go where you want me to go. I’ll... Read more