Altar of Burnt Offerings
Altar-of-Burnt-Offerings
Laver
Laver
Golden Candlestick
Golden Candlestick
Table of Shewbread
Table of Shewbread
Altar of Incense
Altar of Insense
Ark of the Covenant
Ark of the Covenant

The House of the Lord is a house of order and sacredness.  Outside of the temple, “only the home can compare with the temple in sacredness” [source].  The temple was, and is a place of refuge from the world.  A sacred place where principles of righteousness abound and the love of the Savior shines like the sun at noon.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ recently taught about the ever increasing need of religious observance in the home:

“Parents, the days are long past when regular, active participation in Church meetings and programs, though essential, can fulfill your sacred responsibility to teach your children to live moral, righteous lives and walk uprightly before the Lord.

“With President Monson’s announcement this morning, it is essential that this be faithfully accomplished in homes which are places of refuge where kindness, forgiveness, truth, and righteousness prevail.  Parents must have the courage to filter or monitor Internet access, television, movies, and music.  Parents must have the courage to say no, defend truth, and bear powerful testimony.

“Your children need to know that you have faith in the Savior, love your Heavenly Father, and sustain the leaders of the Church. Spiritual maturity must flourish in our homes. My hope is that no one will leave this conference without understanding that the moral issues of our day must be addressed in the family” [source]

Model your home after the temple.

Model your home after the Holy Place of the tabernacle.  The Holy Place was a room separated from the world where the presence of God could be felt.  It was a place where the only source of light was Jesus Christ as symbolized by the Golden Candlestick.  Turn off the light of the television and the programming which detracts from the spirit.  Turn on media which invites the spirit of Christ into your home.  Testify to your children of the love of God, and the great things he has in store for those who are faithful.

The Holy Place contained the holy food which sat upon the table of shewbread.  Feed your family from the Bread of Life, and the Living Waters.  Make your home a place where your children can learn to feast upon the words of Christ.

The Holy Place contained the altar of incense which is a symbol of prayer.  Live your life according to the prayers that are offered up.  Do what you can to bring to pass that which you pray for.  Let your heart be drawn out in prayer as the continually burning incense ascended up to heaven.  Pray continually for the welfare of your children, then ponder and act according to the direction you receive from the Holy Ghost.

If you are doing these things, then help motivate others to do likewise.

I write these things in the name of Jesus Christ.