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Young Men Lesson 26: Do Good on the Sabbath

Manual 1; Excerpt from "The Joy of Sabbath Day Observance," by Marcos A. Aidukaitis

June 22, 2012

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"Joy and blessings come from worshipping God on His holy day—including blessings we cannot now see." -Marcos A. Aidukaitis

Discussion Questions
• What are some appropriate ways to explain to others your desire to keep the Sabbath day holy?
• How can you know if an activity is appropriate for the Sabbath day? (see D&C 59:9–13).

Excerpt from "The Joy of Sabbath Day Observance," by Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, June 2012 Ensign and Liahona:

Growing up as a Latter-day Saint in a non-LDS environment was one of the enjoyable experiences of my early life. What I remember most is getting together with family and friends for birthdays, holidays, football games, and an occasional family churrasco (barbecue). Another favorite memory is going to church together as a family on Sunday.

Keeping the Sabbath day holy and worshipping our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, were basic and natural for our family. As a youth in the Church, I always anticipated playing football on Tuesday nights, but I also anticipated going to sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and priesthood on Sundays. It felt so good to be with our brothers and sisters in the gospel that we were not quick to return home afterward.

Not until I was married and had a family of my own did I really appreciate the good example my parents had set during my formative years. As the father of a family, I came to better understand how important it is to “go to the house of prayer and offer up [our] sacraments upon [the Lord’s] holy day” (D&C 59:9). I came to better understand the blessings He has promised to those who keep this commandment.

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