As the bishop, you have the opportunity to point individuals to the Savior with greater reverence as they worship in His house. Watch this video for ideas on how to teach individuals to care for the meetinghouse. Consider sharing this video in a ward council meeting. Apply ideas in this video as directed by the Spirit and your priesthood leaders.
Teach individuals about meetinghouse cleaning and care. Individuals will be more likely to participate in meetinghouse cleaning if they understand why the Presiding Bishopric has asked them to do it. Make sure they know that this is not just another activity —it is about increasing reverence in the Lord’s house and showing our love for Him. When counseling with individuals, highlight blessings they will receive when they participate, such as:
Showing our love and devotion to God while instilling respect for the Lord and His house.
Connecting with others and increasing unity, friendship, and feelings of belonging among volunteers.
Feeling they have done something satisfying and worthwhile.
Beautifying and renewing the condition and appearance of our meetinghouses.
Counsel with ward leaders on how to best teach and reinforce these principles. For example, a discussion with the ward council about removing distractions such as posters and easels, and handling announcements during second-hour classes or through other printed or electronic methods, can help to maintain a clean and reverent environment in meetinghouse foyers.
Work effectively with your ward building representative. There are many ways a ward building representative can assist you. The ward building representative leadership page teaches several key principles that can help individuals in your ward be successful in their efforts. Review this page for ideas on how to work with your building representative more effectively. For additional information, see General Handbook 35.2.9.
Thank those who participate. Sincere appreciation is more meaningful than we often realize. It is important to take time to thank those who help care for meetinghouses.
Be involved. Even though you call a ward building representative to lead and organize meetinghouse cleaning and care, your involvement sets the example of caring for sacred places. Your actions teach others the importance of this work. If possible, take a turn cleaning the meetinghouse with your family. Your example will motivate others to participate.