Welcome to 2010.  It’s time to make some resolutions for the New Year.  This post is dedicated to the proposition that such resolutions can and ought to be made thoughtfully and purposefully.

Latter-day Saint scripture teaches, “Behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.”  (Alma 34:32)  If the purpose of life is preparation, and given that the clock is ticking, might it not suggest some resolve in the area of personal improvement – of improving our character, our spirit, our decency, our worthiness in the sight of God?

In a related but slightly different vein, consider the following:

“The poet Mary Oliver said, ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’  It seems to be the kind of question we might get at the judgment bar. And what will our answer be?  ‘Well, I watched every season of American Idol’ … ‘I played some really fun computer games’ … ‘I saw every blockbuster movie on opening night.’

“What are we doing with our precious lives? I like to think we are … never too old to start creating.

“There’s never been a better time to create…”

…says columnist Tiffany Gee Lewis, writing in the December 29 edition of the Mormon Times.  “The tools are there and the time is there.  It has never been easier… [U]ntil recently, access to creation was much more difficult.  All that is changing.”

Before you make another New Years resolution, read the rest of Tiffany’s excellent article and ask yourself what you can do with the one ‘wild and precious life’ God has given you.

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Afterwards, review the now-famous counsel of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf encapsulated in this remarkably upbeat and refreshing short video from the Mormon Messages channel.

Click here to view the video on YouTube, or here to watch it in a Quietube environment.

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Finally, to all my readers – whatever your resolutions may be – sincere wishes for a rewarding and a Happy New Year.