1 Verily, verily, I say that I would that ye should do alms unto the poor; but take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven.
2 Therefore, when ye shall do your alms do not sound a trumpet before you, as will hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth;
4 That thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.
(3 Nephi 13:1-4)
- It may be because the way we do the work is affected by our motives. For example, when our only goal is to please others, we may be tempted to cut corners in areas that they might not notice.
- More importantly, an obsessive focus on pleasing others may keep us from receiving blessings we have actually qualified for simply because we don’t notice them. Heavenly Father may actually answer our prayer, but we may not be listening.