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Our motivation for doing things

I don’t have anything deep to say about this, but it’s something I’ve thought about before and figured I’d put up something quick about it.

I’m certainly not the only one who has thought of this, but there seems to be a progression of why we do things. Sometimes we do things because we have to. Sometimes we do things because we want to. I suppose there are a variety of reasons why we might do things, and I’ve listed a few of them below.

  1. We do it because we feel we have to because of family and/or friends
  2. We do it because we are scared of potential consequences
  3. We do it because we don’t see any drawback to doing it
  4. We do it because we want to be obedient, and we have a testimony that obedience to that principle really does bring blessings

Is one reason better than another? If we are being obedient isn’t that good enough? What about the good gift/bad gift scriptures? If you are doing something for the wrong reason, is it worth doing at all? If you are doing something because of someone else, does the “believe on their words” gift of the Spirit apply?

Follow the Prophet

Inspired by my son’s drawing on Monday night, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “follow the prophet”. Generally I’m one of those people that think that too many members blindly follow. The current President of the Church is “talked up” so much that they seem infallible (even though the Church doesn’t officially teach that). I concede, however, that is hard to fall somewhere in the middle. It’s easy for member to view their prophet that way. It’s easy for non-members to view the man as just a man. How do you give him the respect and honour he deserves, without “worshipping” him?

One thing I do know for sure, is that if we are following the counsel of our prophets, we will be happier, healthier, and more successful. That might seem like a pretty sweeping statement, but consider what the prophets have taught us… families are forever, don’t gamble, don’t look at pornography, be healthy, serve others, save money, don’t go into debt, have food storage, have a garden, etc. I often find that if I am having a struggle with something in my life, there is probably a principle that I haven’t been following as closely as I should.