What type of person am I to be?
Perhaps you have asked yourself before what type of person you are supposed to be. We are told in the scriptures that it is not enough to be good. Lynn G. Robbins said this concerning who we should be:
“’To be, or not to be’ is actually a very good question. The Savior posed the question in a far more profound way, making it a vital doctrinal question for each of us: ‘What manner of men (and women) ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am’ (3 Nephi 27:27). The first-person present tense of the verb be is I Am. He invites us to take upon us His name and His nature.”
What does it mean for us to take upon us His name and His nature?
Being and Doing
So, what is the difference between being and doing? What do each of them mean? Lynn G. Robbins continues in his talk:
“To be and to do are inseparable. As interdependent doctrines they reinforce and promote each other. Faith inspires one to pray, for example, and prayer in turn strengthens one’s faith.
The Savior often denounced those who did without being—calling them hypocrites: ‘This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me’ (Mark 7:6). To do without to be is hypocrisy, or feigning to be what one is not—a pretender.”
Are you a pretender in your life? Do you honour the Lord with your lips while your heart is far from Him?
Lynn G. Robbins continues:
“Conversely, to be without to do is void, as in ‘faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone’ (James 2:17). Be without do really isn’t being—it is self-deception, believing oneself to be good merely because on’e intentions are good.
Do without be—hypocrisy—portrays a false image to others, while be without do portrays a false image to oneself.”
We must be careful in our lives to look for ways that we are doing what we are. We must be sure that we do and we be.
I love how Robbins talks about to do lists and how we are to check ourselves for progress:
“Many of us create to do lists to remind us of things we want to accomplish. But people rarely have to be lists. Why? To do’s are activities or events that can be checked off the list when done. To be, however, is never done. You can’t earn check marks with to be’s. I can take my wife out for a lovely evening this Friday, which is a to do. But being a good husband is not an event; it needs to be part of my nature—my character, or who I am.
Or as a parent, when can I check a child off my list as done? We are never done being good parents, one of the most important things we can teach our children is how to be more like the Savior.”
I think one of the most important things that we can teach anyone is to be like the Savior. As we ourselves strive to become more like the Savior, we teach others to be more like the Savior as well through our example. Such great good comes from working to become more like the Savior ourselves.