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Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel.  Faith is also the first value in Personal Progress.  I think the reason is because everything is built of off faith.

faith and the sabbath

Why We Need Faith to Keep the Sabbath Holy

We need faith, specifically in our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep the commandments.  If we don’t have faith, or belief or hope, in the sacrifices He made for us, why would we follow His council?

This month I am specifically posting about the Sabbath.  The Sabbath is a commandment.  If we do not have faith, why does the Sabbath even matter?  It doesn’t.

Think about what we do on the Sabbath.  We step away from the worldly activities and turn our focus to Heavenly Father and His Son.  That takes faith.  Faith, that putting the Lord’s priorities and wills above our own will bless us.  Faith that we are not wasting our time.

We also partake of the sacrament and renew our baptismal covenants.  It takes faith to believe the sacrifice Christ made for us over 2000 years ago still has an affect on us to do.  It takes faith to understand and appreciate His work.  It takes faith to admit we were wrong and accept His gift of life.

As you work on the value Faith, think of the Sabbath.  Think of renewing your faith and your baptismal covenant.  Think about resting from the world’s thoughts and finding your spirit again.

Here are some of my thoughts on how you can do this with each value experience:

The Experiences

Faith #1: In this experience you are asked to learn about faith and start praying morning and night regularly.

How does this relate to the Sabbath?

One thing to keep in mind is the Sabbath is not just for Sunday, it is for every day.  Every day you need to renew your commitment to live the gospel.  Every day you need to communicate with your Heavenly Father.

Faith #2: In this experience you are asked to read about mothers.  Then discuss how a mother needs faith to teach her children.

Along with that discussion, also talk with a primary teacher how it takes faith to teach primary children.

Faith #3: In this experience you are ask to learn about a gospel principle and teach a lesson about how faith helps you live that principle in FHE.  Choose “Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy” as your topic.

I talked a little bit above about why and how it takes faith to live this principle.  What else can you think of?

Faith #4: This experience asks you to learn about the sacrament and to ponder during the sacrament.  It specifically asks you to listen carefully to the sacrament hymns and prayers.

As your complete this activity strive to truly ponder.  A lot of times for many people (myself included) this is just a quite time to twiddle your thumbs.  What a complete waste of time.

The sacrament is a time to reflect on our personal morality and commitment to our baptismal covenant.  It is a time to commune with the Lord and renew the promises made at baptism.  It is a time to let our spirit heal.

Take every advantage of the sacrament.  It is a gift.  It is the only ordinance you can repeat multiple times for yourself.  Make the most of it.

Faith #5: This experience asks you to learn about the Atonement.

On the Sabbath we should think of the Atonement not only during the sacrament, but also before we even walk into the church building.

Our mind should be focused on the significance of Christ sacrifice.

Faith #6: This experience asks you to learn about the plan of salvation and then teach it to someone.  Then discuss how the plan strengthens your faith, affects your actions, and helps you understand who you are.

Think of the Sabbath as you talk about the plan of salvation.  This is the time for us to ponder our responsibilities in life.  We can think of the saving ordinances you have received, and the ones you are preparing to receive.

Think about the sacrament and how it allows you to renew all the covenants you made with the Lord.  This covenants are all a part of His plan.  With out them you, nor I, could ever return home to our Father.  His whole plan would be wasted.

Faith #7: In this experience you are asked to pay your tithing for 3 months.

Most people pay their tithing at church, which is definitely keeping the Sabbath day holy.

What Else?

I gave you my thoughts, now what are yours?

How do you think the value Faith applies to keeping the Sabbath holy?

Come Back tomorrow to see a quote from Russell M. Nelson