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Doing God's work with attitude of 'Thine, not mine'

At the October 1989 general conference Elder Marlin K. Jensen said that he had searched the scriptures in the months after he had been called to the First Quorum of the Seventy for guidance in his new calling. He said that he had become aware of the "importance to our eternal welfare of our motives, our desires and our attitudes." He then spoke of one of those: the necessity of performing earthly labors with "an eye single to the glory of God." (Doctrine and Covenants 4:5.)

Elder Jensen said: "The temptation to seek personal recognition and reward from our service to others is ever-present. The pattern was established in the pre-earth life by Satan himself. There, when the Father explained His plan of salvation for the inhabitants of this earth and the need for a redeemer, Satan responded by saying, 'Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor.' (Moses 4:11.) In contrast, Christ showed us for all time that God's work is to be done with an attitude of Thine, not mine. Said He: 'Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.' (Moses 4:2.)

"Those who seek honor and gain for themselves in doing the Lord's work are guilty of what the scriptures call priestcrafts. Of this sin, Nephi stated, 'Priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.' " (2 Nephi 26:29.)

Elder Jensen added: "Latter-day Saints whose eyes are single to God's glory see life from a vastly different perspective than those whose attention is directed elsewhere. Such members, for instance, care little about receiving credit or recognition for their good deeds. They are more interested in feeding the Lord's sheep than in counting them. In fact, they frequently find their greatest happiness in serving anonymously, thereby leaving the beneficiaries of their kindness with no one to thank or praise except the Lord."

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