Brothers and Sisters I recently visited a member’s home and was given a tour of the house. I was very disappointed by the pictures on the walls, particularly in the bedrooms of the teenagers.
I restrained myself but wanted to ask if the things they have hanging on their walls will help them live the kind of life they should. I wanted to ask if what they have on their walls will help their children set goals to go to the temple or serve missions.
You see by being repeatedly exposed to posters that depict worldly or irreverent things, one becomes less sensitive to spiritual things.
Feeling the love and guidance of the Holy Spirit in his life is one of the greatest experiences a person can have. Why would members do anything to get in the way of or stop those feelings?
The truth is that we are all affected by the things we see. If we are exposed to pictures that are shocking or titillating, we can become desensitized. In other words, they no longer shock us, and they start to seem normal and acceptable to us. We need to surround ourselves with good and noble things that will uplift us.
The kinds of pictures you have hanging on your walls reflect the type of person you want to become. If you want to become more like your leaders, then have a picture of them on your wall. Please do not hang up pictures that might chase the Spirit out of your homes.
Every day we are faced with the evils of the world. We need a place to escape to, a haven, to bring our minds and hearts back to the right perspective and spirit.
In our chapels, bishops offices and homes we have pictures of our leaders to remind us of them and their words and counsel to us. I would like to suggest that we can equally have pictures of local leaders such as our stake presidents on our walls. If you do not have a current picture of your stake president feel free to ask for one. Alternatively (and at no cost to you) I am also making available my own pictures below which you are welcome to print out, frame and place in a prominent place within your home. It is important that your children grow up with real life models that they can both emulate and honor. I know that as we follow this counsel our children will grow up to be exemplary citizens of our nation and will bring much honor to the Church.