Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand the importance of the Sabbath day and of keeping it holy?
Genesis 2:2 (Origin of the Sabbath day)
Isaiah 58:13–14 (The blessings of observing the Sabbath)
Luke 23:55–24:1 (The women who anointed Jesus’s body after His Crucifixion waited until after the Sabbath to do so)
D&C 59:9–13 (Observing the Sabbath helps us stay unspotted from the world)
Mosiah 13:16–19 (We are commanded to obey the Sabbath day)
Kevin S. Hamilton, “Continually Holding Fast,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013
Marcos A. Aidukaitis, “The Joy of Sabbath Day Observance,” Liahona, June 2012, 13–15
Mary N. Cook, “Anchors of Testimony,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 120–22
“Sabbath,” True to the Faith (2004), 145–47
“Sabbath Day Observance,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 30–31
At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.
Introduce the doctrine
Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:
- Share with the class the story in Sister Cook’s talk “Anchors of Testimony” about a young woman choosing to keep the Sabbath day holy. Ask the young women to listen for the blessings that come from observing the Sabbath. What other blessings do they know of that come from keeping the Sabbath day holy?
- Write the word holiday on the board, and ask the young women to state the first things that come to their minds when they see this word. List their answers on the board. Repeat this activity with the words holy day, and contrast the two lists. What are some ways the world is attempting to turn the Sabbath from a holy day into a “holiday”?
Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the purpose of the Sabbath day. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Divide the young women into pairs. Invite one young woman from each pair to read D&C 59:9–15 and list what we are asked to do on the Sabbath. Ask the other young woman to search verses 16–19 for the blessings promised when we keep the Sabbath day holy. Ask them to share their findings with each other and talk about why it is important to honor the Sabbath day. Invite the class to discuss why the Lord gave us the Sabbath day. Ask each young woman to think of something she can do to ensure that the Lord’s purposes for the Sabbath day are accomplished in her own life.
- Ask the young women how they determine if an activity is appropriate for the Sabbath. Invite them to look in D&C 59:9–13 and in For the Strength of Youth (pages 30–31) for principles that might help them. Invite each young woman to think about her own Sunday activities and determine for herself whether they align with these principles. Encourage the young women to make whatever changes they feel are necessary.
- Provide the young women copies of For the Strength of Youth, and ask them to search the section titled “Sabbath Day Observance” for why and how we observe the Sabbath day. Ask them to think about and share how these things apply to their lives. Invite them to share an experience with keeping the Sabbath day holy. Encourage them to imagine that a friend invited them to participate in an inappropriate Sunday activity. How would they help their friend understand the meaning of the Sabbath day and the reasons they choose to keep it holy?
- Show or relate the story about Elder Kevin S. Hamilton’s father in the first two paragraphs of his talk “Continually Holding Fast.” What do the young women learn about the importance of observing the Sabbath from this story? Give the young women copies of the paragraph from Elder Hamilton’s talk that begins with the phrase “We each have many choices to make.” Ask them to read the paragraph and work together in pairs to make a list of “good,” “better,” and “best” Sabbath activities. Invite them to share their lists with the class.
- Give the young women copies of Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis’s account of his Sabbath-day tradition at the beach or show the video “He Learned Compassion in His Youth.” Ask the young women to look for the blessings that came because the people in these stories resolved to keep the Sabbath day holy. Invite them to share how these examples might pertain to their lives. Invite the young women to share their testimonies of keeping the Sabbath day holy.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the blessings of honoring the Sabbath day? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?
Live what we are learning
Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:
- Write in their journals one change they need to make in order to better keep the Sabbath day holy.
- Write the words “Does this activity bring me closer to Heavenly Father?” on a piece of paper and place it in a prominent place in their homes as a reminder for Sabbath day activities.