Standing in Holy Places

Reading: “Holy Place, Sacred Space,” Dennis B. Neuenschwander, Liahona, May 2003

In the past week I have been thinking a lot about how to make our new home more clean, organized, and beautiful.  I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure how to tie in those ideas with my desire to make my home a more sacred space.  In searching for advice I found this talk by Elder Neuenschwander.

Elder Neuenschwander says that what makes a place sacred is the sacrifices you make:

The words sacred and sacrifice come from the same root. One may not have the sacred without first sacrificing something for it. There can be no sacredness without personal sacrifice. Sacrifice sanctifies the sacred.

He also applied this principle to making our homes more sacred.  He says:

Such a home does require personal sacrifice. To the Prophet Joseph Smith the Lord said, “Your family must needs repent and forsake some things” (D&C 93:48). Each of our families is confronted with a broad menu of activities and entertainment, not all of which is wholesome and good—and much of which is certainly not necessary. Like the Prophet’s family, do our families also need to repent and forsake some things to help us maintain the sacred nature of our homes? The establishment of our homes as holy places reflects the depth of sacrifice we are willing to make for them.

While lately I have been thinking more about the physical aspects of our house, such as how to organize closets, or what pictures to put on the wall, it is clear from this talk that what makes our home sacred is the choices we make inside it.  When we make choices that put the Savior above our more worldly desires, our home becomes more sacred.

Today I am going to think about a few ways that I can make our home more sacred and write them in my journal.  I’ll also talk to my husband about what he thinks.

What kind of sacrifices do you make that make your home a more sacred place?


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