Home: A Sacred and Safe Haven

    “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.