Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quote of the Day: Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin:

“The place to cure most of the ills of society is in the homes of the people. Building our homes as fortresses of righteousness for protection from the world takes constant labor and diligence. . . .

“In the plan of salvation, all families are precious instruments in the Lord’s hands to help direct His children toward a celestial destination. The righteous molding of an immortal soul is the highest work we can do, and the home is the place to do it. To accomplish this eternal work, we should make our homes gospel centered. When peace and harmony abound, the Holy Spirit will ever be present. The storms of the evil one can be stopped at the very entrance of our homes. . . .

“The Lord’s standards for building a temple apply also to building spiritual strength in our homes: ‘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’ ( D&C 88:119 ). Do we heed this counsel from the Lord? Do we do what He asks? We would do well to build our homes according to this plan, or they are destined to fail” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 85; or Ensign, May 1993, 69 ).

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