Laying the Foundation of a Great Work

I looked around my house at the trail of half-eaten chicken nuggets that led to the table hosting yesterday’s fast food. Tiptoeing through the living room, I took note of the piles of forgotten homework assignments and weaved my way in and out of the stacks of canned soups that lined the floors.

What have we done? Was this really going to be worth it?

We were two weeks into our first major home renovation: new floors. Having never tackled a project like this before, we couldn’t have anticipated the amount of dust and chaos that would seep into every corner of our home.

But something about the demolition phase became as much of a spiritual rebuilding for me as it was physical--especially since we were in the thick of it the week General Conference arrived.

Leveling our floors to ground zero and removing even the smallest bit of thinset and tile that we could, made me reflect on the effort I was giving into refining my spiritual self. We spent hours using the proper tools to make rough patches smooth in order to prepare our foundation for the new floors.

Was I being this meticulous with my spiritual life?

After hearing Elder Bangerter’s talk amidst our renovation, I knew Heavenly Father was telling me to “remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation.” It was time to work on my spiritual foundation.

I began making a list of worthy traditions that would solidify my foundation and help my family so we would “become protected from the fiery darts of the adversary so embedded in the worldly culture of our day.”

So I leave you with the thoughts of Elder Bangerter for this week’s study in hopes that together, we can begin to build a solid spiritual foundation.

We are doing a great work, and “though seemingly small and simple,” these patterns will “create a culture of love, respect, unity, and security” and bring us closer to Christ, who is our Rock.

Read Steven R. Bangerter's full address here.

Faith in Action!

Download this week’s free printable Sabbath Day Traditions and choose one new spiritual tradition you’d like to begin doing and set a goal to accomplish it. Then, we want to hear from you! Share your small and simple tradition ideas with us this week on Instagram using #smallandsimpletraditions

Ministering Idea

Share a tradition with your ministering sisters this week. Maybe you have a favorite recipe you can gift to her, or perhaps you give up a morning to serve in your community--consider inviting your sisters along! Can you create your own ministering tradition you do each Christmas season?


For Family Home Evening this week, find 6 objects of different sizes and lengths (3 rectangular, 2 square, 1 triangle) and ask your children to build a tower using the items provided. If there are enough of you, you can also ask them to build a human pyramid. Discuss their engineering choices and reaffirm the importance of laying a firm foundation both physically and spiritually.

One way we create a firm foundation in our homes is by obeying the law of the Sabbath. Discuss why the Lord has given us the Sabbath Day. Then print the Sabbath Day Traditions download and together, circle your favorite ideas you want to incorporate into your Sunday schedule.