Doctrine and Covenants 59:9-10
“And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;”
As the Saints arrive in Missouri, they are called to build up Zion. There was much to do, and the Lord reminds them that they can make their own choices and be anxiously engaged in doing good things. They shouldn’t wait to be commanded to do everything. But even though there was much to do, they should keep the Sabbath day holy by resting from their labors and worshiping God. The Lord tells them that the Sabbath day is a day to go to church, partake of the sacrament, pray, repent, fast, and be thankful for everything God has given us. Modern day prophets have told us that the Sabbath day is also a day to teach the gospel, study the gospel with our families, do family history work, and serve others. The Sabbath is a special day that we can give to the Lord.
“Not pursuing your ‘own pleasure’ on the Sabbath requires self-discipline. You may have to deny yourself of something you might like. If you choose to delight yourself in the Lord, you will not permit yourself to treat it as any other day. Routine and recreational activities can be done some other time.” Russell M. Nelson
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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