239.2: Sabbath and Sacred Time (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16)

April 21, 2017

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“Thou Shalt … Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day”

The pace of modern life is unrelenting. Too many of us never stop. We never rest. We are always available, always on call–a text message away from work and distraction. There is wisdom is pausing, stopping for a moment, having times of quiet and reflection. And this is the purpose of the Sabbath, a term that means “to stop or rest.”

This lesson will review the history of the Sabbath in both Jewish and Christian contexts, discuss the role the Sabbath plays in current Church culture, and finally explore our need for times of rest and renewal.

 

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Student Reading: Doctrine and Covenants 59; Bible Dictionary, “Sabbath,” pages 764–65; 3 Nephi 18:6–7; Exodus 20:8–11Isaiah 58:13–14; Mark 2:23–28; Mosiah 18:23;

Additional Teacher Reading: D&C 20:77, 79; D&C 25:12; D&C 64:34; D&C 97:8D&C 109:13; Genesis 2:1–3Exodus 31:13–17; Matthew 12:12; Luke 13:10–17; John 5:1–19; 1 Corinthians 11:28–29; Topical Guide, “Sabbath,” 441; 3 Nephi 18:29; Mormon 9:29

Nathan, Dorothy and Michael discuss the lesson, with Michael providing an experienced take on the Sabbath from a Jewish perspective.

 

You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

You can access my Reading Notes here.

 

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Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!

Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his amazing work editing, with the fastest turnaround time ever! And thanks to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.

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