Monday, September 21, 2015

Relief Society in South Jordan

My sister-in-law, Kirsti, the current Relief Society President (far left of the group by the window), confers with her counselors 
I love attending my church in different places throughout the world.  There's something comforting about hearing the same lessons, and feeling the camaraderie of the Saints as they gather in various buildings throughout the world.  I've been to services all over Europe, England, and the United States ,and on our recent trip to Utah, got to attend with my family in South Jordan.

During Relief Society, we had a tutorial from the First Presidency about our Sabbath Day observance.  Our church leaders are urging members of the Church around the world to improve our observance of the Sabbath day.
One little attendee didn't find it all as interesting as we did!
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained that Church leaders have felt the importance of encouraging families and individuals to rethink and refocus their efforts on what they do on the Sabbath day. “Our whole desire is that throughout the Church, we focus our Sabbath day worship on the Lord,” he said.
“God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief,” Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles continued, in an address titled “The Sabbath Is a Delight” during April’s general conference. “I believe He wanted us to understand that the Sabbath was His gift to us, granting real respite from the rigors of daily life and an opportunity for spiritual and physical renewal.” 
This program was a poignant reminder that our Sabbath day worship (or lack thereof) is a sign to God of how much we love him.  We keep the Sabbath day special, and dedicated to Him as a sign that we are His people.  It is an important gesture on our part.

I enjoyed being able to keep the Sabbath day by attending services with my family - a rare opportunity!

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