About 90 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, a group of believers on the American continent endured substantial mistreatment by non-believers. They had been taught not to fight back, but to patiently endure their afflictions, and so they carried on, “steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them” (Alma 1:25). Because of their steadiness, they prospered (Alma 1:29).
More than 500 years earlier, their ancestor Lehi had named a valley after his son Lemuel in order to inspire him to be “firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord” (1 Nephi 2:10).
King Benjamin had also urged his people, some of whom were probably among these church members, to be “steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works” (Mosiah 5:15). And decades later, when the church began to crumble because of pride, Mormon tells us of a group of Lamanites who remained faithful, “for they were firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord” (3 Nephi 6:14).
The apostle Paul frequently urged members of the church to be steady in their obedience to God:
- “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
- “Continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel” (Colossians 1:23).
- “Being rooted and grounded in love…” (Ephesians 3:17)
When we build on a firm foundation, we need not be shaken by the disruptive events around us, or even by the attacks directed at us personally.
Elder Gary E. Stevenson recently described a set of structural improvements, currently underway to protect the Salt Lake Temple from earthquakes. After describing the thoughtful planning which preceded this work, he asked us to conduct a similar exercise in our personal lives and in our families. He suggested that we ask ourselves questions like the following:
What are the foundational elements of my spiritual and emotional character that will allow me and my family to remain steadfast and immovable, even to withstand the earthshaking and tumultuous seismic events that will surely take place in our lives?
(“A Good Foundation against the Time to Come,” General Conference, April 2020)
Today, I will ponder my own spiritual foundation, and I will consider what I need to do to strengthen it. I will remember the importance of being grounded, settled, rooted, steadfast, and immoveable, so that I am prepared to face difficult challenges and remain faithful.