Before you finish making your New Year's resolutions, you might want to take a look at these insights from our Church leaders.
It’s a new year, and it’s time once again to take stock of our lives and find the places we’d most like to improve.
Prophets and apostles teach members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to be more like the Savior. The list of possible improvements could go on and on, but that is no reason for discouragement.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “If in the days ahead you not only see limitations in those around you but also find elements in your own life that don’t yet measure up to the messages you have heard this weekend, please don’t be cast down in spirit and don’t give up. The gospel, the Church, and these wonderful semiannual gatherings are intended to give hope and inspiration. They are not intended to discourage you. Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses.”
Seventeen goals is a lot—but for the sake of 2017, we’ll supply 17 possible goals taken from last October’s general conference. Choose a couple that work for you and that will help 2017 be your best year yet.
1. Trust in God’s will for you
From President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Fourth Floor, Last Door”
No, the purpose of faith is not to change God’s will but to empower us to act on God’s will. Faith is trust—trust that God sees what we cannot and that He knows what we do not. Sometimes, trusting our own vision and judgment is not enough. …
Faith means that we trust not only in God’s wisdom but that we trust also in His love. It means trusting that God loves us perfectly, that everything He does—every blessing He gives and every blessing He, for a time, withholds—is for our eternal happiness.
With this kind of faith, though we may not understand why certain things happen or why certain prayers go unanswered, we can know that in the end everything will make sense. “All things [will] work together for good to them that love God.”
All will be made right. All will be well.