Saturday, March 7, 2009

* The Sabbath Day

* FHE Lesson 10
The Lord's Day
Remember to give every family member a part of the lesson!
Assignment Planner

Open & Close with Prayer

Scriptures: Exodus 20:8
Invite members of the family to memorize a scripture and it's reference!
Music Selections (Use anytime during the lesson! Use the songs throughout the week too!

Keep the Sabbath Day Holy...
"Our Sabbath-day behavior is a reflection of our commitment to honor and worship God. By keeping the Sabbath day holy, we show God our willingness to keep our covenants. Each Sabbath day we go to the Lord’s house to worship Him. While there we partake of the sacrament to remember Jesus Christ and His Atonement. We renew our covenants and show that we are willing to repent of our sins and mistakes.
On this day, we enjoy a rest from our labors. As we attend Church services and worship together, we strengthen each other. We are renewed by our association with friends and family. Our faith is strengthened as we study the scriptures and learn more about the restored gospel.
When a community or nation grows careless in its Sabbath activities, its religious life decays and all aspects of life are negatively affected. The blessings associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy are lost. We should refrain from shopping on the Sabbath and participating in other commercial and sporting activities that now commonly desecrate the Sabbath.
Latter-day Saints should set this holy day apart from activities of the world by entering into a spirit of worship, thanksgiving, service, and family-centered activities appropriate to the Sabbath. As Church members endeavor to make their Sabbath activities compatible with the intent and Spirit of the Lord, their lives will be filled with joy and peace."

Tell your family that this family home evening you will be talking about an important commandment. This commandment is to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy. As a family you will discuss ways you can keep this commandment each Sunday.

Discussion Questions:
Discuss the commandment of keeping the Sabbath Day holy along with it's blessings. (see scriptures above)
How do we keep the Sabbath day holy?
Why is it important to attend Church on Sunday?
What are the blessings promised us when we follow this commandment?
** Discuss ways you can prepare on Saturday for the Sabbath Day.
TEENS: Click on the Mormon Add above. It will take you to a Q&A from a past Era publication.
Do Something Good!
Just as it is important not to do certain things on the Sabbath day so that we can keep it holy, it is also important to do some things. We should do those things that will help us feel close to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. They have taught us that Sunday is the day we worship Them. The Lord said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Ex. 20:8). We can keep the Sabbath day holy when we go to church, take the sacrament, and do other things that will help us feel the Spirit on the Lord’s day.
Young Children:

Click on the Friend Picture, or read from the March Friend Magazine if you have it in your home.
** Make a plan with your family to set up Sunday Stations if you choose to.

Sunday Activity Reminder
Make this Finger-Fun Sunday Activity Reminder to help you remember some things you can choose to do that will help you keep the Sabbath day holy.
1. Click on the picture to the left to enlarge and print it. Then cut out the square along the brown-and-white dashed lines.
2. Fold each corner backward along the purple-and-white and the green-and-white dashed lines so that it forms a bright-pink-and-blue square on the back.
3. Fold each light pink corner forward along the orange-and-white dashed lines so that the front of the square is blue.
4. Fold the square in half along the red-and-white dashed line to make a bright pink triangle; unfold so that the blue square is showing again.
5. Fold the square in half along the yellow-and-white dashed line to make a bright pink triangle; unfold.
6. Fold the square in half along one of the black-and-white dashed lines; unfold.
7. Repeat step 6 with the other black-and-white dashed line.
8. Fit fingers under the outside flaps, and open and close the Finger-Fun Sunday Activity Reminder. Lift the inside flaps to find ideas for Sunday activities.
Play as you did as a child (Teens may know how!). The "Cootie" game.

Activity: Make a family poster of activities to strengthen the family on the Sabbath Day. You can let the children pick out pictures from old copies of The Friend or the Ensign and glue them to the poster. A teen family member may be assigned to help a younger family member with this activity during the week.
Here are some ideas:
I will choose to keep the Sabbath day holy
Say my prayers
Write in my journal
Help prepare the meals
Write a thank-you letter
Visit relatives and friends
Go to church
Listen to uplifting music
Keep the commandments
Read my scriptures
Write 10 things I am grateful for in my journal
Learn to play or sing a Primary song
Write letters to or draw pictures for the missionaries

Treat: Sabbath Day Sundaes
Get your favorite ice cream and topping flavors.

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