The joy found in cleaning the church

I hate house work.  I do it grudging almost every time, about the only thing I hate worse is camping.  A post for tomorrow.

So I find it interesting that  I love cleaning our chapels.  It is just a nice quiet experience, me and a vacuum cleaner in a zone of our own going up and down the pews, picking up a pencil here, a grape there, and cheerios everywhere. 

It amazes me how much crap is left on our carpets in the chapel, I usually look guiltily around our own seating to ensure we have not left any piles.  Thankfully it does not happen often.  Still I know often that we can be cavalier with how we treat our buildings (wander around some of the class rooms around Easter/Christmas when there are crumbs, chocolate and other goodies everywhere.

So why do I enjoy this service more than any other?  I find it is not stressful, it is a demand that only comes up occasionally and other service projects my two older boys have always volunteered for happily.  So for me it has become a family affair.  That in and of itself makes it worth while.

One of my other reasons, not an unimportant one, is that it allows me a quiet period in a church where kids are not pestering, or needing moved, or having to listen to anyone else.  In a way it is like the celestial room, where peacefulness reigns and one can consider life at different level.  Often I find it almost soothing and on days where my concerns are overcoming my life it is a welcome break. 

So I if I could recommend one act of service, which has a feeling for me of perfect serenity, pick up a vacuum and suck up the cheerios.


13 Responses to The joy found in cleaning the church

  1. kenjebz says:

    Jon! Thank you so much for the link in your sidebar! boy, I am so happy! can’t wait to get home to tell my wife about this. I am also putting you in my sidebar link. Thank you again for the visit. Cleaning the chapel is one of the best service we can do cause we feel like we do clean the house of God. I feel so good doing the cleaning in the chapel but why we dont feel that way when we clean our house? hehe

  2. Carol Walton says:

    I am looking for scripture about cleaning the church. I a teaching about to teach a group and just wanted some insight to share the importance of being a good, dedicated, humble, and thorough person for God.

  3. Davy H. Foss says:

    Carol: I always use the scripture text D&C 88:119. This chapter tells about the temple, but I will quote 119 when I instruct the members about cleaning the church. Can this help you?
    The Hague ward in the Netherlands.

  4. jak74 says:

    thanks i will use that scripture for our ward 🙂

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  13. Janet Henry says:

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