It may be only the 3rd of July where you live, but in Utah, Independence Day is in full force. We’ve already come home from the neighborhood parade where fresh faced kids on streamer trimmed bicycles tossed candy to an adoring crowd; our fingers are sticky from the community pancake breakfast and our ears are burning with the latest neighborhood gossip. Soon, I’ll be taking my kids to the fireworks stand for spinning flowers and fire-spitting tanks and tonight we’ll lie under the star strewn sky as massive explosions of red, blue and gold bloom across the sky.

In our Mormon dominated state Sunday holidays are unquestionably shifted to the preceding Saturday. No one debates or decides, it just IS. Similarly, running races and triathlons in the Beehive State are almost always on Saturday rather than the traditional Sunday race day. But we are certainly less pious than Texas, where most stores and businesses close on the Sabbath. Grocery stores and malls do a nice brisk business seven days of the week in Utah; Lagoon and our ski resorts are filled with Sunday revelers.

I found it interesting when traveling in Europe last year that commerce shuts DOWN on the Sabbath. Stores begin closing early on Saturday, public transportation runs limited routes and by Sunday afternoon only a few restaurants will feed customers. An inexperienced traveler can be seriously stranded. Despite Europe’s growing reputation as an almost Godless society, they’ve preserved Sunday as a sacred day of rest.

How is the Sabbath observed where you live?

How is it observed in your family? Are you comfortable with eating out on the Sabbath? With traveling? Watching the Super Bowl?

33 Comments

  1. Jenny

    July 3, 2010

    I remember, as a child, understanding that the blue laws were what prevented people from doing business on the Sabbath (in the Denver area) and now people don’t even realize that it wasn’t like this forever… no need to worry about preparing ahead–the stores are ALWAYS open!

  2. Kay

    July 3, 2010

    In England the sabbath is pretty much like any other day. The shops are open, but for shorter hours. Of course, this is Britain and not Europe I am talking about. Whatever the world mistakenly thinks, we are not European over here, we are British.

    In our family we try to keep it a day apart from what we do on other days. So, no, we don’t eat out or watch television. We wouldn’t travel to or from a holiday, but we would have no problem driving a couple of hours to a relatives’ baby blessing or baptism. We may have friends over for lunch, but I try to do the work for that the day before by getting the house tidy, and some food e.g. the pudding ready in advance. Our children don’t attend parties on Sundays either. That is just us though. It is our choice and we are aware that others may do things differently.

  3. Strollerblader

    July 3, 2010

    I noticed the same thing when we went to Europe, except that the restaurants started opening and people congregating in the public square late in the afternoon, and I wished that things were the same here — with stuff actually being closed on Sundays. Sunday mornings there were very “sleepy.”

    The kids and I all stay in Sunday clothes (or at least ‘play dresses’) for the whole day; dh changes as soon as he gets home. We generally don’t watch TV, or if we do, it’s after the kids are in bed at night. We don’t go to the store. We will travel on Sundays, which also means eating out and buying gas, etc. but even then, I try to dress us in more Sunday-ish clothes – such as casual dresses. I don’t do housework on Sundays (excluding big spills that need to be vacuumed up before they get tracked everywhere). I’ve always avoided doing homework (or bill paying, these days) on Sundays. We only listen to “Sunday music.”

    Tomorrow evening, we will meet up with our family, and lots of stake members at the stake center, which is the best seats in town for the fireworks, but this year there won’t be the usual multi-ward BYOM meat BBQ and potluck beforehand.

    Sunday naps are a must around here. Sundays are for family, sometimes friends, and worshipping. I try really hard to keep the Sabbath day holy — to not dirty it with my activities or busyness.

  4. Michelle Glauser

    July 3, 2010

    You know, I live in Europe, and I find it interesting that you think the sacred day of rest has been observed. I think the way most Germans spend their Sundays would be considered more the day of laziness than the day of rest. They stay out the night before to all hours, then they sleep til 12 and eat breakfast for a few hours. Usually when I get home from church, my roommates are still in pajamas and getting ready to eat breakfast. Also, I’ve observed that the public things start slowly but are just about normal by afternoon. Public transportation, opening hours of restaurants, etc. True, most stores are closed, but that doesn’t mean the city is quiet in the afternoon. And the park becomes a crazy land. Not that I don’t love Germany. And not that I don’t also take my Sunday naps (just later than those who sleep in).

    Many people think I’m a pretty strict Sabbath-day observer, but I think I’m just doing what I’m supposed to. For example, I stay in my Sunday clothes. Because the brethren wrote in the “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlet that you should wear Sunday clothes before, during, and after meetings in order to show respect for the Sabbath. I also only listen to Sunday music and don’t go to big parties or take part in any sports, etc. If I had a family, I would try to make it a very family-oriented day.

  5. marintha

    July 3, 2010

    Europe is a pretty big place, with lot of societies–where I’ve been it doesn’t seem like Sunday is holy at all.

    My husband stays in his Sunday clothes. I quit doing that as soon as I had my first baby. We try and keep Sunday family, friend and Christ oriented.

  6. Lindsey

    July 3, 2010

    I looked all over our state for some good July 3rd activities to take my kids too but everything is being done on the 4th. I live next to the nations capital, and it makes me wonder–what would the founders think of this?

    It means that tomorrow, the line will be hazy about what is appropriate for our family. I want to celebrate because I am thankful TO God for my freedom. I am thinking we will just have to be thankful in a low key way.

  7. Jill Shelley

    July 3, 2010

    Interesting. I never knew that most of Texas is shut down on Sundays? I also see I need to reread the FSOY phamplet because I was not aware that it actually says in there we should stay in our Sunday clothes all day. I notice that I tend to do that more the older I get anyway, but thought that was just a personal preference.

  8. Emily W.

    July 3, 2010

    Someone asked my BYU-ward bishop this question: Can’t I go for a picnic up the canyon on Sunday and still keep the Sabbath day holy?
    He said
    “Yes. But you wont.”
    I’ve always remembered that.

    And my mother-in-law says “Sure, you can read that mystery novel…but isn’t there something better you could read instead?”

    We try our best to keep the Sabbath Day holy, and sometimes we even succeed.

  9. Angie f

    July 3, 2010

    DH is a bishop, so our Sundays are exhausting and I try to remember my grandma’s saying that a change is as good as a rest. The restfulness of the Sabbath means only rest from the work of the world, not necessarily bodily rest. I think our tendency is to become a bit pharasaical (or however you spell that) in proscribing activities instead of searching out holy activities. I try to teach my children “can do” activities instead of the reverse.

    Sometimes the Sabbath day is NOT a delight for me in my current sphere of managing and wrestling with 5 smallish children on my own while DH tends to ward needs. But in my frustration and anguish, I have often felt the whisperings of the Spirit that my efforts, my struggles, are acceptable offerings to the Lord and that my work is sanctifying, despite feeling on many days that I am not succeeding.

    As for activities we do proscribe: we don’t go swimming in the backyard pool. We don’t go to birthday parties or play dates with friends, but we might get together with another ward family for a potluck dessert. We try not to travel. We don’t engage in commercial transactions. We try to tailor media choices to those that are uplifting. We try to find a balance of physical rest and activities that are sedate but still allow small boys to use their large muscles in order to keep mayhem and mutiny at bay. We keep trying.

  10. Cissy

    July 3, 2010

    I stay in Sunday clothes mainly because I’m too lazy to change…plus, how often do I get to dress up? My husband changes or doesn’t, depending how he feels; I keep my kids in nicer-looking clothes, though the youngest generally wears only underwear and his collared shirt. In all our activities, we try to keep with the main idea of “Sunday is for quieter, nicer, more reverent things–it’s different from other days.”

    But here’s a tricky thing for us: we live next to my in-laws and seven of my husband’s eight siblings (and their families). When I say “next to”, I mean within a one-mile radius. We love–absolutely love–this situation. So, every Sunday is family dinner at my mother-in-law’s: eighteen adults, eighteen grandchildren every week, plus occasional visitors.
    Now, how do you put reverence in that mix?

    We made a couple rules that are working for us: until we get to Papa & Nana’s, we play only inside our own home; once there, we play only in their yard (even trampoline is okay here), not spreading over the neighborhood; we (try to) keep the voices down for the neighbors’ sakes.

    As for the adults, it’s wonderful for us to visit, rest, work together, and discuss gospel topics that come up. Though the mayhem is sometimes overwhelming and takes a word from Papa the patriarch to calm, we love the fun family togetherness that comes at the end of our quiet Sabbath.

  11. Sage

    July 4, 2010

    We’ve tried hard to make Sunday a day of rest. We don’t watch tv or let the kids play computer games. No parties–including not going to the NYC premiere of the movie my husband worked on because it was on Sunday.

    We just started letting my oldest watch the super bowl, but no one else watches.

    We also want just Sunday music (the teenager doesn’t always comply). And we try to be together playing board games or hide and seek.

    I still feel like there is always room for improvement. My latest effort is to pray with the kids in the car just before we go into church to help us learn from the Spirit.

    Happy 3rd, 4th & 5th! (We’re still visiting Utah and went to the Stadium of Fire the 3rd!)

  12. Kerri

    July 4, 2010

    Wow. You guys all seem to be more careful of your Sabbath observance than we are. Most of us are out of our church clothes and into something comfortable as soon as we walk through the door. I sometimes keep my dress on, but only because I don’t want to have to wash two different things for one day.

    And as much as I wish we were great about finding Sabbath activities, I’ll admit to letting the kids ride bikes, play with the neighbor kids, read whatever they want and even watching TV more than I’d like. My favorite times are dinners with friends or family. I love that.

    I actually mostly love the Sabbath. We don’t shop or go to restaurants (unless we’re traveling) and I try not to do too much extra work. I try to keep a good Sabbath spirit in our home and have my kids read the Friend and New Era at some point during the day, and I like to spend extra time with the scriptures, but sometimes trying to keep a good Sabbath spirit in our home ends up making a really contentious and obnoxious spirit in our home. (“Turn OFF that stupid Zach and Cody. That is NOT a Sabbath show,” for instance.)

  13. Youngun

    July 4, 2010

    I once had a Sunday school lesson about the sabbath day that I thought was very insightful. The teacher explained to us that most laws in the church, such as the word of wisdom, are usually interpreted very specifically (exercise regularly, no alcohol, coffee, tea, etc.), but we don’t have very many specific guidelines for the sabbath, other than to “keep it holy.” Therefore, it’s up to us to decide what is keeping the sabbath day holy and what isn’t. Of course there are a few guidelines (don’t spend money if you can help it, sleeping is good, etc.) that we can be sure about, but I really think that the sabbath day should be the day where you and your family do what you think is appropriate and abstain from things you feel you can leave until Monday. I think if we seek counsel in prayer about the sabbath and what it means to keep it holy, we can find adequate rest and rejuvenation and have the greatest access to personal revelation for the week.

  14. Liz C

    July 4, 2010

    When Independence Day coincides with Sunday up here, it’s shifted to Saturday, which I quite love. (And, historically, the Founding Fathers did the same!)

    I get a little frustrated with Sabbath observance… I’m not one to lay down a list of do/don’t items, because I do think it’s possible to have a worshipful attitude doing just about anything, but I also want my Sabbath to be a day apart.

    I’ve enjoyed studying the preparations many Jews make for the Sabbath. It’s inspiring to me; I know I can do better. I know my day feels more set apart if there are no commercial transactions. We rarely travel on Sunday, and even when we do, we keep with out normal travel plans of packing a cooler and not buying food; it’s the staying HOME and preparing ahead that sometimes gets me! I think it might be easier if I think of the Sabbath as a “trip away” and plan appropriately.

    We reserve the Sabbath for God first, then family, and then friends. It absolutely works best for us when we have planned things to enjoy on Sunday, rather than leaving it to chance or boredom. My favorites: Sunday afternoons with the kids doing crafts while I work on scrapbooks or letters. I also love these recent afternoons, where I find my older kids doing something quiet on the porch, and the little girls out under the raspberries, cuddling my 5yo’s pet chickens.

    Sabbath is far more about DO than don’t… it’s our chance to do such things as recharge our spiritual reserves in preparation for the week, or set aside time to really be thankful to a glorious God in Heaven. We branch out to friends in order to expand that joyous time.

    And for me, I require music. A Sabbath without music (good music, not necessarily “Mormon” music) just isn’t a good one for me.

    And now, I must go wrestle a toddler into a non-chicken-cuddling dress before we head out to church…

  15. Ana

    July 4, 2010

    Like Kerri, I actually have found a similar situation with our family. Sometimes it seems we spend more time arguing about what is appropriate than actually enjoying the day. We are very adamant that we don’t spend on Sunday, or participate in activities that will make someone else have to work. The one exception is when we travel, but we try to minimize stops when that happens. We attend church when it’s possible (unfortunately, it’s not currently due to where we live), and ask our children to not be hoodlums that day (then again, we do that every day).

    I don’t prefer the TV on, but I also don’t want to make it a big fight. So, we do what we can, but it isn’t a massive deal if the kids want to watch “Cars”. I also don’t care if they would rather change after church because I’m not too big on having to scrub stains out of their nice church clothes. Or my own, for that matter.

    Maybe we aren’t doing it “right”, but so far I don’t feel that we are doing it wrong, so life goes on. I do think we spend a lot of time worrying about what isn’t allowed and not enough time on what is. If we ban everything we would normally do to have fun, what on earth do you do all day? Sorry, but I can’t read my scriptures for 12 hours. Not happening.

  16. sunny

    July 4, 2010

    We insist our kids change out of church clothes to avoid stains. We ride bikes as a family or go to a park together. I’m not sure where we all got the idea that such activities may not be appropriate. Doing something as a family that doesn’t require someone else to work makes sense to me. We also bake bread or treats and deliver them to families in the ward. We watch movies together. We also travel on Sundays and I’ve never felt guilty about it.

    On the flip side, when I lived in Missouri as a child our ward building was 30 miles away and the stake center was almost 100. It was VERY common for people to go to lunch at a restaurant after church and almost everybody went to a buffet after stake conference. I remember going out to eat with a visiting authority on the sabbath as well. When we moved west again that all stopped.

    I think keeping the sabbath day holy is open to pretty wide interpretation. I don’t care what other families do and I hope they don’t spend their time worrying about our family’s choices either.

    Tonight we are going to watch fireworks downtown and then set off our own. Totally appropriate in my mind.

  17. Emily

    July 4, 2010

    My conscious has been pricked a little in reading these comments. The chunk of time, whether it be morning or afternoon, around church meetings, are usually quiet-church music, resting, working on quiet hobbies, reading church materials-but in the evening we will spend time with friends with some food and games involved (and they could definitely possibly be video games). We try not to have the TV on. But we are not real sticklers. We change our clothes. I will do housework, because I have my husband’s help with out little one and I can get stuff done. We don’t work though.

    We don’t go out and do stuff. A walk together or to friends are it. We won’t go watch fireworks at the park tonight, but if we can see them from our balcony, we will go watch. Maybe have some sparklers.

    I don’t think a lot about it, and maybe that’s my problem.

  18. jendoop

    July 4, 2010

    What some regard as Sabbath necessaries I see as looking far beyond the mark for me personally. If I prescribed strict standards similar to what some mention here for my home there would be a huge amount of discord between my husband and I. Also much of our day would be spent policing the activities of our family (yes, you can read that book, but not that one).

    An example of the mixed up priorities that happen surrounding strict Sabbath rules- When we visited Disney World with my in-laws they didn’t want to travel on Sunday so we arrived at our Disney hotel on Saturday. My FIL kept everyone’s park tickets in his possession until Monday morning. Sunday was stake conference in that area, and it would have cost hundreds of dollars to transport the family to it. So the day was spent in our hotel room glaring at each other, sans TV of course, as we listened to the screams of glee from the pool outside. Most Miserable Sabbath Day Ever.

    Families are different, and are meant to be so. I appreciate the degree of personal revelation we are allowed. While the GAs give us some suggestions about what is applicable for the Sabbath there are very few absolutes.

    For the record, from For the Strength of Youth: “Your dress before, during, and after church meetings should show respect for the Sabbath.” It doesn’t say specifically that you must remain in your Sunday finest. A pair of Daisy Dukes with the word “hot” emblazoned across the tush with a tube top probably doesn’t qualify though.

  19. Mary B

    July 4, 2010

    I moved from the Northeast to the South Central part of the US recently. Both places have business establishments open on Sundays but while Northeastern towns in our vicinity held Independence days on Sundays when the 4th fell on one, about half of the towns around where we currently live moved their celebrations to Saturday or Monday this year.

  20. kim

    July 5, 2010

    We live not far from one of the largest Amish communities in the US and it’s always fascinated me to see how many successful businesses in that area manage to thrive, yet remain closed on the Sabbath- a practice that is unheard of for other businesses. For most of our neighbors, Sunday is just another day of shopping, movie-going, etc., so it’s inspiring to see that businesses don’t HAVE to be open on the Sabbath to make a go of it.

    As for our family, we try to set the Sabbath apart from other days of the week by avoiding our usual activities (work/shopping/housework). We’re big on spending time with family (we’re blessed to have grown kids/grandkids nearby). This time together could include eating our lunch at a roadside park if it’s a beautiful day or a ride in the country to enjoy the scenery. We’ve never had a problem with being outside on the Sabbath to enjoy this beautiful earth which the Lord created. For us, the idea of staying inside just because it’s the Sabbath if it’s a particularly gorgeous day is almost sacreligious, but that’s just us. I guess some would call this “picnicking” and frown on it, but with busy work and church calling responsibilities, we treasure our time together and if it’s a nice day, we sometimes eat outside. Of course, this is after we’ve attended Church and if we don’t have any other church-related responsibilities later in the day. ALL Sundays include a short nap and I do try to prepare as much of our meal as possible on Saturday…again, avoiding our usual weekday activities on the Sabbath.

    When our girls were little, we were strict about no birthday parties (a huge problem where we live) and no playing out and about with neighborhood kids. We always politely explained that Sunday is our family day and folks seemed to respect that- never heard anything negative about it.

    In all my years in the Church, I’ve heard as many variations of Sabbath-keeping as there are families and I’ve never been concerned with how others do things. It’s always been my hope that this same charitable attitude is extended to me and my family.

  21. m2theh

    July 5, 2010

    My family likes to get together and play board games on Sunday. However, with all the threats of physical violence and name calling that ensues, I’m not really sure it’s what some people would say was appropriate for the Sabbath.

  22. Jill T

    July 5, 2010

    Just one quick comment. My bishop’s wife said when her kids ask if something is ok to do on the sabbath, she asks them if it helps them think of the Savior or be closer to him in some way. I have tried to implement this with my own kids. That way I’m not telling them what to do or what not to do, and for each person becoming closer to the Savior is different, so that question helps me also.

  23. Johnna

    July 5, 2010

    jendoop, you are the voice of reason to me. And the Most Miserable Sunday Ever has me laughing for its painful absurdity.

    m2theh, I love the board games on Sunday. And working through the name-calling etc., is the practical gospel in action. Go you.

    I’d like to do a little better in my Sabbath-keeping, but just a little better. I love that Sabbath practices are something for each family to work out.

    Your comment on Europe and Sunday Sabbaths reminds me of Armand Mauss Seeking a “Second Harvest”: Controlling the Costs of LDS Membership in Europe. The stores may be closed on Sunday, but it can be hard for the European saints because all the community activities are held on Sunday when they’re in church and observing a day-long sabbath.

  24. Dovie

    July 5, 2010

    We went for the weekend to Henrieville, Utah. We went to a Bryce Valley Independace Day celebration in Cannonville. The kids plenty of Fourth of July fun even though it was the third. Inflatables, hamburgers, hot dogs and watermellon. Even some water splashing and and trips on an old fashioned play ground merry-go-round, till they were all sick to their stomaches or injured. Some of the even came back for more.

    Sunday we went to church in Henrieville and two babies were blessed. One of them was my nephew. It was a wonderful day. Most of the testimonies were actual testimonies and the ones that were not gave us the oppertunity to illustrate (with much tact and compassion) what a testimony was and what one is not. There were a couple of patrotic hymns to open and close the meeting.

    My sister-in-law had family in town that are not regular church goers so we went home right after sacrament meeting to a delicous three soup supper we had prepared the day before. It was pretty much the perfect day.

  25. Brenda

    July 5, 2010

    This is interesting because we moved to Pocatello, ID almost two years ago. I’ve never lived in a mostly LDS community until now. (Except Provo when I was going to the Y, but that doesn’t count!) In Idaho Falls, the fireworks show was changed to Saturday. I hear that the mayor actually took out a full page ad in the paper to explain why. He didn’t mention that he is or isn’t LDS, but I suspect he may be. But here in Pocatello the show was on the 4th as usual. And really, I’m okay with that. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with celebrating our liberties and freedoms on the same day that we show reverence to our God and Savior. Because it really was our Heavenly Father who prepared the way for these freedoms. He gave us this blessed country. And I think that every six or seven years when the fourth lands on a sunday, it’s okay to celebrate and honor these together.

  26. Sue

    July 5, 2010

    My kids are grown and gone now, but when they were home, our main rule was that Sunday was a family day. Playing out in the neighborhood, no. Playing in our own back yard, swimming included? Yes.

    We used to go out to dinner sometimes, too, which we have since given up. I miss it, because it was a tradition in my family of origin. (In those days, that aspect of keeping the sabbath holy was not stressed like it is today.) Many of my parent’s friends used to go out with us to a restaurant called the Tick-Tock on Fast Sundays.

    I must admit that I change my dress the minute I get home from church. I don’t like to wear it around the house.

    Having said all of that, I do have a spiritual Sunday. My husband does listen to sports at times, but I follow mostly spiritual pursuits…mainly because I enjoy them.

    =)

  27. Liz C

    July 5, 2010

    The Idaho Falls fireworks are not done by the city–they’re entirely provided by the owner of Melaleuca, Frank Vandersloot. He is LDS and he always chooses to do the fireworks on Saturday if the 4th falls on a Sunday. And, every single year, people protest about “the Mormons running City Hall,” despite year after year, the Mayor reiterating that the City does *not* make a decision as to when Mr Vandersloot chooses to seek permits for *his* fireworks display. 🙂

    My favorite years have been the ones where the surrounding communities stagger their celebrations, so we can have nearly a week of fun (including a worshipful, happy Sabbath.)

  28. Brenda

    July 5, 2010

    Liz, like I said, that was just what I had *heard*. I never read it myself. The people I work with were angry about it, though. And I got an earful! 🙂

  29. Liz C

    July 5, 2010

    Brenda–sorry, I think I came of more short about it than I intended. 🙂 I get the “earful” up here, too. It’s an odd, odd area. 🙂

  30. JennR

    July 6, 2010

    I really enjoyed having the 4th on a Sunday this year. When I was a kid we hated it because it meant that we were missing the parade, but this year was so nice. I do live in Utah, so the parade was on Monday. It felt like two holidays in a row, the first more reverent and the second full of fun.

  31. Jennie

    July 7, 2010

    I do live in Texas, but I must be in the Godless part because Sunday is the Day of Play and Shopping around here. It’s hard not to be jealous that we don’t get a second Saturday.

    This year we watched the fireworks show from our front lawn and only did sparklers and little fireworks. Somehow setting off those big ones doesn’t seem “holy”. But I guess that means that I do consider smoke bombs “holy”. Obviously my logic is flawed.

  32. Deila

    July 11, 2010

    Well, the sabbath is a sacred day, it is symbolic of the millennial day, the seventh period of time. It is a day set apart.

    However, the brethren did not say in the strength of youth pamphlet to wear sunday clothes, before, during and after church meetings. The pamphlet says, “Your dress before, during, and after church meetings should show respect for the Sabbath.” I think we must be careful not to become like the Pharisees, that would count the number of steps they could take on the Sabbath.

    I do not watch tv, work and that sort of thing. The sabbath is our mini millennium.

  33. jks

    July 12, 2010

    I used to be uber fanatic about “observing the sabbath” but now I tend to look at most things people avoid as overkill. It smacks of the pharisees and counting steps, etc. Are we just checking boxes, or are we cultivating the Spirit? The older I get, and the more trial I go through, I realize its only about love. Forget the rest, just love and be loved and stop checking boxes.

    We travel on Sundays, we go shopping if we need an item that just didn’t get purchased during the weekend. We don’t eat out or go to the movies, etc on Sundays. We try to avoid spending money. (although I admit, we center most of our once a year family vacations over the weekend, and will gladly spend Sunday at Disneyland to avoid crowds). That being said, we obviously do not go to church when on a family vacation (however, we will if are visiting family). We do not stay in our Sunday clothes (I have never heard of that and am glad to read that it is NOT in the youth pamphlet, and furthermore, I highly suggest that people get their ‘facts’ straight before proclaiming them on the internet and forcing their families to abide by them). We try to play church music while we get ready in the morning. But other than that, we watch tv, watch movies, play games, swim, ride bikes, go on picnics, visit family and friends, clean, prepare for the week, etc. Basically, we just try to be together and be happy. If we’re happy, then its all good in my book. No one is feeling the Spirit if everyone is miserable and uncomfortable and bored. Sounds like a great way to foster dislike of Sundays IMO.

    As an aside, it would broil my blood if I (and everyone else in my family) was required to stay in my Sunday clothes and my father was not. If anyone should be doing it, it should be him alone, not the children. In light of the clarification on what it REALLY says in the youth pamphlet, I’d suggest rethinking that family ‘rule’.

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