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Applying the scriptures: Build foundation upon rock of Christ

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With the love and tenderness of a parent, Helaman had exhorted his sons, Nephi and Lehi, to remember the words of King Benjamin that "there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ." He also taught them to "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: 9, 12.)

In his October 1992 general conference address, Elder Dallas N. Archibald of the Seventy explained: "What better teaching could a parent provide for a child than that of following the prophets and building a sure foundation upon Jesus Christ?"

Continuing, he offered counsel: "The instructions are clear. We must teach, and we must be an example of those teachings; but many times in our zeal to persuade others to righteousness we begin to use force, which results in rebellion. Attempting to force others to accept our way of thinking will cause them to close their minds to our teachings and ultimately reject our words. They have their free agency.

"In the Doctrine and Covenants, Section 121, the Lord explains the proper way to teach. He said, 'Only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul.' (Vs. 41-42.) How I love those words 'enlarge the soul.' Proper teaching will enlarge the soul."