On Sunday we were driving home from a family dinnerâ€”me, my wife, and my sister-in-law. My sister-in-law was anxious to get back home by the university because she had much homework left to do. I smiled, knowing that for the rest of the day, I could relax, read my scriptures, spend time with my wifeâ€¦ I had no other worries.
Before I served a mission, I would tend to do my homework on Sundays. I didnâ€™t consider it a great sin and I had homework due on Monday. What other conclusion could the mind of a high school sophomore come to?
I served a mission.
I was going to be returning to college immediately after my return home. That meant more studying, more homework, more testsâ€¦ I raised the question in my mind if I would do such activities on Sunday or not. The commandment is vague: â€śremember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.â€ť So, which activities constitute keeping the Sabbath holy and which do not? It is a hard question that each person must answer to himself and eventually answer to God for.
On my mission, we would talk about certain things that were not appropriate for Sunday. â€śIs shopping holy?â€ť Well, no. So it should not be a part of our Sunday worship. â€śIs driving holy?â€ť Well, no. Unless it means driving to church. The line between appropriate and inappropriate progressively greys. Hmmm...
The conclusion I reached upon my return home was that I would refrain from doing homework on Sundays. I decided that Sunday should be a day that is different from all the othersâ€”a special dayâ€”Godâ€™s day. It has been tremendous for me as I have followed this decision. How great it is to know that for every week, there is one day completely void of secular motivations. It makes the day much more rejuvenating and much more enjoyable. The Sabbath has become a day to look forward to and as a result has helped me focus much more on my worship of God.
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