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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Why should we go to Church?

Many people wonder why we need to go to church. That is a very common concern and well I want to teach the importance of church.

If we go back to the first ten commandments  “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). For an explanation of this commandment, see Sabbath. In Old Testament times what happens when you disobeyed this commandment. "Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."(Exodus 31:14-15) The Sabbath was that important to the Savior. Why isn't it now? Today the world looks at the Sabbath as just another day. Yes we worship the Savior on that day but do we all worship Him all day or just while we are at church? On the sabbath the world today live life like any other day. It is not set apart from our normal day activities anymore. Today sports is very common to be played on the Sababath.

In the New Testament when Jesus instituted the sacrament among the twelve apostles. He taught the importance of it.
In Matthew 26:26-28, Christ declared,
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take eat, this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."

Here, why did Jesus give the sacrament to the disciples? In other religions it is known as communion or last supper. He gave it to them that they would remember Him.

In the Book of Mormon Christ institutes the Sacrament here in the Americas to the Nephites. 3 Nephi 18

"And when the disciples had come with bread and wine, he took of the bread and brake and blessed it; and he gave unto the disciples and commanded that they should eat.
 And when they had eaten and were filled, he commanded that they should give unto the multitude.
 And when the multitude had eaten and were filled, he said unto the disciples: Behold there shall one be ordained among you, and to him will I give power that he shall break bread and bless it and give it unto the people of my church, unto all those who shall believe and be baptized in my name.
 And this shall ye always observe to do, even as I have done, even as I have broken bread and blessed it and given it unto you.
 And this shall ye do in remembrance of my body, which I have shown unto you. And it shall be a testimony unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
 And it came to pass that when he said these words, he commanded his disciples that they should take of the wine of the cup and drink of it, and that they should also give unto the multitude that they might drink of it.
 And it came to pass that they did so, and did drink of it and were filled; and they gave unto the multitude, and they did drink, and they were filled.
 And when the disciples had done this, Jesus said unto them: Blessed are ye for this thing which ye have done, for this is fulfilling my commandments, and this doth witness unto the Father that ye are willing to do that which I have commanded you.
 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.
 But whoso among you shall do more or less than these are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon them, they shall fall, and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.
 Therefore blessed are ye if ye shall keep my commandments, which the Father hath commanded me that I should give unto you.
 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempted by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him."

In Moroni 6:4-6 Moroni declares,
"And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.
 And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
 And they did meet together oft to partake of bread and wine, in remembrance of the Lord Jesus."

Our modern day Prophet and Apostles declare through, Preach My Gospel, about the sabbath Day,
"Our Sabbath-day behavior is a reflection of our commitment to honor and worship God. By keeping the Sabbath day holy, we show God our willingness to keep our covenants. Each Sabbath day we go to the Lord’s house to worship Him. While there we partake of the sacrament to remember Jesus Christ and His Atonement. We renew our covenants and show that we are willing to repent of our sins and mistakes. On this day, we enjoy a rest from our labors. As we attend Church services and worship together, we strengthen each other. We are renewed by our association with friends and family. Our faith is strengthened as we study the scriptures and learn more about the restored gospel. When a community or nation grows careless in its Sabbath activities, its religious life decays and all aspects of life are negatively affected. The blessings associated with keeping
the Sabbath day holy are lost. We should refrain from shopping on the Sabbath and
participating in other commercial and sporting activities that now commonly desecrate
the Sabbath. Latter-day Saints should set this holy day apart from activities of the world by entering into a spirit of worship, thanksgiving, service, and family-centered activities appropriate to the Sabbath. As we endeavor to make their Sabbath activities compatible with the intent and Spirit of the Lord, their lives will be filled with joy and peace."

From all of this we learn the most important part of the Sabbath Day is partaking of the Sacrament. Jesus Christ himself told us to do so in remembrance of Him. What more can be said about this holy day. As you look around you, you too can see the difference of Christ being taken out of the world. This is not a positive difference either. This is horrible, shameful and well just not Christian.

"And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;
Nevertheless thy vows shall be offered up in righteousness on all days and at all times;
But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.
And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full” (D&C 59:9–13)

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