As a new year begins, many Latter-day Saints are contemplating what worthy goals to strive for not only for this year but for many years to come.
But with so many worthy goals to strive for, it can sometimes be overwhelming to pick just a few to work on at a time.
Recently, members of the First Presidency and some apostles posted inspirational messages on Facebook that members can look to as they focus on how they can strengthen their testimonies in manageable ways in the coming months.
Members of the First Presidency:
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
As this new year begins, I look forward with optimism and excitement to what the future will bring. Certainly there will be challenges, but there is always hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Harriet and I pray for all of you who are facing difficulties. We pray that in 2017 you will find joy and peace by living gospel principles. We pray that you will feel inspired to be a better disciple of Christ by loving God and fellowmen.
May I suggest that you trust God and refocus your efforts on the divine plan of happiness our Heavenly Father has prepared for us.
You will remember the account in the book of Matthew, when a group of religious scholars attempted to draw the Savior into a controversy and asked Him to weigh in on an issue upon which few could agree.
“Master,” they asked Him, “which is the great commandment in the law?”
The Savior’s answer is as applicable today as it was 2,000 years ago:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
This year, I would encourage you to focus on the two great commandments. If our primary focus, thoughts, and efforts are centered on increasing our love for Almighty God and extending our hearts and actions to others, all other good things will fall into place.