One of the many qualities that I loved about my father was his ability to build things. One could hardly walk a few steps in and around our house without passing by something that my dad built or designed. For those that don't know I wish to share with you a few things my dad loved to work on:
I share with you one story I remember of working in the yard side by side with my father. In April of 2000, I had just returned home after completing my first year of college. The day after I arrived he had me out helping him repair the fence in the back yard. It needed new posts and several new fence boards. As we put in the new posts, we both could not stop laughing at the comical scene of me trying to hammer the nails into the new posts to hold the fence together. I had trouble hammering the nails in straight and ended up bending so many that we almost had to go buy another box. I kept insisting that we needed to return the 4x4's because there were too many knots in them, and thats what was causing me to hammer the nails in crooked. He proved me wrong however, because all the nails he hammered went straight in.
I cherish the many memories of working side by side with my dad. He loved to take pride in his work and he would always end up with a wonderful finished product. But of all the things my dad taught us to build, the most important and valuable is the principle he taught us of building our lives on a solid foundation. I close my remarks with a scripture found in the Book of Mormon. In Helaman 5:12 it reads:
12 And now, my sons, remember, 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.
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