Chapter 24 of Gospel Principles, the LDS basic manual, deals with the Sabbath. Following are a few excerpts.
“Our prophets have told us that we should not shop, hunt, fish, attend sports events, or participate in similar activities on that day. . .we can keep the Sabbath day holy by attending Church meetings; reading the scriptures and the words of our Church leaders; visiting the sick, the aged, and our loved ones; listening to uplifting music and singing hymns; praying to our Heavenly Father with praise and thanksgiving; performing Church service; preparing family history records and personal histories; telling faith-promoting stories and bearing our testimony to family members and sharing spiritual experiences with them; writing letters to missionaries and loved ones, fasting with a purpose; and sharing time with children and others in the home.”
This is consistent with other things I have read in other LDS manuals. That brings me to the question: how many Mormons watched the Super Bowl yesterday? If so, is their watching consistent with the advice given by their prophets? “We should not attend sport events or participate in similar activities” to me appears pretty clear cut.
That brings me to my next question. If watching the Super Bowl is not in keeping with the prophets’ counsel, does watching the Super Bowl on the Sabbath demand repentance? And isn’t one part of LDS repentance “abandoning the sin”, thus demanding that the repentant person never watch a sporting event again on Sunday?