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What do Mormons Believe about the Sabbath?

At this month's Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church leader, Elder Russell M. Nelson, spoke on the topic, "The Sabbath is a Delight."

Elder Nelson began his remarks in this way: "I am intrigued by the words of Isaiah, who called the Sabbath 'a delight.' Yet I wonder, is the Sabbath really a delight for you and for me?"

Elder Russell M. Nelson

He continued: "I first found delight in the Sabbath many years ago when, as a busy surgeon, I knew that the Sabbath became a day for personal healing. By the end of each week, my hands were sore from repeatedly scrubbing them with soap, water, and a bristle brush. I also needed a breather from the burden of a demanding profession. Sunday provided much-needed relief.

"What did the Savior mean when He said that 'the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath'? 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. God gave us this special day, not for amusement or daily labor but for a rest from duty, with physical and spiritual relief."

Read or view Elder Nelson's entire address.


Latter-day Saints around the world look to general conferences as opportunities to hear inspiring messages that can open the door to personal inspiration which can lead to deeper faith, stronger family relationships and better lives.

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