Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples

Reading: “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Seventy, April 2009 General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session

I remember as a college student reading the Bible Dictionary definition for temple and finding the statement that only the home can rival the temple as a place of holiness.  This piece of knowledge came a time when I was pondering what I would do with my life and how to prepare for the future. It helped me to realize the importance of home and family at a new level, and commit more to nurturing a home and family centered on the Savior.

In this talk by Elder Stevenson he bring up the same phrase from the Bible Dictionary definition of temple.  He encourages us to make our homes a sacred place.  He says,

Recently, in a stake conference, all present were invited by the visiting authority, Elder Glen Jenson, an Area Seventy, to take a virtual tour of their homes using their spiritual eyes. I would like to invite each of you to do this also. Wherever your home may be and whatever its configuration, the application of eternal gospel principles within its walls is universal. Let’s begin. Imagine that you are opening your front door and walking inside your home. What do you see, and how do you feel? Is it a place of love, peace, and refuge from the world, as is the temple? Is it clean and orderly? As you walk through the rooms of your home, do you see uplifting images which include appropriate pictures of the temple and the Savior? Is your bedroom or sleeping area a place for personal prayer? Is your gathering area or kitchen a place where food is prepared and enjoyed together, allowing uplifting conversation and family time? Are scriptures found in a room where the family can study, pray, and learn together? Can you find your personal gospel study space? Does the music you hear or the entertainment you see, online or otherwise, offend the Spirit? Is the conversation uplifting and without contention? That concludes our tour. Perhaps you, as I, found a few spots that need some “home improvement”—hopefully not an “extreme home makeover.”

This talk reminded me of my earlier commitments to building what I have always called a “temple home.” It inspired me to treat my home with greater sacredness.  Our homes are at the center of our lives so it is good to invite the Savior to be there with us as much as we can.

Today I am going to pick a specific spot to do my scripture reading and make sure it is ready for me to study scriptures every night.  With a curious toddler that can be difficult because I have to keep my scriptures where she can’t reach them, since she loves to flip pages on books and she has not yet learned to handle the thinner pages in my scriptures and she easily rips them. I’ll look for a place where I can both study without distraction and keep my scriptures safely.

What makes your home special?  Have you ever been to someone’s home that seemed to be filled with the Spirit?  What can you do to make your home more like that?


2 comments so far

  1. Michaela Stephens on

    When I was a teenager, my dad dedicated our home through the priesthood. I often observed since then that coming home seemed like a relief. Since being married I’ve made sure that my husband dedicate every place we live.

    Somethings I do to try to give it a feeling of peace is to keep the TV off unless I’m watching something specific. I try to make sure that we watch only clean movies and listen to clean and uplifting music. I use lots of bright colors in my decorating so that the house seems cheerful and vibrant. I like to put on my wall pictures of happy people, people doing good things, and particularly striking artwork depicted in the Ensign. (Yes, I tear them out and stick them to the wall.) I’m kind of a neat freak, so I try to make sure things are put away so that rooms don’t seem visually cluttered.

  2. rebecca schave on

    looking where i can go to find good talks on sacred homes,sacred temples what sites are good?

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