Sunday Rest: Mormons say yes
Here we see how all the churches, including the Mormon Church, would like to see a return to the days in American history when Sunday laws compelled all the classes to rest on Sunday. Aside from defending a man-made institution [Sunday] for which there is no scriptural authority, the Mormon church fails to highlight the principles of religious liberty. It is incompatible to defend Sunday laws and religious liberty at the same time. Instead of drinking from the pure word of God, many churches are drinking from the wine of Babylon. (Rev. 17:1-5). Babylon represents all the religious institution that have fallen away from the truth. -Advent Messenger Commentary
We cannot save Ourselves
St. Helena Star | May 12, 2014
Keeping the Sabbath day holy was at one time important to most of us in this country, and we demonstrated that belief by not shopping, being entertained or doing other things that might distract us from worship and serving others on that day. Restaurants and shopping centers were closed. And schools and other community programs did all they could to avoid conflict with activities on Sunday that might conflict with church and family time. How that condition has changed over the last half century.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ are certainly not perfect either with this expectation of worshipful behavior on the Sabbath, but I’m grateful that we continue to preach the importance of doing the right things on that special day. BYU [Mormon University] athletic teams often participate in NCAA playoff competitions that are scheduled for Sundays. I’m grateful that the church and its academic institutions continue to sustain a policy that does not permit athletic practices and/or competitions on Sunday. I’m also grateful that the NCAA and other athletic institutions honor that position and reschedule playoff competitions in compliance with the church’s practice.
But, clearly there is much more to the notion of perfection. To strive toward perfection, one must be a soul of honor, full of integrity, and above reproach. One must be true to himself/herself, and being thus, cannot then be false to any man. One of our Latter-day scriptures includes a statement from the Lord, who said, “I, the Lord am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.”
We can all become better people by looking outside of ourselves for opportunities to be of service to others; to visit the sick, take care of the poor and needy, be worshipful on the Sabbath, and be examples of good that reflect the expectations of our Savior to become more like him and his father, which is in heaven.
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