While sitting on the patio of a friend’s home, we admired the neatly landscaped and impeccably trimmed backyard, bookended by neighbors on either side who also kept their property in beautiful order. But it is not always this way. Some people take care of front yards which are visible, but leave backyards a messy repository of unused and unattended items. Is there a spiritual parallel here? Do we show our best side and hide messy oversights that others can’t see? “There is room for improvement in every life. Regardless of our occupations, regardless of our circumstances, we can improve ourselves and while so doing have an effect on the lives of those about us. . .I hope that I will be a little kinder to any who may be in distress, a little more helpful to those who are in need, be a better husband, a better father and grandfather. I hope that I will be a better neighbor and friend…All of us have seen those we almost envy because they have cultivated a manner that, without even mentioning it, speaks of the beauty of the gospel they have incorporated in their behavior” (Gordon B. Hinckley). I want to incorporate the beauty of the gospel into my life by correcting mistakes and messy oversights, even those not visible to others, through continual repentance. I want my spiritual front and backyards to be kept impeccably clean.