Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why Are We Commanded To Keep The Sabbath Day Holy?

Get this week's lesson here.

This survey comes from the Sunday School Course 16 Manual
Download PDF version here.
Or, for the young men, I made a manly version here.

I found an amazing object lesson for this week by MeckMom.  She mentions how our minds, bodies, and spirits all follow a pattern of needing to rest and regenerate.  Try and have a young women memorize a long number and write it down on the chalkboard (example: 2657483619274958).  Impossible, right?  Read the number to her once more, but this time break up the digits into fours (2657-4836-1927-4958).  With the little rests between, our brains are able to gather the information easier.  Our bodies and spirits do the same thing!

Something that has always helped me invite the spirit into my home is uplifting music.  The church website has so many great songs that you can download for free.  I made the girls a CD of Sunday songs they could pop in a CD player, or add as a playlist on their phones to listen to when they're putting on makeup in the morning before church, or throughout the day.  It has EFY songs, MoTab, and a couple songs that my mom wrote as well.

The image I used to print on the CDs came from Melonheadz LDS Illustrations.

I tried to decide what I could do this week to make this lesson stand out.  I realized that when the girls grow up, they probably wont have many days where they look back and remember that one lesson we talked about why we're commanded to keep the sabbath day holy.  BUT... maybe they will remember the day we went to church and ate ICE CREAM SUNDAES!!!!  Then they can associate that memory with feeling the spirit that day, right?

I wish I brought my camera to church.  It was so fun.  I filled little mason jars with sprinkles and cherries and nuts, and we used little DoubleBerry Frozen Yogurt spoons.  Then all the girls piled on chocolate syrup and whipped cream and created their own sundae masterpieces.  I heart ice cream.



  1. Do you happen to have this sunday object lesson saved? The link no longer works! thank you!!

    1. I'm sorry, Jenny! It's been so long I didn't realize the link didn't work. I tried searching her new website and couldn't find it in her search bar. She must have taken that post off.
      I'm trying to remember what it was about... The mental test might have been a number quiz where you try and have a young women remember a long number and write it down. First time say the number through really quickly (365748796012). Then try again and pause between every four numbers (3657-4879-6012). Talk about how our brains remember easier when we have that rest between the numbers.
      I really don't remember the wall-sit challenge though... Darn it! I wish I could help more.

  2. Sorry, but I am confused. In any Protestant Bible I have read Jesus clearly states the Sabbath is the seventh day of the week which is a Saturday on our calendar. This is the 4th Commandment and has never changed since God gave all mankind the Sabbath at the Creation and commanded us to keep it holy forever. Since God is perfect and never makes a mistake, the Sabbath is still the seventh day, from sundown on the sixth day to sundown on the seventh. There was no "religion" when the Lord have us the Sabbath. To back this up, the word for Saturday in many languages today IS sabbath!

    1. This is such a great topic to discuss and I completely understand why Saturday would be considered the Sabbath day of worship for other religions. Here's a link that may help explain why in my faith we consider Sunday the Sabbath:
      I think the best part of all this is how even though we may worship on different days, we are all putting aside a day of the week to truly focus on the Lord and worship Him. So great!!!


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