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Sabbath Day Lessons in Madagascar

Sabbath Day Lessons in Madagascar

Joining the LDS church some years back required a complete shift in my way of thinking. One of the things that having the fullness of the gospel changed was my perspective on how to view the Sabbath day.

I found keeping the Sabbath day holy in my home country of Madagascar difficult. I attended my Sabbath day meetings during the three months I was an investigator. From that time onward, I attended without fail, except once. That particular day, I skipped class. Afterwards, I felt a lot of regret for not keeping that day holy. I repented of what I had done.

When Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, a member of the presidency of the Seventy, came to visit Madagascar near the end of last year, he taught us the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy. I was very happy because I needed this lesson and felt that some other members did too. We can learn and hear about Sabbath day observance every Sunday, but I really felt the love Elder Hallstrom has for me and the Malagasy people as he spoke. I could tell that he knows about the cultures we have in our country, and why keeping this commandment would be difficult.

He told us we needed to adopt the culture of God. He added that we needed to do all things in six days, and on the seventh day – Sunday – we should come to church and attend all the meetings. I know he is right.

After skipping that one class, I know that what Nephi taught us is true: “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart I have written my law, fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.” (2 Nephi 8:7)  Elder Hallstrom confirmed this during our conference as he counselled us not to pay attention to what people may think of you as you try to keep the Sabbath day holy. He encouraged us to put the Lord’s culture first in our lives.

I'm so grateful for the privilege I had to hear from Elder Hallstrom. I know I'm still going to face sickness, affliction and adversities, but every Sunday as I attend church I feel the love of God and a power that helps me to carry on. I know that as I live His laws, Heavenly Father will pour all His blessings upon us and that one day we will see Him again.