What builds a strong foundation?

“What builds a strong foundation?” Liahona, March 2021

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What builds a strong foundation?

Doctrine and Covenants 20–22

March 1–7

Liahona Magazine, 2021/03 March: What builds a strong foundation?

Joseph Smith was “inspired [by] the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation” for the Savior’s restored Church (Doctrine and Covenants 21:2). Through him, correct doctrines and priesthood authority were restored. This created a solid foundation for the reorganization of the Church in April 1830.

This object lesson will illustrate the importance of having a strong foundation for the Church.


You will need:

  • At least six plastic or paper cups

  • A flat surface (for example, a piece of cardboard, baking sheet, or wooden board)

  • Multiple heavy objects, such as books or rocks

On each cup, write a principle that helped build the foundation of the Church, such as “priesthood” or “scriptures.” You can find principles in sections 20–22 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

Building a Foundation

Begin by asking your family how much weight they think a single cup can support. What about multiple cups?

Place the cups face down on the ground or a table. Arrange them in two lines, with three cups in each line. Place the flat surface on the cups and begin placing the heavy objects on top. How much can it hold?