What Does It Mean to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy?
March 2023

“What Does It Mean to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy?,” Liahona, Mar. 2023.

Come, Follow Me

Matthew 12

What Does It Mean to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy?

Jesus and others in a grainfield

Through the Cornfields, by W. Paget © Providence Collection / licensed from Goodsalt.com

President Russell M. Nelson tells how, as a young man, he studied lists of things to do or not do on the Sabbath. He later learned from the scriptures that his actions and attitude on the Sabbath represented a sign between him and Heavenly Father (see Exodus 31:13).

He said: “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?’” (“The Sabbath Is a Delight,” Liahona, May 2015, 130; emphasis in original).


Read Christ’s teachings about the Sabbath day in Matthew 12:1–13; see also Isaiah 58:13 and Doctrine and Covenants 59:9–13. Fill in the chart with the doctrinal principles you find in these teachings. As a family, discuss ways you could apply these teachings today. You can write your thoughts in the “Modern-Day Application” column.

Teachings of Jesus

Modern-Day Application