Those whose eyes are single to God's glory care little about receiving credit or recognition for their good deeds, said Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy at the October 1989 general conference.
"They are more interested in feeding God's sheep than in counting them," Elder Jensen declared. "In fact, they frequently find their greatest happiness in serving anonymously, thereby leaving the beneficiaries of their kindness with no one to thank or praise except the Lord."He said that considerations of Church position and title are of little consequence to Latter-day Saints whose eyes are directed toward God's glory. "Their concern is focused on the opportunities for service that Church callings present, rather than on gaining personal notoriety. Such members, who serve competently and quietly, regardless of whether they are the 'highest' or the 'least' in the kingdom, are probably those that the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote, 'And those members of the body [meaning the Church], which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour.' (1 Cor. 12:23.)"
Elder Jensen said that the merit of rendering faithful service, regardless of one's position in the Church, was brought to his attention during the funeral of a man who had done much good in his life without ever being recognized with a high Church office. The deceased's brother-in-law described him as a man who had never served as an elders quorum president, as a bishop, or as a stake president, but he "had made a lot of them look awfully good."
Elder Jensen said, "All of us who have observed a loving Primary nursery leader ministering patiently to her flock of 2-year-olds or who have felt the gentle spirit of those wonderful white-haired men and women who faithfully serve in the temples of the Lord, will understand perfectly the Savior's comment: 'For he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.' (Luke 9:48.)"