The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is focusing on the Sabbath Day, encouraging all people to observe the Sabbath and find delight in the day. We have been teaching our children about the Sabbath Day in a few different ways, and I have taught a Sunday Relief Society lesson and a monthly enrichment lesson on the topic. Today I am sharing the resources that I have found helpful in preparing lessons. Hopefully they inspire you to teach your family and reflect on the quality of your own Sabbath Day.
The Doctrine of the Sabbath
General Authorities Reflect on Sabbath Day: Eleven short video clips of training by apostles and auxiliary leaders that was given in October 2015.
Sabbath Day topic on lds.org: doctrinal overview, links to teachings of prophets, scriptures, video clips, etc.
Exodus 20:8; Exodus 31:16-17; Mark 2:27; Ezekiel 20:20; Mosiah 18:23; Isaiah 58:13-14; D&C 59: 11-14; D&C 68:29; Moses 3:1-3.
Blog and other Online Resources
lds.org/blog: Click on the Sabbath tag on the left side of the page. There are a number of helpful posts that would spark great discussions. Many of the articles include downloadable printables. For example, after reading “There’s Really No Such Thing as a Sabbath Cannot”, you might be inspired to make your own family “Sunday Can.”
Five Ways to Celebrate the Sabbath as a Family: includes images for how the Sabbath should sound, feel, look different, etc.
Small Refinements from Raising Lemons
Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy One Hour at a Time from beinglds.blog
Helps from Sugardoodle: includes quotes, story of Olympian Eric Liddel (Chariots of Fire movie), and 1110 things to do on the Sabbath
The Sabbath is a Delight: new Mormon Message released in January 2016
Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy by John Bytheway
Family Home Evening Lessons
Sabbath Day Puppet Story: includes a story and word strip game
FHE Lesson from Deseret Book: includes a Sunday plan maze
The Sabbath is a Delight: lesson based on Elder Nelson’s address in April 2015
Object Lesson found on Sugardoodle: We did an object lesson regarding the Sabbath day… We had told them we were going to be having ice cream Sundays and … we gave them their bowls and spoon and started dishing out the ice cream… as this was being done I started putting out the toppings such as: Pepperoni, chopped onions, grated cheese, BBQ sauce and some cheeze whiz….. they started grossing out. I asked them why what’s wrong, don’t you like cheese? or onions, pepperoni etc. they came back with “Yeah, but not on Ice cream” so we talked about the Sabbath day and how it is exactly like the same. Some activities we do during the week are not bad activities just not appropriate for Sundays.