Life is tough! We face constant challenges, whether it be temptations, illness, injury, financial pressures, relationship difficulties, loneliness, seemingly unanswered prayers, or any number of other issues. Mortal life tests us every day. How do we find the strength to endure? How do we survive and thrive? Where do we find peace?
Build on the Foundation of Jesus Christ
The answer is simple – we find strength and peace in our Savior, Jesus Christ. In the Book of Mormon, Helaman tells his sons:
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. –Helaman 5:12
In the Bible, in Luke, we find this same idea, but put slightly differently:
Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them . . .
. . . is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. –Luke 47-48
I want my foundation to be a sure foundation. I want to be solid and secure in the face of floods, whirlwinds, storms and mighty hail. If we are not centered on a sure foundation, when the trials and challenges of life hit us, we will falter and fall. We may become confused and start to question our faith. As we lose our faith, we lose the peace of given to us by our Savior and we can lose our hope.
How do we build our foundation?
In a recent BYU Devotional, titled “The Rock of Our Redeemer”, Elder Weatherford T. Clayton provided a clear blueprint for how to build a strong foundation on our Savior. He said,
We begin with faith in Christ, and central to true faith is action. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, we want to act according to that faith … and every time we act according to our faith in Him, we follow Him by hearing and “doing” His words. As we act with faith in Him, the Lord confirms our faith by blessing us with peace, answers to prayer, direction, comfort, and joy. And thus our foundation becomes stronger, wider, and deeper.
As we stand upon the foundation we are building upon Christ and His apostles, we notice the influences of Satan around us. Nephi called these “the mists of darkness” or “the temptations of the devil” that “blindeth the eyes, and hardeneth the hearts of the children of men, and leadeth them away into broad roads, that they perish and are lost.” But we have heavenly help and protection from his influences. Helaman’s promise is true, that when Satan shall send forth his whirlwind, hail, and mighty storm, they “shall have no power over you . . . because of the rock upon which ye are built, . . . a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
… we will all face challenges. The scripture doesn’t say “if” we will feel Satan’s storms but “when.”
When we stand upon our foundation with the Savior and His apostles, we can see much more clearly what is true and what is not. With the clear and magnificent light of our Savior, aided by the powerful influence of the Holy Ghost, we can detect the temptations of clever Satan in his efforts to weaken our faith. Remember that Paul warned us:
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
A Sure Foundation Provides Hope
Faith in Jesus Christ, which is developed as you build upon His foundation, provides hope. And who doesn’t need more hope?
In the April 2010 General Conference, in a talk titled “The Rock of Our Redeemer,” Elder Wilford W. Andersen said:
The prophet Mormon, himself no stranger to difficult circumstances, understood and clearly taught this doctrine:
“And again, my beloved brethren, I would speak unto you concerning hope. …
“… Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ … , and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
“Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.”
Hope comes from faith in Jesus Christ. He has already overcome the world and has promised that He will wipe away our tears if we will only turn to Him and believe and follow.
I testify of Him, that He has overcome the world, that He will never forget or abandon us, for He has graven us upon the palms of His hands. I testify that those who keep His commandments will grow in faith and hope. They will be given strength to overcome all of life’s trials. They will experience peace that passes all understanding.
What a beautiful promise. We can rely totally on our Savior to strengthen us. As we follow Him, we will have the companionship of the Holy Ghost to guide us and comfort us. Standing upon the rock of our Redeemer, we can endure life’s challenges, and stand firm when buffeted by floods, whirlwinds, mighty storms, and hail.