Question: How can we “do well” on the Sabbath day?
Answer: The Lord has given the Sabbath day for our benefit and has commanded us to keep it holy. Observing the Sabbath day will bring us closer to the Lord and to our families. It will give us an eternal perspective and spiritual strength. The Sabbath also allows us to rest from our physical labors and worship the Lord.
Jesus showed by his example that the Sabbath was a day to honor him and his Father by doing good and worthwhile things, such as helping people.
10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him (that they might trap him and have grounds to have him arrested).
11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. (This direct statement, that it is ok to do good on the Sabbath, must have been quite frustrating to these hypocritical religious leaders.)
13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. (The man’s hand was healed, and it was done on the Sabbath, in front of many witnesses, in defiance of the Pharisees, the Jewish religious leaders.)
23 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the sabbath day; and his disciples began, as they went, to pluck the ears of corn.
24 And the Pharisees said unto him, Behold, why do they on the sabbath day that which is not lawful?
25 And he said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?
26 How he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and did eat the shewbread, which is not lawful to eat but for the priests, and gave also to them which were with him?
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
JST 27-28 Added: Wherefore the Sabbath was given unto man for a day of rest; and also that man should glorify God, and not that man should not eat. For the Son of Man made the Sabbath day, therefore the Son of Man is Lord also of the Sabbath.
We can show our love for Heavenly Father on the Sabbath, by doing such things as attending church, reading the scriptures, writing in their journals, visiting relatives and the sick, enjoying uplifting music, worshiping, serving others, and participating in restful family-centered activities.
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Elder Neil L. Andersen has taught us:
“Overcoming the world is keeping our promises to God, our baptismal and temple covenants and our oath of faithfulness to our eternal companion. Overcoming the world leads us humbly to the sacrament table each week, asking for forgiveness and pledging to ‘remember him and keep his commandments,’ that we ‘may always have his Spirit to be with [us].’
“Our love for the Sabbath day does not end when the chapel doors close behind us but instead opens the doors to a beautiful day of resting from routine tasks, studying, praying, and reaching out to family and others who need our attention. Instead of breathing a sigh of relief when church is over and frantically running to the television before the football game begins, let our focus remain on the Savior and upon His holy day.”
Source: Come, Follow Me–For Individuals and Families, p. 44; The New Testament Made Easier, Part 1, Volume 2, by David J. Ridges, p. 31, 109; The New Testament with the Joseph Smith Translation, compiled by Steven J. Hite & Julie M. Hite, p. 45; Excerpt from General Conference, April 2017, “Overcoming the World,” by Elder Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.