Bloggernacle Back Bench: Blogs tackle New Year's resolutions

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 3 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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I love reading all the New Year’s resolutions, which range from spiritual to whimsical, as I traverse the blogosphere. They motivate me to try to do better, to be better. Let some of these likewise inspire you.

Spiritual: Let President Thomas S. Monson guide your goals as spotlighted by these bloggers. First find “Help for New Year's Resolutions,” which includes a great quote from President Monson, and then click in to learn about President Monson’s ABCs that can help you make some spiritual “New Year’s Resolutions.”

The Mormon Soprano had a “New Year’s Resolution Epiphany” after she had already written down her resolutions: “It came by way of a song. … It’s a song I’ve heard many times, both in the original soundtrack for the animated film ‘Prince of Egypt’ and as a live performance. The message is priceless. It encourages us to look at our life 'through heaven’s eyes.' And then it hit me — what if I looked at my New Year’s resolutions this year ‘through heaven’s eyes’? With that in mind, I took out my list again. I realized that I have a great plan, but there’s one important step I missed. It’s time to talk to my Heavenly Father and ask for his input!” Awesome.

This blogger decide to do a one-word themed resolution. The word she chose? “Discipleship.” Here is one way she plans to implement it: “Using the Internet as a tool of discipleship. I really enjoy it when my friends share quotes from the prophets on Facebook. I'm on the Internet all the time. ... I've got blogs (which I don't update often enough), Twitter, Facebook, email, etc. Plenty of opportunities there! (Elder) M. Russell Ballard, in a commencement address at BYU-Hawaii in 2007, said this ...'This is the world of the future, with inventions undreamed of that will come in your lifetime as they have in mine. How will you use these marvelous inventions? More to the point, how will you use them to further the work of the Lord?' I'm going to try to join the conversation about the church on the Internet, and use this amazing missionary tool!” You don’t have to tell me twice! What an awesome idea.

Or I just loved this blogging missionary’s goal: “I'm going to seize opportunities to do something good for someone instead of second-guessing myself and not doing anything at all.” What a simple but important resolution that we can all make.

Whimsical: Oh, I loved this idea of making a bingo card of all your family’s resolutions and then filling it out as the year progresses. Find out how this blogger is incorporating this creative idea and then try it yourself!

This food blogger writes a list of food-themed resolutions geared toward healthier eating. Click in for some great ideas for getting your own “new outlook on life.”

And I chuckled over the Mormon Cartoonist’s take on a gung-ho missionary’s “New Year’s Resolution.” I won’t ruin the punch line, but it has to do with a convert goal. Enjoy.

Finally, all aboard the January 2012 LDS Blog Train for some delightful digital scrapbook pages dedicated to the theme of “Choose the Right.” If you haven’t taken a look at these incredible digital creations (and all for free), then you definitely need to make a resolution to click in. Enjoy!

Now let me look around for more worthy stuff to highlight from the Bloggernacle:

Power pick: I love finding new scripture resources, and this new blog from BYU professor William Hamblin is a gem. With Mormon Scripture Explorations, he is doing just that, beginning with verses from the Book of Mormon. How handy for Sunday School study. If you'll notice, he not only has links to his PDF notes (with fascinating insights and pictures), but links to video and podcast lectures for each verse. Wow! Check it out, please.

Techie tip: Did you know that the “Media for 2012 Mutual Theme,” including “19 videos featuring stories of youth around the world, messages from youth leaders, and a music video,” is available online right now? How cool! Click in to learn more and to watch the accompanying highlight video.

Emily Warburton Jensen loves searching through the LDS blog world for developments and testimonies that best capture the ever-evolving LDS online experience.

Email: ejensen@desnews.com

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