Every night Leute’s family gathers in their traditional Samoan fale, an oval-shaped hut on stilts. It is about 15 feet (4.6 m) long and 10 feet (3 m) wide and has no walls, though sometimes they put up sheets for privacy.
Leute, age 10, and her family members sit in a circle on the floor and have family scripture study. They sing hymns and discuss family matters before going to sleep.
This time they spend together each night is called sā, meaning “sacred.” It is a time that most families in Samoa spend together.
Prophets have taught that our homes should be sacred like the temple. No matter what our house looks like, there are things we can do to help invite the Holy Ghost into our home and to make it a beautiful, happy place of peace and learning.
Illustration by Steven Keele; photograph by Adam C. Olson