“My House is a House of Order” — July 20, 2014

Watermelon-sizeJack fruit grows on trees

Watermelon-size Jack fruit grows on trees

Cut with a "bolo"

Cut with a “bolo”



Come in, Elder Hall. We want you to check our house.

We looked in the front door. The study desks on one side of the room were tidy and organized. On the other side, pamphlets and teaching aids were perfectly sorted and aligned on shelves. The windows were clean and the light fixtures had been dusted.

Shoes were neatly placed on a shoe rack. The gleaming expanse of the clean, white, tile floor was breath-taking.

Sister, come into the kitchen. I want you to see the refrigerator.

The elder opened both of the refrigerator doors.

See, we cleaned out all of the ice in the freezer. We scrubbed the shelves inside and on the door. And we scrubbed the outside.

The refrigerator looked like a picture from an advertisement. A can opener, pans, and other kitchen utensils were hung artistically on the wall above the counter. All the dishes were washed. The counters, sink and stove were clean.

Elder Hall, come and see our toilet. It is shiny clean!

Not only was the toilet clean, but the tile has been polished. We saw the bathroom tile was actually a pleasant blue. We had thought it was a dirty brown.

Elder Hall, we are sorry to ask. But could we get some more cleaning supplies?

This was not a Senior Couple fantasy. It was the work of two diligent missionaries.

Elders, how did you find time to do all of this?

We decided to get up at 5 o’clock instead of 6:30 each morning until our house was clean. Now we only get up a 6 o’clock. We want to have a clean house so that we can have the Holy Ghost to be with us and better do the Lord’s work.

Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion. (D&C 13:8)

These young elders were setting a pattern that would allow them to live in the house of the Lord for the eternities.

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