In a recent joint priesthood/Relief Society meeting, our bishop stated that many people are motivated by fear, and many are motivated by reward. He stated that he hoped we were beyond that and that we were motivated to action out of love.
Oh, that that were the case. I can’t tell you how many times I have received a phone call on the 29th or the 30th from my home teachers over the years telling me they’d like to come visit us. Sure, it’s better that they get out at all than not. To me, however, it makes me feel that they don’t come visit because they love my family or because they want to. It makes me feel that they do it because it is expected of them.
Same goes for everything else in the Church: service, temple work, sharing the gospel, teaching, talks, and so forth.
How can a principle like the bishop taught be accepted by the members of the Church?