Chapter 24: The Day of Worship

"Chapter 24: The Day of Worship," Part Seven: Following Jesus Christ, ()


Our Father in Heaven has told us to use one day every week to worship Him. We receive many blessings when we make that day a holy day.

Our Father in Heaven Gave Us a Day of Worship in Order to Help Us

Our Father in Heaven knows we have many problems. We must do many things every day. We must work to obtain food and clothes. We must prepare our food and do other chores daily.

With all these things to do, it is easy to forget about our Father in Heaven. It is also easy to forget the things our Father in Heaven wants us to do. We think more about our daily needs than we do about our Father in Heaven.

Our Father in Heaven knows we need time to think about Him. We need time to learn what He wants us to do. Because of this, He has told us to spend one day in every seven days to rest from our work and learn about Him.

Our Father in Heaven created the earth through Jesus Christ in six periods of time. He called these periods of time days. On the seventh day, He rested from the work of creating this earth. He has told us we should rest one day each week from our daily work.

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us Which Day Is the Day of Worship

Our Father in Heaven told people in ancient times to use the seventh day of the week for the day of worship. This day was to help people remember that after He had created the earth He rested on the seventh day.

After Jesus died, He was resurrected on the first day of the week. Jesus’ followers used the first day of the week as the day of worship to help people remember and honor Jesus’ resurrection day. We call this the Lord’s day. (Jesus is sometimes called the Lord.) We also call this the Sabbath day.* Though it is a different day of the week than was used anciently for worship, it is still one day out of seven. We still do our ordinary work six days a week. Then on the seventh day we worship our Father in Heaven.

In our time, most people use the first day of the week, which is Sunday, as the day of worship. In a few cases our Father in Heaven has told His prophet that His people in some countries may use another day as the day of worship.

We Can Keep the Lord’s Day Holy

There are many things we should do on the Lord’s day. The most important thing we can do is think about our Father in Heaven and Jesus during the day. We should think about the things They want us to know and do. Some of the things we can do on the day of worship that will help us remember and learn about our Father in Heaven are:

  1. 1.

    Study the scriptures that teach about our Father in Heaven and Jesus.

  2. 2.

    Help other people learn about the Church.

  3. 3.

    Teach our families about our Father in Heaven and Jesus and about what They want us to do.

  4. 4.

    Attend Church meetings and classes where we can learn together about the gospel. We can learn stories about Jesus and other gospel teachings, and we can tell each other about the things our Father in Heaven and Jesus have done for us.

  5. 5.

    Rest from the work we do on the other days of the week.

  6. 6.

    Pray.

  7. 7.

    Visit people who are sick and help them to feel better.

  8. 8.

    Write down some of the things that happen to our families so we will be able to remember them later.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ should partake of the sacrament on the day of worship. They could prepare to partake of it by thinking about Jesus and the things He did for us. They should ask our Father in Heaven to help them remember Jesus. When they take the sacrament, they should remember the sacred promises they have made. They should think about the things our Father in Heaven has promised them if they will obey Jesus.

There are many things we should not do on the day of worship. We should not work. We should not make our families, servants, or animals work. We should not read things, watch programs on television, or listen to music that will stop us from thinking about our Father in Heaven and Jesus. We should not go to sporting events. We should not buy or sell things. These things may seem important, but they do not help us think about our Father in Heaven and Jesus on this sacred day.

There may be times when we must work on the day of worship, but we should try not to. When working is absolutely necessary, we should try to think of our Father in Heaven and Jesus while we work.

Discussion

  • What should we do on the Lord’s day?

  • What should we not do on the day of worship?

Our Father in Heaven Blesses Us for Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

The purpose of the day of worship is always the same. It is a day to rest from the work we do every day. It is a day to learn about our Father in Heaven and prepare for life with Him. It is a day to improve our life by learning more about what our Father in Heaven wants us to do.

This day is good for us. It helps us remember our Father in Heaven and the reason we are here on earth. When we do the things our Father in Heaven wants us to do on the Lord’s day, we receive blessings. Our families are happier. Our bodies are refreshed. We draw closer to our Father in Heaven and His teachings. We will be able to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost more strongly during the week. Because we have been obedient, our Father in Heaven will help us obtain food, clothing, and other things we need. He will help us learn more about Him and be happy.

Discussion

  • What are some of the reasons we should keep the day of worship as a holy day?

References

Our Father in Heaven Gave Us a Day of Worship in Order to Help Us

  • Genesis 2:2–3 (Our Father in Heaven rested from His work on the seventh day.)

  • Exodus 20:8 (Our Father in Heaven commands us to keep the day of worship holy.)

  • Exodus 35:1–3 (We should rest on the day of worship.)

  • Mark 2:27 (Our Father in Heaven gave us a day of worship to help us.)

  • Mosiah 18:23 (We should keep the day of rest holy.)

Our Father in Heaven Has Told Us Which Day Is the Day of Worship

  • Acts 20:7 (The Apostles partook of the sacrament on the first day of the week.)

  • 1 Corinthians 16:2 (The people prepared to worship on the first day.)

We Can Keep the Lord’s Day Holy

  • Exodus 20:9–10 (Our Father in Heaven tells us we do not need to work on the seventh day.)

Our Father in Heaven Blesses Us for Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy

  • Isaiah 58:13–14 (Our Father in Heaven will bless us for keeping the day of worship holy.)