We can all make our homes holy places.

President Hinckley once told a group of single adults, “We are all … sons and daughters of God, not a mass of “look-alikes” or “do-alikes.” All of us are very much alike in our capacity to think, to reason, to be miserable, if you please; in our need to be happy, to love and be loved. We are subject to the same pains, the same sensitivities, the same emotions.

Never forget that there is something of divinity in each of you. You are a son or daughter of God, and you have a wonderful inheritance. I hope you will never belittle or demean yourself.”

In this week’s lesson we are reminded to “Stand ye in holy places,” (D&C 87:8). None of us are excluded from the responsibilities or the promises associated. Promises like this from President Eyring, “You will find some of your greatest joys in your efforts to make your home a place of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a place that is permeated with love.”

The beauty of this counsel is that it focuses on what we can do, not others. In paragraph 7 of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”, we are given very specific principles to guide us in this effort to make our homes holy, places we can stand and find safety in. The formula to follow is this: “Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

The peace of holy places is desperately needed in today’s world. We can start where we are, stand where we are, “and be not moved.”

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