Hello! This is the Sabbath Day Observance starting post. If you are new or would like a reminder of how everything is run with FTSOA, click here for a post on how it all works.
For those reading this post, I continue to recommend that you read to the end because I’ve written all the last paragraphs specifically for this segment.
- First off, this morning I said to ask yourself “How have I been blessed by living this standard?” If you, like me, didn’t have time to due to rushing off to Church, I suggest you do it now.
- For those who don’t have their own copy of For the Strength of Youth, you can read the section on Sabbath Day Observance by clicking here.
- The daily reminders, as well as new posts, will be posted on the website ForTheStrengthOfAll.com if you wish to view them online instead of in your inbox.
- You will be able to find previous reminders here.
There are two commitments, one broad commitment that you make now and one that will be sent to you every day that is a bit more specific. Here is the broad commitment:
I, ____________________, have read the For the Strength of Youth section on Sabbath Day Observance and commit to living the standards mentioned there today and every day until October 4, 2015.
As you can see, it is very important to read the For the Strength of Youth section on Sabbath Day Observance before committing to the program.
There is also a second commitment that is based on first sentence in the third paragraph of the section on Sabbath Day Observance:
Today I, ____________________, will prepare so that I can reserve Sunday for the many uplifting activities that are appropriate for the Sabbath day.
It is this 2nd commitment that will be sent every day. To help with the commitment, you may want to leave a note for yourself somewhere, perhaps a sticky note on your desk or a digital reminder on your phone, wherever you think that it would most help you keep your commitment to Sabbath Day Observance. There will also be an optional second post sent out at 3:00 p.m. ET each day which, if you read it, can help remind you to look back over your day to see how well you are keeping your commitment.
To start off the segment I would like to bring to mind three of my favorite quotes on the topic:
First, “I don’t know; I’ve never been in one.” This was President Kimball’s reply after several seconds of thought to the question “What do you do if you find yourself caught in a boring sacrament meeting?” (source). I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in some really boring Sacrament meetings. However, since reading this quote, I’ve realized that I hadn’t been holding up my end of the bargain. Over the last few months as I’ve tried to apply that quote to my meetings, I’ve noticed an enormous drop in the “boring meeting” count. The more I seek revelation and inspiration in the talks and lessons the more I find it. Remember that it is possible, even if it isn’t easy, to never have a boring sacrament meeting again. This is the first thing I want us all to keep in mind as we go through this segment.
The second quote I want to remind you of is one you’ve probably heard before, especially if you had a youth who attended the Face to Face with Elder and Sister Bednar fireside, but it is worth repeating. When asked about what someone should or should not do on the Sabbath, Elder Bednar replied, “[Consider that] the Sabbath day is a sign of a covenant between God and His children… the question [then] is, what signal do I want to send to God [about my feelings toward that covenant]?” When considering what to do on the Sabbath, remember that whatever we do is a sign of our love for Him and a demonstration of our obedience to His commandments.
Finally, my third quote is from the book of Exodus, chapter 20, verse 8: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Sunday isn’t just any old day, we need to remember it, remember that it is holy, remember to prepare throughout the week for it, and remember the love of God, and how through His commandments, such as the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy, He marks the road to happiness, both in this life and the next.