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, 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 changes to keep you going.

President Gordon B. Hinckley

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

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

President Thomas S. Monson

"It is not enough to want to make the effort and to say we’ll make the effort. We must actually make the effort. 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. Someone put it this way: Live only for tomorrow, and you will have a lot of empty yesterdays today."

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

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"Here your most crucial challenge, once recognizing the seriousness of your mistakes, will be to believe that you can change, that there you can become different. To disbelieve that is clearly a Satanic device designed to discourage and defeat you. Fall on your knees and thank your Father in Heaven that you belong to a church and have accepted the gospel that promises repentance to those who will pay the price. Repentance is not a foreboding word. It is, following faith, the most encouraging word in the Christian vocabulary. Repentance is simply the scriptural invitation for growth and improvement and progress and renewal. You can change! You can be anything you want to be in righteousness.

"If there is one lament I cannot tolerate it is the poor, pitiful, withered cry, “Well, that’s just the way I am.” If you want to talk about discouragement, that is one that discourages me. Please don’t give me any speeches which say 'That’s just the way I am.' I’ve heard that from too many people who wanted to sin and find some principle of psychology to justify it. And I use the word sin again to cover a vast range of habits, some seemingly innocent enough, which nevertheless bring discouragement and doubt and despair.

"You can change anything you want to change and you can do it very fast."

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

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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

"It is my testimony that many of the deepest regrets of tomorrow can be prevented by following the Savior today. If we have sinned or made mistakes—if we have made choices that we now regret—there is the precious gift of Christ’s Atonement, through which we can be forgiven. We cannot go back in time and change the past, but we can repent. The Savior can wipe away our tears of regret and remove the burden of our sins. His Atonement allows us to leave the past behind and move forward with clean hands, a pure heart, and a determination to do better and especially to become better."

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

Sister Julie B. Beck

"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.

President Spencer W. Kimball

"You can set your goals, young women, to make you reach and strain. ... Growth comes from setting your goals high and reaching for the stars."

President Spencer W. Kimball, "Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters," October 1978.

Elder M. Russell Ballard

"We cannot ignore keeping the commandments of God. We cannot excuse ourselves or rationalize or justify even the smallest things in our lives that we need to master. We must work to overcome them. We can become the masters of our own destinies by practicing self-discipline and by setting worthy goals that will lead to higher ground so that we can become what our Heavenly Father wants us to become."

Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Go for It!," March 2004.

President Thomas S. Monson

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

President Thomas S. Monson, "Thou Art a Teacher Come From God," October 1970.

Elder Marvin J. Ashton

"We need not feel that we must forever be what we presently are. There is a tendency to think of change as the enemy. Many of us are suspect of change and will often fight and resist it before we have even discovered what the actual effects will be. When change is thought through carefully, it can produce the most rewarding and profound experiences in life. The changes we make must fit the Lord’s purposes and patterns."

Elder Marvin J. Ashton, "Progress through Change," October 1979.

President Gordon B. Hinckley

"Mediocrity will never do. You are capable of something better. Give it your very best. You will never again have such an opportunity. Pray about it. Work at it. Make it happen. Drink in the great knowledge here to be obtained from this dedicated faculty. Qualify yourselves for the work of the world that lies ahead. It will largely compensate you in terms of what it thinks you are worth. Walk the high road of charity, respect, and love for others and particularly those who are less fortunate. Be happy. Look for the sunlight in life. Reach for the stars."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Remarks at the Inauguration of President Cecil O. Samuelson," September 2003.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"With patience and persistence, even the smallest act of discipleship or the tiniest ember of belief can become a blazing bonfire of a consecrated life. In fact, that’s how most bonfires begin—as a simple spark.

"So if you feel small and weak, please simply come unto Christ, who makes weak things strong. The weakest among us, through God’s grace, can become spiritually strong, because God 'is no respecter of persons.' He is our 'faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments.'"

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Of Things That Matter Most," October 2010.

Sister Linda K. Burton

"We cannot do the difficult things we have been asked to do without help. Help comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and the helping hands of others."

Sister Linda K. Burton, "Wanted: Hands and Hearts to Hasten the Work," April 2014.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson

"We often refer to the scripture that where “much is given much is required.”1 I believe that a close corollary to this is that where much is required, much more will be given."

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, "Greater Expectations," August 2014.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"Fatigue is the common enemy of us all—so slow down, rest up, replenish, and refill. ...

"Also let us remember that through any illness or difficult challenge, there is still much in life to be hopeful about and grateful for. We are infinitely more than our limitations or our afflictions!"

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Like a Broken Vessel," October 2013.

President Gordon B. Hinkley

"There is room for improvement in every life. Regardless of our occupations, regardless of our circumstances, we can improve ourselves and while so doing have an effect on the lives of those about us."

President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Each a Better Person," October 2002.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

"We don’t have to be perfect today. We don’t have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can.

"Though you may feel weary, though you sometimes may not be able to see the way, know that your Father in Heaven will never forsake His righteous followers. He will not leave you comfortless. He will be at your side, yes, guiding you every step of the way."

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, "One Step after Another," October 2001.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

"Act now, so that a thousand years from now, when you look back at this moment, you can say this was a moment that mattered — this was a day of determination."

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "Why Not Now?," October 1974.

Elder Richard G. Scott

"To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do things you have never before done.

"Don’t confront your problem armed with only your own experience, understanding, and strength. Count on the infinite power of the Lord by deciding now to be obedient to His teachings."

Elder Richard G. Scott, "Finding the Way Back," May 1990.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"Don’t give up, boy. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead—a lot of it—30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "An High Priest of Good Things to Come," November 1999.

President Thomas S. Monson

"We know the commandments. He understands that when we keep the commandments, our lives will be happier, more fulfilling, and less complicated. Our challenges and problems will be easier to bear, and we will receive His promised blessings. But while He gives us laws and commandments, He also allows us to choose whether to accept them or to reject them. Our decisions in this regard will determine our destiny."

President Thomas S. Monson, "Keep the Commandments," October 2015.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

"To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle—and all will—I say, 'Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are. In fact, you are saviors on Mount Zion (Obadiah 1:21) and like the Master you follow, your love ‘never faileth’( Moroni 7:46).'”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Behold Thy Mother," October 2015.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Let us simplify our lives a little. Let us make the changes necessary to refocus our lives on the sublime beauty of the simple, humble path of Christian discipleship—the path that leads always toward a life of meaning, gladness, and peace."

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Of Things That Matter Most," October 2010.

Elder Robert D. Hales

"Prayerfully select mentors who have your spiritual well-being at heart. Be careful about taking advice from your peers. If you want more than you now have, reach up, not across!

"Remember, no one can reach upward on your behalf. Only your faith and prayers will cause you to lift yourself and have the mighty change of heart. Only your resolve to be obedient can change your life. Because of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice for you, the power is in you. You have your agency, you have strong testimonies if you are obedient, and you can follow the Spirit that guides you."

Elder Robert D. Hales, "Meeting the Challenges of Today's World," October 2015.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

"It is important to recognize that God’s ultimate purpose is our progress. His desire is that we continue 'from grace to grace, until [we receive] a fulness' of all He can give. That requires more than simply being nice or feeling spiritual. It requires faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism of water and of the Spirit, and enduring in faith to the end."

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "Why the Church," October 2015.

Brother Devin G. Durrant

"Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results."

Brother Devin G. Durrant, "My Heart Pondereth Them Continually," October 2015.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

"Keep going, and the Lord will help you. At times you may not know quite what to do or what to say—just move forward."

Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "Brethren, We Have Work to Do," October 2012.

M. Russell Ballard

"If we follow up, the Lord will not let us down."

Elder M. Russell Ballard, "Following Up," April 2014.

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson

"Everyone, no matter what their marital circumstance or number of children, can be defenders of the Lord’s plan described in the family proclamation. If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan!"

Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, "Defenders of the Family Proclamation," April 2015.

Brother Devin G. Durrant

"I hope you will decide to save money each week. Exercise your faith, discipline yourself, and do it. I also sincerely pray you will choose to ponder God’s words in an extended and deeper manner on a weekly basis. Exercise your faith, discipline yourself, and do it."

Brother Devin G. Durrant, "My Heart Pondereth Them Continually," October 2015.

Elder Russell M. Nelson

"My dear brothers and sisters, each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny. One day each of us will stand before the Lord in judgment. We will each have a personal interview with Jesus Christ. We will account for decisions that we made about our bodies, our spiritual attributes, and how we honored God’s pattern for marriage and family."

Elder Russell M. Nelson, "Decisions for Eternity," October 2013.

Elder Kim B. Clark

"We do not have to be perfect, but we need to be good and getting better. We need to strive to live the plain and simple truths of the gospel. If we take upon us the name of Christ, act with faith in Him to repent of our sins, keep His commandments, and always remember Him, we will receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ."

Elder Kim B Clark, "Eyes to See and Ears to Hear," October 2015.