The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - New Year

"I hope we will not live in the past. People who live in the past don't have very much future. There is a great tendency for us to lament about our losses, about decisions that we have made that we think in retrospect were probably wrong decisions. There is a great tendency for us to feel badly about the circumstances with which we are surrounded, thinking they might have been better had we made different decisions. We can profit by the experience of the past. But let us not spend our time worrying about decisions that have been made, mistakes that have been made. Let us live in the present and in the future." — Ezra Taft Benson, "Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson", p. 387

"Would it be far-fetched if we would speak of ten commandments for the new year, all of which, if you will be mindful of them, will advance you on your road to perfection?
First: Learn better this new year to talk with God in fervent prayer. 
Second: Make effective your right to the Savior's atonement through baptism and by truly living the law of repentance. 
Third: Keep the Sabbath day holy by giving service to the Lord on the
Sabbath day, by attending the meetings which you are expected to attend and partaking of the sacrament and renewing your covenants. 
Fourth: Obey the Word of Wisdom this year perfectly....
Fifth: Pay a full tithing this year....
Sixth: Fast two meals on the first Sunday of the month and pay the full value of those two meals from which you have abstained. 
Seventh: Live the law of chastity more perfectly than you have ever done it before, by thinking pure thoughts....
Eighth: If unmarried, keep yourself pointed for marriage at the proper time, the proper companion in the Lord's way...
Ninth: If you are married, live this year more true to your marriage vows.
Tenth: Give obedience to the counsel of those who preside in authority over you..." — Harold B. Lee, "Teachings of Harold B. Lee", p. 608

"Among Latter-day Saints there ought to be no occasion for what is called 'swearing-off' or for the general making of resolutions of improvement on New Year's day. Every day should witness with them a determination to lay aside weaknesses and take on more of the graces of godliness. Each day furnishes opportunity to look closely into one's habits, to examine and discard the worthless and cleave unto that which is elevating and holy." — George Q. Cannon, "Gospel Truth", p. 164

"We have commenced a new year, and, as the Lord says; 'All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through diligence, faithfulness and prayers of faith,' so we cannot but hope, that you will renew your exertions, your prayers, and your tithings, for the benefit of Zion, that she may arise and shine for the good of all people." — Joseph Smith, "History of the Church", 7:359

"This is a time when we ponder our blessings and when we also prepare for the new year, for which we should make new resolves and set new personal goals. This partial inventory of our collective blessings should help us to be ever more grateful and ever more determined. Please do the same within your families. Count your blessings, and express your gratitude to your eternal partners, to your children, and to your parents for all that they do." — Spencer W. Kimball, "A Gift of Gratitude," Tambuli, Dec. 1977, p. 2

"Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to change the onward and downward course of his life, or should there be those who fail to resolve to do better because of that greatest of fears—the fear of failure—there is no more comforting assurance to be had than these words of the Lord: 'My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.'" — Thomas S. Monson, "Priesthood Power," Ensign, Nov. 1999, p. 50

"Being mortal, and despite our resolve and efforts, we will continue to fall short of perfection. However, with Nephi of old, conscious of our weaknesses, temptations, and past mistakes, we may say, 'Nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted' (2 Ne. 4:19). There follows a natural resolve to renew our efforts." — Ronald E. Poelman, "Divine Forgiveness," Ensign, Nov. 1993, p. 85

"In the private sanctuary of one’s own conscience lies that spirit, that determination, to cast off the old person and to measure up to the stature of true potential. But the way is rugged and the course is strenuous." — Thomas S. Monson, "Happiness—The Universal Quest," Ensign, Oct. 1993, p. 5

"Then there was Saul of Tarsus, a scholar, familiar with the rabbinical writings in which certain modern scholars find such stores of treasure. For some reason, these writings did not reach Paul’s need, and he kept on crying, 'O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?' (Rom. 7:24.) And then one day he met Jesus, and behold, all things became new. From that day to the day of his death, Paul urged men to 'put off … the old man' and to 'put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.' (Eph. 4:22, 24.)" — Thomas S. Monson, "The Paths Jesus Walked," Ensign, Sept. 1992, p. 6

"Isn't that the way life is? We seldom perform to the level of our knowledge. This brings me to the subject of resolutions--resolutions to conform our lives more closely to what we already know about the gospel. While many of us take seriously our New Year's resolutions, some of us may not have made any because of our prior problems in keeping them. We must not overlook the power that making good resolutions can have in helping make our lives happier and more successful--regardless of our past performance." — Joe J. Christensen, "Resolutions", "Ensign," Dec. 1994, p. 62

"Now as we look back in retrospect, we might ask ourselves: Have I made the progress I should have? Did I really work to reach my goals? If we cannot answer affirmatively, then we should resolve to do better from this moment on. We should make definite plans to set new goals, and outline a course by which they may be reached, keeping in mind that eternal life should be the ultimate goal for each of us. The time is now. This is the day, the hour, the moment for each of us to resolve to do better in the future than we have done in the past." — N. Eldon Tanner, "Walking in Obedience to the Commandments", "Ensign," Feb. 1972, p. 2-3

"Intellectually (in wisdom and knowledge)
Physically (in stature) 
Socially (in favor with man) 
Spiritually (in favor with God)

I am convinced that if we make and keep resolutions in these four areas, we will have a happier and more successful new year and every year for the rest of our lives." — Joe J. Christensen, "I Resolve", "New Era," Jan. 1998, p. 4

"Remember, ...we all have our own challenges to work out while passing the tests of mortality, and we probably often think ours are the most difficult. Recognize limitations; no one can do everything. When you have done the best you can, be satisfied and don't look back and second-guess, wondering how you could have done more. Be at peace within yourselves. Rather than berate yourself for what you didn't do, congratulate yourself for what you did." — M. Russell Ballard, "Be an Example of the Believers", "Ensign," Nov. 1991, p. 95

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, 
The flying cloud, the frosty light; 
The year is dying in the night; 
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new, 
Ring, happy bells, across the snow: 
The year is going, let him go; 
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind, 
For those that here we see no more, 
Ring out the feud of rich and poor, 
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause, 
And ancient forms of party strife; 
Ring in the nobler modes of life, 
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care the sin, 
The faithless coldness of the times; 
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, 
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood, 
The civic slander and the spite; 
Ring in the love of truth and right, 
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease, 
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; 
Ring out the thousand wars of old, 
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free, 
The larger heart, the kindlier hand; 
Ring out the darkenss of the land, 
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Hymns, No. 215)

"We do not know the precise time of the Second Coming of the Savior, but we do know that we are living in the latter days and are closer to the Second Coming than when the Savior lived his mortal life in the meridian of time. We should resolve to begin a new era of personal obedience to prepare for His return. Mortality is fleeting. We all have much to accomplish in preparation to meet Him. As Latter-day Saints, 'we believe all things, we hope all things.... If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.' What do we believe that will motivate us to move forward? What do we hope for? What are the virtuous, lovely, or praiseworthy things we should seek after? I believe we should strive to develop within ourselves the traits of the character of the Savior." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Cultivating Divine Attributes", "Ensign," Nov. 1998, p. 25-26

"During the next few weeks 'Happy New Year' will be, perhaps, the most frequently repeated phrase in the English language. Every time that it is spoken sincerely it will throw a ray of sunshine into some life. Often it will brighten the spark of hope, and give new zest to him whose spirit was darkened. It will carry with it the message that the Old Year, with its failings, faults, and failures, had passed forever, and that a New Year comes laden with fresh opportunities and rich promises of success." - David O. McKay, "Pathways to Happiness," p.187

"At the beginning of a new year, wise business men take an inventory of their stock in trade, for only by so doing may they determine accurately their growth or losses. A careful study of this record will reveal the strength and weakness of their operations. Based upon this showing, their plans for future operations are made. And so the old year passes out with the spirit of good will, and the new year is ushered in as a time of reckoning. If such methods are good for business, why not for the individual. Is it not a good thing for me to take stock and carefully and honestly prepare an inventory, so that during this period of good will and reckoning I, also, may profitably ask myself, "What has my Church membership meant to me? What effect has my example had upon others? How have I magnified my Priesthood? What has been my contribution toward the growth and spiritual development of the community in which I live? How may I improve my spiritual condition? How can I render a greater service to my fellow-man—by example, through attendance at meetings, by helping to enlarge the usefulness of my quorum organization, by going out of my way to visit my brother who is discouraged, careless and neglectful of duty, and in the spirit of brotherly love encourage him, that he may have strength to negotiate the difficult road upon which he is traveling, that he too may safely come upon the road of light and truth and happiness?" -
"Improvement Era," 1929

I say to all, especially to myself, repent, and let us turn over a new leaf; let us cease our slothfulness, our indifference, and let it be manifest to Almighty God that we appreciate His loving kindness, that we appreciate His redemption, that we appreciate the glorious hope of everlasting lives, in a glorious resurrection, by our works being coupled with our faith to the glory of the Father, through Jesus Christ. - George Teasdale, "Conference Report," April 1898

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