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Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie

Quorums of the Seventy

"The promises of the Lord to those who keep the Sabbath day holy are so wonderfully clear in the scriptures that they leave one asking, 'Why would anyone throw away such blessings for the tawdry, temporary pleasures of the world?' " Elder Bruce R. McConkie said Sabbath observance divides the righteous from the worldly and wicked.

President Spencer W. Kimball counseled: "The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it."

Prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill, reading wholesome material and attending meetings are proper Sabbath activities.

President Gordon B. Hinckley has promised: "If you have any doubt about the wisdom, the divinity of observing the Sabbath day . . . stay home and gather your family about you, teach them the gospel, enjoy yourselves together on the Sabbath day, come to your meetings, participate. You will know that the principle of the Sabbath is a true principle which brings with it great blessings."

"I love the Sabbath day! It has blessed my family in countless ways."