Sabbath day observance, gratitude bring blessings

The morality of the world and the morality of the Lord's gospel are growing further and further apart, said Kristin B. Gerdy during the Sidney B. Sperry Symposium Oct. 18.

"The moral decline that has swept over the nations of the earth is unprecedented and will escalate until the Lord returns to establish His kingdom on the earth," said Sister Gerdy, a BYU instructor of Church history and doctrine.She continued that the revelation in the 59th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants contains answers for those who seek to keep themselves and their families unspotted from the world. "The answers are found in the commandment to express gratitude and the commandment to observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy," Sister Gerdy explained. "When properly observed these commandments bring blessings that will strengthen the Saints and protect them from the deluge of immoral forces they face."

Sister Gerdy said members of God's Kingdom are told, in D&C 59:7, to express gratitude in all things. "If we truly love the Lord and understand what He did for us that we might attain eternal life, we should express that love through our thanks and gratitude."

Sister Gerdy said the law of the Sabbath is among the oldest of the Lord's commandments to His children.

"In [D&C 59: 16] the Lord promises that those who properly observe His Sabbath will receive the `fulness of the earth' - a very significant promise," she said.

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