5 New Years Resolutions Every
Latter-day Saint Should Consider In 2017!
Every year we set new years resolutions, some of them are wise and some are foolish, but most only last until mid-January. Why? Well, I could write about how we don’t actually set goals correctly, and I did last year (Click here for how to set goals and achieve them). But this year I wanted to focus on worthwhile goals, I looked to the Brethren and found 5 New Years Resolutions every Latter-day Saint should consider in 2017.
1st. Read The Book Of Mormon Cover To Cover This Year.
The thing that shocked me the most as a missionary is how many members had never actually read the Book of Mormon cover to cover! Our mission president told us that the average convert only reads 34 pages of the Book of Mormon before baptism! It does not matter of you are a new convert, or if you are like everyone else and working on your ongoing conversion, strengthen it by reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover this year.
- Tip. To reach this goal, strive to read the Book of Mormon every day, you can also listen to while driving or at the gym!
“Search the Book of Mormon and the words of the living prophets every day, every day, every day! It’s the key to spiritual survival and avoiding deception. Without it, we are spiritually lost.”
Elder Kevin W. Pearson
2nd. Make 2017 The Year Of The Temple.
Only within the Temple can we receive the exalting ordinances that will enable to qualify for eternal life. It is imperative to our eternal progression that we strive to receive all the blessings the Temple has to offer.
One way we can make this year the “year of the temple” is by focusing on the importance of making and keeping Temple covenants. Another is to set a goal is to more frequently worship in the Temple!
- Tip. Put a picture of the Temple in every room of your house to motivate you to go!
“if you have made covenants, keep them. If you haven’t made them, make them. If you have made them and broken them, repent and repair them.”
Jeffrey R. Holland
3rd. Become A Member Missionary, Bring Someone In/Back To The Church.
We’ve all heard the famed phrase “every member a missionary” but the less heard part is the commitment that President McKay would often extend, he would ask members to commit to “bring at least one new member into the Church each year.” (Teachings of David O McKay)
Now is a perfect time to accept this invitation from a Prophet of God and set the goal to bring someone into the Church this year!
- Tip. Pray for chances to share the Gospel, and the courage to act! Then just do it!
“If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart”
Neil L. Andersen
4th. Judge Less And Love More.
Whether or not the person has sinned is actually none of your business, our job is simple, love them. Jesus Christ Himself taught “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:25
Let this year be the year we choose to love others; the missionary who came home early, the YSA struggling with loneliness, the person who was rude to you at church, or even the Young Man/Woman who is struggling with pornography. They don’t need judgment, they need love!
Let’s learn a lesson from a Mother Theresa.
- Tip. Next time you are tempted to judge ask yourself how does Heavenly Father see them?
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
5th. Take Better Care Of Your Body.
Everyone’s body is a temple, how do you treat your temple? Don’t buy into the lies about our bodies, there is not a preset weight in heaven to be healthy here on earth, just like Temples have different shapes colors and sizes it is ok to have bodies of different shapes colors and sizes. Think of the difference between the humble Monticello Utah temple at 11,225 square feet, and the Salt Lake Temple at 253,015 square feet. This is not a matter of weight, but of health.
Ask yourself: “Am I honoring my body?” “Am I treating it like a Temple? “What am I going to do to honor and respect my body more this year?” Remember you are being healthy for God, show Him you respect the body He created.
- Tip. Exercise is important, but there is no substitute for healthy eating. Abs are made in the kitchen!
“Feeding the spirit while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you are out of shape, if you are uncomfortable in your own body and can do something about it, then do it!”
Elder Jörg Klebingat