GS 120L: Lesson 5


Speaking Partner Appointment: Goals

Young man praying with hands clasped

Read the following selection to your speaking partner. While reading mark the words that are unfamiliar. Discuss with your speaking partner how to pronounce any unfamiliar words, what they mean, and how to use them in sentences.

Achieving Our Goals

Bishop John H. Vandenberg said: "I feel that goal-setting is absolutely necessary for happy living. But the goal is only part of the desired procedures. We need to know which roads to take to reach the goal.... [People] need to make commitments with themselves by writing down their goals and keeping a record of the fulfillment of their achievements ..." (in Conference Report, April 1966, p. 94; or Improvement Era, June 1966, p. 534).

Although we may carefully follow the suggestions given for achieving our goals, sometimes we may not be successful in reaching them. Sometimes the Lord wisely has plans for us other than those we have chosen....

Achieving our goals will be easier if we eliminate from our lives those things that discourage or stop us. Poor habits, undesirable companions, and negative thoughts in the form of anxieties, doubts, and fears keep us from accomplishing righteous desires....

Achieving our righteous goals will come as a result of planning, effort, and prayer. We should remember that we will never fail as long as we are striving to reach these goals and seeking to understand Heavenly Father's will for us. We have accepted the gospel and joined the Church to help us become like our Father in Heaven.

(from "Setting Personal and Family Goals," Lesson 32, The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B)

Discuss with your speaking partner any of the following questions:

  1. How do goals affect our eternal progression?
  2. How does understanding who you are and your eternal purpose help you in establishing your long-term and short-term goals?
  3. How does setting goals make us better stewards of what we are given?
  4. Why do people not reach their goals?
  5. Think of a goal you have achieved. Why was it a success? What did you do to succeed? What can you learn from that experience and implement in future goals?

If time allows, go over some of the words in the Vocabulary list and discuss definitions.