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Sundays


Today is Sunday.  I like Sundays.

Sunday is special.

All the other days of the week are crowded with work, activity, and worries.  I go to work, run errands, try to keep up the house, meet the demands of daily living and deal with countless things that crop up throughout the week.

Whew!

But Sunday is different.

(Oh wow!  I just popped over to lds.org to copy and paste a scripture to put in here, and they say there’s a special, worldwide devotional for young adults streaming at 6pm MST!  Trust me, you do not HAVE to be a young adult to enjoy this broadcast.  Anyone will find it a perfect way to top off the day.  You’ll find encouragement, inspiration, and love in abundance, and you’ll be glad you went there!  And of course the really great thing is, you can go to the website and watch it anytime thereafter as well.)

Now, here’s the scripture:

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

“But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

God showed us the way.  He did His work 6 days and then blessed and hallowed the seventh and He rested.

So on Sundays I do not do the things I do all the other days of the week.

“But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

“And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.

“Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.” Doctrine and Covenants 59:12-14.

On Sundays I go to church with my family to learn more about the life of Jesus Christ and how I can better follow His example, to feel the Spirit of God, and to partake of the sacrament and renew the covenants I made when I was baptized.  It is a day perfect to add fasting to my prayers when I need a special blessing or help in my life, and to fast once a month and give the money saved to the Church to help the poor.

In return I receive many blessings.  I find that on Monday I am ready for another week of work, activities, errands, keeping up with the house, and worries.  I have more energy and I feel refreshed, like my cup has been filled.  I forgive myself for little errors and feel Heavenly Father with me more.  My heart is softened and I can see the needs of others more readily, and respond more willingly.

In short, my life has been richly blessed by my observance of the Sabbath Day!  🙂

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Primary Program


Last Sunday was the Primary program in sacrament meeting.

That is one of,  if not the best program of the entire year!  It is where the Primary children, ages 3-12, sing songs they’ve been learning all year, and every one of them has a line or 2 (or more for the older ones) to speak in front of the congregation.  They talk about the things they have learned throughout the year.

You find yourself totally delighted and amazed at the young ones climbing up on a little stool to reach the pulpit and yell, whisper, or refuse to give their 5-word line.  You giggle, coo, or just smile.

Then as you watch the older children show their skills you are again delighted and amazed at their abilities.  They give a 2-minute talk, they might even sing a solo, play an instrument, or even lead the music!

And, of course, the program is about their Heavenly Father, about following Jesus Christ, and about how they are “a child of God“.  It is guaranteed to be a spiritual feast.

And Sunday, as they finished their program, sang the song, “A Child’s Prayer” (with yours truly at the piano!), and waited reverently while the closing prayer was said, everyone in the room could feel the Spirit of God.  As we left the pulpit to go to the Primary room, I told them (children and teachers alike) that they did a wonderful job!  And moving through the church to the Primary room, I agreed with young and old alike that the children did a wonderful job.

As I played the prelude in Primary, the room was filled with a dull roar.  Not that any of the children were misbehaving or anything, they were just all very excited with what they had just experienced and sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other.  It really was fun to behold and to be a part of.

After several minutes they finally calmed down.  We let them choose their favorite songs to sing during Singing Time.  And for Sharing Time where they usually will have a small activity/lesson, they watched animated stories of Jesus on TV and had popcorn and water for a snack.

A beautiful ending to a perfect day!  🙂

 

Ah, The Sabbath!


I am so incredibly thankful for Sundays!

God, our Father in Heaven, quite specifically designed them for us.  The Sabbath is a blessing.  He created it to give us a break from our daily labors, and from the cares of the world.  The Sabbath is a day to remember Him, to renew covenants we have made with Him, to feast spiritually on His words, and to draw closer to Him.

The Sabbath is ordained for our use to pursue grander and loftier heights than we usually have the opportunity to during the other 6 days of the week.  It is a day to rest from our labors and experience enlightenment, encouragement, refinement.

For instance, yesterday I was starting to feel a bit discouraged.  Beloved hubby was not feeling well (so was a bit cranky), I couldn’t think of nice, uplifting things to write to missionary son (everything was coming out disjointed), discovered where the cat had decided to do her business in the house, and couldn’t get to everything on my list of weekend chores I’d wanted to accomplish.  😦

On the bright side, as I reviewed some of my journal entries from my own mission, I found some things to share with son; I settled in to helping meet hubby’s needs; cleaned up after the cat; and decided the chores that didn’t get done could wait until another day.

Today being the Sabbath I got up, dressed, and went to church.  Even on the way there my thoughts turned to appreciating the beauty of the world around me, the love of my family and friends, the joy I find in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the hope that I will be able to become a little more like my Savior.

I love going to church.  There I learn more about Heavenly Father and my relationship to Him.  I feel His presence and bask in His glory.  His Spirit witnesses to me the truthfulness of all things.  I rejoice in Father’s goodness and mercy, and in His love for His children wherever they are.  I am amazed at how close He is to us and at the ways He blesses and helps us.  And I find renewed strength to keep trying, even though I am far from perfect, to change my life and live more as He wants me to.

Ah, the Sabbath!