Friday, September 5, 2008

The Home is a Refuge

President Thomas S. Monson
Excerpt from Dedication Day

"When the seas of life are stormy, a wise mariner seeks a port of peace. The family, as we have traditionally known it, is such a refuge of safety. 'The home is the basis of a righteous life and no other instrumentality can take its place or fulfil its essential functions' (quoted in Conference Report, Oct. 1962, 72). Actually, a home is much more than a house. A house is built of lumber, brick, and stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. A house can be a home, and a home can be a heaven when it shelters a family. When true values and basic virtues undergird the families of society, hope will conquer despair, and faith will triumph over doubt."

Our homes can be a place of refuge, of peace, and of safety. It can and should be a place where our families want to dwell, where we want to spend our time.

A few years ago we lived in Las Vegas. We had interesting experiences and many trials there. We saw much wickedness and worldliness there. I remember after coming home after a long day and after passing many billboards and signs I felt relief to walk into our apartment. I felt peace as I looked at the pictures of the temple and of the Savior on our walls. Our home became a refuge from the "stormy seas of life".

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