We all know D&C 130 the law says we keep a commandment we get the blessing. So is that it? We want the blessing so we keep the commandments with the expectation in mind? Or do we keep the commandments so we can have a temple recommend and we’ve been told that a temple recommend is a measurement of worthiness.
Do we keep the commandments so we can be worthy to enter into the Celestial Kingdom? Which commandments do we have to keep to make us worthy? My father who passed away 2 years ago drank coffee semi-regularly, was he unworthy? He held a temple recommend, his Bishop knew he periodically drank coffee and knew why and so did the Stake President, both signed his Temple Recommend. Are we unworthy if we don’t pay fast offerings? How about if we skip Priesthood meeting?
Do we keep the commandments because we are scared of what will happen if we don’t?
For me all of these things have been part of my trying to keep the commandments at different times and during different circumstances. I have now come up with a statement that works for me as to why I should be keeping the commandments. My statement doesn’t mean that I still not motivated by other factors, but it does help me to keep me in the right perspective.
“It’s not what you get from keeping the commandments, but what you become by keeping the commandments.”