239.1: Sabbath and Sacred Time (D&C Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16, Updated)

April 21, 2017

Engaging Gospel Doctrine

“Thou Shalt … Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day”


The Sabbath is perhaps our most familiar example of what scholars call “Sacred time”… moments of our lives where we ritually put aside everyday routines and responsibilities and engage with ourselves, each other, and God in particular ways.

This episode defines Sabbath, the Sacred, and proposes an approach to Sundays that faciliates Rest, Ritual, and Renwal.



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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).


Remember the Sabbath Day, Ensign, D. Kelly Ogden

Call the Sabbath a Delight, Ensign

Sabbath Poems

24/6: Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life

Sabbath: Ancient Practices

Lesson 16: “Thou Shalt . . . Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day” 

“The Journey of the Colesville Branch”: This article gives context for the revelation now known as Doctrine and Covenants 59.

“Our Living Room Became the Sacrament Hall”: This two-minute video describes how Saints in Ghana kept the Sabbath at a time when the government banned formal Latter-day Saint meetings.

“Revelation, 7 August 1831 [D&C 59]”: This page from the Joseph Smith Papers website gives an in-depth historical introduction for Doctrine and Covenants 59.