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By: Adrian Pangalangan, Moroni Channel Philippines
The Republic of The Philippines
"The Lord has given the Sabbath day for our benefit and has commanded us to keep it holy. Observing the Sabbath shows our commitment to honor and worship God and keep our covenants. It will bring us closer to the Lord and to our family. It will give us an eternal perspective and spiritual strength. The Sabbath also allows us to rest from our physical labors and worship the Lord." -- An official statement of the church.
We always see other sect and religion going on masses, ceremonies and session on Sunday or even in a regular day. We as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are intended to be a Sabbath day keeper. But on what way and how can we keep the Sabbath Day a delight and holy.
On Exodus 20:8-11 and Mosiah 13:16-19, that the Lord has commanded us that we should “Keep the Sabbath day holy” to show our love and worship to God our Father for the blessings and guidance we receive to the days past. A Sabbath day is not all about “WORSHIPING”, but Jesus taught us a wonderful act of serving others just like he did before even on the Sabbath day.
Serve others with all of our might, mind and strength. The Sabbath day is also a day of rest and peace from earthly sorrow and trials in life. We all knew that in every Starting Line there is a Finish Line, Christ taught us to seek diligently to God’s guidance and wisdom in all day long and at all times that we may live everyday just like a Sabbath Day. Love and Service to others is the key to keep the Sabbath day holy.
If you are a Young Men or a member, start the Sabbath Day fulfilling your duties, preparing sacrament bread and water, welcoming members and visitors, cleaning up the church on Saturday, working with the missionaries, visiting inactive/less-active members, blessing sick members and doing your responsibilities as a Daughter and Son of God, by reading the scriptures and applying them to your lives, kneel and pray together with your family and checking up those members on your list that needed your small effort to lift them up. Fasting and bearing your testimony will also bless us and others to continually keep the Sabbath day holy.
During the sacrament proper, listening to church hymns played by the pianist on your meetinghouses played a big role so that we keep the meeting in harmony with silence but loud voice of the heart for worship. And most importantly, setting aside gadgets during sacrament will bring us to the presence of the spirit.
Truly, keeping the Sabbath day holy don’t end after the meeting, going home and play church music and studying scriptures or going outside and serve those members/investigators in our wards/branches.
As we do these things with willingness and love, the Lord has promised that we will be enlightened and “unspotted from the sins of the world……. If we confess our sins to our brothers and to the Lord”.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
“There is none greater things on keeping the Sabbath day holy, than serving others and praising God for all of the blessings we have… Our life, our Joy, Family, our Eternal Peace”
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