Home: A Sacred and Safe Haven

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Art selected from the Church History Museum’s International Art Competitions

In this world where the family is under attack as many “call evil good, and good evil” (see Isaiah 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20), the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us about the sacred nature of the family.

“Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. … Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. …

The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1

There is safety in the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and in our covenants. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, individuals and relationships can be healed. Adults and children can find love and safety within the bonds of family—no matter what its current configuration. Following is artwork that captures the intrinsic power available to us as we live the gospel within the sacred walls of our home.

Angels Will Attend Thee(click to view larger)

Right: Angels Will Attend Thee, by Jan Cameron Astle, Australia

Forever(click to view larger)

Above: Forever, by Chayce Whitworth, Idaho

Lead Me, Guide Me, Walk beside Me(click to view larger)

Above: Lead Me, Guide Me, Walk beside Me, by Alyssa Hokanson, Wyoming

They Did Not Doubt(click to view larger)

Right: They Did Not Doubt, by Joseph Brickey, Utah

Before Work(click to view larger)

Above: Before Work, by Rebecca Marie Hawkes, Utah

Journey to Moriah(click to view larger)

Above: Journey to Moriah, by David Koch, Utah

She Also Serves(click to view larger)

Above, top: She Also Serves, by Julie Lochridge, Idaho

The Greatest Creation of God(click to view larger)

Above, middle: The Greatest Creation of God, by Mirian Ferreira, Utah

Living Water(click to view larger)

Right: Living Water, Sally Poet, California

Father’s Blessing(click to view larger)

Left: Father’s Blessing, by Lupo Adolfo Lasin, Philippines

Earthly Dreams, Eternal Hope(click to view larger)

Right: Earthly Dreams, Eternal Hope, by Candace Lee Hunt, Arizona

Under Her Wing(click to view larger)

Right: Under Her Wing, Dennis Smith, Utah

Love(click to view larger)

Left: Love, by Nnamdi Okonkwo, Nigeria

Show References


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    “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102.