Sunday, September 18, 2016

SABBATH DAY ACTIVITIES


Ever have trouble trying to decide what to do on the Sabbath? Here is a list of Sabbath-friendly ideas to help you make more of this special day.

  • Read a church magazine such as The Friend, the New Era or the Ensign
  • Study scriptures, church manuals or conference talks 
  • Listen to or watch past conference talks or devotionals
  • Plan a family home evening
  • Plan or hold a family council meeting
  • Search for ancestors for your family tree on familysearch.org
  • Search for temple-ready names on familysearch.org and print cards to take the names to the temple
  • Do some indexing
  • Visit, schedule a future visit, or drop by a gift for those you home teach or visit teach
  • Visit a friend, family member, the elderly or someone who may be lonely
  • Watch a church movie or Mormon messages
  • Learn a new hymn or primary song
  • Listen to church music
  • Write in a journal
  • Prepare future talks or lessons
  • Write a note or thank you card to the missionaries serving in your area
  • Write a letter or send a card to members of your ward or family who are serving missions in other areas
  • Draw a picture, write a note or send a letter to grandparents or other family members
  • Write a thank you note to a friend, neighbor, church leader or family member
  • Bake a treat and deliver it to a friend or neighbor
  • Make a list of things you can do to help others and pick something from your list to do
  • Take a walk
  • Go on a short drive through nature to enjoy God's creations
  • Take a nap
  • Build a temple or chapel out of legos or blocks
  • Draw a picture of you favorite scripture story
  • Play a board game as a family
  • Invite someone in need to share dinner with you
  • Visit patients in the hospital
  • Make a list of members who may need a ride to church and make arrangements to pick them up
  • Think of ways to invite less active members to church and other activities
  • Have family scripture study
  • Visit Temple Square and consider bringing a non-member. View movies inside the visitor's center or take a tour.
  • Take a drive to another temple and walk around the grounds
  • Visit a nursing home or assisted living center
  • Discuss as a family what each person learned at church that day
  • Look through family photos
  • Spend one-on-one time with family members
  • Learn how to lead music
  • Read journal entries from ancestors or family histories
  • Create a simple work of art with a church theme
  • Set goals for the upcoming week
  • Work on Personal Progress goals or Duty to God requirements
  • Customize copies of the Book of Mormon by marking favorite scriptures and adding your testimony. Give copies to friends and neighbors who are not members of the church or deliver them to the missionaries to give to others.
  • Create a gratitude or quote journal 
  • Make a personal or family scrapbook to preserve memories
  • Write your family or personal history
  • Make a video or audio recording of your memories for posterity
  • Plan a family service project
  • Make dot-to-dot pictures of church-related objects for children to do
  • Memorize scriptures, hymns, stories, talks, The Living Christ or the Family Proclamation
  • Tell each other your favorite family or personal stories
  • Hold personal family interviews
  • Give or receive a father's blessing
  • Write a family newsletter to send to family and friends
  • Make a picture book for each family member
  • Learn and practice reciting the Articles of Faith
  • Play scripture chase by seeing how quickly family members can search for favorite scriptures or find scriptures relating to certain topics
  • Spotlight a different family member each week, highlighting their talents, qualities and accomplishments
  • Make up a new game
  • Welcome new members of the ward by making a short visit and taking them a small gift
  • "Ponderize" or memorize a new scripture each week
  • Hold your family home evening lesson on Sunday night. Plan a family outing or fun activity for Monday night.

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