One of the most beautiful hymns from the Children’s Songbook is “Love is Spoken Here.” The lyrics are so timeless and empowering. They have become a motto for me–a vision of what I want our home to look and feel like:
I see my other kneeling with our family each day.
I hear the words she whispers as she bows her head to pray.
Her plea to the Father quiets all my fears,
And I am thankful love is spoken here.
Mine is a home where every hour is blessed by the strength of priesthood power,
With father and mother leading the way
Teaching me how to trust and obey;
And the things they teach our crystal clear,
For love is spoken here.
I can often feel the Savior near
When love is spoken here.
(words and music by Janice Kapp Perry)
We all make mistakes and there are times when the words in our homes are not very loving or kind. But I believe with all my heart that one person can make a difference. One mother, one father, or one child can change the very atmosphere of the home by committing to this practice of speaking love. How would your home feel if you were the one who made that difference? How would your love ripple outwards, lifting the attitude and actions of all present in your home?
Might you commit to try for just one day to only speak love?
Our homes can become the heavens on earth as we embrace this practice with all our hearts.