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Worshipping on the Sabbath Day at Home

Ideas and resources for the Sabbath

With the unprecedented changes in the way members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship, they are no longer gathering at local chuch meetinghouses. Instead, they are staying home and studying the Gospel as individuals and families. 

Sabbath day at home in Upper Hutt New Zealand, March 2020. Pictures courtesy of Taiai Pisa.
Sabbath day at home in Upper Hutt New Zealand, March 2020. Picture courtesy of Taiai Pisa.© 2020 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
                         

With the recent emphasis on home centered, Church supported Gospel learning, Church members have been preparing "for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14) 

As the 2019 Church curriculum was introduced, it was noted, "As classes begin in January 2019, a major component of Church curriculum will shift. Instead of focusing just on lessons to be taught at church, the new curriculum shifts the emphasis to studying the scriptures as individuals and families at home, with Sunday meetings supporting that learning."

By implementing Come Follow Me, individuals and families have an opportunity for in-depth study of the scriptures. The first few pages of both the hard copy and digital manual contain a plethora of resources on such topics as ideas to improve your personal scripture study, ideas to improve your family scriptures study, teaching young children, Prophetic promises, and additional resources.  

A group of young adults in New Zealand recently shared some things they did on their first Sunday without formal church meetings. 

Tatiana Fankhauser joined in on her family's "Come Follow Me" discussion via video call. 

Lin Penales took a break from social media, played hymns on the piano, and spent time making and writing cards to her sister who is a missionary serving in the Philippines.

Tiffany Anne Berry went to the beach at sunrise to read The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ and to write in her journal.  She also shared some thoughts and her testimony on social media, and had a "Come Follow Me" discussion with the family with whom she is staying. 

Some Church members are participating in live Gospel study sessions on Facebook.

There are many resources to help make the Sabbath day more meaningful.  Here are just a few:

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