Sunday, January 15, 2012


I was recently introduced to the idea of Be➜Do➜Have. The concept has evidently been around for awhile in various forms. The basic premise is this: Before we can have we must first do. That seems obvious. The part I thought was most relevant was the idea that before we do, we must first be.

Another way of thinking about this is what we sometimes we refer to as having an eye of faith. One of my favorite verses in Ether 12 is verse nineteen: "And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad."

In other words, they "saw" the thing they desired with spiritual eyes before they saw it with their physical eyes. It is no different for me.

As I work toward having goals, dreams and desires come true, I'm slowly learning that I must first be the person I want to become. Who I am will then affect in a much more permanent way what I do and will likewise determine what I have.  Elder Scott's wonderful insight comes again to mind: "We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day."

I think this could have significant implications in my life. This is a simple sequence to understand, but a hard one to deeply absorb. Being what it is I want to become is hard work and ripe with opportunities to make mistakes or to fall short. Having the understanding that I must first be whom I want to become will hopefully help me to more resolutely do. This will then help me to get the things I want to have. Something to chew on...


  1. Well, you know I need this. It seems to be the conversation of our lives right now. We are on the path. I am a blogger again- among many things.