In the Mormon religion, the Sabbath Day is a day that is set apart from the rest of the week. We believe God set apart a day, in which man should rest from their work and labor. That day is Sunday. On this day, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints have certain responsibilities, and commandments to follow. When these are followed, great blessings follow.
The main purpose of the Sabbath is to come closer to God. On Sunday, the main activity is going to church. Going to church is a great blessing. In my experience, going to church makes me happy and I feel closer to God. After going to church, there isn’t anything planned throughout the day. On the Sabbath day, we do nothing that would take us farther from God, or that would demand high amounts of work. We strive to obtain rest on this day. Some activities that are commonly done are: Church service, quality time with your family, searching the scriptures, praying and more.
To receive the full blessings that come from keeping the Sabbath day holy, we have to live it fully. For example, in most cases men and woman will take off work. There are various exceptions, such as: Doctors, Fireman, Policeman, and any other profession that works with absolute emergencies. Because it doesn’t obtain rest, or help you come closer to God, it isn’t an ideal activity to do. Families are discouraged from participation in sporting activities, or any extra curricular activities. It may seem sometimes that there are many restrictions, but when obeyed honestly and fully, the blessings completely outweigh the sacrifice.
The blessings that come from completely following the Sabbath are absolutely amazing. As a teenager attending high school, it is very hard to enjoy the Sabbath with such a large homework load to finish so many other activities to do. When I finish my homework on Saturday, my Sabbaths were amazing. I felt completely laid back. I become immune from all the stress my high school put on me. I enjoyed the day, and am able to spend more time with my family. If I don’t get my homework done on Saturday, I experience something very different. I race to get everything done because of my sometimes procrastination. This last minute homework on Sunday causes me to arrive at school completely exhausted. Alternatively, when I keep the Sabbath, I come to school on Monday, on time, awake and fresh for school. The difference is between night and day.
Looking back on my school year, my best weeks were the ones where I kept the Sabbath day holy. Because of the blessings that come through obeying the commandment “Keep the Sabbath Day Holy”, I forgot the small sacrifice I made. In summary: the Sabbath is an opportunity to receive blessings. Don’t let it slip away.