Well, since Mitt’s going to open up more about his own religion, I thought I might do my own little segment on Mormon in America right here from the desert.
I find that our religion asks so much of us, it leaves most people wondering why on EARTH we would do something like that to ourselves. I think I might delve into the perks I see for the “requirements” of our religion.
Yesterday I was thinking about what a blessing the Sabbath is. How God has given us one full day just to concentrate on him, and our families and how we can be better those other 6 days during the week. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we are (quoted from the Strength of the Youth pamphlet):
Honoring the Sabbath day includes attending all your Church meetings. Go to sacrament meeting prepared to worship the Lord and partake worthily of the sacrament. During sacrament meeting, be reverent and willing to learn. Refrain from activities that would distract you or others during this sacred meeting. Be on time for your meetings. As you do these things, you invite the Spirit of the Lord to be with you.
Prepare during the week so that you can reserve Sunday for the many uplifting activities that are appropriate for the Sabbath day. Such activities include spending quiet time with your family, studying the gospel, fulfilling your Church callings and responsibilities, serving others, writing letters, writing in your journal, and doing family history work. Your behavior and dress on the Sabbath should show respect for the Lord and His holy day.
For me, this boils down to the fact that we don’t shop, we don’t go out to eat on Sundays. We also don’t do activities that would distract us from our main focus (which, for me is Jesus Christ and my family). It is true that I wrangle a 3 year old during church and I spend another 2 hours with a bunch of 4 year olds who try my patience in a major way each Sunday… so it isn’t to say that the day is all fun and games, but I am given the opportunity to think about my life and how to improve it.
I know a lot of people relish in their family dinners going out to eat, or they just can’t find time to go to the store during the rest of the week. I would just challenge you to make that meal at home. Kids need to learn how to cook and Sunday dinners is a great time to teach them.
I know it sounds cliche to say that this expectation of the church is truly a blessing instead of a burden, but it really is. True observance of the Sabbath gives your life peace and you find so many blessings in it. I say give it a try for a month, see if you like it!