Sabbath Day

by | Jan. 23, 2006


Song: "The Chapel Doors" Children's Songbook, p. 156.

Scripture: D&C 59:12


Keeping the Sabbath day holy is much more than just physical rest. It involves spiritual renewal and worship. . . . This need for physical, mental, and spiritual regeneration is met in large measure by faithful observance of the Sabbath day.

(James E. Faust, "The Lord's Day," Ensign, Nov. 1991, 33)


Sometimes we concentrate on things we shouldn't do on Sundays instead of focusing on the things we can and should do. Remembering that the Sabbath is a day set aside for us to do good, to loose people from their bonds, to do the Lord's work, and to draw us closer to God. Split the family into groups and see which group can come up with the most ideas of acceptable things that can be done on the Sabbath. After ten minutes, have each group share their ideas.

After each group has shared their ideas, you may desire to share some of the following ideas that other families have come up with.

Read scriptures, Church magazines, and other uplifting books.

Sing Church music.

Look at family pictures, slides, or videos.

Plan family night activities.

Take gifts to or spend time with those who are sick.

Prepare Church lessons and fulfill other Church assignments.

Write in one's journal or write personal history.

Write to or visit relatives and friends.

Write to missionaries.

Have family home evening or a gospel discussion.

Read with children.

Compile family history.

Visit the sick, the elderly, and the lonely.

Hold interviews with family members.

Attend Church meetings.

Give father's blessings.

Do home or visiting teaching.

Visit the temple grounds.

Tell inspirational stories.

Play quiet, uplifting games as a family...

(Max H. Molgard and Allan K. Burgess, The Best of Fun for Family Night, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003]. P. 63.)


Make a copy of the Sunday Plan maze for each family member (see PDF file). Talk about the choices you need to make to keep the Sabbath day holy.

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