Monday, January 25, 2010


Besides my listed goals for the year of being more organized, continuing to improve my health through exercise and nourishment, and to quit whining and just do, I have additional unlisted goals. One of those is to better observe the Sabbath Day.

In Genesis 2:2-3, it says,
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

“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.”

We have gotten so far away from any sanctity in the world. There is much that is irreverent and unholy making it that much more important to take this day that the Lord has sanctified and retreat from the world.

Exodus 20:8-10

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord they God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within they gates:”

Exodus 31:17 especially spoke out to me…Italics are mine…

“It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

He said that it was a sign between He and the children of Israel FOREVER…

A current exhortation comes from For the Strength of Youth; Fulfilling Our Duty to God, a booklet put out for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints…

Taking reference from Exodus 20:8…Page 32…

The Lord has given the Sabbath day for your benefit and has commanded you to keep it holy. Observing the Sabbath will bring you closer to the Lord and to your family. it will give you needed rest and rejuvenation.

Many uplifting activities are appropriate for the Sabbath. Worship the Lord, attend church, spend quiet time with your family, study the gospel, write letters, write in your journal, do family history work, and visit the sick or homebound. Your dress before, during, and after church meetings should show respect for the Sabbath.

When seeking a job, share with your potential employer your desire to attend your Sunday meetings and keep the Sabbath day holy. Many employers value employees with these personal convictions. Whenever possible, choose a job that does not require you to work on Sundays.

Sunday is not a holiday or a day for recreation or athletic events. Do not seek entertainment or spend money on this day. Let your friends know what your standards are so they will not try to persuade you to participate in activities that are not appropriate for the Sabbath.

The new year is a refreshing time to try anew…Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy may indeed be my most important goal.

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