Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday is a Special Day




As it says in the Primary song, our children sing, "Saturday is a special day, it's the day we get ready for Sunday; we clean the house and we shop at the store, so we don't have to work until Monday." In most traditional Mormon families, Saturday is a "special day". Growing up in such a traditional Mormon-Tongan family, Saturday was definitely a day of work, chores and getting prepared for the Sabbath day. My parents were strict when it came to upholding the LDS values and especially the Ten Commandments. Saturday was always the day we did our major chores and our parents made sure that Sunday was a day free from shopping and the heavier chores. Sundays were always a day of rest, not sleeping all day but resting from the worldly things. We got up for church, ate breakfast, got dressed and went to church, returned home to usually a roast with some side dishes and after dinner we would have family time; which usually consisted of us getting talking, sharing testimonies and expressing our love for one another. Sometimes we visited with the sick or older relatives or usually took them some food, and then we came home to rest for Monday. I guess the reason I always loved Sundays was because Sundays meant spending time with loved ones and feeling the Spirit together as a family. I have always loved the closeness that I felt with my family, and I vow to continue it with my husband in raising our kids. I am sure there this is one reason we are told to, “Keep the Sabbath day holy.” We can help keep it holy by being prepared on Saturday. There is significance to honoring the lord’s commandments that we might not truly understand now, but its impact can truly bless the lives of our children for good.

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  1. We are actually doing a Family Home Evening on keeping the Sabbath day holy, this week. I got the best idea from a YW lesson I saw. The teacher put scoops of vanilla ice-cream in a dish, each stood for something that makes a good Sunday (like going to church, taking the sacrament, writing in your journal). She added all these wonderful toppings and for each one the girls listed something appropriate to do on Sunday. It looked like a really good Sunday by the time she was done with the syrups and whipped cream and cherry. And she said, "doesn't this look like a great Sunday?" Then, she said, "well, what if I forgot to buy something I needed to cook a meal and had to run to the store really quickly?" And she dumped some coins on the Sunday. "Does it still look good to eat?" Next she said, "What if my soccer team had a game on Sunday and I decided to play in it?" And she dumped a small bag of grass on the Sunday. "Does it still look good to eat?" Then she said, "What if I decided that I needed to clean my bathroom on Sunday?" And she poured bathroom cleaner on the Sunday. "Does it still look good to eat?" Of course it didn't. She said, "There are ways to ruin a perfectly good Sunday." It was a fantastic attention getter and it definitely sent a message. We spent the rest of the lesson talking about what is and isn't appropriate for keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, what "makes a good Sunday" etc.

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  2. Love, love this post, and I absolutely love your friend's idea!! Thanks for a great FHE idea!

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  3. Great post girl! :)
    God Bless you girl.
    Have a great week.
    xoxo

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