Aug 22, 2014

Sabbath Day (FHE)

This week, our Family Home Evening lesson was based on the Gospel Principles manual, chapter 24: The Sabbath Day.

Song: We sang song #155, Remember the Sabbath Day, from the Primary Children's Songbook.  It goes as follows:

Remember the Sabbath day,
To always keep it holy.

The Lord blessed and hallowed it,
That we might worship him

Lesson: We are commanded to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8D&C 68:29).  Before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sabbath day commemorated God’s day of rest after He finished the Creation. It was a sign of the covenant between God and His people. The Sabbath day is every seventh day. It is a holy day ordained by God for us to rest from our daily labors and worship Him.

Jesus taught that the Sabbath day was made for our benefit (Mark 2:27). The purpose of the Sabbath is to give us a certain day of the week on which to direct our thoughts and actions toward God. It is not a day merely to rest from work. It is a sacred day to be spent in worship and reverence. As we rest from our usual daily activities, our minds are freed to ponder spiritual matters. On this day we should renew our covenants with the Lord and feed our souls on the things of the Spirit.

We should consider righteous things we can do on the Sabbath. For example, we can keep the Sabbath day holy by attending Church meetings; reading the scriptures and the words of our Church leaders; visiting the sick, the aged, and our loved ones; listening to uplifting music and singing hymns; praying to our Heavenly Father with praise and thanksgiving; performing Church service; preparing family history records and personal histories; telling faith-promoting stories and bearing our testimony to family members and sharing spiritual experiences with them; writing letters to missionaries and loved ones; fasting with a purpose; and sharing time with children and others in the home.  In deciding what other activities we could properly engage in on the Sabbath, we could ask ourselves: Will it uplift and inspire me? Does it show respect for the Lord? Does it direct my thoughts to Him?

If we honor the Sabbath day, we may receive great spiritual and temporal blessings. The Lord has said that if we keep the Sabbath day with thanksgiving and cheerful hearts, we will be full of joy.

Activity:  I placed 10 washcloths in a row leading to a big bowl of candy.  The candy is to represent the blessings we get when we keep the Sabbath Day holy by participating in activities that keep us uplifted and in a worshipful spirit.  At each washcloth, I asked June a question using the activities on homemade cards.  If it was a picture of the scriptures, I would ask, "Reading the scriptures and going to the bookstore are two good things.  Which one should we do on Sunday?"  If she answered with "scriptures", then she could progress to the next washcloth and she received the card.  If not, then she would have to go back a space. June was excited to reach the candy bowl and enjoy the blessings of keeping the Sabbath Day holy.

Game cards, front

Game cards, back
She also found that there was a puzzle on the back of her cards, that when put together was a picture of the Savior.  Our Sabbath activities should help us worship our Heavenly Father and Savior.  They should be uplifting and enlightening.  They should be done with a mind of worship and covenant keeping.  I want to emphasize that, although many activities are good things to do, not all are appropriate for Sunday.

 
I know I've done puzzles in the past, but June just loves completing them that it makes sense to utilize them during family night.  I try to add a different spin on the puzzles each time, like here in answering questions along a path to a prize.

For more Sabbath Day Activities, see this link.

2 comments:

  1. So I googled this "running on sabbath" and that's how I read this post. but unfortunately there is no mention of would you run on the sabbath day? I am also LDS, and had committed to not run on Sunday, but it has become increasingly difficult to run as most important races are on Sunday. Any advice?

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    1. To me, this is one of those issues where it comes down to you and the Lord. We know what the prophets have taught about keeping the Sabbath Day holy, but everyone has different circumstances. Now, this is my own interpretation and these are my own feelings. I myself have committed to not training on Sundays, and I strive to avoid racing on Saturday. However, like you said the most important races are on Sundays. When that is the case, I will race on Sunday, but I try to make that the exception versus the rule. And those times when I do race on Sunday, I'll try to keep myself in more of a mind of worship that weekend by attending the temple, keeping a prayer in my heart during the run, and even placing a few hymns in my playlist (usually the more up-beat modern versions so I can keep pace). I also make sure to attend a church service before or after the race so I can take the sacrament. The Lord is mindful of our situations, our desires, and the things that bring us enjoyment and I think it is great you have such a strong desire to keep the Sabbath Holy. Pray about it, ponder it, and I know you will know how you should proceed.

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