- One blessing for which we can be grateful is that we are there in that sacrament meeting at all, gathered with more than one or two of His disciples in His name. There are some at home unable to rise from their beds. There are some who would like to be where we are but are instead serving in hospitals and providing public safety or are defending us at the risk of their own lives in some desert or jungle. The fact that we are able to gather with even one other Saint and partake of the sacrament will help us begin to feel gratitude and love for God’s kindness.
- Another blessing we can count is that we have the opportunity to take the sacrament each week—prepared, blessed, and passed by authorized servants of God. We can be grateful when the Holy Spirit confirms to us that the words of the sacrament prayers, offered by those authorized priesthood holders, are honored by our Heavenly Father.
- Of all the blessings we can count, the greatest by far is the feeling of forgiveness that comes as we partake of the sacrament. We will feel greater love and appreciation for the Savior, whose infinite sacrifice made possible our being cleansed from sin. As we partake of the bread and water, we remember that He suffered for us. And when we feel gratitude for what He has done for us, we will feel His love for us and our love for Him.
- The Sabbath is also a perfect time to remember the covenant we made at the waters of baptism to love and serve Heavenly Father’s children. Fulfilling that promise on the Sabbath will include participating in a class or quorum with full purpose of heart to build faith and love among our brothers and sisters who are there with us. That promise will include cheerfully fulfilling our callings.
President Eyring discusses places he has lived in his life and the growth of the church since the time he lived there. He talking about living in New Jersey when he was a boy and how they have a temple there now. Same with New Mexico and Massachusetts. He didn't know what God had planned for those areas when he lived there but he is grateful for the long-term vision of God in making these places more than his mind could imagine. The Sabbath should be a day when we try to set our minds on the things of God and see how great His plan in for our lives.
- Just as we sometimes cannot see the results of our own service given on the Sabbath, we may not be able to see the cumulative effects of other servants of the Lord. But the Lord is building His kingdom quietly through His faithful and humble servants, with little fanfare, toward its glorious millennial future. It takes the Holy Spirit to see the growing grandeur.
He offers advice on what we can do to be more grateful for the Sabbath Day in our lives.
- You might well be wondering what you could do to live and worship on this Sabbath day to demonstrate your gratitude and to strengthen yourself and others for trials that lie ahead.
- You could begin today with a private and family prayer of thanks for all God has done for you. You could pray to know what the Lord would have you do to serve Him and others. Particularly, you could pray to have the Holy Ghost tell you of someone who is lonely or in need to whom the Lord would have you go.
- I can promise you your prayers will be answered, and as you act on the answers you will receive, you will find joy in the Sabbath, and your heart will overflow with thankfulness.
I love having Sunday as a day of rest. Sunday in my life is a day to reflect on the things of God. It is a day to spend time on religious things that will bring me closer to God. As I mentioned last week, I am currently focusing on making the Sacrament more personal, more meaningful, and more a part of my week instead of just on Sunday. I know that as we honor the Sabbath day, we will be closer to the Spirit and we will find a closeness to God like we have never experienced. Join me in making the Sacrament more personal and making our Sunday worship something we prepare for earlier in the week.