Elder Enrique R. Falabella: ‘The Home, the School of Life’

Elder Enrique R. Falabella of the Seventy, in his remarks Sunday afternoon, shared six lessons he has learned in his home.

1. The temple is the place.

Elder Falabella spoke of marrying his wife in a civil ceremony and then sacrificing to purchase a one-way ticket to the nearest temple — the Mesa Arizona Temple — 2,200 4,000 miles (4,000 kilometers) away so they could be sealed for time and for eternity.

He then quoted Doctrine and Covenants 131:1-2, “In the Celestial glory there are three heavens or degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man must enter into this order of the priesthood. …”

2. To contend, you need two people.

Elder Falabella said one of his wife’s mottos has been: “In order to contend you need two people, and I will never be one of them.”

He then explained that the Lord has described attributes to guide people in dealings with others, including “persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, meekness and love unfeigned…” (Doctrine and Covenants 121:41, 42).

“Participating in the ceremony of celestial marriage is not enough. We also have to live a celestial life.”

Elder Enrique R. Falabella
Elder Enrique R. Falabella Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

3. A child who sings is a happy child.

Elder Falabella quoted Doctrine and Covenants 25:12: “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me.”

“How touching it is to hear the song of a little one who has been taught by his parents to sing, ‘I Am a Child of God.'”

4. I need you to hug me.

Expressions of love provide balm for the soul, transform tears into happiness and provide comfort to the weighed-down soul, he said.

“Our Father in Heaven is a perfect example for expressing love. As He presented His Son, He used the words: ‘This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased'” (3 Nephi 11:7).

5. I love the Book of Mormon and my Savior Jesus Christ.

“With time, as we learn to delight in the scriptures we shall exclaim as the psalmist: ‘How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth'” (Psalm 119:103, 105).

6. It is not enough to know the scriptures, we have to live them.

“Those who live the celestial principles found in the scriptures give comfort to those who suffer. They bring joy to those who are depressed, direction to those who are lost, peace to those who are distressed and a sure guidance to those who seek truth.”