Sabbath

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May 18, 2021 01:04 PM MDT
Fill your home with uplifting music the whole family will enjoy! You're likely to recognize a few favorite artists and we hope you'll enjoy some new ones as well.
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April 21, 2021 07:53 PM MDT
Jennie Taylor has known plenty of heartache in her life. As a 10-year-old, she lost her father to suicide. Years later, when she was married with four children, her teenage brother-in-law also committed suicide. And during her husband Brent’s fourth deployment as a soldier in 2018, she found out he’d been killed in action.
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July 08, 2020 03:58 PM MDT
Elder Ulisses Soares has experienced atypical Sabbath days as he has waited in the airport while on Church assignments. On one of those Sundays, he found a place where he could be somewhat alone and “closed his eyes and turned his heart to the Lord.”
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March 16, 2020 07:21 PM MDT
With church gatherings being suspended until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19, members around the world worshipped from home on Sunday, March 15.
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By  LDS Living
November 29, 2019 10:00 PM MST
The following article originally ran on LDS Living in September 2015.
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October 26, 2019 08:49 AM MDT
The following is an excerpt from Elder John H. Groberg’s book Fire of Faith, which details his experiences with his family as he served as a mission president in Tonga beginning in 1966.
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September 25, 2019 01:41 PM MDT
After years of watching his sons on high-level soccer teams compete in tournaments on Friday and Saturday and then sit out the championship game on Sunday, Travis Breinholt said he felt strongly that something needed to be done.
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July 26, 2019 04:15 PM MDT
We recently sat down as a family to talk about how we want to honor the Lord’s day. We began the conversation by talking about Christmas. It is one of our favorite holidays. We begin preparing for it months in advance. We talked about the food that we love to eat, the traditions we participate in, and the reasons why we look forward to the gathering. We made a list of our traditions: new pajamas, ebelskivers for breakfast, fun games, and quiet moments gathered around burning candles when we remember the times we have seen the hand of the Lord in our lives. Those are just a few. It became clear that the reason we love Christmas isn’t because it is December 25; it is because we have set apart that day as a celebration focused on Christ with good food, fun, and time spent talking about what is important. Then I asked if we might be able to set apart the Sabbath as a holy celebration similar to Christmas. If the day were filled with family, good food, and fun and conversations centered on Christ, would it become a day we looked forward to, similar to the way we look forward to December 25? We decided to give it a try. We started establishing traditions that would intentionally set that day apart from every other day of the week. I call these our sweet Sabbath moments. In our home it is a family-only day. We spend time together playing games or making cookies. Grace loves to make and decorate sugar cookies; I like to make meringues. We trade off. For one hour each Sunday we gather in the family room with a journal and spend time talking about what matters most. This is a time for reading the scriptures, studying doctrines and principles, goal setting and family planning—a weekly time to center our life again, with God’s purposes in mind. The evenings are for large family gathering. Married kids, aunts and uncles, cousins, and grandma and grandpa usually gather to eat dinner and share stories and laugh. With deliberate planning, Sundays have become my most favorite day of the week.
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July 25, 2019 09:37 AM MDT
The following article previously ran on LDS Living in September 2016.
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May 25, 2019 02:36 PM MDT
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, in his April 2019 general conference address, warned members against complacency in their Sunday worship:
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April 23, 2019 10:02 PM MDT
The dilemma of keeping the Sabbath day holy was a complicated issue for the young surgeon. How does a busy doctor handle the Sabbath? “This was not a theoretical question for a doctor,” Dr. Nelson explained. “We were dedicated to healing and saving lives, and I wrestled to know how to handle this.”
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April 18, 2019 09:47 AM MDT
Join LDS Living, David Butler, and Emily Freeman in a special Easter celebration this week by clicking here. Short daily videos from David and Emily will give you and your family ideas of how to remember and focus on the Savior during this special week.
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March 25, 2019 01:08 PM MDT
After BYU women's basketball team defeated Auburn to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament, Sister Jean B. Bingham posted on Facebook, "Good for you, BYU women’s basketball team – you’ve won the first NCAA round! We’re cheering you on!"
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By  LDS Living
February 05, 2019 01:00 PM MST
"[The Sabbath] is not a day for all the things you can't do. That would be a pathetic way to think of the Sabbath," Elder Holland shares in a video featured on lds.org this month. Then he gives an analogy that transforms how we think of this sacred day:
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By  LDS Living
December 19, 2018 10:05 PM MST
Let’s face it—sometimes Sundays aren’t as enjoyable or fulfilling as we’d like them to be. Between the stress of getting the family—and yourself—ready for church, preparing lessons, preparing meals, and keeping the kids occupied all day, our day of rest can be anything but restful. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, try some of these ideas from LDS Living staff and readers to help improve your Sunday experience.
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By  LDS Living
December 14, 2018 07:03 PM MST
What does your perfect Sunday look like? Tell us what your Sabbath includes, and we will tell you the uplifting movie that best fits your day of worship.
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October 12, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
President Russell M. Nelson has said: “I never ask myself, ‘When does the prophet speak as a prophet and when does he not?’ My interest has been, ‘How can I be more like him?’"
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By  LDS Living
August 09, 2018 07:01 PM MDT
A new mormon.org video is showing members what it means to practice what we preach. The video, "This Is Church," is only just over a minute long but has a powerful message about living the gospel.
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July 09, 2018 09:55 AM MDT
Let's be honest—Sunday mornings can be rough. Trying to get the whole family out the door on time for church is not an easy task. Here are 13 GIFs that hilariously capture the #SundayMorningProbs you've probably experienced.
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By  Yvonne Liu
May 09, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Sunday is a day of rest and a day of worship. However, there are some misconceptions that might cause unnecessary stress and anxiety on the Sabbath. In Mosiah 4:7 it reads, “for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.” Here are seven things that might make us run faster than we have strength and cause stress on the Sabbath.
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February 20, 2018 10:49 PM MST
Editor's note: This article is part of a series on what the Church has actually taught about various topics. To read more about the Church’s teachings on cremation, garments, beards, and more, click here.
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February 01, 2018 03:38 PM MST
To watch or not to watch? That is the question.
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January 06, 2018 03:00 PM MST
If you are experiencing a new start time for your ward or just want to make sure your family is on time this year, these tips are words to live by.
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By  LDS Living
December 29, 2017 02:41 PM MST
Let’s face it—sometimes Sundays aren’t as enjoyable or fulfilling as we’d like them to be. Between the stress of getting the family—and yourself—ready for church, preparing lessons, preparing meals, and keeping the kids occupied for the rest of the day, our day of rest can be anything but restful. If you’ve been stuck in a rut, try some of these ideas to help reinvent your Sunday.
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December 27, 2017 02:15 PM MST
Do you remember when President Uchtdorf told us about the bumper sticker he saw tacked onto the end of a car whose driver seemed to be a "little rough around the edges"?
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November 10, 2017 01:22 PM MST
Conference Talk: "Respect and Reverence" by Margaret S. Lifferth April 2009 general conference.
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August 02, 2017 03:48 PM MDT
The weekly sacrament ritual is the focal point in LDS sabbath worship. In it we renew our baptismal covenants with Christ. These covenants include promises to God, to ourselves, and to others. The ritual also has layers of meaning in how it is prepared, blessed, and passed by the Aaronic priesthood holders in the ward.
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By  LDS Living
July 07, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
The loud voices. The constant squirming. The screaming. And the crying. Oh, the crying. Every. Week.
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June 06, 2017 06:15 PM MDT
Tanner McKee, an LDS high school quarterback ranked fourth in the nation, risked losing his spot at the Elite 11 camp after deciding to sit out on Sunday because of his beliefs.
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June 02, 2017 08:58 AM MDT
My family often traveled during the summer when I was young. And our travels often found us away from home on a Sunday. We always did our best to keep the Sabbath day holy, but the way we did it usually depended on the circumstances. Coming from a family of extremely shy children, we would often attend all three hours only if we were visiting with cousins that we could go to class with, but other times we would simply attend sacrament meeting before returning to our campsite or hotel to do more scripture study and prayers as a family. Sometimes our circumstances required us to be driving on a Sunday, but my dad always made sure we took turns reading in the scriptures, or would have us listen to scriptures or a conference talk instead of the radio.
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May 19, 2017 03:00 PM MDT
For more information on this topic read “The Sabbath and the Sacrament,” by L. Tom Perry, Ensign, May 2011, 6.
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March 11, 2017 04:47 PM MST
Many religions hallow the Sabbath, and we can learn much from how others celebrate and reverence this holy day.
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March 02, 2017 03:05 PM MST
After graduating in the top five percent of his business school class at Harvard, no one can argue that Mitt Romney went on to achieve incredible success in the world of business.
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February 18, 2017 05:09 PM MST
Technology can help our lives run smoother and make our days just that much easier. But sometimes, it can make our lives just that much more cluttered. Here are some great tips to help you focus your Sabbath day on what matters most.
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February 11, 2017 04:49 PM MST
Since I was a Beehive, I've received quotes from prophets, lists, and handouts about what we can and can't do on Sunday. While well-intentioned, I'm not sure these lists capture the spirit of what it means to keep the Sabbath day holy.
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February 02, 2017 06:24 PM MST
For those who are the ward choir director, getting volunteers to participate in the choir can often be quite the challenge. Many times ward members don't usually see how they can add value to or benefit from the choir.
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January 23, 2017 03:59 PM MST
A friend once commented that whoever said the Sabbath was a day of rest was not a Mormon. His tongue was firmly in his cheek when he said it, but he was not wide of the mark by very much. We who have the placed the Gospel of Christ at the center of our lives know that completing Sabbath assignments and duties can be labor—work—of the most demanding kind. But when the Lord set apart a day of the week as a day of rest, he seems to have done so with the intent that we should rest from all our weekly labors (D&C 59:10), and from the work that demands our attention on the non-Sabbath days.
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January 07, 2017 09:53 AM MST
King Benjamin taught that we should “teach [our children] to walk in the ways of truth . . . to love one another, and to serve one another” (Mosiah 4:15). Primary is the perfect place for our children to learn gospel truths and to practice loving and serving each other, but it can be hard for children to focus on the gospel when they’re distracted or not ready to learn. The key to making the most of their experience at church is to prepare, prepare, prepare. You can help your children get more out of Primary by preparing them physically, spiritually, and as a family.
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December 18, 2016 10:00 PM MST
I've come to the following conclusion: Christmas on Sunday is a double whammy of awesomeness.
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October 13, 2016 06:54 PM MDT
Any family who has signed up for competitive sports knows that avoiding Sunday games can be a challenge. Many competitive club soccer teams, for example, play up to 10 tournaments a year—and tournaments usually include Sunday matches, which is why Jeff Erickson created the No Sunday Fútball Club in Gilbert, Arizona.
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August 24, 2016 01:38 PM MDT
With a renewed focus on Sabbath day observance, many wards and branches have instituted ways to improve their Sunday worship services. From devotionals to bishops' notes in the ward newsletter, the worldwide Church places a strong emphasis on keeping the Sabbath day holy.
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August 23, 2016 01:42 PM MDT
The Sabbath is not an endless list of dos and do nots. It's a sacred day that the Lord has given to us to bless our lives.
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By  LDS Living
August 20, 2016 12:20 PM MDT
We’ve been told to keep the Sabbath day holy, but with a spirited eight-year-old, a flighty Valiant eleven-year-old, and a misunderstood teen, teaching them to choose the right may appear to be more of a cross to bear than a duty to do with a heart full of song. So what can you do to truly make Sunday a special day, other than trimming your nails on Saturday? Here are some ideas for Sabbath day activities.
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August 15, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
In the sports world, Sunday is prime time for competitions. And the Olympics are no exception. With preliminaries, games, competitions, and finals all falling on Sundays, many Latter-day Saints are presented with a very personal choice as they come face-to-face with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in the pinnacle of sports competitions.
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June 27, 2016 05:45 PM MDT
Despite money, despite glory, and despite championships, BYU refuses to play on Sundays. Period. Here are some remarkable stories of students and teams who refused to play on the Sabbath and the 99 universities across the country that backed them up.
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May 28, 2016 02:58 PM MDT
One LDS dad, Eric Malizia, had a fun way to celebrate the Sabbath—something he shared with the Church's new #HisDay campaign. He decided to create a new song, titled "His Day," that he sings with his kids on the way to church. Check it out!
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By  Geoff B.
May 05, 2016 01:58 PM MDT
I’m sure that every reader of this blog has experienced days — perhaps even months or years — when it is really difficult to get motivated to go to church or specific church meetings.
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May 04, 2016 02:20 PM MDT
When Eli Herring sent a letter to every team in the NFL before the draft, telling them he would not play professional football because of his faith, every team called Herring to ask if he was sure about his decision. But he turned them all down, capturing the attention of news agencies across the nation.
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May 02, 2016 03:25 PM MDT
Fortune magazine last year shared an article written by Liz Wiseman, Latter-day Saint and president of Wiseman Group. In it, she shares why it is so important to take this one day of the week to unwind, shut out the world, and focus on faith. This advice is important to remember, especially considering the Church's new social media campaign, #HisDay, where they've encouraged families to share what unique things they do to celebrate the Lord's holy day.
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April 29, 2016 02:00 PM MDT
Keeping the Sabbath isn't optional, at least not in God's book. But observing the day of rest prescribed in the 10 Commandments can be more difficult for busy families than honoring their parents or not swearing.
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April 27, 2016 01:30 PM MDT
The Sabbath may be losing its religious significance in the eyes of many Americans, but a majority still believe taking a day of rest benefits society, according to a new survey on Sabbath observance by the Deseret News.
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April 18, 2016 06:59 PM MDT
The Church is starting a new social media campaign: #HisDay. And they want you to share what unique things your family does to celebrate the Lord's holy day. "Help us remind the world what the Lord's day is all about," the new LDS.org site says. "Share the good it brings to your life and the things you do to make it great each week. Make it heartfelt, make it joyful, make your voice heard. The simple things you share will inspire others."
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April 06, 2016 04:06 PM MDT
I love it when stories are funny or thought-provoking or inspiring. This one is a rare combination of the three and teaches us how the Lord is mindful of us and teaches us lessons in the most unexpected ways.
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March 29, 2016 06:21 PM MDT
“It really isn’t a sacrifice because the blessings we receive are greater than anything given up,” William Hopoate said, sharing his incredible testimony through his actions. Hopoate is a professional rugby player and his decision not to play on Sundays could seriously impact his future career.
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March 12, 2016 03:17 PM MST
Tomorrow's daylight savings! I know it can be difficult if not downright painful waking up that extra hour on Sunday morning to get to Church on time, so here are a few memes to help inspire you!
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February 24, 2016 06:58 PM MST
How many members can relate? "A few days earlier I had read the dozens of wonderful responses that people gave on social media about how they make the sacrament special. I thought, 'I can’t do any of those things, especially with this son of mine. It’s impossible for a mom like me to have a spiritual experience during the . . . sacrament.'" But I was wrong.
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February 19, 2016 10:33 PM MST
The Sabbath is a special day, but it can be difficult think of what a family with children of different ages can do to make Sunday a special, spiritual day. But those families that stick with it until they find their own ways to successfully celebrate the Sabbath will reap blessings of stronger family relationships, kinder communication, spiritual depth, and more family fun. Here are 50 helpful ideas to get you started.
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February 16, 2016 05:40 PM MST
Everyone is different. We all become spiritually recharged and enlightened in different ways. We all feel the Spirit differently. But, here's one simple way an LDS dad found to not overthink the Sabbath, to keep it holy, and to turn it into a true delight. It's good to remember this is just one member's perspective.
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February 11, 2016 06:45 PM MST
Even though he's not LDS, this British TV host stands as an example to all of us of sticking to your standards and putting the Lord first, not matter what's on the line. I love this quote: "I was convinced that it was the right thing to honour God and follow his commandments. Observing the Lord’s Day is a great privilege and brings with it loads of blessings."
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February 06, 2016 09:00 PM MST
The Mormon Channel recently released a video that shows the fast pace and hectic world we live in today. Then, it's sudden and touching transition into more spiritual images and music really makes you feel the reverence and peace of the blessing we call the Sabbath. Check it out:
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