What an amazing conference this has been! We are so blessed to have a prophet of God on the earth to speak to us and give us direction, as well as all of the other men and women called of God to teach and guide us.
The other week I was able to attend the temple. As I sat pondering and enjoying the spirit of peace that surrounded me I suddenly realized that there was no noise. There were no cars honking, no people yelling, no machinery or construction noise. You'd never guess I was sitting in the middle of Manhattan. It was amazing to ponder what a blessing this oasis of peace was in the middles of all the chaos.
In today's world it can seem hard at times to find a place of peace. We live in a world where, in most cases, we are surrounded by a whirlwind of things to do and places to be. We have been counseled to attend the temple as often as we can. However, depending on where you live and what stage of life you are in, this can be difficult to do. For those not living near a temple it probably doesn't happen as often as we'd like. Some may not have the time or means. It is for this reason that it becomes all the more important, nay, critical that we make our homes a Heaven on Earth. In this tumultuous world it is necessary to have a sanctuary, a place we can go to recharge and strengthen our spirits and minds. In order to make our homes a holy place where the Spirit can dwell we need to treat them as holy places. We need to make them our fortresses and keep evil without our walls. If we fail to treat our homes as a special and holy place our spiritual fortifications will crumble. I believe all of us are capable of making our homes a place of peace. This doesn't mean we have to have spotless homes that are perfectly organized, or expensive furnishings or massive chandeliers. It simply means that we open our doors and hearts to the teachings and standards the Lord has given us and close them against the temptations and fiery darts of the adversary. Let us all actively strive to make our homes a heaven on earth and welcome in the peace of our Heavenly Father.