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In the previous post I talked how you can relate Faith value experiences and value projects to the Sabbath. Now it is one to the next value: Divine Nature.
The Sabbath is a time to reflect on our spiritual progress. We can ponder our actions of the previous week and my evaluate ourselves. Based on how we feel, we can make goals to copy or change what happened in the previous week.
Much of the value Divine Nature asks you to develop your divine qualities. You learn from examples and then try to emulate what you learned.
Here are some of my thoughts on how you can think of the Sabbath as you complete each Divine Nature experience:
Divine Nature #1: This experience asks you to learn of your divine qualities and think of how you can develop them.
Each Sunday take the time to evaluate yourself. Are you striving to be the best daughter of God you can be? Maybe in some areas, yes, but we all have our weaknesses.
When you partake of the sacrament you have the opportunities to wash those weaknesses away. Each week think of one divine quality you have which you can develop more valiantly.
Divine Nature #2: In this experience it asks you to learn about the divine qualities of a woman. Then ask your mother or other woman attributes you need to be a mother.
You can also ask your Young Women President, Relief Society President, or other woman in your ward with a calling, what attributes they need for that calling. Then ask them how those attributes differ or relate to the attributes of a mother.
Divine Nature #3: This experience asks you to make your home life better for a week.
What can you do to make the Sabbath more of a delight in your family?
Some of my ideas are to help everyone prepare for church. Help your sibling with a talk. Watch your younger siblings so your mother can plan a lesson. Help prepare dinner. Sing hymns or primary songs.
Divine Nature #4: This experience asks you to memorise the sacrament prayers and think about what it means to take upon Christs name.
This is one of my favourite value experiences because it tripled my reverence for the sacrament.
Not often in the church do we have prayers specifically written out and repeated over and over. The sacrament is one of those rare occasions.
The sacrament prayers remind us every week what we covenanted at our baptism. This experience specifically wants you to think about taking the name of Christ.
This means His gospel and His work. When you enter into baptism you promise to sustain Christ’s work and live it and share it with others. You promise to keep His commandments and any other revelations He and the Father give you.
Divine Nature #5: This experience asks you to develop stronger obedience towards your parents.
As you complete this experience also think of your Father in Heaven. Think of how you can obey Him more fully in keeping the Sabbath day holy.
The experience says “treat your parents with respect and kindness and do what your parents ask you to do without having to be reminded.”
How can you do the same towards Heavenly Father? How can you treat Him with more respect and kindness?
Divine Nature #6: This experience asks you to read a few scriptures, memorise one, then to develop a divine quality you found in it.
Think of this verse during the sacrament. How can it help you prepare for a busy week?
Divine Nature #7: This experience asks you to learn about being a “peacemaker” and then asks to strive to become one.
The Sabbath is a day of rest, a day of peace. It is a day you can find peace and rest, but how can you make peace and rest for that day.
How can you make that peace as your family prepares for church? Maybe you can help a younger sibling tie their shoes, without a parent asking. Maybe you can prepare yourself the night before so you do not make your family late.
How can you be a peacemaker at church?
These are just a few ideas to incorporate the Sabbath into your Divine Nature experiences. What other ideas do you have?