Idea List: New Year—New You

“Idea List: New Year—New You,” New Era, Jan. 2004, 27

Idea List:

New Year—New You

Many people use a new year to set resolutions or goals for the future. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said, “You should look ahead now and decide what you want to do with your lives. … Write your goals and review them regularly. Keep them before you constantly, record your progress, and revise them as circumstances dictate. Your ultimate goal should be eternal life” (Ensign, Nov. 1989, 73).

Debbie Skousen’s seminary students in the Morgantown Ward, Fairmont West Virginia Stake, each made a list of five personal goals to accomplish during the year. Some of their ideas are listed here to help you set a few of your own goals.

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Pray privately twice a day.

  • Write in my journal every night.

  • Smile and say hi to 10 people a day.

  • Share my testimony with someone once a week.

  • Make at least one new friend this year.

  • Read the scriptures for 10 minutes or more every day.

  • Attend Mutual every week.

  • Partake of the sacrament every week.

  • Attend seminary every day.

  • Give away three copies of the Book of Mormon this year.

  • Save for my mission each month.

  • Take my scriptures to church each Sunday.

  • Accomplish all of my Duty to God certificate requirements.

  • Accomplish all of my Personal Progress requirements.

  • Listen to every talk in general conference.

  • Read the New Era each month.

  • Gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon.

  • Memorize all of this year’s seminary scripture mastery verses.

Photography by John Luke