Standing in Holy Places
December 2013

“Standing in Holy Places,” New Era, Dec. 2013, 24–27

Standing in Holy Places

This year Church magazines invited youth from all over the world to send in pictures that show how they stand in holy places. Take a look at some of the pictures sent in and see what youth did to live the 2013 Mutual theme.


1 Anytime I’m involved in wholesome activities, especially with my family, I’m standing in holy places.

LaRae R., 16, British Columbia, Canada

2 I stand in holy places when I value things that have eternal worth over the things of the world.

Kirck M., 18, Negros Occidental, Philippines

3 To me, standing in a holy place means doing service. My favorite way to do service is in the temple. I can feel such a strong spirit when I am doing the Lord’s work in the Lord’s house.

Kiana B., 15, Utah, USA


4 I’m standing next to the baptismal font where I was baptized. I consider this font to be a holy place because it’s where people make covenants with God and are made new.

Joe-Smith E., 17, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

5 Whenever I go up to the mountains and am separated from the world, I realize that they can be holy and peaceful places.

Emma P., 17, Oregon, USA

6 I love the outdoors, and whenever I’m in a place like this (Delicate Arch in Moab, Utah), I feel more connected with my Heavenly Father. Being able to see the amazing things Heavenly Father created for us helps me feel the Spirit.

John T., 18, Utah, USA

7 My home is a holy, sacred place because I feel very happy and peaceful there. And when I read the Book of Mormon, I feel a quiet peace through the Holy Ghost.

Melisa D., 13, Kosovo

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8 This is a picture from New Beginnings. For me, the Church building is a holy place where I learn the Young Women values and the principles of the gospel. At church, I also strengthen the friendships I have with young women who share the same faith.

Luize S., 12, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

9 I stand in holy places when I play the piano in sacrament meeting. The melodies and lyrics of the hymns strengthen my faith and testimony.

Chelsea A., 13, Banten, Indonesia

10 I stand in holy places when I lead the songs in sacrament meeting because I am touched by the beautiful singing of the congregation.

Geovani W., 15, Banten, Indonesia


11 I stand in a holy place when I help people and have fun with good friends.

James R., 17, North Carolina, USA

12 I stand in a holy place when I’m with friends who live the gospel. They help me stay connected to our Heavenly Father and be in greater harmony with the Holy Ghost.

Jonathan N., 17, Buenos Aires, Argentina

13 I stand in holy places when I teach my quorum on Sundays. I love sharing the gospel.

Ramón M., 16, California, USA