Elder Clayton: A firm foundation

A firm foundation is necessary to withstand spiritual landslides in life, Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told BYU-Idaho students during the weekly devotional held in the Hart Auditorium on Nov. 10.

"Many of us envision a landslide as looking something like an avalanche, where the snow on the side of a mountain breaks away and moves downhill at tremendous speed," Elder Clayton said. "That kind of landslide does happen, and can be quite destructive. … I learned that there are other landslides that are equally destructive but which move much more slowly."

Using homes in Bolivia in contrast of homes in some areas of Southern California as examples, Elder Clayton spoke of the immediate or gradual landslide a home can experience when built upon unstable ground. Many of those homes were built with the owner unaware of the risk involved.

While visiting Bolivia recently, Elder Clayton and his wife witnessed an area that was destroyed by a giant landslide. Many Church members' homes were destroyed in a quick moment as the fast moving landslide hit the area.

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