Watching Movies on the Sabbath?

The Lord’s command to keep the Sabbath Day holy has been a truly invaluable blessing in my life. Though it is tempting, from one perspective, to see Sunday as a test of faith and endurance, with a bevy of activities deemed inappropriate, those who keep this commandment with a sincere heart come to see that its observance is a “delight” (Isaiah 58:13. The Savior taught that “the Sabbath is made for man, and not man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27); in other words, the whole purpose of this holy day is not to test us, but rather to bless us. It is for our benefit. Through the years I have found that sanctifying this day has brought me a nearness to Heavenly Father that fortifies me throughout the week’s trials and tribulations. Attending meetings, visiting the lonely and afflicted, studying the scriptures and words of the living prophets, calling loved ones, writing in my journal, doing home teaching, and many more activities serve to focus my mind and soul on Christ, providing a respite from the world’s buffetings.

It would seem that kicking back and enjoying a film would be more suited for a Friday or Saturday evening. This is not necessarily true, however, as clarified by the Gospel Principles manual:

“In deciding what other activities we could properly engage in on the Sabbath, we could ask ourselves: Will it uplift and inspire me? Does it show respect for the Lord? Does it direct my thoughts to Him?” (p. 142).

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