Holy Places

The prophet Isaiah foretold a time when every home would be a holy place:

And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defence.

And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain.

Isaiah 4:5-6, 2 Nephi 14:5-6

As ancient Israel traveled from Egypt to the promised land, a cloud had covered the tabernacle during the day and at night, the tabernacle appeared to be lit by a fire. (See Exodus 40:38, Numbers 9:15-16.) That served as a visible reminder to the people that the tabernacle was the house of God.

But Isaiah said that, one day, every home would like that ancient tabernacle.

As Jesus warned His disciples about the destruction preceding His Second Coming, He gave them some specific advice: When you see these things happening, “stand in the holy place” (Matthew 24:15).

In a revelation which Joseph Smith received in 1832, the Lord reiterated this admonition:

Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come.

Doctrine and Covenants 87:8

Earlier this year, President Russell M. Nelson explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has helped to broaden our perspective on this admonition:

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 [spouse] 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 consider how to make my home a more holy place. I will remember that holy places can serve as a refuge for us as we prepare for the return of Jesus Christ.

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