In the movie “End of the Spear,” christian missionaries are led by the Holy Spirit to a indiginous people in South America. The people have a distorted concept of God and the sanctity of life. Ultimately many of the missionaries end up sacrificing their lives in order to bring the message to this indiginous people.
The scriptures also contain many accounts of people sacrificing their time, talents, and in many instances their lives in order to bring salvation to people. Prophets in the Bible include: Paul, Stephen, Christ’s disciples, Jeremiah, and of course Jesus who was not just a prophet, but the Savior of the world. Book of Mormon prophets who sacrifice include: Lehi, Alma, Abinadi, and also many more. Of the Latter-Day Saint prophets, Joseph Smith is definitely the most recognized as sacrificing all he had for the Lord’s kingdom. When ridiculed he wouldn’t renounce his testimony for he knew he’d seen a vision and God knew he’d seen a vision and he dared not deny it. He was persecuted and eventually killed as a result. Millions of other Latter-Day Saints and also Christian members of other faiths around the world today have felt the love of Jesus in their hearts and have sacrificed their time, talents, and even their lives.
What is it that moves us to action? Why sacrifice so much for people that we don’t know in many instances? Those of who have been moved by the Holy Spirit…in other words, born again, understand why. Once we’ve tasted of the love of the Lord and been born again, we are willing to try to do everything we can to help the Lord and do His will.
My message is for those who have been or want to be born again and want to continue on by building a solid foundation on Jesus that will weather any storm that may come.
One of my favorite scriptures on building a foundation on the Lord is in Helaman 5:12. It reads:
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.
We all have “mighty storms” that beat upon us and all of our experiences are different. Sickness, depression, fears, trying to make ends meet, the list goes on and on. The LDS priesthood manual offers 7 suggestions to help us build, strengthen, and maintain our foundation on Jesus. These include:
1. Seek the companionship of the Holy Ghost
2. Partake of the Sacrament (Communion)
3. Pray and fast
4. Keep the Commandments
5. Study the scriptures
6. Follow the living prophet
7. Love and serve the Lord
Three additional ways that I use to strengthen my relationship with Jesus include:
8. Attend the Lord’s house (the temple)
9. Pay tithing and fast offerings
10. Share my testimony with others
I will be sharing more thoughts on each of these ways that have helped me build and maintain a strong foundation on Jesus in future posts. I, like many of you, feel I have made a lot of progress and at times feel my foundation is sure and steady. Many other times I’ve felt the whirlwinds of Satan hit the foundation and I’ve had to start rebuilding again.
Many times I notice that opportunities to build my foundation are little by little on a daily basis just by doing simple things to help others, telling someone who’s down about God and prayer, praying for others, telling the truth and being honest in dealings with employers and friends, and focusing on being positive about myself and others. My hope is that my foundation will be strong enough to be a witness for the Lord in every event just as the missionaries in the movie and the prophets mentioned.
In conclusion, I pose some questions:
1. Has building a foundation on Jesus helped you? If so, how has it helped you?
2. What do you do or have you done to build and maintain a firm foundation on Jesus?
3. What does it mean to you to have a foundation built on Jesus?