Minister’s forum: A house of order is a house of God
During this time of year, as the leaves change and the temperatures drop, most of us are preparing our homes for the change of seasons as well. Whether it’s cleaning out garages and carports or cutting and stacking wood, when the storms hit we are ready and safe. Winter readiness reminds me of the sacredness of our homes and the power and influence they contribute to our lives.
The Savior said: “Organize yourselves; prepare 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 and Covenants 88:119)
As the world is ever changing and full of tragedy and disaster we have been counseled repeated times in the scriptures that we should prepare ourselves physically and spiritually. The scriptures prophesy of our day and time and teach us to prepare ourselves spiritually and physically. Here are a few suggestions on how we might organize ourselves and our homes for unknown circumstances we may encounter, whether it be a natural disaster or personal tragedy:
1. Have emergency kits prepared and packed.
2. Have a one year supply of food stored (rotate it to keep it fresh).
3. Have family prayer together in the morning and evening.
4. Hold a family night once a week to ensure special time with your family (without involving television).
5. Spend time once a month fasting and meditating.
6. Get regular exercise and take time out for yourself.
7. Look for an opportunity to help others through random acts of kindness.
It is clear to me that when I stop working on these things my home and my life become spiritually disorganized. My hope is that each of us everywhere can spend time this fall not only cleaning our houses preparing for winter but also to prepare every needful thing so we might be found with the blessings of a house of order and a house of God.
– Travis Lee is a bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints, South Lake Tahoe