Thursday Thoughts: Lesson from 3/6/11

“Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion.” (D & C 138: 2)

The Lord’s house is a house of order in many different ways: church organization, spiritual law, natural law. We know what to expect.

If we are to emulate our Father in Heaven, we, too, should have houses of order.

President Monson said in April 2000 conference address:

“In a very real sense, we are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade–not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully. The words of instruction provided by the Apostle Paul give the assurance we need: ‘Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?'”

So our houses are both our physical households as well as our own spiritual selves.

How can we create houses of order? The answer, in part, is found in D&C 88:119, which contains a hierarchy of sorts or a blueprint of action:

“aOrganize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a bhouse, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;”

We are told to organize ourselves, physically and spiritually, both our households as well as our physical and spiritual selves.

Prepare every needful thing. Determine what is needful for each of us individually. What are needs and what are wants?

When we establish houses of prayer, fasting, faith, and learning, the result is a house of glory, a house of order, and a house of God. We cannot achieve a house of God until we establish a house of order. We cannot achieve a house of order until we establish a house of glory. We cannot achieve a house of glory until we establish houses of prayer, fasting, faith, and learning.

President Monson continues: “When we remember that each of us is literally a spirit son or daughter of God, we will not find it difficult to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer. He appreciates the value of this raw material which we call life. ‘Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.’ His pronouncement finds lodgment in our souls and inspires purpose in our lives.

“There is a teacher who will guide our efforts if we will but place our faith in Him–even the Lord Jesus Christ. He invites us: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

President David O. McKay said in a conference in 1909:

“The safety of our nation depends upon the purity and strength of the home; and I thank God for the teachings of the Church in relation to home building…Our people are home-builders, and they are taught everywhere, from childhood to old age, that the home should be kept pure and safe from the evils of the world.”

Mosiah 4:27: “See that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.”

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