One of my favorite quotes of all time is found in a book titled “Way to Be” by President Gordon B. Hinckley, a beloved prophet and former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints . He said, “Be Grateful, Be Smart, Be Clean, Be True, Be Humble, Be Prayerful, Be Positive, Be Still, and Be Involved.” When I first thought about those 9 – “Be’s” and how they relate to my life I could see that I could improve on each one of them. I also knew that if I prayed and asked my Heavenly Father to help me make improvements in my life then He could make my weaknesses become my strengths (see Ether 12:27).
I picked “Be Positive” to work on first, so I went to work by praying and reading my scriptures every single day trying not to miss one day so I could have the Spirit with me. Then whenever someone had a negative attitude around me, I wouldn’t give in and start being negative with them. If I had a negative thing to say, I would replace it with something positive. This took a lot of effort at first, and then I noticed that it got easier to be more positive. I felt better – even happier about myself, my friends, and everything in my life. The more I acted, the more I noticed a change in my attitude, and my family and friends could tell that I was happier and wanted to be around me. President Hinckley was right – the prophet always is! Put the 9 “Be’s” to the test in your own life and see what happens – it will change your life for the better.