I want my home to be beautiful, a little spot of heaven for my family. I want it to be filled with love and laughter, good conversation and healthy nourishment. I want it to be clean and orderly, where fresh fragrance welcomes and soothes. Home should be refuge from the world and safety from the storm, where kindly words and interactions abound. I consider my house to be a “self-portrait. It has aesthetic leanness, a paring down that I have come to appreciate. That spare, quiet quality makes me feel calm” (Sue Bender). Years ago after moving into a new house, I slipped into the garden and knelt in prayer to thank God for our home. I would furnish it with elements of beauty, but most importantly, I promised to create an atmosphere where His Spirit could be felt. Décor can be pleasing to the eye, but a wholesome atmosphere is beauty to the soul. My earnest desire is to make my home a “house of prayer…a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” (D&C 88:119).