The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

"Now, I know it's hard, particularly for our young people, to choose to observe the Sabbath day when athletic teams on which they so much want to participate regularly schedule games on Sunday. I too know it seems trivial to many who are in need of just a few items on the Sabbath to quickly stop at a convenience store to make a Sunday purchase. But I also know that remembering to keep the Sabbath day holy is one of the most important commandments we can observe in preparing us to be the recipients of the whisperings of the Spirit." — H. David Burton, "A Season of Opportunity," "Ensign," Nov. 1998, p. 9

"As another blessing, and a warning, I think of the counsel of President George Albert Smith, when he said, 'Much of the sorrow and distress that is afflicting... mankind is traceable to the fact that they have ignored his [God's] admonition to keep the Sabbath day holy.'" — Earl C. Tingey, "The Sabbath Day and Sunday Shopping," "Ensign," May 1996, p. 12

"No matter where we live or in what position we serve, all of us need to determine which way we face. God's commandments serve as a standard against which priorities can be measured. Our respect for the first commandment fashions our feelings for all the others. Consider the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy, for example. We live in a time when many people throughout the world have transferred their allegiance on the Sabbath from places of worship to places of amusement. Again I ask, 'Which way do you face?'" — Russell M. Nelson, "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods," "Ensign," May 1996, p. 14-15

"May I mention two or three other messages which seem no longer popular? One is to respect the Sabbath day. While the Savior himself cautioned against extreme forms of Sabbath day observance, it is well to remember whose day the Sabbath is. There seems to be an ever-increasing popularity in disregarding the centuries-old commandment to observe and respect the Sabbath day. For many it has become a holiday rather than a holy day of rest and sanctification. For some it is a day to shop and buy groceries. The decision of those who engage in shopping, sports, work, and recreation on the Sabbath day is their own, for which they alone bear responsibility." — James E. Faust, "Unwanted Messages," "Ensign," Nov. 1986, p. 9

"Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship." — James E. Faust, "The Lord's Day" "Ensign," Nov. 1991, p. 34

"The Sabbath is the day the Lord has given us to rebuild, retrench, fortify our spirits and rest our bodies so that we can go out and live the gospel perfectly during the week." — Orson Scott Card, "Sunday Meetings: A Preparation for Work," "Ensign," Jan. 1978, p. 63

"You do not have to patronize a store on Sunday. Let the Latter-day Saints be in their homes, teaching their families, reading the scriptures, doing things that are wholesome and beautiful and communing with the Lord on the Sabbath day. He's been very pointed in this day and time as set forth in the 59th section of the Doctrine and Covenants concerning our observance of the Sabbath day. I thank the Lord for Sunday. What a great and marvelous blessing that is (fireside in Birmingham, England, 29 Aug. 1995)." — "Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley," "Ensign," July 1996, p. 73

"What lessons have we learned from our fathers? Years ago, a father asked Elder ElRay L. Christiansen what name he could suggest for his newly acquired boat. Brother Christiansen suggested, 'Why not call it The Sabbath Breaker?' I'm confident the would-be sailor pondered whether his pride and joy would be a Sabbath breaker or a Sabbath keeper. Whatever his decision, it no doubt left a lasting impression upon his children." — Thomas S. Monson, "Becoming Our Best Selves," "Ensign," Nov. 1999, p. 19

"We have become largely a world of Sabbath breakers. On the Sabbath the lakes are full of boats, the beaches are crowded, the shows have their best attendance, the golf links are dotted with players. The Sabbath is the preferred day for rodeos, conventions, family picnics; even ball games are played on the sacred day. 'Business as usual' is the slogan for many, and our holy day has become a holiday. And because so many people treat the day as a holiday, numerous others cater to the wants of the fun-lovers and money-makers." — Spencer W. Kimball, "The Sabbath-A Delight," "Ensign," Jan. 1978, p. 2

"From the beginning, God has instructed prophets to teach the covenant people to honor the Sabbath day. God rested from His creative labors on the seventh day. (See Moses 3:3; Gen. 2:2-3.) This day was blessed and sanctified as a holy day.

"The fourth commandment to Moses was to 'remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.' (Ex. 20:8.)

"Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught that 'Sabbath observance was a sign between ancient Israel and their God whereby the chosen people might be known.' (Bruce R. McConkie, "Mormon Doctrine," 2nd ed. [1966], 658; see also Neh. 13:15-22; Isa. 56:1-8; Jer. 17:19-27; Ezek. 46:1-7; Ex. 31:12-17.)

"Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognize Sunday as the Sabbath in commemoration of the fact that Christ came forth from the grave on Sunday, and the Apostles commenced meeting thereafter on the first day of the week. (John 20:1-6; Luke 24:1; Mark 16:1; Matt. 28:1; Acts 20:7.)" - Earl C. Tingey, "The Sabbath Day and Sunday Shopping," Ensign (CR), May 1996, p.10

"But do not suppose that a strict observance of the law of the Sabbath is alone sufficient to keep your spiritual bodies in good health. Every day of the week must give nourishment to your spiritual selves. Family and secret prayers, the reading of the scriptures, love in your homes and unselfish daily service to others are manna from heaven to feed your souls. Observance of the weekly Family Home Evening is another strong force for righteousness in the home." - "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Harold B. Lee," p.175

"Let me just mention a couple of things that will help us find joy in sacrament meetings. There are many ways.

"First, come with an attitude of worshipping the Lord....

"Number two, teach your children the significance of the worship service. We want our children there, and we also want them to learn reverence, which is a form of love for the Savior. (If babies are noisy, take them out of the chapel until they calm down.)...

"Number three, sing enthusiastic praises to God. As we sing wholeheartedly, reaffirming our love for the Savior, we can feel the Spirit....

"Number four, when you speak to the congregation, include scriptural references, your testimony, and the Savior in your talk....

"And finally, remember the Savior as you partake of the sacrament...." - W. Mack Lawrence, "Sunday Worship Service," Ensign (CR), May 1991, p.30

"I will tell you how I feel on a Sabbath morning. I realize this is a day set apart to worship Almighty God: now I ought to worship God myself, and I ought to look after my family and discover whether they are engaged in the same thing or not. For we are commanded to keep holy the Sabbath day and to rest from all our labors, as God did when He created the earth upon which we dwell. He has given us six days to attend to the various labors and duties of life, and if we [undertake] to keep the Sabbath, let us do it acceptably to God our Father, dedicating ourselves to him at least, for that day, and placing our feelings and affections upon him." - "Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: John Taylor," p.107

"The Sabbath was blessed and sanctified as a holy day, a day of rest (Genesis 2:3; Moses 3:3; Exodus 20:9-11). But this sanctification and commandment of rest was for a purpose—not that man should refrain from work in order to pursue his own pleasure, but that man should serve God and worship him. The prophet Isaiah taught that principle clearly:

"'If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

"'Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 58:13-14.)" - Dallin H. Oaks, "Pure in Heart," p.27

“There are a great many things that we can do on the Sabbath day that would entertain, interest, and instruct our children at home, between the hours of service. ... Let them have amusements at the proper time, but let them be taught better things on the Sabbath day.” – “Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Joseph F. Smith,” p. 230

"The Sabbath day is given throughout the generations of man for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between the Lord and his children forever. It is a day in which to worship and to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Lord. It is a day on which to surrender every worldly interest and to praise the Lord humbly, for humility is the beginning of exaltation. It is a day not for affliction and burden but for rest and righteous enjoyment. It is a day not for lavish banqueting, but a day of simple meals and spiritual feasting; not a day of abstinence from food, except fast day, but a day when maid and mistress might be relieved from the preparation. It is a day graciously given us by our Heavenly Father. It is a day when animals may be turned out to graze and rest; when the plow may be stored in the barn and other machinery cooled down; a day when employer and employee, master and servant may be free from plowing, digging, toiling. It is a day when the office may be locked and business postponed, and troubles forgotten; a day when man may be temporarily released from that first injunction, 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.' (Genesis 3:19.) It is a day when bodies may rest, minds relax, and spirits grow. It is a day when songs may be sung, prayers offered, sermons preached, and testimonies borne, and when man may climb high, almost annihilating time, space, and distance between himself and his Creator." - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball, p. 215

Have we thought about the tremendous spiritual deterioration that results from not keeping the Sabbath day holy? This commandment involves much more than just resting from our labors. Keeping the Sabbath day holy inherently builds spiritual character and prepares us for what is to come. By observing this commandment, we will have power over evil; we will be more capable of keeping the commandments of the Lord and maintaining ourselves unspotted from the sins of the world. (See D&C 59:9.) - Angel Abrea, "The Little Things and Eternal Life," Ensign (CR) October 1981

Does the Lord love and bless those who keep the Sabbath day holy? I testify that he does in eternally meaningful ways. I further testify that when we eventually see things through the proper perspective of eternal truth, we will be amazed at how much we were blessed in important—though often unperceived—ways through keeping the Sabbath holy; and to our sorrow we may sense how many blessings we kept from ourselves by not consistently keeping the Sabbath day holy. - John H. Groberg, "The Power of Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy," Ensign (CR) October 1984

It is a great mistake to suppose that the man who goes off riding on Sunday obtains more rest than the man who goes to meeting. There is a refreshing influence connected with the Spirit of the Lord that brings health and strength and ease to those who receive it, and time spent in meeting, listening to the word of God and partaking of the sacrament is well spent, and both body and spirit are refreshed. Men and women who thus observe the Sabbath day are prepared on Monday morning, with invigorated bodies, enlightened and comforted minds, to enter upon the serious labors of the week and to perform them with ease and pleasure. While in meeting and under the influence of the Spirit of the Lord troubles and perplexities are cast away, burdens are lifted, anxieties are removed and peace and joy fill the soul. - "Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon," selected, arranged, and edited by Jerreld L. Newquist, p.393

What did the Savior mean when He said that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath”? I believe He wanted us to understand that the Sabbath was His gift to us, granting real respite from the rigors of daily life and an opportunity for spiritual and physical renewal. God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief. - Russell M. Nelson, “The Sabbath is a Delight,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, honoring the Sabbath is a form of righteousness that will bless and strengthen families, connect us with our Creator, and increase happiness. The Sabbath can help separate us from that which is frivolous, inappropriate, or immoral. It allows us to be in the world but not of the world. - Quentin L. Cook, "Shipshape and Bristol Fashion: Be Temple Worthy—in Good Times and Bad Times,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

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