Today (Sunday), I took a 5 hour nap. No need to worry, I don’t think the nap indicates anything awful, as it’s a regular occurrence for me, and was a regular occurrence for my mom growing up. It’s hereditary I think.
Our lesson in Sunday School (we go to a class called Gospel Essentials) was on the 4th commandment “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy”. In the LDS Faith we rest from our daily labors, and work to set aside the day for the purpose of honoring God and renewing our faith. Our prophets have told us that we should not shop, hunt, fish, attend sports events, or participate in similar activities on that day.
9 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;
That Husband and I obey all of those commands, and even work to take things a step farther by abstaining from all secular television/movies/music. (Except for Planet Earth. I think it’s okay to watch Planet Earth on Sunday.)
We’ve been given suggestions for ways we can keep the Sabbath day holy including:
- 1. Attending Church meetings.
- 2. Reading the scriptures and the words of our Church leaders.
- 3. Visiting the sick, the aged, and our loved ones.
- 4. Listening to uplifting music and singing hymns.
- 5. Praying to our Heavenly Father with praise and thanksgiving.
- 6. Performing Church service that we have been assigned to do.
- 7. Preparing family history records and personal histories.
- 8. Telling faith-promoting stories and bearing our testimony to family members and sharing spiritual experiences with them.
- 9. Writing letters to loved ones.
- 10. Fasting with a purpose.
- 11. Sharing time with children and others in the home.
Unfortunately I don’t have time for many of those things because I tend to spend the day sleeping. As Elder Spencer W. Kimball* warned, that is NOT how one makes the day holy.
The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it. To observe it, one will be on his knees in prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, sleeping, reading wholesome material, and attending all the meetings of that day to which he is expected. To fail to do these proper things is a transgression on the omission side. The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball
One of the reasons I’ve loved the BOM Summer Challenge so much is that it’s helped me to spend more time on Sunday reading and pondering the scriptures. And reading the scriptures then motivates me to spend time reading other church literature. But I think I need to cut down on my napping. And lounging. And spend some time reaching out to friends and family, strengthening those important connections. I can always do better.
Do you honor the Sabbath in any way?
*This book was written at the time Elder Kimball was a General Authority, though he would later became Prophet.