RS/MP Lesson 16: “Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day” (George Albert Smith Manual)

From the Life of George Albert Smith

The lesson starts with a great a teaching moment given by President Smith’s mother. As a child, President Smith wanted to play sports on Sunday. When tempted with this action he records his mother’s reaction, “She did not say, ‘You cannot do it,’ but she did say: ‘Son, you will be happier if you do not do that.’ I want to tell you I am grateful for that kind of training in the home.” Two things stand out to me in this story.

1. Faithful Sabbath observance (like most other commandments) cannot be forced. We can force others into certain actions, but we can never change their hearts. I think President Smith’s mother was trying to change his heart, not his actions.

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