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Keeping the Sabbath

Lesson 16 of the “Teachings of George Albert Smith” deals with keeping the Sabbath and taking the sacrament.  I have seen quite a few LDS members not strictly adhering to Mormonism’s Sabbath restrictions.  Some were bothered by this, some not so.  This particular manual doesn’t go into as much depth as some manuals do in explaining specifics.  Here are a couple of quotes from it.

“One of the first sermons that were preached in this (the Salt Lake) valley was by President Brigham Young, and he warned the people to honor the Sabbath day and to keep it holy, and no matter how difficult their circumstances they were not to go out and do manual labor on the Sabbath day.”

“I say to you that if the members of this Church, knowing better, persist in desecrating the Sabbath day in the pursuit of worldly pleasures, they will lose their faith, and the Spirit of our Heavenly Father will withdraw from them.”

The manual, Gospel Principles, lists some of those worldly pursuits.  “Our prophets have told us that we should not shop, hunt, fish, attend sports events, or participate in similar activities that day.” It continues by saying:  “President Spencer W. Kimball cautioned, however, that if we merely lounge about doing nothing on the Sabbath, we are not keeping the day holy.  The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts.” (p. 141)

I have often wondered how the dozens of Mormons who have played in the NFL over the years (Steve Young being one of the most notable) squared their playing on Sundays with Mormonism’s teachings.  And that is just one of numerous examples.  I have seen some of my Mormon acquaintances shopping on Sunday or eating out.   To be fair, I also know some who try to follow the Sabbath requirements to the letter.  There have also been a few who have told me about some of the less than truthful things they did as families to give the appearance that they were keeping the Sabbath.  (One of the my favorites is the family who played cards on Sunday and called the card game, genealogy, so that they could say they were involved in their genealogy if anybody asked.)

I made mention of this because this illustrates a number of unattended consequences when keeping the commandments become such a focal point.  Yes, some will try very hard to keep them but will also feel very guilty when they fail.  Others will just pick and choose the ones they want to keep.  And still others will feel forced to act hypocritically.

How much better it is to make Jesus and his perfect law-keeping for us the focal point!  That frees us from guilt and gives us the freedom to confess our sins and not try to hide them.  That further serves as a powerful motivation to glorify him in all that we do.  Focusing on Jesus and what he has done for us – and not on what we are to do – is the best way to honor and keep the Sabbath.

O, by the way.  The Bible also says: “ Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” (Col. 2:16-17)

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13 Responses to “Keeping the Sabbath”


  1. September 8, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Wow, no sports, no hunting , fishing ? Even after attending Church in the a.m. ? That sounds close to
    being something the Pharisee’s would have been proud to promote . No wonder the LDS people are
    under a heavy yoke . Time for LDS to consider replacing their yokes and those who have built those
    yokes and placed in on them —their apostles . Jesus offers a better way instead of a complex gospel
    “system” of rules —Matt 11: 28-30 ; Phil 3:9; Rom 10:1-4 . His “worthliness” credited to us allowing
    God to fully pardon and cleanse . God help the Mormon people take that first step in allowing Jesus to
    show them His way .

  2. 2 Kent
    September 8, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I had a visit with some Mormon missionaries the last two weeks. I ask them if they died, god forbid, that day, would they have eternal life. The lead man, the one who did most of the talking, said that yes he would have eternal life based on the fact that he had done his best to keep the commandments. How sad is that if he really believes this?

    I was telling them that eternal life is only in the Son of God, see the following passages. That he who has the Son has eternal life and I asked them if, at least from reading these scriptures, if they could see why I believe this is the case so I planted at least a seed in the back of their minds.

    One more thing, I also told them that eternal life doesn’t mean anyone ever gets to be a god but that being in the presence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ forever is enough and it is hardly a consolation prize.

    1 John 5:9-13

    9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

    His partner brisltled with anger in his face but didn’t say anything when I told him that Joseph Smith had drank wine the night before he died and that he had a license to sell achohol from his house, which is the truth, acorrding to their own History of the Church. So that young man, even if he doesn’t realize it, sinned because he was angry against me without a cause as what I told him is the truth. If I see them again in the area, I will give them the following information straight from their own History of the Chruch. Also, as shown below, Smith probably smoked tobacco too that night, so much for the Word of Wisdom.

    “Before the jailor came in, his boy brought in some water, and said the guard wanted some wine. Joseph gave Dr. Richards two dollars to give the guard; but the guard said one was enough, and would take no more.
    The guard immediately sent for a bottle of wine, pipes, and two small papers of tobacco; and one of the guards brought them into the jail soon after the jailor went out. Dr. Richards uncorked the bottle, and presented a glass to Joseph, who tasted, as also Brother Taylor and the doctor, and the bottle was then given to the guard, who turned to go out. When at the top of the stairs some one below called him two or three times, and he went down.” (History of the Church, Volume 6, Chapter 34, Page 616]

    “Ordinance on the Personal Sale of Liquors.

    Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Nauvoo, that the Mayor of the city be and is hereby authorized to sell or give spirits of any quantity as he in his wisdom shall judge to be for the health and comfort, or convenience of such travelers or other persons as shall visit his house from time to time.
    Passed December 12, 1843.

    Joseph Smith, Mayor.

    Willard Richards, Recorder.” (History of the Church Volume 6, Chapter 5, Page 111)

    http://byustudies2.byu.edu/hc/hcpgs/hc.aspx

    One would think that since the Mormons claim we need Joseph Smith’s consent to be in the mansion where Heavenly Father and Joseph Smith are that he would be held to a higher standard not a lower standard as, today, he couldn’t even get a temple recommend if he went for one.

    I normally don’t try to be too critical of Smith or their other leaders but, this time, I was moved to do so as the previous week the same young man had told me, when I asked him if I drank wine yesterday and had a license to sell liquor from my house and I went to ask for a temple recommend, would I get one and he had said no I wouldn’t get one from any bishop. This time I brought up the same thing but added the part from their History of the Church.

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  3. 3 Kent
    September 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I said, “One would think that since the Mormons claim we need Joseph Smith’s consent to be in the mansion where Heavenly Father and Joseph Smith are that he would be held to a higher standard not a lower standard as, today, he couldn’t even get a temple recommend if he went for one.”

    That should read that we need Smith’s consent to be in the mansion where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are, not Heavenly Father and Joseph Smith, darn typos.

    But Smith really has nothing to do with anyone’s eternal destiny as if that was the case, then my savior would have said it is so and he didn’t say so, as shown below.

    John 14:6

    6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

    I was moved to present the following information here as I was prompted by the Holy Spirit that someone is reading this blog and starting to ask questions about the truth of the Mormon Church and its leaders.

    Joseph Smith was not a lamb led to the slaughter as the Mormon Church teaches as he fired a gun at his attackers right before he was killed. A lamb led to slaughter doesn’t fight back just as the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ who took away the sins of the world, didn’t fight back when he was crucified.

    “Joseph reached round the door casing, and discharged his six shooter into the passage, some barrels missing fire. Continual discharges of musketry came into the room. Elder Taylor continued parrying the guns until they had got them about half their length into the room, when he found that resistance was vain, and he attempted to jump out of the window, where a ball fired from within struck him on his left thigh, hitting the bone, and passing through to within half an inch of the other side. He fell on the window sill, when a ball fired from the outside struck his watch in his vest pocket, and threw him back into the room.

    Joseph reached round the door casing, and discharged his six shooter into the passage, some barrels missing fire. Continual discharges of musketry came into the room. Elder Taylor continued parrying the guns until they had got them about half their length into the room, when he found that resistance was vain, and he attempted to jump out of the window, where a ball fired from within struck him on his left thigh, hitting the bone, and passing through to within half an inch of the other side. He fell on the window sill, when a ball fired from the outside struck his watch in his vest pocket, and threw him back into the room. (History of the Church, Volume 6, Chapter 34 Pages 617, 618)

    http://byustudies2.byu.edu/hc/hcpgs/hc.aspx

    Mormons, this isn’t a so called anti Mormon source but is from your own source, your own History of the Church. So to whoever is questioning the teachings of your church and its leaders keep doing so as the truth shall set you free!

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  4. 4 Kent
    September 8, 2012 at 9:42 am

    One for thing to add to my posts here for now. Questioning what one is taught, as long as it is done in a respectful manner, is not contention as the Bible says to test all things.

    1 Thessalonians 5:21

    21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.

    in closing again:

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  5. 5 markcares
    September 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    The burden some LDS members carry over keeping the Sabbath is huge. I remember reading in one of their manuals how a woman was experiencing a lot of difficulties in life – until she traced it back to her doing a load of laundry on Sunday. Once she confessed that and resolved never to do it again, the problems lessened considerably.

  6. 6 andersonddj
    September 10, 2012 at 1:44 am

    “One of my favorites is the family who played cards on Sunday and called the card game, genealogy, so that they could say they were involved in their genealogy if anybody asked.”

    What always amazes me is that many LDS are more concerned about what others will think if they are seen “not keeping the sabbath” than what God thinks. Do they just not realize that God sees all and knows what’s in their hearts?

  7. 7 Kent
    September 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Andersonddj, I think you hit the nail on the head about how Mormons seem to be doing things to leave an impression with men instead of God.

    Regarding doing good works such as charity, don’t they give an account to their church of the good works they are doing?

    If that is the case, then that is the opposite to what the Bible teaches, that we are to do our charity to be seen by God in secret and not by man. So God would not have us do things to be seen by men, even a church so no, we don’t have to answer to a church as to what good works we are doing.

    Matthew 6:1-4

    “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly

    In closing again:

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  8. 8 wyomingwilly
    September 11, 2012 at 3:32 am

    God is Holy , man is not . So how then does a person approach God ? For religions like Mormonism
    there is usually a long list of ” requirements” to meet ,” Church standards ” are equated with Gospel
    standards and everyone desiring to gain God’s approval unto eternal life is told that to earn the fullest
    of eternal blessings comes by being worthy in those church standards. The Sabbath is one example
    of this , another is abstaining from coffee [ Aaron Shafovaloff’s has posted a great article on all this
    Mormon “legalism” at MRM ‘s Mormon coffee blog ] . The manual Mark quotes from mentions Brigham
    Young teaching what it takes to remain worthy on the Sabbath , I wonder if he also taught about
    the sins of drinking coffee and such ? The Mormon people deserve to know about the true gospel and
    how to be worthy to receive eternal life —-Rom 10:1-4; Phil 3:9

  9. 9 Kent
    September 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    W.W., yes keeping the sabbath, Word of Wisdom, being temple worthy, and a whole list of laws and ordinances they must follow. How can they ever truly know they have rest in God’s grace?

    Ironic that Joseph Smith drank wine the night before he died and may have smoked tobacco that night also and that he had a bar in his house and a license to sell liquor from his home as well. I didn’t get this information from what they would call an anti Mormon source but directly from BYU.edu and the source is ‘The History of the Church’, a Mormon source.

    http://byustudies2.byu.edu/hc/hcpgs/hc.aspx

    I asked the missionaries I spoke to in the last two weeks if I could get temple recommend if I drank wine, had a bar in my house, and a license to sell booze from my home if I could get a temple recommend and, of course, they told me no I wouldn’t get one.

    But, as I stated in a post on this thread, that describes Joseph Smith and frankly they were shocked and of course didn’t believe it was the truth.

    Well, they could go to their own History of the Church and find out for themselves that I didn’t make this up or pass along information that isn’t true.

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  10. 10 wyomingwilly
    September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Kent, Mormon leaders have changed the gospel of Jesus into a “system ” , complex system of rules ,
    laws, commands, obligations , a long list of “requirements” to do in order to gain God’s approval .
    One Mormon leader called it a ” gospel ladder ” the rungs of which are the things LDS
    are required to do etc. Sadly, but Mormon leaders keep changing the number of rungs , avoiding alcohol
    and coffee are some examples , makes you wonder what may be next ? The Mormon people deserve
    to know the true gospel of salvation . As for the Word of Wisdom , it , like way Mormon leaders handled
    polygamy, is a good example of how religious men create a doctrine out of their own ideas and
    then advertise it as gospel truth . Great job at ministering to the Mormon Missionaries , you planted
    some seeds .

  11. 11 Kent
    September 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    W.W., on another blog a Mormon explained to me that the Word of Wisdom wasn’t really in effect for things like beer and wine as they weren’t considered strong sprits and it wasn’t until about the time of prohibition in the U.S. that they were prohibited as I had asked why Smith was held to a lower standard who wouldn’t even get a temple recommend today. And we are, according to Brigham Young, supposed to need his consent to be in the mansion where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are?

    Sidenote: Jesus Christ Himself also would not get a temple recommend today as, no, he didn’t just drink grape juice but wine during his time on earth.

    It fits in that the Word of Wisdom was influenced by a political movement such as the the prohibition of alchohol in the U.S. just as giving black people the priesthood in 1978 was influenced, actually in a positive way, by the politial climate in the country since that time. However, those two issues show how the Mormon Church is from Man, going with the flow with society, and not from God.

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

  12. 12 wyomingwilly
    September 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Kent, Some Mormons can rationalize out of the obvious fact that Mormon leaders have made a mess
    with the Word of Wisdom , the way they’ve handled it etc. The fact that B.Y. had wineries in Utah might
    explain why wine was not taboo — there was money to be made . ( if I remember correctly Mormon
    owned radio/t.v. accepted advertisements for alcohol and I believe tobacco also , in the 1970’s ).
    At any rate , this behavior by Mormon apostles , and the way they create new requirements relative
    to one’s salvation, is a textbook example of why Jesus warned of false prophets coming in the latter
    days—Matt 24:11. The Mormon people can benefit eternally by exchanging their apostles for the ones that
    Jesus did appoint to spread His gospel of salvation , their preaching is available in the New Testament.
    Check out Aaron’s thread on MRM blog . Keep planting those seeds in love ! 1 Cor 3:6

  13. 13 Kent
    September 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Reportedly, the Mormon Church also owns a mall that sells booze in some of the restaurants so I guess they don’t care if non Mormons violate the Word of Wisdom. One would think that if drinking alchohol, even without getting drunk, is a sin they wouldn’t want to encourage people to do so.

    SAVED=ETERNAL LIFE!

    BY NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!


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