It’s a question asked by children and adults alike. What can I do on Sunday? We’ve got three hours in the day accounted for, but what about the other 15? As Elder Holland said, “We are to enter into the Lord’s rest on the Sabbath, but that is very different from being a massive couch potato for 24 hours.”
Talks like this one have helped me see the Sabbath in new ways—that the power of the day is not just in what we avoid; it’s in what we do. It’s deciding to intentionally use the minutes and hours of Sunday to strengthen our faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Ask a Different Question
Whenever I ask the question “What can I do on Sunday?” I always draw a blank. My mind starts ticking through the things I can’t do, and I feel like I’m left with nothing. I’ve found, though, that if I focus the question to reflect the real purpose of the day, the ideas are endless. The formula looks like this:
What can I do on Sunday + to strengthen my faith = lots of stuff
Asking “What can I do on Sunday to strengthen my faith?” helps me recall the many good spiritual intentions I have but don’t always follow through with. Things like reading my patriarchal blessing, dropping by Sister Ward’s house to see how she is doing, and writing in the journal I started at the beginning of the year—which has a total of four entries. Knowing that I have a day I can dedicate to these things actually helps me cut myself some slack for not getting to them during the week. Like Elder Holland said: “For six days in the week we may find ourselves unfortunately pretty occupied with ourselves. The Sabbath helps us turn to the Lord, to our families, to those in need.” Leave it to Elder Holland to make me feel better about myself!
Draw the Circle Wide
As you consider activities that will help you strengthen your faith, remember how wide the circle is—it’s any activity that will bring us closer to God. It’s time spent on the things that matter most—faith, family, friends, service, prayer, repentance, and all the things that help us become better, more like Jesus Christ.
While some activities are obvious, there’s lots of opportunity for creativity and variety. Think story swaps, object lesson contests, and theme days. Use a family home evening to brainstorm ideas, giving awards for the most original ideas in the categories of faith, family, and service. You’ll be amazed at what your family will come up with. And just in case, here are 80 ideas to get you started: