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    Focusing on the Do’s of the Sabbath Day

    August 13, 2017

    Since the days written about in the Bible, Heavenly Father has told His children to treat the Sabbath day differently. What does that mean, though? While some focus on what should not be done on the Sabbath, consider instead what could be done on that special day.

    As you do so, remember what Russell M. Nelson taught:

    “I learned from the scriptures that my conduct and my attitude on the Sabbath constituted a sign between me and my Heavenly Father. With that understanding, I no longer needed lists of dos and don’ts. When I had to make a decision whether or not an activity was appropriate for the Sabbath, I simply asked myself, ‘What sign do I want to give to God?’ That question made my choices about the Sabbath day crystal clear”

    Besides attending your church meetings, here are six simple activities that could make your Sundays even more satisfying.

    1. Take a walk.

    If it is a nice day, head outside. That’s what one family living in New York City does to keep the Sabbath day holy. They take Sunday evening walks around different neighborhoods. They explore new areas as they talk about what they felt in church that day.

    2. Bake.

    Pull the family together for an activity that’s sweet in every way. When you’re done, you might think a friend or neighbor to share with. Baking and delivering treats could become a Sunday afternoon tradition.

    3. Play games.

    What’s your favorite board game? Do you win every time? Extend a friendly challenge to someone you like spending time with on Sundays.

    4. Uncover your family history.

    Don’t forget that family history can be interesting and fun. Additionally, diving into projects that bring the past to life will create opportunities to build relationships with your family members living today.

    5. Start a family blog.

    Speaking of family, why not dedicate a few minutes of your Sunday to posting on your family blog or writing in a journal? One of the benefits of keeping a record like that is the perspective you receive when you reflect on the good things you are learning and experiencing on a weekly basis.

    What are your favorite things to do on the Sabbath? Tell us about it in the comments.