Home: A Sacred and Safe Haven
March 2010

“Home: A Sacred and Safe Haven,” Ensign, Mar. 2010, 38–41

Home: A Sacred and Safe Haven

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

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


Above: Forever, by Chayce Whitworth, Idaho

Lead Me, Guide Me, Walk beside Me

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

They Did Not Doubt

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

Before Work

Above: Before Work, by Rebecca Marie Hawkes, Utah

Journey to Moriah

Above: Journey to Moriah, by David Koch, Utah

She Also Serves

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

The Greatest Creation of God

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

Living Water

Right: Living Water, Sally Poet, California

Father’s Blessing

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

Earthly Dreams, Eternal Hope

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

Under Her Wing

Right: Under Her Wing, Dennis Smith, Utah


Left: Love, by Nnamdi Okonkwo, Nigeria


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