It’s a NEW year…and for many, that means new goals and resolutions. Do you set goals for yourself? Do you keep track of those goals to make sure they are achieved or do they slowly get pushed back as your life gets busy over the months, with new things taking over as ‘more important’. I have had ‘goals’ and goal making on my mind lately. I’ve read several talks on this topic, and I also created a 2016 Goals Booklet to help myself make and keep goals that I set. I created this booklet years ago as a Relief Society activity. I have since then updated it, and am excited to use it this year. Here’s a little peek at what it looks like!


But before I go into my booklet, I wanted to share some things I liked from the talks that I read. 🙂

In 1976, President Thomas S. Monson (council of the twelve, then) gave a talk during General Conference about goals. He began his talk by describing the super freeway we know as, I-15. He then shared an experience he had. Here is what he said,

“Several days ago, while driving to my home, I approached the entrance to Interstate 15. At the on-ramp I noticed three hitchhikers, each one of whom carried a homemade sign which announced his desired destination. One sign read “Los Angeles,” while a second carried the designation “Boise.” However, it was the third sign which not only caught my attention but caused me to reflect and ponder its message. The hitchhiker had lettered not Los Angeles, California, nor Boise, Idaho, on the cardboard sign which he held aloft. Rather, his sign consisted of but one word and read simply “ANYWHERE.”

Here was one who was content to travel in any direction, according to the whim of the driver who stopped to give him a free ride. What an enormous price to pay for such a ride. No plan. No objective. No goal. The road to anywhere is the road to nowhere, and the road to nowhere leads to dreams sacrificed, opportunities squandered, and a life unfulfilled.”

We are blessed with the ability to choose the direction we will go. All we have to do is make the decision and stick with it! Here’s another great story from President Monson from the same talk (it was too good to leave out). 🙂

“When I was about ten, my boyfriends and I would take pocketknives in hand and from the soft wood of a willow tree fashion small toy boats. With a triangular-shaped cotton sail in place, each would launch his crude craft in a race down the relatively turbulent waters of the Provo River. We would run along the river’s bank and watch the tiny vessels sometimes bobbing violently in the swift current and at other times sailing serenely as the water deepened.

During such a race, we noted that one boat led all the rest toward the appointed finish line. Suddenly, the current carried it too close to a large whirlpool, and the boat heaved to its side and capsized. Around and around it was carried, unable to make its way back into the main current. At last it came to rest at the end of the pool, amid the flotsam and jetsam which surrounded it, held fast by the fingerlike tentacles of the grasping green moss.

The toy boats of childhood had no keel for stability, no rudder to provide direction, and no source of power. Like the hitchhiker, their destination was “ANYWHERE,” but inevitably downstream.

We have been provided divine attributes to guide our destiny. We entered mortality not to float with the moving currents of life, but with the power to think, to reason, and to achieve.”

{“Which Road Will You Travel”; Thomas S. Monson; 1976}

Our Heavenly Father sent us here with the right tools and supplies for our journey. We aren’t just simply floating along with nowhere to go. So, what can we do to help ourselves out, to make sure we don’t get stuck in a whirlpool along the way or end up with no direction and end up with a life unfulfilled? Today I am sharing a few ideas that I read, and a booklet to help us make righteous goals for ourselves in 2016.

In today’s world we are bombarded with distractions. Things that are wanting our attention, but are they time wasters or are they truly worthy of our time and leading us to our goal(s)?

Another talk I read was a BYU Speech from Sister Peggy S. Worthen. In her talk, Sis. Worth said this about goals:

“Goals are a very significant part of our lives. Goals help us to keep focused. Goals help us plan for and attain the things that are important to us.”

{An Unexpected Path; Peggy S. Worthen}

She then went on to share 3 things we should consider when setting goals.

#1. Ask Yourself THIS Question:

“Will this goal help me achieve my own full divine potential?”

“In other words, are our goals in harmony with Heavenly Father’s plan for us, which is to gain “eternal life, . . . the greatest of all the gifts of God” (D&C 14:7)?” {Peggy S. Worthen}

Sis. Worthen shares that one great way to make sure our goals are in line with those of Heavenly Father’s plan is to read your Patriarchal Blessing.

“Patriarchal blessings are our own personal “road maps” and help us to know what Heavenly Father has planned for us. We need to study them, especially when we set goals. What does your patriarchal blessing tell you? What does Heavenly Father want you to do?”

Did you know that you can now read your patriarchal blessing online!?! You can! Just go to and sign-in to your account. If you are already logged in just go to the top right corner of and click on My Account and Ward. A drop down menu will then appear, and under My Account you will see ‘Patriarchal Blessing’. You’ll need to request for your blessing, but it doesn’t take long. Before you know it, you’ll have it!


Along with achieving our divine potential, we also need to remember the duties/responsibilities we have in our lives. Maybe we have a goal to read a book each week or post on our blog EVERY day…but will that take us away from more pressing matters?

I had the idea of sitting down and making a list of all my goals and responsibilities I HAVE to do. I want to create a happy medium where I can work on my goals as well as remember the important duties and responsibilities I have as a wife, mother, daughter, primary counselor, etc. I need to remember to put the most important things first. 🙂


#2. Make A Continuous Effort

Look back often on your goals and your progress. You won’t get there all at once, you will reach your goal little by little. This pertains to our personal and spiritual goals. Our overall goal is to return to our Heavenly Father, but there are many things that we must do in order to get there. We cannot wait until the last minute and expect to make it, we have to make a continuous effort. Most often it’s those small and simple things that are often neglected: scripture study, prayer, Visiting Teaching, etc. Make a plan to do better at these this year, I know I need to. 🙂

But we also need to remember this with our Personal Goals. I asked about goals during my Periscope last night, and had a couple people comment that they would like to run a marathon or a 5k this year. Obviously they aren’t going to sign-up for a marathon and do no prior training. They have to make a continuous effort and take time to train.

There are things that I would like to change this year…track finances better this year, have a new bill system, etc. Even with little goals we need to remember that it’s going to take time, but by making the effort we will reach our goal!


#3. Be Flexible!

Life doesn’t always go as planned!

It is important that we learn to adjust to change. We need to learn not to panic when things don’t go exactly as we have planned. One thing I have learned is that there is no such thing as an uninterrupted pathway to the goals we make. As someone once observed, there is no freeway to perfection. We usually face detours or unexpected events that occur while trying to achieve our goals” {Peggy Worthen}.

We all have those days, right? We need to learn that no one is perfect, and sometimes we just have to try again tomorrow. Don’t give up!

 ‘I have also learned that if we pay attention, prepare for the unexpected, and learn not to panic when we are forced to take a longer detour or a different route, things will often work out better than we could have planned on our own.

Learning to be flexible and adjusting to change can often be very difficult. However, if we are striving to reach our full potential and are setting goals that are in line with Heavenly Father’s plan for us, He will help and guide us. We need to remember the Lord’s words in

Isaiah 55:8–9:  ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. . . .

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts'” {Peggy Worthen}.

What a great quote! As we live in a way that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father then we will have his help and guidance. What better person to have guidance from than our Heavenly Father.


So, are you ready to make some changes in 2016? I am! And today I am sharing some things that will hopefully help us with those goals!

First, I just created a Facebook Group to help us with our goals. I don’t know about you, but I do a lot better when I am held accountable, when I have to share or report my progress. Anyone up for joining my ‘A New Year…A New You!’ Facebook group?

Click Here to Join!

{It’s a closed group, so I will have to approve you first. :)}


Now, I wanted to share my 2016 Goal Booklet! Like I said, I created this years ago for our Relief Society. We encouraged the women of the ward to complete at least 2 things from each section. At the end of the month, if they had completed 2 of the goals they got to pick from the prize basket. We had a bunch of goodies in the basket to choose from. Unfortunately, we were released a few months later, so I never got to finish.

I decided to give my little Goal booklet a face-lift. Here’s what it’s all about.



2016 Goals Booklet

Here’s a look at the January page. At the top of each month, you will find a quote from one of our church leaders. Below that you see 3 different sections:

Goals That Build Spiritual Strength

Goals For Every Day Life

Personal Goals

Below each of these sections are different goals to choose from. You can choose as few or as many as you’d like.


The Goals that Build Spiritual Strength section has things like bear your testimony, read an article from the Ensign, do your Visiting Teaching, read your patriarchal blessing, attend the temple this month, etc.

I also focus on an Christ-like attribute each month. In January you get to choose the attribute and then focus on it for the whole month, and February is love.


The Goals for Every Day Life lists all kinds of different goals like:

Create a weekly menu and include a new recipe, go one day without using electronics, read a new book, plan a fun family activity, call someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile, etc.

The Personal Goals section is a section for you to write your own goals that you would like to achieve this year.

I created this booklet hoping to help myself and others plan goals and achieve them. By doing so we will be uplifted and strengthened, and like President Monson shared…we will be helping  ‘ourselves out, to make sure we don’t get stuck in a whirlpool along the way or end up with no direction and end up with a life unfulfilled?’


My 2016 Goals Booklet is available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. But I HAD to offer a coupon code for those of you who are interested. Use coupon code 2016GOALS to receive $2.50 OFF my 2016 Goal Sheet! That is a great deal, but hurry, the coupon code is only good until FRIDAY, JANUARY 8TH (Midnight MST).

Click HERE to visit my Etsy Shop.


What goals do you have lined up for yourself this year? I would love to hear. Leave a comment or come join me on my brand new Facebook group (link above).

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


14 thoughts on “2016 LDS Goals Booklet

  1. Alia

    I love that you had a prize bucket for the RS sisters! Works on primary kids so why not full grown women? heck yes! 🙂 Comprehensive and a huge undertaking- amazing as always.


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Hi Tammy! Sorry about that. I was having major technical difficulties when I was posting this, so I must have forgotten to post the link. It is now on there, so you’re good to go. 🙂


  2. Maddie

    Hi , I am a young women counselor and I love reading your articles and applying your ideas in the young women class. I am also a return missionary and a young single adult. I would love to read something about being a return missionary and being single, dating tips and about how you met your husband and how do u prepare to be a wife and a mother. Thank you so much! I hope to hear from you

    Love, Maddie


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thank you, Maddie! I was actually thinking about sharing something on Marriage. I will try to work on something. And I really need to update my “About” page and include some more info, don’t I? 🙂


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