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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?


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?