Every day around the world acts of service such as the one depicted in the embedded video are performed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that a religion that does not effect positive changes in people’s lives and promote charity and service is no true religion. Religion is not only about lofty theology or enjoying the future bliss of blessings in heaven; true religion is about love and service and goodness.
“None is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity…. But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.” (Moroni 7:44-45,47).
We serve others because it is a commandment but as the Apostle Paul noted: “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned” (1 Tim. 1:5). This means that we are given commandments so that we might learn charity and serve with a pure heart and good conscience and unfeigned faith. The end of commandments, or in other words the goal, is that we might become Christ-like and full of God’s love, which is charity. While I believe there are many good reasons to serve others, the highest and best reason is because we love others and are filled with charity, which never faileth and never ends. Charity is perfection.
So while our motives to serve others might not always be out of pure charity, by serving we keep a commandment and are working toward the day when we will be filled with God’s perfect love. The LDS Church provides many opportunities for service, including ones like what is depicted in the following video. Service like this is given frequently by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.