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 20:8; D&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|
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.