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A Marriage Built On Sand
June 27, 2017

The Dangers of A Sandy Foundation

Book of Mormon Marriage And Family Study

1 Nephi 11:36

“And it came to pass that I saw and bear record, that the great and spacious building was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great.”

The Great And Spacious Building Shows The Consequences Of Following The World

Pride caused the Great And Spacious Building to fall. That name is very interesting because in some ways it is very deceiving which is why it perfectly resembles the world. The Great And Spacious Building is physically large like a castle. Most importantly, it has no power and influence with God despite the masses of people.

The world has no power and influence with God!

Our focus as parents must to gain power and influence with God.

Family Pride

Pride destroys nations and it destroys marriages and families.

Satan will exploit every ounce of pride he can to destroy your marriage and family. This is something everyone must be on guard because we all have pride to some degree. However, a select few conquer it but only after a great fight.

The fall of the Great and Spacious Building is great because it doesn’t have a strong foundation. It looks deceiving because it is so big and so many people are there. Surely, not everyone can be deceived in that massive building. Why not do what everyone else is doing in their homes. For example, families all over the world have the TV on for hours. Many have it on for background noise and not directly paying attention to it but many others use it as an escape and a false way to self-medicate.

This building might be large but its foundation is built on sand, and thus will be trampled upon. Therefore, the fall will be great. Our marriages and families will fall if we build our foundation on the philosophies of men and what we learn on sitcoms about families. These TV shows might be funny and entertaining but what is the creator’s intention for creating these shows? I guarantee you it is not to exalt and build Celestial marriages and families.

We might think TV doesn’t influence us, but it is impossible not to be influenced by it. However, we are never on neutral ground.

For example, you will never see family sitcom TV show teach repentance or seeking after Christ with greater effort.

Repentance is how you save a drowning marriage!

The philosophies of the men and the messages of mass media will never tell you to repent or to seek after Christ.

The world seeks the easy way. The easy way of going with the flow of doing what everyone else is doing. The easy way is to learn about love from pop culture such as the love songs and TV. Love songs might be fun to dance to but don’t expect it to teach you true principles of love.

The world will downplay the work required for a great marriage and family and Satan will tempt you not to invest deeply.

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