The Church of Jesus Christ is rooted in the truth of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s vision for mankind as communicated through scripture. It represents the kingdom of Jesus Christ as He established it here on earth; restored in glory for mankind with the same gifts, ordinances, structure and faith. The Church serves humbly as a gateway through which God’s spirit can be shared with the world. It is a spiritual home for people across the globe and a conduit for God’s blessings and miracles.
At the beginning of April, the apostles asked The Church to fast and pray for the work in Oaxaca, Mexico. The work was beginning to bear fruit, and some opposition had started to creep in. The date for the fast was April 7, a Tuesday.
As I read the request, part of me was discouraged. I wanted to fast and pray for this situation and be united with my brothers and sisters; however, I've struggled with the physical part of fasting for a while and started to think I wouldn't be able to do it. So I asked for God's help, and He provided.
Did you know that in 1173 A.D., construction of a marble and stone bell tower began that would take 199 years to complete?
Did you know that by 1178, the tower began to sink on one side after construction had progressed to the second floor? This happened due to a mere 10-foot deep foundation set in weak, unstable, sandy soil.
In 1272, construction resumed with a new architect. In an effort to compensate for the lean, the engineers built upper floors with one side taller than the other. (Nice try, but it didn't work.) By 1372, the remaining floors were completed, and a bell chamber was added to complete the eighth floor — topping off the famous Tower of Pisa.