With school back in session, there's one thing that we still need to prepare our hearts and minds for—October general conference. To help you prepare, LDS Living will feature some of the most beloved talks of all time. Every Friday in September, watch for a new talk that is sure to uplift you and help you feel the Spirit as general conference approaches.
The following are some highlights from the talk "Mountains to Climb" by President Henry B. Eyring.
In his conference address, President Henry B. Eyring speaks of the trials we face and how to build an unshakable foundation of faith to help us, "rise through and above trials."
He gives an example of the time and care that goes into building this foundation, relating it to the work he saw and did when he worked with a contractor as a young man building footings and foundations for homes.
In the summer heat, President Eyring said he would work to prepare the ground with only a shovel and pick. When the ground was ready and after they poured the footing, the cement would have to cure before pouring the foundation. Even then, additional strength had to be added and workers had to insert metal bars into the forms.
"In a similar way, the ground must be carefully prepared for our foundation of faith to withstand the storms that will come into every life. That solid basis for a foundation of faith is personal integrity," President Eyring says.
"Our choosing the right consistently whenever the choice is placed before us creates the solid ground under our faith. It can begin in childhood since every soul is born with the free gift of the Spirit of Christ. With that Spirit we can know when we have done what is right before God and when we have done wrong in His sight.
"Those choices, hundreds in most days, prepare the solid ground on which our edifice of faith is built. The metal framework around which the substance of our faith is poured is the gospel of Jesus Christ, with all its covenants, ordinances, and principles."
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President Eyring added that the "particle of faith most precious" is Jesus Christ, and if we have faith in Jesus Christ "the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing."
"When hard trials come, the faith to endure them well will be there, built as you may now notice but may have not at the time that you acted on the pure love of Christ, serving and forgiving others as the Savior would have done. You built a foundation of faith from loving as the Savior loved and serving for Him. Your faith in Him led to acts of charity that will bring you hope.
"It is never too late to strengthen the foundation of faith. There is always time. With faith in the Savior, you can repent and plead for forgiveness. There is someone you can forgive. There is someone you can thank. There is someone you can serve and lift. You can do it wherever you are and however alone and deserted you may feel."