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Keeping Sabbath brings peace

Blessings always follow the principles of faith and repentance. These actions can bring about needed changes in people's lives, said Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie during the Sunday afternoon session.

Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie
Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie

"Today is the Sabbath," said Elder Gillespie of the Seventy. "It does not end when we leave this session. It does not end if someone calls on the telephone or knocks at the door inviting us to come out and play, go for a ride, to a ball game or shopping; it does not end because we are on vacation or someone is visiting us, whether member or non-member."

A critical element in observing the Lord's commandment to "go ye out from among the wicked" is to remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy, Elder Gillespie said.

The Sabbath lasts all day, he said. It is a day to partake of the sacrament, to pay devotions to God, to fast and pray, to confess our sins and a day to offer our time, talents and means in service to God and fellow men.

"Obviously, our attention is on doing the Lord's will and not continuing to work nor indulge our carnal appetites for recreation and loafing," Elder Gillespie said.

Elder Gillespie enlisted the words of President Spencer W. Kimball who counseled that the Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and actions. It is observed by praying, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, sleeping, reading wholesome material and attending all the necessary meetings of that day. Failure to do the proper things is a transgression of omission.

"I know you will be happier, enjoy greater peace and find your lives made glad as you witness the miracles that come to each person and family who make the sacrifice of keeping this eternal covenant," Elder Gillespie said.