Jan 182009

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy “Short & Sweet with a Treat!” Lesson 22 & “52 Weeks of Family Night” Lesson 48

Opening Song: Children’s Songbook pg 157 “When I Go To Church”

Opening Prayer:Tyra

Scripture: Mosiah 18:23 “And he commanded them that they should observe the sabbath day, and keep it holy, and also every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God.”

Lesson:Sunday is a special day, and is a day of rest. When Christ was finished creating the earth and all things that are in this earth He rested. Genesis 2:1-3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had 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.”

Keeping the Sabbath day holy is a commandment. Exodus 20:8-11 says

“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 thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor they son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

We can try to keep the Sabbath day holy (holy means special) by preparing for Sunday on Saturday. We can:

  • Clean the house, so we don’t have to do that on Sunday.
  • Prepare our Sunday clothes so they are ready and we don’t have to go looking for them. We wear our Sunday clothes all day to remind us that Sunday is special and different than the other days of the week.
  • Make preparations for our crock pot Sunday dinner so all we have to do is put the food in the pot and not really have to cook to have a nice meal on Sunday.

We can keep the Sabbath day holy by:

  • Going to church.
  • Watching movies that mommy & daddy have approved for Sunday viewing.
  • Taking naps to rest our bodies.
  • Reading our scriptures.
  • Spending time with our family and those who mean the most in our lives.

On Sunday we do not:

  • Go shopping, or eat out.
  • Work.
  • Wear our grubby lazy clothes.
  • Play outside like it was a normal day.

“The Sabbath is a blessing to man as a time of spiritual growth and refreshment….Persons who fail to keep the Sabbath lose an opportunity for spiritual growth and forfeit the rich companionship of the Spirit of the Lord.” Elder Dallin H Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (BYU Speaches, September 10, 1974, 218).

Activity: Construct a Sunday box which will be a box that is only gotten out on Sunday. Include activities to help keep children occupied while still keeping the Sabbath Day holy. Some things we put in our box include:

  • Book of Mormon Prophets cube puzzle (each side of the cube belongs to a different puzzle, so it’s really 6 puzzles in one)
  • Stationary for writing to grandparent’s and other long distance relatives (don’t forget to include stamps and envelopes so you don’t have to go looking for them and end up forgetting to send the letters.)
  • “Who am I? a gospel ‘guess who’ game”
  • A card for each movie that is approved for Sunday viewing (that way we can keep the movies in the cabinets, but there is no guessing about which movies can or can’t be watched on Sunday). Some of our Sunday approved movies are: “Mountain of the Lord”, “Legacy”, “The Testaments”, “The Best Two Years”

(We plan on adding other activities to our Sunday box over time and we will keep you posted 😀 )

Closing Song: Children’s Songbook pg 155 “Remember the Sabbath Day”

Closing Prayer:Jeremy

FHE Treat:Cupcakes (from a mix 😀 )

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