General Conference Book Club Week 21: Elder Stevenson

05_03_steveI have to admit that I’ve been avoiding this talk on purpose.  This was the talk that pushed my guilt buttons at General Conference and I have not felt “ready” to study it quite yet.  (I even posted about it back in May, with a few insights that helped me to understand better my role in an organized temple-home.) But, it’s time.  I need to embrace it, make goals, and reap the blessings.  I’m rambling and I haven’t even told you what the talk is.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Seventy, gave a talk called “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples” in the Sunday Afternoon session of the most recent General Conference.

I knew it was time to study this more carefully when I, myself, taught a family home evening lesson this week about this topic.  I need the kids’ help to make our home more like what it should be.

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Then today, at church, all the talks were about making a Heavenly Home, and I was reminded — by the speakers and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost — how important this is.  One speaker quoted often from this talk by Elder Douglas L. Callister, called “Your Refined Heavenly Home.”  I think it makes an excellent companion study to Elder Stevenson’s GCBC talk for this week.  (There is also an abridged version of Elder Callister’s talk recently printed in the Ensign here.)

I, personally, am going to try really hard this week to focus on this topic… plant the seed, so to speak.  I’ll come back and comment at the end of the week how my experiment goes.  Can’t wait to hear what you have to say, too.

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5 thoughts on “General Conference Book Club Week 21: Elder Stevenson

  1. Elder Callister’s talk was my chosen “manual” as I prepared our house for our son to come home to. I agree it makes an excellent companion to this talk from Elder Stevenson.

    Here’s a little bit of what I wrote during that experience: “I have learned that it requires extraordinary vision and focus and commitment to create what I see in my head (and my heart) for our home: A protective circle. Sacred space. I want a sense of love and joy to envelop him the moment he walks through the door. I want it to be that way for all of us. The progress has been long and slow. But I think we might just pull it off.”

  2. Thanks for providing the BYU Speeches link! I used that article for visiting teaching in June because I loved it so much. And thanks for choosing this talk. I’ve had this talk sitting on my nightstand for a couple of weeks now. I’ve been meaning to read it, and still haven’t. So thanks!! I’ll be back to comment.

  3. Okay, I just read the talk! (Again!) This is one of those talks that you need to read and re-read! Here are some of my thoughts/notes:

    The temple provides direction and helps you from getting lost in the mists of darkness.

    I need to replace some leisure activities with temple service.

    That virtual tour is something I need to assess every single day! What changes do I need to make TODAY?

    I need to make Family Council a priority. I have it on my to-do list each Sunday, but it never seems to happen. This Sunday we need to discuss how to make our home like the temple. And then work toward that!

  4. The counsel “to replace some leisure activities with temple service” is something I needed to hear. Again. It ties in with my latest blog post about wanting to do more replenishing.

    The whole virtual tour thing makes me feel guilty because my house does not look like the celestial room. There’s a reason that toddlers are not invited into the celestial room, so I try to keep that in mind. However, his statement following the tour pricked me in just the right way to motivate me beyond the guilt factor: “there is a place for each of these gospel priorities in each of our homes.” These things can all fit into my life. It’s all part of a balance game, but I feel like with all commandments, the Lord will help me figure it out. This week, my children have worked beside me trying to keep things cleaner and more organized and we talk about making our home feel more like the temple. They agree it’s a good thing. A hard thing, yes, but unanimously a good thing for our home and our family.

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