Weekly Reflection: Nearer, My God, to Thee

Hello Everyone!

In D&C 59:9-12 it reads:

 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;

 10 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

 11 Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;

 12 But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

This past Sunday was a wake up call for me in terms of keeping the Sabbath! Sacrament meeting, Sunday School, and Relief Society were all focused on the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy.

During Sacrament Meeting, the Bishop’s wife gave an awesome talk about what it means to keep the Sabbath day holy, and how it’s different for everyone. The important thing to remember is that the way we choose to use our Sundays is sending a message to God about how important He is in our lives. Everyone has the right to keep the Sabbath in the way that they feel best, but shouldn’t judge others for not choosing to use it the same way.

Some people think you ought to stay in your Sunday best all day, others change as soon as they get home. Some people choose to keep the TV and computers off for the whole day, others don’t see a problem in it. The point is, keeping the Sabbath is about how you feel your reverence can be shown towards God. Personally, I try to stay away from anything that makes me feel angry and unable to feel the spirit; like homework or certain TV shows (even though I probably shouldn’t watch shows like that at any time…). However, I still go on Pinterest, I like to bake treats, and I don’t see a problem in having company over. Generally, none of these things keep me from feeling the spirit, so I don’t feel bad about doing them. Others might think it’s absolutely not okay to have guests on a Sunday, and that’s okay. It’s all about the message you want to send to Heavenly Father.

I know there are definitely things I can improve on in keeping the Sabbath, and I’ll certainly keep trying to do better. I’m grateful for the many great leaders there are in this Church to help guide me closer to Heavenly Father.

Until next time,

See ya!

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