Since the days of Adam, the law of the Sabbath has been repeatedly emphasized, said Elder James E. Faust, then of the Quorum of the Twelve and now second counselor in the First Presidency, during the October 1991 general conference. "This long emphasis alone is an indication of its importance. Why has God asked us to honor the Sabbath day? The reasons I think are at least threefold.
- "The first has to do with the physical need for rest and renewing. Obviously God, who created us, would know more than we do of the limits of our physical and nervous energy and strength.
- "The second reason is, in my opinion, of far greater significance. It has to do with the need for regeneration and the strengthening of our spiritual being. God knows that, left completely to our own devices without regular reminders of our spiritual needs, many would degenerate into the preoccupation of satisfying earthly desires and appetites. This need for physical, mental and spiritual regeneration is met in large measure by faithful observance of the Sabbath day.
- "The third reason may be the most important of the three. It has to do with obedience to commandments as an expression of our love for God. Blessed are those who need no reasons other than their love for the Savior to keep His commandments. The response of Adam to the angel who asked Adam why he made a sacrifice unto the Lord is a model for all. Responded Adam, 'I know not, save the Lord commanded me.' (Moses 5:6.)
"In this day of increasing access to and preoccupation with materialism, there is a sure protection for ourselves and our children against the plagues of our day. The key to that sure protection surprisingly can be found in Sabbath observance: 'And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day.' (Doctrine and Covenants 59:9.)
"Who can question but that sincere Sabbath observance will help keep ourselves unspotted from the world? The injunction to keep the Sabbath day holy is a continuing covenant between God and His elect. The Mosaic injunctions of Sabbath day observance contained many detailed do's and don'ts. In our time God has recognized our intelligence by not requiring endless restrictions. Perhaps this was done with a hope that we would catch more of the spirit of Sabbath worship rather than the letter thereof. What is worthy or unworthy on the Sabbath day will have to be judged by each of us by trying to be honest with the Lord."