As Jesus described the catastrophic events which would precede His Second Coming, He gave His disciples some advice:
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)Matthew 24:15
In a modern revelation, after prophesying of “a desolating sickness” which “shall cover the land,” He said, “But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved” (Doctrine and Covenants 45:32).
Holy places are places of refuge and peace, even in a world of turmoil. After the destruction which coincided with the death of Jesus Christ, a group of people gathered around a temple in a place called Bountiful. They spoke with each other about recent events, which they recognized as signs of the Savior’s death. At that time, the resurrected Savior descended from heaven and visited with them. (See 3 Nephi 11.)Their decision to gather at a holy place enabled them to commune with God.
During His visit, the Savior spoke with them about another holy place. “Go ye unto your homes,” He said, “and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again” (3 Nephi 17:3). Just as their gathering at the temple had prepared them to receive Him the first time, their worship at home would prepare them to receive Him again.
President Russell M. Nelson recently reminded us of the admonition to stand in holy places and be not moved. He said:
These “holy places” certainly include the Lord’s temples and meetinghouses. But as our ability to gather in these places has been restricted in varying degrees, we have learned that one of the holiest of places on earth is the home—yes, even your home….
You may feel that there is still more you need to do to make your home truly a sanctuary of faith. If so, please do it! If you are married, counsel with your wife as your equal partner in this crucial work. There are few pursuits more important than this. Between now and the time the Lord comes again, we all need our homes to be places of serenity and security….
As faith and holiness decrease in this fallen world, your need for holy places will increase. I urge you to continue to make your home a truly holy place “and be not moved” from that essential goal.“What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget,” General Conference, April 2021
Today, I will work to make my home a more holy place. I will consider what more we can do to invite the Spirit of the Lord into our home, so that it can be a place of refuge and peace in a troubled world.