GOSPEL PRINCIPLES: KEEPING THE SABBATH DAY HOLY
Ask who likes ketchup, pickles, olives, etc. Cater this to your family’s taste. Ask for a volunteer, someone who said yes to all those things, and give them a Sundae glass with ice cream in it. Uncover the non-sundae toppings. Ask them what they would like on it. Question them by picking out a topping they’ve already said they like e.g : “Would you like ketchup on that? I know you like it!” They will reply something like “not on ice-cream”. Clarify by saying “Oh, so it’s good but not on a Sundae?” They should then confirm this. Do this with the other toppings reaffirming that they are good but not on a Sundae. Thank them for participating and say that although there are many things that might be good for us to do they aren’t appropriate on Sunday, the Sabbath. Turn the toppings around and discuss each word strip – why it is not a good Sabbath day activity. (http://www.cranialhiccups.com/2008/08/keeping-the-sabbath-day-holy-fhe.html)
D&C 59:9-13 – Why has Heavenly Father asked us to keep the Sabbath day holy?
Mosiah 13:16 – Talk about why it is important to keep the Sabbath day holy. What blessings do we receive when we do?
Ezra Taft Benson: “The purpose of the Sabbath is for spiritual uplift, for a renewal of our covenants, for worship, for rest, for prayer. It is for the purpose of feeding the spirit, that we may keep ourselves unspotted from the world by obeying God’s command” (“Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy,” Ensign, May 1971, 6). Keeping the Sabbath day holy expresses our love for the Lord and shows our gratitude for His goodness. When we follow this commandment, we receive great blessings from Him.”
Gordon B. Hinckley: “If you have any doubt about the wisdom, the divinity of observing the Sabbath Day … stay home and gather your family about you, teach them the gospel, enjoy yourselves together on the Sabbath Day, come to your meetings, participate. You will know that the principle of the Sabbath is a true principle which brings with it great blessings.”
Spencer W. Kimball – “The Sabbath is not a day for indolent lounging about the house or puttering around in the garden, but is a day for consistent attendance at meetings for the worship of the Lord, drinking at the fountain of knowledge and instruction, enjoying the family, and finding uplift in music and song. The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important, but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it. To observe it, one will be on his knees in prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, writing letters to missionaries, taking a nap, reading wholesome material, and attending all the meetings of that day at which he is expected.” Spencer W Kimball, “The Sabbath—A Delight,” Ensign, Jan 1978, 1–5.
When we are faced with the decision to engage in an activity that may or may not be appropriate for the Sabbath, we might ask ourselves three questions:
1. Is it doing good?
2. Is it spiritually uplifting?
3. Would Jesus do it?
LIST SOME SUNDAY APPROPRIATE ACTIVITIES WE CAN DO:
Go to church, talk with family (we call the grandparents every Sunday evening), read a book (esp. the scriptures), take a family walk, play a family game.
LIST SOME BLESSING WE RECEIVE WHEN WE KEEP THE SABBATH DAY HOLY
The ice cream scoops are things we thought up as a family and the ketchup, mustard, etc. on the sides are good things just not on Sundays like going to work and shopping.
CONCLUSION: When we keep the Sabbath day holy, we can be blessed with physical and emotional rest and feel re-energized to take on the weekday duties as well as fill and care for our own spiritual wells. I love Sundays because I spend the best time with my family!
We finished off the lesson with real ice cream sundaes topped with fresh strawberries, hot fudge, and sprinkles!
(Personal Progress Faith Value #3)