Working this Sunday? Here's your newest reason to take the day off.

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  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    July 10, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    As a teenager, I was hired at a brand new theme park in Houston, Astroworld. When I asked what days I would work, I was told that it varied but I must work every Sunday. I had just gained a testimony of the restored gospel (not yet baptized), and explained that I couldn't work Sundays. Reluctantly, I turned down the job, and instead worked at a grocery store that had me sacking frozen chickens in a freezer. It was less pay and difficult (I got frost bite twice), but it was worth it to keep the Sabbath holy.

    I appreciate those who perform essential services on Sundays. Since then, I've had to work a few Sunday's when the "ox was in the mire," but I deeply appreciate this weekly time to worship.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    July 10, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    In regards to working on Sunday for the Church, I would suppose it quite in line with the spirit of the Sabbath; bringing people to focus on Jesus Christ and the spread of His gospel, rather than an economic pursuit.

    As for regions where people regard a different day? When it comes to the Church, anyway, my understanding is that our day of worship correponds with the region. In Israel, Latter Day Saints worship and refrain from work on Saturday. In the United States, of course, Sunday is the sabbath.

  • Bzcanadianmom Airdrie, 00
    July 9, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    I wish the church would take this advice. My daughters both worked for the church and they were told they had to work on Sunday. Cleaning the conference centre and temple.

  • ThornBirds St.George, UT
    July 9, 2014 12:38 p.m.

    There are so very many essential jobs that require people to work on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.
    Some very hard workers must work two jobs, thus never getting a "day off". This, most likely, is not by choice.
    What if there were no law enforcement, firemen/paramedics, medical and hospital employees, eating establishments(people, you must travel at times), gas stations, airports, train and bus stations, grocery stores, etc.?
    As an employee of a hospital...
    Perhaps it is best to always remember that all of us do not have the choice to stay home on Sunday like many of you.

    July 9, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    Society has lost a lot in the move toward making Sunday a regular day. For me, having a day completely set aside to worship as I choose and renew spiritually is vital.

    Regardless of religion, everyone can use a day to renew in their own way.

    Society has sped up to the point that we have to be available 24-7 to our employers and have no time for what truly matters. I learned long ago that my relationship with my employer only exists to support my family. Employers come and go, but family is forever!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 9, 2014 8:38 a.m.

    A day off a week is great. If you want to attach god to it, that's fine. Take saturday off; isn't that the sabbath? As for me, if that's when I've got time to cut the lawn or paint the fence, that's when it gets done. Besides, from what I've heard around here god watches (American) football on sunday, and in so doing isn't interested in what we're doing.