In deciding how to best keep the Sabbath day holy, Elder Nelson gives us wonderful advice.
How do you honor the Sabbath day as God’s gift to you?
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
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What did the Savior mean when He said that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath?” I believe He wanted us to understand that the Sabbath was His gift to us, granting real respite from the rigors of daily life and an opportunity for spiritual and physical renewal. God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief. …
How do we hallow the Sabbath day? In my much younger years, I studied the work of others who had compiled lists of things to do and things not to do on the Sabbath. It wasn’t until later that 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.
Elder Russell M. Nelson
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