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'Try a little harder to be a little better:' New Year's encouragement from Mormon leaders (15 items)

By and , Deseret News

Jan. 8, 2014

A new year is upon us, along with the opportunity to make some changes.

Whether physical, spiritual or emotional, many have made goals this month in hopes of improving their lives.

As David K. Williams points out in his article on Forbes.com, it's not always easy to stick to the goals you set on Jan. 1 — but the important thing is to keep trying.

"Do your best not to give in or quit. I know it sounds simplistic (it is) just keep going," Williams wrote.

"The important thing is to move forward continually. Some days we make great progress in some areas; other days we seem to slide backward a bit. If we were to chart our progress, it would have ups and downs, but overall it should move upward as we learn from our mistakes."

Elder Marvin J. Ashton, former member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said during general conference in October 1983, "The direction in which we are moving is more important than where we are at the moment. Goal setting should cause us to stretch as we make our way."

As you consider the goals you have made, or plan to make, for this year, here is a list of 15 motivational quotes from LDS general authorities regarding resolutions and change to keep you going.

1 of 15. "Try a little ..."

"Try a little harder to be a little better."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "We Have a Work to Do," May 1995.

2 of 15. "It’s in the doing ..."

"It’s in the doing, not just the thinking, that we accomplish our goals. If we constantly put our goals off, we will never see them fulfilled."

President Thomas S. Monson, "A Royal Priesthood," October 2007.

3 of 15. "You can change ..."

"You can change anything you want to change, and you can do it very fast. It takes exactly as long to repent as it takes you to say 'I'll change' — and meant it."

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "For Times of Trouble," March 1980.

4 of 15. "To avoid ..."

"To avoid some of the deepest regrets of life, it would be wise to make some resolutions today."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Of Regrets and Resolutions," October 2012.

5 of 15. "You are doing better ..."

"You are doing better than you think you are. But we can be better."

Sister Julie B. Beck, "Relief Society: Question and answer with Sister Julie B. Beck," September 2011.
1. Ethel
Home Town USA, UT,
Jan. 9, 2014

Great wisdom. Pass It ON!

2. 1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT,
Jan. 9, 2014

"Where performance is measured, performance improves. Where performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates."

President Thomas S. Monson

Does this mean the church is going to start reporting to us regarding where our contributions are going and whom they are benefitting?

3. OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA,
Jan. 9, 2014

These are very lovely and encouraging. So is Joel Osteen...

But the true source of Power is in God's Word, for the total package, according to Hebrews 4:12,13.

All else can be changed, modified, reversed. (And they have been...)

"But The Word of the LORD stands forever." All of Psalm 119!

4. WRK
Riverton, UT,
Jan. 9, 2014

To 1aggie: they already do.

5. 1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT,
Jan. 9, 2014

@WRK

If what you say is true, then for the calendar year 2012 how much cash was received in contributions, how much was expended (on exactly what) and how much cash received in 2012 remained on hand at the end of the year (and what was it invested in)?