Organize yourselves; prepared every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God. – Doctrine & Covenants 88:119
Is your house anything like mine?
The door open and closes (or stays open) off and on all afternoon as kids come in and out, and back in. Feet running by me taking them to their destination with big plans in mind. Laughter filling the air as siblings play, or yelling as they fight.
How can my home be a holy place when there is a varying within families of relationships?
There is a varying of attitudes, experiences, and personalities. There always seems to be the underlying gift of love though. No matter what happens, the love is there. The desire to protect and watch over each other. Sometimes that good desired is out weighted by the unrighteous desires of our hearts though.
What can we are parents do to bring that good in? How can my home be a holy place when somedays there is so much contention? We have to set that example, and we have to be acting the way we want to see our kids acting. We should strive to be their best example.
I recently read book entitled My Home Can Be a Holy Place, by Kristen M. Oaks.
I loved it! It was such an easy reminder of the small things that can make a difference. It was a perfect book to enjoy for a Family Home Evening lesson with the kids. We took this to heart, and included the points talked about in the book, and used them in Family Counsel to create a Family Mission Statement.
The best part of creating a Family Mission statement was that the kids were SO involved in it all.
We wanted them to have input, after all, they’re a huge part of this family too. Part of our mission statement implements the ideas from My Home Can Be a Holy Place. So, how can my home be a holy place? Love. Teach. Be patient. Listen.
I wanted to share what we created with you. So, if you have hard times in your family getting along, finding peace, or remembering the Savior, you can hang this in your home as a reminder of how you’d like your house to be.